Baptist Children’s Hospital to perform annual free corrective facial surgeries

A child’s smile is one of the greatest joys of life.

For the 15th year, Baptist Children’s Hospital will host “Day of Smiles to help” children with facial deformities smile a bit brighter. The hospital annually donates its facilities and charitable funds to perform corrective facial surgeries and other clinically needed reconstructive procedures for South Florida children. The operations will be provided at no cost for children whose families are unable to pay for these types of services.

Types of facial deformities that can be corrected include cleft palates, cleft lips, scars, tumors, burns, ear deformities, port wine birthmarks and congenital hand deformities. Baptist Children’s Hospital doctors from various specialties, including plastic surgery, dentistry and anesthesiology, will donate their time and expertise for this cause.

A screening to identify children who may be candidates for surgery is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, at Baptist Children’s Hospital. The surgeries will take place on Saturday, June 11.

To be eligible, patients must meet certain surgical and financial criteria. Patients must be age 18 or younger and residents of Miami-Dade, Broward or Monroe counties. A detailed financial screening must occur before the clinical screening on May 21.

To make an appointment for the financial screening, call Baptist Children’s Hospital at 786-596-3673 or send email to

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