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A Reason to Smile

Apr 18th 2012 at 2:17 AM

Global Smile Foundation (GSF) was formed in 2008 as a Massachusetts not-for-profit corporation. The founding members are a group of dedicated volunteers and medical professionals who have been actively involved with global outreach programs for the last 24 years in countries in Latin America, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent. Their goal is to alleviate the suffering of underserved patients born with facial congenital deformities with special emphasis on cleft lips and palates.


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When a child is born with a facial deformity, or a cleft palate; it is devastating for the parents.  And it is especially frightening for parents who live in areas where there are not proper facilities, surgeons or resources for anything but the most necessary medical care. All parents want the best for their child – and the fear of having a child who will be mocked, stared at, or possibly, ostracized, runs deep. They just want their baby to have the same chance as other children. Global Smile Foundation offers corrective surgeries and comprehensive care for children who would not otherwise have the access to reconstructive surgeons.  But, it isn’t just surgeries that GSF provides – they provide hope…and the chance to have a childhood; and later on, the chance to date and have a livelihood to sustain these children and their families.  In short, they not only provide the ability to smile…but,  a reason to smile.


NOTE : This Article is originally posted by plasticsurgeryblog.

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