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Operation Smile embarks on ‘Mega Mission’ in DRC

Medical teams are in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi aiming to perform 250 cleft lip and palate surgeries.

FILE: Operation Smile South Africa provides free surgeries to repair facial deformities for children around the globe. Picture: Free Images.

CAPE TOWN - A South African children's medical charity that performs effective cleft lip and palate surgeries is embarking on what it's calling a 'Mega Mission' in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Two Operation Smile medical teams are currently in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, where they're aiming to perform 250 corrective surgeries on affected children this week.

Operation Smile South Africa provides free surgeries to repair facial deformities for children around the globe.

The charity's director Jason Sive says their goal is to give these youngsters a chance to live a normal life.

"The procedure for a cleft lip about 45 minute, then for a palate it's close to 90 minutes. Kids generally recover quickly; it's not a complicated procedure and the specialist surgeons are top doctors from around the world."

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