In celebration of its Silver Jubilee, De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, through its De La Salle University Medical Center, partnered with Operation Smile International (OSI) to conduct an international mission to operate on patients with cleft lip and palate. Dubbed “iSmile with 1 La Salle,” the mission was held November 26 – December 2 at the De La Salle University Medical Center.
This year’s mission is the third that DLSUMC has hosted for Operation Smile. As a host, DLSUMC provides for laboratory tests for the screening of patients, the operating room facilities, recovery rooms, transportation, and board and lodging of the OSI volunteers. This year, a total of 245 patients were screened and 147 qualified for surgery.
Dr. Bill Magee, who founded Operation Smile in Naga City, Philippines 30 years ago, visited the hospital on Nov 28 where DLSHSI President Br. Gus Boquer FSC welcome him and his wife Kathy Magee and the OSI team. During the brief visit, Br. Gus assured Dr. Magee of DLSHSI’s support for their ministry. “We share the same ministry to take care of those who are in most need of care, so we are committed to help in any way we can to pursue this magnificent ministry,” said Br. Gus.
DLSHSI and OSI will also explore the possibility of collaborating for an extensive research effort to better understand the causes of clefting.