Dr. Joel Levin, Plastic Surgeon with Baptist Hospital of Miami, explains they have people in charge, into the Operation smile organization, who transport containers with surgical material into different countries they visit. The team average is 40 members. He affirms everybody in the team is equal.
17 years ago, Dr. Joel Levin, Plastic Surgeon with Baptist Hospital of Miami, was very active with the international organization Operation Smile, and asked them for a mission. The experience was very successful and “Day of Smiles" was born. Dr. Levin explains before the surgery, children do not want anyone to see them. After the operation they are reborn. Surgery changes their lives. Cleft lip and cleft palate are the most common surgeries performed by the Day of Smiles missions, the expert affirms. However, he explains during the day, they perform other procedures for facial deformities, hands or congenital problems.
Alejandro Izasa, a patient of Dr. Joel Levin, Plastic Surgeon with Baptist Hospital of Miami, shares his experience with “The Day of Smiles" mission. He affirms he was very deformed, because he had some scars and other deformities in his body. That's why he didn't want people to see him. He says he didn't want to see himself. He affirms people did a lot of bullying on him.
Dr. Joel Levin, Plastic Surgeon with Baptist Hospital of Miami, explains the team of the “Day of Smiles" involves 6 surgeons and 6 anesthesia people and a large team of nurses, assistants and a lot of people who donate their time and the Hospital donates its services. The doctor says this is an event that happens once a year.
Dr. Joel Levin, Plastic Surgeon with Baptist Hospital of Miami, says aside from travel time to exotic and wonderful places, the mission with Operation Smile lasts about a week. He explains in those places, specialists see 450 families. Only a third of the kids are getting operated on, because in most of the cases, kids have another serious illness and physicians canâ€™t put them on a risk.