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PEI-Sponsored Student Returns from Operation Smile Mega Mission

PEI sponsored University of Limerick final year medical student Mike O’Callaghan to participate in an Operation Smile mission in Guwahati, India as part of the Operation Smile Student Fellowship. The mission took place between 10th and 20th December 2010 and was a huge success, with Mike declaring it a “life-changing experience”.

 

As part of a group of highly-skilled healthcare professionals, Operation Smile coordinators and local volunteers, Mike helped provide safe, sustainable treatment for children with facial deformities in Guwahati.  

  

During his time in India Mike was involved in the entire surgical process and spent the week gradually progressing from pre-op, theatre, and finally post-op, whilst liaising with the various healthcare professionals and local staff in each area. In this time the team completed 400+ operations on cleft lips and palates, with each patients’ (and their families) lives changed.

 

Mike has said that his ten days on this mission will be a time he will never forget and was an opportunity that made him further appreciate the job that Operation Smile do.

Further insight into Mike’s Operation Smile “Mega Mission” can be found by clicking the link on the right.

  

Operation Smile is a non-profit volunteer medical service organisation that facilitates and organises medical missions to provide safe sustainable treatment for children with facial deformities in the developing world.

 

The Operation Smile Student Fellowship was established in order to provide medical students with an opportunity to participate in international medical missions and to expand their understanding of, and dedication to, the humanitarian nature of the medical services field. The missions last an average of 10 to 12 days depending on the country concerned.

  

If you would like to contribute to Operation Smile’s efforts, further information is available from the Operation Smile website.       

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