The mission

Our mission has been a wonderful experience by all – team members as well as patients. Patients have come as far as five hours away just to be evaluated for surgery. Most have been accepted a few were not due to heart disease, TB, and infections. Some young adults with cleft palate are regularly rejected by missions because the surgery would not improve their speech. However we were able to serve several teenagers and young adults due to the expertise of our surgeons. One of our lead surgeons, Doctor Hector Santos, has a clinic in Manilla and we were able to refer a few to his clinic where he is conducting a study of the best way of treating the older cleft palate patients. We all felt very good about the mission and truly feel blessed to be a a part of this mission.