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Colón, Panama medical mission

May 28 – Jun 9 2015
Colón medical mission
Medical Missions

Operation Smile will conduct a medical mission in Colón, Panama, as part of a multi-site mission with the USNS Comfort, the U.S. Navy’s humanitarian assistance mission Continuing Promise. Operation Smile's team of 20 international volunteers will provide reconstructive surgery to 100 patients in Colón. 

U.S. Navy hospital ship, USNS Comfort, departed from Naval Station Norfolk on a five-month mission to provide surgical, dental and veterinary services, as well as basic infrastructure support and construction in 11 countries: Belize, Colombia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Panama.

“Operation Smile is honored to participate in the Continuing Promise 2015 mission with the USNS Comfort,” said Operation Smile Co-Founder and CEO, Dr. Bill Magee. “Following our successful participation with the USNS Comfort in both 2007 and 2009 to provide life-changing surgeries, we along with our medical volunteers are again excited to join with the Comfort’s crew in bringing hundreds of new smiles to children in Nicaragua, Panama, Dominican Republic and Haiti.”

The 50-person Operation Smile medical team, which includes plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, dentists and speech therapists, will be working side-by-side with the Navy to provide free cleft surgery to 400 patients during the following mission stops: Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Panama.

This partnership with the USNS Comfort marks the seventh time Operation Smile has been invited to participate in a Navy humanitarian assistance mission. In the summer of 2006, Operation Smile volunteers deployed with the USNS Mercy to Chittagong, Bangladesh and provided 140 free physical examinations and reconstructive surgery to 54 patients.  Then in the summer of 2007, Operation Smile joined the USNS Comfort during its humanitarian assistance deployment.  Operation Smile volunteers and the ship’s medical team worked together during missions in Nicaragua, Peru and Colombia, providing more than 100 children with free reconstructive surgery.  From May-August 2008, Operation Smile joined the USNS Mercy during its summer humanitarian civic assistance deployment and worked together in the Philippines, Vietnam, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea and treated nearly 300 patients suffering with cleft lip and cleft palate.  And Operation Smile worked with Navy personnel aboard USS Kearsarge in August 2008 to provide surgery to 29 children in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua.  In 2009, Operation Smile joined the USNS Comfort in Chinandega, Nicaragua and most recently, Operation Smile participated on the USNS Mercy humanitarian mission in 2010 to Timor-Leste.

This partnership with the USNS Comfort marks the seventh time Operation Smile has been invited to participate in a Navy humanitarian assistance mission.

 

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