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

Outreach

Outreach is an important part of the medical mission, and makes up nearly 30 percent of the total team. Outreach volunteers serve many different purposes on the mission, and can be asked to do anything and everything but the surgery itself. Outreach mainly supports the mission through managing the families and patients that are the recipients of life-changing surgery, and includes a variety of activities and duties. Examples include:

  • help the nursing and surgical staff run supplies
  • distribute food and water to medical staff
  • manage families and patients during the initial screenings
  • provide comfort to patients and families during pre and post-op
  • scrubbing surgical instruments in the OR
  • go to the market to buy supplies
  • distribute go-home care packages
  • bring patients and their families home from the hospital

Community outreach projects involve dental education and clothing and toy distribution during visits to orphanages and schools. The Outreach volunteers have the unique opportunity to help in the hospital setting and also experience everyday life in the community.

Restoring Hope One Medical Mission At A Time:

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 pamplet.

Mission 2016: Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

  • 74 Surgeries
  • 37 Cleft Lips
  • 37 Cleft Palates
  • 17 Dental Patients, 59 teeth removed
  • 7 Children Sponsored to Attend School

Mission 2015: Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

  • 83 Patients
  • 87 Procedures
  • 54 Cleft Lips
  • 33 Cleft Palates

Mission 2014: Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

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

Mission 2013: Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

  • 51 Patients 
  • 60 Procedures 
  • 19 Palates; 35 Lips; 3 Combo Palate and Lips

Mission 2012: San Jose, Antique, Philippines

  • 80 Patients
  • 90 Procedures
  • 22 Palates; 68 Lips

Mission 2011: Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

  • 35 Patients
  • 58 Procedures
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2016 Medical Mission, Feb. 7-12 in Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

In just six days, our surgeons performed a total of 74 surgeries, 37 cleft lip surgeries and 37 cleft palate repairs. Our dentists worked with 17 patients, removing a total of 59 teeth. We sponsored 5 children to attend school through our new Education Fund. And our entire volunteer team brought laughter, smiles, and joy to countless children through outreach in the community.

"I feel so honored and very proud to be a part of the 2016 Mending Faces Mission in Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines," said Dr. Arnold Ibarreta Jayme, 2015 President of the Rotary Club of Kalibo, currently the only pediatric lung specialist in the Kalibo, and longtime Mending Faces volunteer. "I volunteered my services and saw the lives of many children change for the better, and at the same time meeting so many new friends from all over the world!"

MEDICAL MISSION 2017                                        

 Jan. 29 - Feb. 3 in Lucena, Philippines. In just six days, our surgeons performed a total of 61 surgeries: 54 Patients, 24 Cleft Lips, 25 Cleft Palates, 6 Combination Cleft Lip and Palates; 79 Pre-surgical oral exams were performed; 11 children were sponsored to attend school; three elementary school visits were organized and more than 1,000 children were provided with dental education. Each child received a toothbrush, tooth paste, and a toothbrushing/oral hygiene pamphlet.

 

 

Awards and Accolades:

In 2015, the remodeling of the OR resulted in the loss of the PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit) space. The Hospital didn't have resources to equip the new space. Mending Faces stepped in and donated a large air conditioner, beds, monitors, and regulators - more than $8,700 equipment so all surgical patients can receive the best care as they recover. Above is a picture of the Head of Hospital, Dr. Paul Macahilas, Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Vic Santamaria, Rotary Secretary, Bing Santamaria, Mission Pediatrician, Dr. Jaime Arnold, Mending Faces’ Liaison, Blesiah Cordova, RN plus many Rotary friends displaying the PACU Plaque after the turnover of equipment.


In 2015, the remodeling of the OR resulted in the loss of the PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit) space. The Hospital didn't have resources to equip the new space. Mending Faces stepped in and donated a large air conditioner, beds, monitors, and regulators - more than $8,700 equipment so all surgical patients can receive the best care as they recover. Above is a picture of the Head of Hospital, Dr. Paul Macahilas, Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Vic Santamaria, Rotary Secretary, Bing Santamaria, Mission Pediatrician, Dr. Jaime Arnold, Mending Faces’ Liaison, Blesiah Cordova, RN plus many Rotary friends displaying the PACU Plaque after the turnover of equipment.

Alex Esclamado Award: Mending Faces chose Kalibo, Aklan as the site for our Medical Missions three years in a row. Our efforts in the hospital and in the community were really appreciated. As part of the nomination process for the Alex Esclamado Award, we received the three below nomination letters.

Letter from the Hospital

Letter from Rotary Club of Kalibo

Letter from Governor

In the News:

Boletin Lucentino: Mending Faces in Lucena 2018

UCHealth: Missioners Giving Back - Mission 2018

DRE Newsletter: A Wonderful Partnership

Medtronic NewsletterMending Faces and Medtronic

Newswire: Our five-year anniversary, and launching our Endowment Fund, distributed to media nationwide

St. Joes: In the Know Newsletter

Examiner: 2014 and 2015 Medical Missions

Asian Avenue 1: A feature about our 2014 Medical Mission

Asian Avenue 2A feature about our 2014 Rib Rub-Off event

Newswire: Our 2014 Restoring Hope event, distributed to media nationwide