Rambam Doctors Bring Smiles to Vietnam | IFCJ
Skip Navigation

Rambam Doctors Bring Smiles to Vietnam

This is a place holder image for bridge blog posts without an image selected.

Two doctors from Rambam Health Care Campus, an Israeli hospital that The Fellowship has supported for many years, recently returned from a marathon of operations that have brought fresh hope to hundreds of children in Vietnam:

Last week, two surgeons from Rambam Medical Center in Haifa – Omri Amudi and Zach Sharony – returned from Vietnam, where they participated in an international project called “Operation Smile.” They were part of a team of approximately 300 other doctors who operated 12 hours a day in order to complete over 500 surgeries.

Operation Smile provides free reconstructive surgery for cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe. The 30-year-old program has been operating in Vietnam for the past 25 years and has completely eradicated cleft palate and cleft lip among adults there.

These potentially life-saving surgeries are performed mainly in developing countries for impoverished populations, where facial birth defects are widespread. ...

The Israeli doctors participating in the program not only bring innovation and empathy to their patients, but as part of an international team of doctors, also serve as medical ambassadors.

Working with Drs. Amudi and Sharony were physicians from 18 other countries, including Morocco and Jordan. They devoted some time to getting to know each other.

“The atmosphere among doctors was extremely convivial.  Our free time was filled with conversation, jokes and mutual invitations,” said Dr. Sharony, adding, “The cliché that medicine is a bridge between cultures was more apparent than ever.”

A pleasant surprise was a visit by Mee Huang, Miss Vietnam of 2011, who came by to offer support. The program had touched her heart, she said, and she decided to join the delegation. Huang assisted with translations and offered encouragement to the children and participants.

Tags: Stories , Partnerships and People , Advocacy

Previous Post

Next Post

Elderly woman looking up at the sky, hands clasped praying.

Hope for God's People

We see the Lord’s hand on Israel through the dedication of Fellowship friends who stand for Israel, pray, and give to Her most vulnerable people. Please join us in proclaiming your love and support for the Jewish people. Your tax-deductible gift today will provide basic necessities like food, medicine, heat, as well as hope and light for needy Jews in the Holy Land. Your best monthly gift will make a lifesaving impact all year long.

Donate Now
Landscape photo of Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock in the foreground.

Visit Israel

Here you’ll find an array of useful information on accommodations, transportation, exchanging currency, Israel's climate and customs, and much more. So get the most out of your trip to Israel with the help of The Fellowship.

Read More

About The Fellowship (IFCJ)

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) funds humanitarian aid to the needy in Israel and in Jewish communities around the world, promotes prayer and advocacy on behalf of the Jewish state, and provides resources that help build bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews.

Read More