After her trip with Danné in sunny Beverley Hills, the beauty queen cum medical student flew to Peru to take part in Operation Smile; a warm not for profit organisation helping hundreds of children and young adults born with facial deformities, in developing countries.

Did you know that every three minutes, a child is born somewhere in the world with a cleft lip or palate? Sadly one in ten die before their first birthday!
This staggering statistic spurred Olivia to assist with this mission, and share with us her trip…

This is the first day of screening with Operation Smile. Tragic having to turn down some patients who had travelled over 1000km by bus and walking, to be seen! However so far 190 patients have been screened, and 119 scheduled for surgery in the coming days!

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Me with Dr. Mauricio from Colombia assessing and diagnosing cleft lips, palates, nasal deformities & fistulas to determine whether we can help!2

Scheduling Operation Rooms is a tough job and very important as there are a number of requirements – unfortunately not all the kids who are eligible for surgery can be scheduled 3

Screening is a long, long day so kids (both potential patients and siblings) need to be entertained!

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This 10-day-old baby with a bilateral cleft lip and palate travelled over 1000 km to be screened for surgery, but we are unable to operate on infants under 6 months old. Luckily if she returns next year Operation Smile will definitely be able to help her!!

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Unfortunately if the cases are complicated or require multiple surgeries and intensive postoperative care, then we can’t take them, as the mission can only provide care while we are in town.

If you would like to be involved with Operation Smile, simply visit http://australia.operationsmile.org for more information!

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