45 re­ceive cor­rec­tive surg­eries

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T arayana Foun­da­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of Health or­ga­nized the 4th an­nual sur­gi­cal restora­tive camp with Smile Asia, Sin­ga­pore, from 20 to 26 Oc­to­ber in Paro Dzongkhag hospi­tal.

The team has treated 141 pa­tients in the past three restora­tive camps held an­nu­ally and for six days, the team screened 45 pa­tients this year, and some are suc­cess­fully op­er­ated on them from dif­fer­ent Dzongkhag who had reg­is­tered for the sur­gi­cal camp.

The sur­gi­cal restora­tive camp was con­duct- ed for the cor­rec­tion of cleft- lips, cleft palates, burns and for peo­ple mauled by wild an­i­mals us­ing tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise from Sur­gi­corp In­ter­na­tional.

The camp also fo­cused on tu­mors and other fa­cial de­for­mi­ties in chil­dren. Sur­gi­corp In­ter­na­tional’s med­i­cal mis­sion al­lows them to de­liver safe surg­eries to places, fre­quently in the de­vel­op­ing world, where they may not be read­ily avail­able ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

The Pres­i­dent of Tarayana Foun­da­tion, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, vis­ited Paro Hospi­tal on 25 Oc­to­ber to meet with the pa­tients un­der­go­ing restora­tive sur­gi­cal at­ten­tion.

Her Majesty hosted a high tea for the sur­gi­cal team at Ugyen Pelri Palace to thank the team for their vol­un­tary ser­vice in chang­ing the lives of those who needed the sur­gi­cal at­ten­tion.

Be­sides, Her Majesty also met with the hospi­tal team and thanked each and ev­ery­one for their ded­i­cated ser­vice to the na­tion.

Smile Asia is a global al­liance of in­de­pen­dent char­i­ties work­ing to­gether to treat chil­dren with fa­cial de­for­mi­ties, since 2008.

On a typ­i­cal mis­sion, a team of about 35 med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als com­pris­ing sur­geons, anes­thetists, nurses, pe­di­a­tri­cians, den­tists and oth­ers from around Asia and the world travel to a part­ner coun­try to treat chil­dren over a pe­riod of one week.

Smile Asia saw trans­for­ma­tion of about 100 lives through safe and ef­fec­tive surgery, cross train­ing of med­i­cal vol­un­teers, to­gether with rais­ing aware­ness of the im­pact that fa­cial dis­fig­ure­ment can have both on the in­di­vid­ual and the fam­ily unit.

The surgery pro­gramme done by Smile Asia meets two goal which is to trans­form the chil­dren they treat while cre­at­ing self­suf­fi­cient in long– term so­lu­tions.

Tarayana foun­da­tion is a reg­is­tered Civil So­ci­ety Or­ga­ni­za­tion es­tab­lished in 2003 that aims in work­ing to up­lift and en­hance the lives of vul­ner­a­ble in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties in Bhutan.

Till now the surgery pro­gramme has been car­ried out in two Dzongkhags, Mon­gar in 2014 and 2015, and Paro in 2013 and 2016.

The team will be treat­ing the pa­tients in China, Cam­bo­dia and In­dia till De­cem­ber 11, 2016.

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