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APROQUEN and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine give back smiles to children with cleft lip and palate.

From February 12thto 16th, APROQUEN held a medical mission with renowned doctors from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, along with doctors from APROQUEN, and successfully operated on 37 children with cleft lip and palate from remote areas throughout Nicaragua.

The medical team lead by Dr. Patrick Byrne, Facial Plastic Surgeon, included nurses, plastic surgeons, nurses, speech therapists, and nutritionists. “We have been coming for eight years, we love Nicaragua and we love Nicaraguan children. The relationship that we have with APROQUEN is what keeps us wanting to collaborate,” said Bryne.

The happiness to be able to talk, to eat and to smile naturally, will be a reality for these 37 children of different areas of the country.

In addition, to the surgeries, training was provided to APROQUEN’s nurses, pediatricians, speech therapists and nutritionist to enhance knowledge and skills for the multidisciplinary care of cleft lip and palate patients and improve quality treatment outcomes.