Queen Rania Provides Some Light Relief to Operation Smile Patients

November 12, 2007

(Office of Her Majesty, Press Department – Sahab) Accompanied by a host of colorful balloons and cheerful teddy bears, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah visited Operation Smile’s youngest patients in Jordan to distract the children from pre-operative fears and post-operative pains.

Operation Smile, a nonprofit medical services organization, is marking its 25th anniversary by carrying out 5,000 operations through 40 simultaneous medical missions in 25 countries this month.

There are 120 Jordanian, Iraqi and Palestinian children receiving cleft pallet correction surgeries, at the Jamil Toutanji Hospital in Sahab.

Queen Rania and the teddies laughed, chatted, and tickled their way around the wards, to the delight of children whose new found smiles brought particular joy to the Queen and many relieved parents

Queen Rania, who is Honorary Chairperson of Operation Smile Jordan, also met the medical staff and volunteers. “These life changing surgeries are only made possible through the selfless contributions of surgeons and health professionals from around the world,” she said. Over 1,500 volunteers are aiding Operation Smile in their November mission.

For more information on the organization please visit: http://www.operationsmile.org/