Operation Smile, the charity committed to providing thousands of free operations to people suffering from cleft lips and palates, will come to Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi at the end of July.

Up to 20 children and adults will receive transformative surgery from Operation Smile UAE at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi on July 28 and 29. The hospital will make two operating rooms available to the charity’s medical volunteers, along with food and other supplies.
After appealing for volunteers to assist with its first UAE mission, Operation Smile said that 186 staff from Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi stepped forward, more than twice the number needed.
“From the first time we came to Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, we were overwhelmed by the offers of help. It’s been really heartwarming,” said Morag Cromey-Hawke, executive director of Operation Smile in the UAE. “Everyone we came across from management downwards wanted to get involved to the extent that we have almost more support than we can use.”
The foundation Operation Smile UAE (OSUAE) was established in January 2011 under the patronage of HH Shaikha Aljazia Saif Mohd Al Nahyan, Wife of HH Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and works to provide cleft lip and cleft palate repair surgeries for children and adults all over the world. In addition to raising funds to perform the surgeries, OSUAE works to recruit medical volunteers and raise awareness about the condition.
While the foundation has supported operations around the world, this is the first time it has had access to the world-class facilities at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
“Often when we run an Operation Smile mission overseas, the facilities we get to use are quite basic and still the children and the parents are so grateful,” Ms Cromey-Hawke said. “Being able to use a facility like Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi for our mission will be an absolute dream for our patients and our volunteers. Here, patients will be able to have their own rooms where they can stay overnight with their parents or guardians, they will have access to some of the best medical facilities in the country and we know that the care they will be receiving will be absolutely top class.”
Every three minutes a child somewhere in the world is born with a cleft palate. In some countries, one in 10 will die before their first birthday. Many of the children who survive live their lives in shame, hiding their faces because of this tragic deformity.
Operation Smile was founded on the belief that no child should suffer or die because of a facial deformity. Internationally, since its founding in 1982, Operation Smile has provided more than 200,000 free surgeries to children and young adults around the world and over two million comprehensive healthcare evaluations.
Ann Williamson, Chief Clinical & Nursing Officer, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, said: “It is fitting that in the UAE Year of Giving, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has been able to assist Operation Smile in transforming people’s lives through surgery. We’ve been very pleased to see so many hard-working nurses and team-members from the hospital volunteer their time for this initiative.”
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has spent months preparing to host the event and ensuring that Operation Smile patients receive the same outstanding levels of care as all other Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi patients. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi volunteers participating in Operation Smile include: 21 Operating Room nurses, 32 nurses specializing in pre- and post-operative care, two surgeons, two anesthesia physicians, nine technicians and a number of non-clinical staff.


About Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, part of Mubadala’s network of world-class healthcare providers, is a multispecialty hospital on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is a unique and unparalleled extension of US-based Cleveland Clinic’s model of care, specifically designed to address a range of complex and critical care requirements unique to the Abu Dhabi population. Cleveland Clinic Abu
Dhabi has five Centers of Excellence in the following Institutes: Heart & Vascular, Neurological, Digestive Disease, Eye and Respiratory & Critical Care. Other Institutes include Surgical Subspecialties, Medical Subspecialties, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Imaging and Quality & Patient Safety. In all, more than 30 medical and surgical specialties are represented at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
The facilities at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi combine state-of-the-art amenities and world-class service standards. The hospital is a 364 (expandable to 490) bed facility, with five clinical floors, three diagnostic and treatment levels, and 13 floors of critical and acute inpatient units. It is a physician-led medical facility served by North American/European Board Certified (or equivalent) physicians. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi provides patients in the region direct access to the world’s best healthcare providers and Cleveland Clinic’s unique model of care, reducing their need to travel abroad for treatment.
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About Mubadala Healthcare
Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) is a catalyst for the economic diversification of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The company’s commercial strategy is built on the management of long-term, capital-intensive investments that deliver not only strong financial returns but tangible social benefits for the people of Abu Dhabi. In doing so, Mubadala is expanding the economic base of the Emirate and in turn, significantly contributing to the growth and diversification of the Abu Dhabi economy.
Mubadala Healthcare plays an instrumental role in the creation of a thriving healthcare sector for the Emirate. By establishing partnerships with renowned international medical institutions, it is actively investing to develop healthcare services that provide patients with world-class treatment in the UAE.
Mubadala Healthcare prioritizes the region’s most pressing healthcare needs through the creation of specialist healthcare facilities. Through collaborations with medical organizations such as Imperial College London and Cleveland Clinic, Mubadala Healthcare is bringing the highest standards of clinical expertise to the region and reducing the need for patients to travel abroad for treatment. Mubadala Healthcare evaluates potential projects both on their likely commercial returns as well as on their socio-economic impact. It aims to establish sustainable businesses, build regional capability and stimulate the overall development of the sector.
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