Tamatave, Madagascar medical mission
Operation Smile conducted a medical mission in Tamatave, Madagascar. Operation Smile medical volunteers provided healthcare assessments to 156 patients and provided 119 surgeries at the Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona Hospital. Our team included 60 volunteers from 11 countries. This mission was Operation Smile's tenth medical mission in Madagascar.
Two days before the start of the mission in Tamatave, Operation Smile held an extended post-operative assessment in the capital of Antananarivo. During this assessment, our team met families whose lives were changed during prior missions in Antananarivo. One of the patients was a little boy named Fanevasoa, a 14-month-old with a bright and contagious smile. His bilateral cleft lip was repaired by Operation Smile in April 2014. His family traveled three hours from Antsirabe to ensure that Fanevasoa would receive the care he needed in April, and they returned again for this check-up.
Fanevasoa was 9 months old when he received surgery for his cleft lip. At that time, he was still too young to receive the surgery on his palate, but at 14 months, he was now eligible to have his palate fixed. Since his lip was repaired, his father noted that feeding him was easier, and that he had put on a healthy amount of weight. His father heard about the mission in Tamatave, and planned to travel more than 11 hours to the mission site with Fanevasoa in hopes of having his son’s palate repaired.
Following the post-operative assessment, they made the journey to Tamatave in order to attend the mission. Fanevasoa went to the screening and was selected to receive surgery. After surgery, Fanevasoa experienced a smooth recovery. We know that his life will be forever changed thanks to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers.
Take a look at the gallery below to see inspiring photos from this medical mission in Tamatave.
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