‘Free Surgery on Cleft Lips, Palates’ Begins Today at St. Joseph Catholic Hospital

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A 12-person medical team from the Rotaplast International based in the United States of America (USA), in partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Liberia, will today, August 13, begin a nine-day free surgery program at the Saint Joseph Catholic Hospital in Congo Town, outside Monrovia.

The surgery program, which is also supported by the Liberia Medical and Dental Council and the Liberia Board of Nursing and Midwifery, will focus mainly on people who are suffering from cleft lips, and palate or splits in the upper lip, the roof of the mouth (palate) or both.

While in the country, the team will check and register patients, take post clinic photos and vital signs of patients before seeing the doctors or surgeons, who will do comprehensive assessments that will lead to the patients’ surgeries, if required, a release has said.

According to the release, the free medical surgery by Rotaplast International is the second of such initiatives to be done in Liberia in collaboration with the Rotary Club.

In 2013, Rotaplast International conducted its first humanitarian work in Liberia on over 85 children and adults with cleft lips, and palate or splits in the upper lip. The medical team comprised of 19 medical, non-medical volunteers.

Before beginning the “free surgery” today, a brief official program will be held where the head of the team will explain to journalists about its members, their specialties, and scope of operations.

Rotaplast International Incorporated is a humanitarian effort committed to helping children and families worldwide by eliminating the burden of cleft lips or cleft palates, burn scarring, and other deformities.

Working with local professionals, Rotarians and organizations, Rotaplast send multidisciplinary medical teams to provide free reconstructive surgery, ancillary treatment, and training for comprehensive care of these children.

Rotaplast also supports education and research towards prevention of cleft lips or cleft palates. It aims to help local professionals build sustainable models for the care of these children to improve their lives and those of their families.

Rotaplast International, Inc. was founded in 1992 by Dr. Angelo Capozzi, and the then Rotary Club President Peter Lagarias, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of San Francisco to facilitate a surgical program in La Serena, Chile to treat children with the cleft lip and palate anomaly who would otherwise did not receive surgical intervention. This initial historic mission took place in January of 1993.

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