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Emergenza Sorrisi’s record-breaking mission to Iraq

Emergenza Sorrisi’s latest mission to Iraq treated 120 patients in a single mission. This was a new record for the Italy-based non-profit organisation, which in this mission focused providing on burn sequels treatment to children in need.

These were children and young adults whose life had been changed in a few minutes due to domestic accidents, road accidents or war traumas – preventing them to have a normal dignified life because of the inevitable post-burn scars, contractures and other deformities which collectively have aesthetic and functional influence.

The mission took place at Al-Habobbi Hospital in Nasiriyah, with the support of the Thi Qar Ministry of Health. The team from Emergenza Sorrisi was composed of plastic and maxillofacial surgeons, anesthesiologists, intensivists and nurses.

Travel for the team was sponsored by the Emirates Airline Foundation through the generous donations of Skywards Miles. The foundation is a long-time supporter of Emergenza Sorrisi, sponsoring a number of their latest missions, including a previous mission to Iraq that achieved surgery for 90 patients, and a mission to Bangladesh which achieved 29 surgeries for patients on the Emirates-Friendship floating hospital.

Commenting on this latest mission to Iraq, team leader Dr Francesca Pacelli said, “Everybody was coming to thank us for the past work, and also to ask us to help.

“Smiles, humanity, brotherhood and solidarity – these are the words which come to my mind, and have pushed us to work harder and harder. We have been asked to go again, and there is actually a great need.”

Emergenza Sorrisi’s record-breaking mission to IraqEmergenza Sorrisi’s record-breaking mission to Iraq

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