Posted by lemonshirt on Sep 9, 2012.

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Operation Smile

We will have the visit of Dr. Teresa Pannaci to our studio. Dr. Pannaci has been working with the non-profict organization Operation Smile since 1993 in Venezuela, an organization that is responsible of lip and palate cleft reconstructive surgery for underprivileged children around the world. Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft lip often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places these children rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can't afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal lifeSince 1982, Operation Smile Inc. through the help of dedicated medical volunteers has provided more than 2 million patient evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

Operation Smile Venezuela has significant strength is their medical team and its local commitment to missions and ongoing follow-up care, which includes orthodontics, speech therapy, and psychology, placing it among the most prominent sites around the world. The picture shows Dr. Pannaci and her two daughters Andrea and Daniela, while volunteering for Operación Sonrisa Guatemala (from https://www.facebook.com/OpSonrisaGuate).

We will talk to Dr. Pannaci's about her latests accomplishments and we will discuss her amazing work with children affected by cleft lip and palate and how to best treat this condition.

For more information about the organization Dr. Pannaci works for, please visit the website http://venezuela.operationsmile.org/ or contact them directly at operacionsonrisav@hotmail.com