Restoring Hope One Medical Mission At A Time:

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Since 2010, we have completed hundreds of life-changing surgeries.

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Our Accomplishments Mission by Mission (each mission is one-week long):

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Mission 2019: Jan. 27- Feb. 1: Lucena, Philippines

Hundreds of supporters and donors, 51 Mending Faces volunteers and countless local volunteers made up of: pediatricians, surgeons, anesthesiologists, speech therapists, dentists, nurses, and outreach, restored hope and provided a brighter future to those whose lives are burdened by cleft lip, cleft palate and other deformities.

In just four days of surgeries, our team performed Surgeries on:

70 patients, 76 procedures (33 boys, 27 girls): 35 cleft lips, 38 cleft palates, 3 hand surgeries.

Over half of the cleft lip patients were 1 years-old or younger.

Two operating rooms: 5 operating tables. (Surgeons and nurses worked from 7:30am to 8pm.)

Oldest patient was 22 years old, youngest was 6 months old.

This was our third year in Lucena which allowed us to see 15 of our patients from our 2017 and 2018 medical missions: They had their lips repaired last year and their palates repaired this year.

Most patients worked with one of our speech therapists and took home a special kit to practice correct speech sounds at home.

Upon discharge, each patient received a care sheet and a backpack of items including clothes, toys, toothbrush/toothpaste and more.

Dental Treatment resulted in 81 exams and the removal of 6 teeth, which had potential to complicate the planned surgeries.

We visited one elementary school and 1,300 children were provided with dental education, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and an oral hygiene pamphlet.

8 students were sponsored to attend school through our Education Fund.

Mission 2018: Lucena, Philippines

73 patients

33 lips, 34 palates, 4 combo lip/palates, 8 hand/burns.

2 operating rooms in use, with 5 operating tables

Our oldest patient was 17 years old, and our youngest was just 5 months old.

4 of the patients were returning: They had their lips repaired last year and their palates repaired this year.

Most patients worked with one of our speech therapists.

Upon discharge from the hospital, each patient received a care sheet and a backpack of items including clothes, a calculator, a ball, pillow, stuffed toy, toy car, toothbrush/toothpaste and more.

Dental Treatment resulted in 80 Pre-Surgical exams and the removal of 18 teeth.

We visited 2 elementary schools and nearly 1,000 children were provided with dental education. Each child received a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a toothbrushing/oral hygiene pamphlet.

6 new students sponsored to attend school

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 Colombia Medical Mission, November 2017

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We successfully completed our first Medical Mission in Colombia. We partnered with Drawing Alegria, an initiative that gives back to communities in need by funding and organizing surgical medical missions to treat cleft lip and palate. We sent five of our board members: two anesthesiologists, a surgeon, and two nurses to assist Drawing Alegria in treating 72 children with cleft lip and palate (78 surgical procedures). In addition to our medical personnel, we brought vital medication, surgical tools, and much-needed anesthesia monitors -- totaling $8,000.

Mission 2017: Lucena, Philippines

  • 61 Surgeries

  • 54 Patients

  • 24 Cleft Lips

  • 25 Cleft Palates

  • 6 Combination Cleft Lip and Palates

  • 79 Pre-Surgical oral exams performed leading to 15 teeth extracted with 2 patients evaluated for potential Obturators.

  • 11 children sponsored to attend school

  • 3 elementary school visits and more than 1,000 children provided with dental education. Each child received a toothbrush, tooth paste, and a toothbrushing/oral hygiene pamphlet.

Mission 2016: Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

  • 74 Surgeries

  • 37 Cleft Lip

  • 37 Cleft Palates

  • 17 Dental Patients; 59 teeth removed

  • 5 children sponsored to attend school

  • Dental education programs at local elementary schools (dental hygiene), toothbrushes and toothpaste given to each child

Mission 2015: Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

  • 83 Patients

  • 87 Procedures

  • 54 Cleft Lips

  • 33 Cleft Palates

  • 23 dental patients, over 50 teeth extracted along with examining nine Special Need Patients in a near-by Facility for future care

  • Dental education programs at local elementary schools (dental hygiene), toothbrushes and toothpaste given to each child

Mission 2014: Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

  • 63 Patients

  • 69 Procedures

  • 24 Palates; 40 Lips; 1 Combo Palate and Lip; 3 Misc. Procedures (Skin Tag Removal)

  • Dental education programs at local elementary schools (dental hygiene), toothbrushes and toothpaste given to each child

Mission 2013: Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

  • 51 Patients

  • 60 Procedures

  • 19 Palates; 35 Lips; 3 Combo Palate and Lips

  • Dental education programs at local elementary schools (dental hygiene), toothbrushes and toothpaste given to each child

Mission 2012: San Jose, Antique, Philippines

  • 80 Patients

  • 90 Procedures

  • 22 Palates; 68 Lips

  • Dental education programs at local elementary schools (dental hygiene), toothbrushes and toothpaste given to each child

Mission 2011: Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

  • 35 Patients

  • 58 Procedures

  • Dental education programs at local elementary schools (dental hygiene), toothbrushes and toothpaste given to each child

Before and After Photos of Our Patients:

"While it is hard to digest the happenings of this week and put the experience into words, first and foremost the volunteers are what made everything so exceptional. Regardless of race, religion or country of origin, everyone came together to do something truly inspiring for generations to come. We each played our separate parts well and when all of those efforts came together, the results spoke for themselves. Now an impoverished, but extraordinary group of children have reason and ability to smile and communicate without fear or limitation.Volunteer/Associate Board Member, Jeremy Douglas