Austin Smiles supports over 700 families affected by cleft lip and palate by hosting an annual Holiday Party at the Oasis on December 3, 2017 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Austin Smiles – The Austin Plastic Surgery Foundation is a 501c3 Austin-based, nonprofit organization that creates smiles and improves lives, by providing cleft lip and palate repair surgery for patients in Latin American mission countries. Austin Smiles provides comprehensive follow-up cleft care, training for local doctors and nurses in these communities abroad, and also provides local program support for patients in the Craniofacial and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Center at Dell Children’s Medical Center.
The children and families of the Dell Children’s Craniofacial and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Center Program will come to enjoy the holidays with other patients. The children visit Santa who gives them a gift, play games, and interact with each other. A toy drive for the children takes place until November 30, 2017, where donations can be dropped off at the Austin Smiles office.
Every three minutes or one in 500 – 750 births, a child is born with a cleft. Operations for clefts start at about three months and will continue into adulthood. A cleft affects a child’s ability to eat and get nutrition, have a higher risk of ear infections, low dental development, impaired speech language development, and higher risk of emotional trauma from peers due to bullying. Austin Smiles’ mission is to help children affected by clefts both physically and emotionally.
In Austin Smiles’ 30-year history 90 medical mission trips have been conducted to 10 countries with 4,586 patients served. Austin Smiles will take its 46th trip to El Salvador where over 200 surgeries will take place and 150 lives will be changed. Since 1990 Austin Smiles has impacted 2,728 patients in El Salvador and taken over 1,700 volunteers to combat cleft lip and palate in the country.
Learn more at Austin Smiles