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February 09, 2015

Congenital Amniotic Band Syndrome of the face is a very rare condition, occurring in less than one out of 500,000 live births. But figures didn’t mean anything to Shelon’s mother and father. Their son was born with a horrible deformity, and they were devastated.

February 02, 2015

Bolivia was one of the first countries served by the newly-created ICSF in early 2006. Eighteen Bolivian missions later, Dr. Williams recounts, “LaPaz is so high in elevation that I have always had a little trouble sleeping at nights due to the lower oxygen levels.

December 14, 2014

“You can’t change the world,” said my doctor friend in 2004, after I told him of my plans to leave all medical practice in the U.S. for the developing world. My friend had uttered these words in an effort to convince me that giving up my plastic surgery career in the U.S. would not be in my best interest.

October 26, 2014

Jonathan Almencion was four years old when his mother first brought him to have his cleft palate treated at ICSF’s Cadiz, Philippines, cleft palate mission in 2011.

September 24, 2014

It was late March 1998 when Dr. Geoff Williams was invited by a team of his Taiwanese mentors to join them in a free cleft palate mission to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

September 06, 2014

As I sat there in the Cebu, Philippines, pre-operative clinic I almost had to look away from the horribly deformed teenage girl sitting in front of me.

April 28, 2014

Encyclopedia Britannica contacted Dr. Geoff Williams in December 2013 to request that he rewrite the online encyclopedia’s cleft lip and palate section.

March 11, 2014

You are a young mother living in the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia. Your country is the poorest in South America. You have a new baby—your first, but all is not well. Although you, your young husband, and your mother and father had, with great joy, anticipated the birth of your first child, your hopes were dashed when your daughter was born with a number of birth defects.

February 13, 2014

None of the kids in Sandangan, Zamboanga Del Norte, Philippines, knew who the mysterious new girl was. She had suddenly appeared as though she belonged there.

January 09, 2014

Since its first full year of operation in 2006, ICSF has performed free surgeries and taught local health professionals in all four hemispheres of the world, every year, up to the present.

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