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Group performs free surgeries on Nigerians with Cleft lips


An America based Non Governmental Organisation, Smile Train, said it has conducted free reconstructive surgeries on over 20,000 Nigerian children living with cleft lips and palate as well as congenital deformity.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Smile Train, Susannah Schaefer, disclosed this at the opening ceremony of a nursing training held at the National Hospital, Abuja. 

Schaefer noted that about 200,000 children around the globe born with cleft yearly must not be left to die with the deformity.
Cleft lip and palate are birth defects that occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy. These disorders can result in feeding, speech, and hearing problems.


Schaefer said the organisation, which has existed for about 20 years is an international children charity providing funding and resources for treatment of children with cleft lips and palate.
She said her organisation has trained over 30,000 medical professionals in reconstructive maxillofacial surgeries.
Earlier, Chief Medical Director, National Hospital Abuja, Dr. Jeff Momoh disclosed that it cost about $400 per patient to perform surgery for cleft lip and palate at the hospital.

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