30 kids to get new smiles this week

2011-10-31 11:08

Thirty children will undergo free facial reconstructive surgery this week, the Smile Foundation said today.

“Apart from cleft lip and palate repairs, numerous other reconstructive surgical procedures will take place during this week,” the Smile Foundation and Kulula airline said in a joint statement.

The surgeries, to be carried out at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, would also include three facial reanimation surgeries.

The facial reanimation surgeries would be performed by Professor George Psaras, medical director of The Smile Foundation, and a team from the department of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Witwatersrand.

Facial reanimation involves the grafting of muscle from the inner thigh into the cheek.

Microsurgery is then conducted to attach the veins, nerves and arteries.

An amount of R800 000 had been raised so far through donations of between R20 to R200 from customers buying Kulula air tickets online.

Enough money was raised to help 60 children over the next two weeks.

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