Smile China Mission 2001
In its first mission back in March 2001, the Smile China Project team - made up of renowned facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Joseph K. Wong, and two operating room nurses - traveled to two cities in northern China in remote mountainous areas in the foothills of the Himalayas. News of the arrival of the Smile China Project team spread quickly to the surrounding areas, and families and children trekked from as far as 1000 miles away to line up for a chance to have the surgery. Thirty-two cases were done in ten operating days, but many, many children had to be turned away.
The Smile China Project team also helped the local surgeons with current surgical techniques and explained the protocol of a complete cleft lip and palate program. With the training provided by the Smile China Project team, the community is one step closer to self-sufficiency in treating these facial deformities.
Read about the Mission in 2002