Mission to IBA 2019


The team screened a total of 38 patients, operated on 27 patients, performing 32 procedures at the President Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Hospital, Iba, Zambales, over a period of six operating days. 21 procedures were cleft lips, (14 primary & 7 revision procedures). There were 5 primary palate procedures performed, 2 Rhinoplasties, 1 Otoplasty & 3 dental extractions.

Dr Shiby Ninan from Royal Darwin Hospital and Dr Nitin Sharma from Hobart Hospital were the attending Surgeons. Dr Damian Castanelli and Dr Kushlani Stevens from Melbourne were the attending Anaesthesthologists.

The nurses were Erin McIntosh, Gwen Currey, Ashleigh McIntosh, Franz Mikl, Melissa Grey, Danielle Cook, Malika Burke, Nicole Johnson, & Tracey Madden.


Jenica had a bilateral cleft lip with an excoriated section on the lip tissue which oozed blood. She always wore a mask when in public. Thanks to surgery provided by Helping Children Smile INC, Jenica now no longer wears a mask in public, Jenica wears a beautiful smile.

Jenica at the post operative check-up clinic with her mum and Kate Rogers one of the nurses from Helping Children Smile.

Helping Children Smile Inc - Jenica After Surgery

Postal Address:

The Secretary
Helping Children Smile Inc.
100 Maleny-Kenilworth Road

Charity Store:

07 5476 3797
33 Howard Street
Nambour, Queensland, 4560, Australia
We are always looking for volunteers for the shop so if you can spare us a few hours per week please call the number above.

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