Smile Train partner Amin Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Hospital celebrates 1,000th cleft surgery

Dr. Mughese Amin (center) celebrates his hospital's 1,000th Smile Train with his staff and  lucky patient Abdullah, being held by his father, Abdur Rehman.

Dr. Mughese Amin (center) celebrates his hospital’s 1,000th Smile Train with his staff and lucky patient Abdullah, being held by his father, Abdur Rehman.

Bahawalpur, PakistanSmile Train partner surgeon Dr. Mughese Amin recently wrote to inform us of his hospital’s 1,000th Smile Train surgery. A Smile Train partner since 2008, Dr. Mughese manages his Smile Train program at Amin Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Hospital, which he founded. He is also an Associate Professor & Head of the Department Plastic Surgery at Quaid E Azam Medical College and Victoria Hospital located in Bahawalpur, Pakistan.

Our 1,000th Smile Train patient, one-and-a-half-year-old Abdullah, son of Abdur Rehman, came to Amin Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Hospital after his father saw an advertisement about Smile Train in a newspaper. Abdullah’s father told me that this was his only son after six daughters and that Abdullah is very precious for him and his family. When I met the family I saw that the father of the child also had a cleft lip. This chap had spent a whole of his life with this cleft. I asked him if I could operate on him as well, but he said he was too old now and would come later for his surgery. He was not much interested in his surgery at the time.

Father and son before Abdullah's surgery. His father, Abdur, will receive cleft surgery shortly.

Father and son before Abdullah’s surgery. His father, Abdur, will receive cleft surgery shortly.

Abdullah’s father said he is very poor so he could not afford surgery. When I examined Abdullah his father asked me hesitantly what was the fee for surgery. I said, “Nothing. It is free.” He was surprised when I told him this. Very unfortunately the person from his village who brought son and father to my hospital took 3,000 Rupees (about $30 USD) from them claiming it was a doctor fee. I then called that chap and got Abdullah’s father his money back.

Please join everyone here at Smile Train in congratulating Dr. Mughese and his hospital for this huge smilestone!

One thought on “Smile Train partner Amin Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Hospital celebrates 1,000th cleft surgery

  1. There is something especially poignant about this picture. Imagine that your son was given a second chance, but that you had spent your whole life also with this condition . And then to find out that you were to have this operation as well giving you the same second chance. A double resurrection, I love this, Bravo ! Smile Train

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