Children born with congenital facial deformities suffer from physiologic and psychosocial disturbances. Congenital craniofacial deformities range in severity from the common cleft lip and palate to severe skeletal malformations that can affect multiple bones of the face or skull. Such anomalies can lead to significant, life-threatening issues such as airway compromise. Socially, children with uncorrected facial anomalies grow with the stigma of being abnormal. Many suffer from low self-esteem and some may never attain the confidence to realize their potential. Surgical correction requires highly trained pediatric craniofacial surgeons and may entail a multi-stage, multi-disciplinary, and multi-year effort to accomplish.
Craniofacial defects or anomalies are abnormalities that occurs in the bones of the skull or face. Approximately eight (8) million children are born with a serious birth defects annually. Approximately three (3) million children under the age of five (5) die because of serious defects or disabled or disfigured for life.
There are currently no craniofacial centers that exist in Southeast Asia with the exception of Singapore. Thus, care for all children with craniofacial anomalies outside of Singapore is provided, via philanthropic efforts.
As care for craniofacial children does not begin or end with surgery alone, establishment of a local multi-disciplinary team of physicians is essential to any center of excellence. Depending on the case, the team will generally consist of pediatricians, dentists, orthodontists, speech pathologists, audiologists, and surgeons.
Our goals consist of delivering surgical and multidisciplinary care to underserved children with craniofacial anomalies.
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Children with congenital facial deformities suffer physiologically and psychosocially. We hope to alleviate their suffering and put a smile on their face.