BCH to perform corrective facial surgeries for free

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A child’s smile is one of the greatest joys of life. Unfortunately, one in 800 children in the United States is born with a facial deformity.

For the 12th year, Baptist Children’s Hospital will donate its facilities and charitable funds to perform corrective facial surgeries and other clinically needed reconstructive procedures for South Florida children. These operations will be provided at no cost for children whose families are unable to pay for these types of services.

A screening to identify children who may be candidates for surgery will take place on Saturday, May 18, at Baptist Children’s Hospital. The surgeries will take place on Saturday, June 15.

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, also will donate their time and expertise for this cause.

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. They also must present documentation substantiating their parents’ or guardian’s previous 12 months gross income.

A financial screening must take place before the clinical screening on May 18. To make an appointment for the financial screening, call Baptist Children’s Hospital at 786-596-3673.

For more information, visit www.BaptistHealth.net and connect with BaptistHealthSF on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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