On March 9th 2019, Ariel Bruce, in her role as charity Trustee, accompanied the Overseas Plastic Surgery Appeal (OPSA) team on their March ‘Cleft Camp’ to Gujrat, Pakistan. This week long surgical camp sees teams of volunteer surgeons and staff from the UK & Ireland traveling to The Punjab Region to deliver life saving facial surgery to impoverished babies and children in the region.
In Pakistan facial abnormalities, including cleft lip and palate, are not routinely fixed at birth like in many other countries. The time and effort given up by the OPSA team allows thousands of poor an underprivileged children the chance at a normal childhood.
For the March Cleft Camp the OPSA team was able to do this by securing the help of a small film crew from Goldsmith’s University. With full access to the camp, the film crew were able to get some fantastic footage of the team hard at work as well as interviews with the families effected.
The OPSA surgical team spend the majority of the week operating, often from sun up until sun down, to see as many patients as possible. They were however joined by a very special guest during this camp, in the form of His Excellency President Mr Masood Khan, President of Azad Kashmir. The President attended a special lunch and congratulated the OPSA team on their hard work and life changing operations.
The film of the March Cleft Camp will be released very soon. To see more of the great work that OPSA do, and to donate to this worthwhile cause, please click on the website URL below: