Hospital brings a day filled with smiles

Yvonne Barbato, RN, helps prepare Maria Hassan, 19, for surgery to correct drooping eyelids.

Thirteen South Florida children, teens and young adults received the gift of a happy smile at Baptist Children’s Hospital during its recent annual “Day of Smiles.”

Doctors from various specialties, along with nurses, technologists, and other staff members, volunteered their time to help correct cleft lips and palates, nose revisions, drooping eyes, scars, burns and an eyebrow reconstruction. This is the ninth year the hospital has donated its facilities and provided free surgeries for children whose families couldn’t afford the operations.

“We just love this stuff,” said Joel Levin, MD, chief of plastic surgery at Baptist Hospital. “At the end of the day, we have a beautiful little child to give back to their parents. The surgeries are life-changing for these children.”

In addition to Dr. Levin, other volunteer physicians included plastic surgeons Jhonny Salomon, MD; Andres Bustillo- Lopez, MD; Rafael Gottenger, MD; Felix Freshwater, MD; Joo Bin, MD; John Cassel, MD; Anthony Wolfe, MD; oral surgeon Joseph McCain, DMD; ophthalmologist Junhee Lee, MD, and anesthesiologists Martin Moliver, MD; Sovietsky Moreta- Paredes, MD; Kevin Kueser, MD, and Alfredo Fernandez, MD.

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