Aga Khan University Hospital, Smile Train provide free of charge surgeries to kids | Aaj News

KARACHI: Aga Khan University Hospital in collaboration with a local NGO “Smile Train” has embarked upon a scheme to provide free-of-cost cleft lip and palate corrective surgeries to patients belonging to Balochistan.

Dr Fazulr Rehman, consultant plastic surgeon at AKUH sharing details of the initiative here Wednesday said “one hour of surgery can change the life of a cleft patient as it restores the function of the mouth and appearance, allowing a child to enjoy a normal, healthy future”.

In reply to a question, he said ideal time for surgery is 3 months for cleft lips and 6 months for cleft palates.

Mentioning that lives of 16 individuals have been turn around, the senior surgeon said cleft lips and palates are common birth defects in the country with an estimated incidence of one in every 523birth.

They have profound physical and psychological effects as drinking and feeding is difficult and ear and throat infections are common.“

Left untreated, a child with a cleft may have speech and language problems, poor growth due to poor nutrition, often be ignored and lack confidence, said Dr. Fazulr Rehman.

Source: Aaj TV

Author: ismailimail

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