18 Aug 2011

Dr. Beatrice Wong: “From Tears to Smiles,the Secrets of Making Happy Faces”

We had Dr. Beatrice Wong as our speaker this evening, who talked about “From Tears to Smiles,the Secrets of Making Happy Faces”.  Dr. Wong worked in the Department of Surgery, United Christian Hospital since 2001 and became a specialist paediatric surgeon in 2008 and was promoted to Associate Consultant in Paediatric Surgery in 2010, serving both United Christian Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Her sub-specialty interests are paedatric minimal invasive surgery and cleft surgery in children. Currently, apart from private practice, she also working as a part-time Associate Consultant Paediatric Surgeon in United Christian Hospital and a specialist surgeon, Cleft Centre of United Christian Hospital.

A cleft is an opening in the lip, the roof of the mouth or the soft tissue in the back of the mouth. A cleft lip may be accompanied by an opening in the bones of the upper jaw and/or the upper gum. A cleft palate occurs when the two sides of a palate do not join together, resulting in an opening in the roof of the mouth. A cleft lip and palate can occur on one side (unilateral) or both sides (bilateral). A child can suffer from a cleft lip, a cleft palate or both. The exact cause is unknown. Scientists believe a combination of genetic and environmental factors, such as drugs, infections, maternal illnesses, maternal smoking and alcohol use, malnutrition.  Approximately one in every 750 babies in HK is born with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate.

Most surgeons agree that a cleft lip should be repaired by the time a baby is 3 months old. To repair the partition of mouth and nose as early as possible, a cleft palate generally repaired at the ages of 12 months. Dr. Wong showed us a video of how the surgery is performed.  At the end of the presentation, Dr. Wong shared with us the work of Matilda Children’s Foundation done to help the children.

Sergeant at Arms PP Danny collected HK$910 for raffle and fines.  PP Danny won a box of Chinese Tea as raffle prize.