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Twin girls receive birthday smiles

BY Smile Foundation

Twin girls who are unable to smile, to receive smiles for their first birthday
One-year old twins to receive-life changing surgery on their birthday.

 
A set of Eastern Cape twins who are unable to smile, will receive the priceless gift of a smile for their first birthday.
The two sisters, Onyeyichi and Onyeduchi Moses, suffer from a facial anomaly.
Tomorrow (Wednesday 21 May), on their first birthday, they will receive facial reconstructive surgery free of charge.

This is being made possible through the generous funding of Port Elizabeth International Airport and the support of Smile Foundation.
Ten other children with facial anomalies will also receive sponsored facial reconstructive surgery this week. 
The surgeries will take place during a mini Smile Week to be held from 21 – 23 May at the Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital.

Says Moira Gerszt, Operations Executive Director of Smile Foundation, “It is extremely humbling and rewarding to know that the surgeries will change the little girls and their family’s lives forever. The fact that the surgeries fall on their first birthday, makes it extra special. What better gift is there than the gift of a smile? ”
 
Gerszt continues, ““It is our pleasure to once again work together with Dr Chris van der Walt and his team at PE Provincial Hospital.  It is heart-warming to see how caring the surgeons and hospital staff are towards the patients and their families.”

Says Azad Cassim, Airport Manager, Port Elizabeth International Airport, “The Airports Company South Africa is proud to be associated with the Smile Foundation in making a difference in children’s lives.”


Currently one in 750 South African children is born with a facial condition. 

The Smile Foundation has been partnering with Academic Hospitals in South Africa for over 13
years to assist underprivileged children with facial anomalies, alleviating backlogs in the hospitals, encouraging skills transfer, offering psychological help before and after surgery and supporting hospital infrastructure.

The success of the Smile Week model has been widespread. To date, almost 1400 children have benefited from surgeries around the country through the partnership with state academic hospitals.

Twin girls who are unable to smile, to receive smiles for their first birthday

One-year old twins to receive-life changing surgery on their birthday.

 

Port Elizabeth, South Africa;

A set of Eastern Cape twins who are unable to smile, will receive the priceless gift of a smile for their first birthday.

The two sisters, Onyeyichi and Onyeduchi Moses, suffer from a facial anomaly.

Tomorrow (Wednesday 21 May), on their first birthday, they will receive facial reconstructive surgery free of charge.

 

This is being made possible through the generous funding of Port Elizabeth International Airport and the support of Smile Foundation.

Ten other children with facial anomalies will also receive sponsored facial reconstructive surgery this week. 

The surgeries will take place during a mini Smile Week to be held from 21 – 23 May at the Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital.

 

Says Moira Gerszt, Operations Executive Director of Smile Foundation, “It is extremely humbling and rewarding to know that the surgeries will change the little girls and their family’s lives forever. The fact that the surgeries fall on their first birthday, makes it extra special. What better gift is there than the gift of a smile? ”

 

Gerszt continues, ““It is our pleasure to once again work together with Dr Chris van der Walt and his team at PE Provincial Hospital.  It is heart-warming to see how caring the surgeons and hospital staff are towards the patients and their families.”

 

Says Azad Cassim, Airport Manager, Port Elizabeth International Airport, “The Airports Company South Africa is proud to be associated with the Smile Foundation in making a difference in children’s lives.”

 

 

Currently one in 750 South African children is born with a facial condition. 

 

The Smile Foundation has been partnering with Academic Hospitals in South Africa for over 13

years to assist underprivileged children with facial anomalies, alleviating backlogs in the hospitals, encouraging skills transfer, offering psychological help before and after surgery and supporting hospital infrastructure.

 

The success of the Smile Week model has been widespread. To date, almost 1400 children have benefited from surgeries around the country through the partnership with state academic hospitals.

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