Swedish Experts Help Children with Facial Differences Face The World with A Smile

The program "For the Smile of a Child" is a cooperation and support between the Uong Bi's Vietnam-Sweden General Hospital , the Blekinge Uong Bi Association, the Rotary Club (Sweden) and the Quang Ninh's Children Sponsorship Fund. The program has been bringing smiles to many children, allowing them to confidently integrate with their peers.
November 30, 2022 | 08:54
Swedish experts and hospital's doctors, staff pose for a photo. Source: Vietnam - Sweden Hospital Uong Bi
Swedish experts and hospital's doctors, staff pose for a photo. Source: Vietnam - Sweden Hospital Uong Bi

Over the past 10 years, the Blekinge Uong Bi Association has accompanied Vietnam - Sweden Hospital Uong Bi organize the surgery program "For a Child's Smile" with the support of Rotary Club of Malmö-Öresund and Quang Ninh Provincial Children Sponsorship Fund. The program has been succeeded in transforming the lives of many children.

On November 19th through the 24th, the program took place in Vietnam - Sweden Hospital Uong Bi with the participation of several foreign experts. 18 children were screened, and 7 healthy children were operated on in this batch. Among them are many children who have undergone surgery to correct cleft lip or palate at the hospital. This time they were hospitalized to fix the cleft palate.

This year, Dr. Magnus Becker and nurse Annika Uvemark, Swedish experts who have many years of accompanying the program, continued to participate in and coordinate the implementation of the program.

All expenses for surgery, hospital stay, and living expenses during the days of treatment at the Hospital are completely free. During their work at the hospital, the expert delegation also organized many training sessions to share experiences on care and nutrition for young children, especially children with cleft lip and palate deformities.

Over the years, the programme has succeeded in transforming the lives of many children and youth.
Over the years, the programme has succeeded in transforming the lives of many children and youth. Source: Vietnam - Sweden Hospital Uong Bi

When speaking about the success of his son's surgery, Pham Van Duoc living in Quang Yen town, could not hide his emotions. In 2016, his son had surgery to repair cleft palate at the hospital. He was only 3 years old then, Duoc shared.

"Fortunately this time, he continued to be supported by the program. He will have a more beautiful smile. Out there, I know there are many children with defects like mine, I hope they will soon know about the program and get support."

Along with carrying out surgical operations, Swedish experts also visited the families of the children after surgeries. In the journey to bring smiles to children with cleft palate and cleft palate this year, a delegation of Swedish experts visited the families of two children out of a total of more than 100 previous surgeries. The girl had surgery when she was only 6 months old, and the boy had surgery before he was one year old.

The encounters, although short, bring to their families as well as Vietnamese-Swedish experts joy and happiness when children have a "complete smile."

Source: Vietnam - Sweden Hospital Uong Bi
Source: Vietnam - Sweden Hospital Uong Bi
The delegation of experts present equipment to the hospital. Source: Vietnam - Sweden Hospital Uong Bi
The delegation of experts present equipment to the hospital. Source: Vietnam - Sweden Hospital Uong Bi
Providing training for Vietnamese doctors.  Source: Vietnam - Sweden Hospital Uong Bi
Providing training for Vietnamese doctors. Source: Vietnam - Sweden Hospital Uong Bi
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