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Emergenza Sorrisi: 1,730 children have their smiles restored

The Emirates Airline Foundation supported the latest missions of the Italian organisation Emergenza Sorrisi (Doctors for Smiling Children) in Senegal and Iraq to provide life-changing surgeries for children born with facial deformities, cleft lip and palate, and children suffering severe burns. Travel for the Emergenza Sorrisi medical team was made possible thanks to generous donations of Skywards Miles given to the Emirates Airline Foundation by customers.

To date, 1,730 children have had their smiles restored through the missions supported by the Emirates Airline Foundation. Past missions supported by the foundation include a mission to Iraq that achieved surgery for 120 patients, and a mission to Bangladesh which achieved 29 surgeries for patients on the Emirates-Friendship floating hospital. .

The latest mission to Senegal marks the third mission of Emergenza Sorrisi in Dakar, and took place at the Hopital General de Grand Yoff. The team of volunteers included surgeons, anaesthesiologists, a paediatrician, a general physician, nurses and a mission coordinator. The team performed 40 life-changing surgical procedures and screened more than 100 children.

In Iraq, the Emergenza Sorrisi team consisted of maxillofacial and plastic surgeons, anaesthesiologists, a dentist, an orthopaedic surgeon, a neurosurgeon and four nurses. The mission took place at Al Habobby Hospital and Hospital Al Hussein Teaching Hospital. More than 400 patients were seen, and 180 children and young adults received free, life-changing surgery. Emergenza Sorrisi also provided training and donated equipment to the hospital to improve the treatment of burn sequels and surgical loops.

If you would like to help future missions like this one, you can donate your Skywards Miles to the Emirates Airline Foundation. Skywards Miles donations are used to allocate tickets to doctors and other volunteer professionals travelling on humanitarian missions around the world.

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