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Salisbury surgeon to take cleft lip and palate mercy mission to India 

21 December 2009 16:51
Salisbury District Hospital cleft lip and palate surgeon Victoria Beale will fly out to Nagpur in India on January 13 as part of a mercy mission to help children with cleft lip and palate deformities. 
Victoria and team in India 

Victoria (centre) pictured with nurses from Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, Dr George Teturswarmy (back 2nd left) and Dr Pattabiraman Venkataram (back left) in Nagpur, January 2009.

Victoria will travel to Nagpur with the Northern Cleft Foundation, a group of doctors and nurses who volunteer to use their skills to help people in remote parts of the world who do not have access to sophisticated hospital facilities and services.
Victoria said: "This is my fourth cleft trip with the same organisation and my second visit to Nagpur. Last year we operated on 68 patients and there are already 120 patients registered for this year's cleft camp."
"I will be joined by a team of anaesthetists, nurses and three other cleft lip and palate surgeons from around the UK. We will run three operating theatres for up to 14 hours a day and have the offer of a fourth operating theatre in a nearby hospital to ensure that we don't have to turn any patients away."
"We will also be supported by doctors and nurses at Lata Mangeshkar Hospital and the Nagpur West branch of the Rotary Club International who do a lot of preparatory work before we arrive."
In the UK surgeons will repair cleft lips when children are around three to four months old and normally cleft palates before the child is one.
In India many people cannot afford to pay for their surgery, so the team will see older children and some adults with unrepaired clefts.
Notes to editors:
The Northern Cleft Foundation was established Dr George Teturswarmy, an anaesthetist from Blackburn. He initially set up a charity to help replace outdated operating theatre equipment in Indian hospitals. On one visit to Mysore he noticed a group of children playing football in a field next to the hospital some of whom had unrepaired cleft lip and palates. He realised that they could not afford to have surgery and returned the following year with a team including a cleft surgeon.
The 2010 trip will be the organisations ninth cleft camp with previous camps in Mysore, Hyderabad, Kerala and Nagpur.
The Northern Cleft Foundation is a not for profit organisation and relies heavily on fundraising to fund the cost of each cleft lip / palate repair.
For information on how to make a donation please contact or visit
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170
Page Last Updated: 08/05/2014 10:07 
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