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2016 "Alliance for Smiles" Activities Ended in Wenzhou
【Fonts: Large Medium Small 【Source: Wenzhou China 【Date: 2016.11.21】

In just 10 days, for the children involved in "Alliance for Smiles" medical assistance, a gentle transformation has occurred. Yesterday (November 18th) morning, more than 20 children, accompanied by their family, received re-examination and then left the "smile wards” with the doctors' advice for future recovery. The "Alliance for Smiles" activities in Wenzhou have come to an end, and the medical team from the United States off foot on their return journey the following day.

Happy and relaxed inside and outside the ward. Patients leave with a smile

On the 3rd floor of the Stomatology Hospital Affiliated to Wenzhou Medical University, Ouhai Branch, there are special wards for the patients of "Alliance for Smiles”. The atmosphere of yesterday morning’s routine round was relaxing and happy compared to that of a few days ago.

Karl Wustrack, the chief surgeon of "the American Alliance for Smiles", came into the ward with his colleagues,and via an interpreter, asked the children about how they were feeling post-operation. The children were happy to play with the doctors and cartoon stickers.

Little Ao (a pseudonym), a 5-year old boy from Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, was sleeping but a new doll appeared at the head of his bed from the doctors and nurses. His upper lip was still swollen due to the surgery the day before. The doctor gave some advice about postoperative care and other important matters, Little Ao’s mother taking notes with gratitude. 

“He is a really sensible child," little Ao's mother told reporters, "when Anesthesia was gone, he only complained about the pain, but did not cry." Two months after birth, Little Ao had surgery on his upper lip, but at that time, the doctor just made a simple stitch, leaving a gap and scars. When his kindergarten classmates asked him why his mouth was not like theirs, Little Ao felt very sad and had low self-esteem. His family felt very sad seeing the pain in his heart.

"This time, he himself wanted the surgery. When I asked him, 'how about having plastic surgery to make your mouth more beautiful?’  He nodded and said, ‘yes’ immediately.” Today, Little Ao’s family is very pleased with him, who is considerate and lovely. They are waiting for the doctor's approval to be discharged from the hospital, and with gratitude they say, "thanks the doctors and ‘Alliance for Smiles’ this operation has changed the rest of his life. Thank you for all that you have done for him." 

6 Surgeries Every Day. A Satisfactory Outcome

They have completed the preoperative screenings for 88 patients, 67 surgeries, and helped 54 patients with cleft lips and palates in just 10 days. This is the satisfactory outcome of the co-operation between Chinese and foreign health care workers.

Liu Dengfeng, the attending doctor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of the Stomatology Hospital Affiliated to Wenzhou Medical University, said that in the past 10 days, the Chinese and foreign medical team got up at 6:00 am every day. After a quick breakfast, they would plan out the day’s work and at 7:30 am they would make rounds. Operations would start at 8:00 in the morning and end at about 7:00 in the evening. On average, they did about 6 surgeries everyday.

Besides 19 foreign experts from "American Alliance for Smiles ", participants included local medical staff and volunteers from Wenzhou Medical University. In total there were more than 70 people involved. Before the activities, 746,000 Yuan was raised with some donated medical equipment with the help of the Chinese Charity Federation, Wenzhou Chamber of Commerce, and other institutions.

For the past eight years, through joint efforts of the Chinese and foreign staff, "Alliance for Smiles" has carried out 10 large-scale medical aid charity projects. They have been to Guangyuan in Sichuan Province, Taizhou in Zhejiang Province, Qiqihar in Heilongjiang Province, Zhangzhou in Fujian Province, Bijie in Guizhou Province, and many more places. They have received community donations of more than 15 million Yuan, and have benefited nearly 2,000 children.

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