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60 people undergo cleft lip, palate surgery

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More than 60 people underwent cleft lip and palate surgery by American doctors at Harare Hospital last week.

Executive director of the programme, code named Operation of Hope, Jennifer Trubenbanch, said the operations were successful.

“We had successful operations this year. Everybody who was operated on went home well with their new look.

“We had an excellent turnout and we are glad that people came in their numbers for the operations,” said Trubenbanch.

“Some 150 people came for screening. However, we had to turn away babies as we could not conduct operations on small babies,” Trubenbanch said.

“Those who qualified were quite happy. For example we had one 60-year-old who had a lymphoma tumour on the neck which we managed to remove and the elderly patient was ecstatic after the operation.”

Since 2006, Operation of Hope has been performing operations on children and adults born with cleft palates and lips to correct the deformities.

They also aim to restore their ability to eat and speak, in addition to bring back the people’s self-esteem and ability to smile.

The team visit Zimbabwe twice a year and hundreds have benefited.

Trubenbanch said the programme continues next year

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