Mission to URDANETA 2017


The team operated on 28 children, performing 35 procedures at Urdaneta District Hospital, at Urdaneta over a period of seven operating days.

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

The nurses were Erin McIntosh, David Lovett Ashleigh McIntosh, Nicole Johnson, Ruth Goodchild, Liz Ingham, Malika Burke, Frank Mikl & 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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