KIMA - Korea International Medical Association


Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, 30 years of free facial deformity surgery, a smile on 6,000 children

July 11,2019

Taing, who lives in Vietnam, had an accident while playing with a rolling grenade on the street when he was 10. Fortunately, he saved his life, but another tragedy has happened. He got a disorder in which the skin melts down, the chin and chest stick together, and the fingers shrink. He lived in that condition for ten years. Because of the growth period, the body grows, the jaw and teeth have been altered because the chin and chest are attached. He didn't close my eyes very well either. He was shy because he had a severe appearance complex. He even had no eye contact with South Korean medical volunteers. Surgery was not possible in Vietnam. Professor Paik, Long-min, a plastic surgeon who was appointed to head Seoul National University Hospital in Bundang last month, brought Taing to Korea at the time. Then operated on his jawbone and fingers four to five times. Taing met a new world after surgery. The eyes were normal, the food was properly chewed and the hands were recovered to move. Seven to eight years later, Taing, who is nearly 30 years old, visited Professor Paik, Long-min's Vietnamese medical service site by train. Taing said, 'I learned work from the local blacksmith's shop, and I'm getting married.' In tears, Taing handed a bag of peanuts to Professor Paik. His words pulled at Professor Paik’s heartstrings. He said, “It was a proud and grateful moment. Facial deformities have a huge impact on society as well as individuals. It's a social responsibility that shouldn't be left unattended.' Dr. Paik is a doctor who has spent the past 30 years on surgery for children with facial deformities at domestic and foreign, such as Taing. He gives a smile by treating the face of a child with a cleft lip and palate. If you have a facial deformity, you are likely to live a closed life. One in every 500 people is born with congenital facial deformities. Dr. Paik had given a bright face for 1,150 children in South Korea and 4,400 children in Vietnam and Myanmar, through volunteer medical service.