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Smile Train Announces Milestone

Fri, 01/06/2012 - 5:53am

PRNewswire - Smile Train, the world's leading cleft charity with over 2,200 partner surgeons operating in over 1,100 partner hospitals in over 80 countries, has announced that it has performed its 250,000th cleft repair surgery in China. All 250,000 surgeries have been performed by local Chinese surgeons.

Smile Train was founded in 1999 with the mission of providing every child born with a cleft the same opportunities in life as a child born without. This milestone, marked by three reconstructive surgeries performed simultaneously by three local surgeons in three operating rooms in General Coal Hospital in Beijing, China, reflects the impact of the Smile Train model and how small donations can make large changes in children's lives.

Smile Train closely collaborates with the Ministry of Health of the People's Republic of China MOH, the China Charity Federation CCF, the Chinese Stomatological Association CSA, and partners with 397 hospitals throughout the country. Smile Train uses the latest technology to provide efficient surgeries to children around the world. The organization created the first virtual surgery software for cleft and produced an entire library of advanced 3-D animations used to train thousands of surgeons around the world.

Founded in 1999, Smile Train is the world's largest cleft charity with thousands of partners and programs in many of the world's poorest countries.

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