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Baptist Children’s Hospital offering corrective facial surgeries for free

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

For the 13th 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 31, at Baptist Children’s Hospital. The surgeries will take place on Saturday, June 21.

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.

To be eligible, patients must meet certain surgical and financial criteria. Patients must be 18 years old or younger and residents of Miami-Dade, Broward or Monroe counties.

A detailed financial screening must take place before the clinical screening on May 31. To make an appointment for the financial screening, call Baptist Children’s Hospital at 786-596-3673.

Baptist Children’s Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net.

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