20 Oct 2017

Kiribati infants receive cleft palates surgery in Taiwan

2:54 pm on 20 October 2017

Two infants from Kiribati, who were born with cleft lips and palates, have undergone successful surgery in Taiwan.

The two babies, Langley Beniata and Iotebwa Kantaro, had severe congenital orofacial cleft, meaning their lips, palates and gums were split.

Their cases were brought to the attention of Taiwan by doctor Wang Shih-hsin who had been working in Kiribati.

The news channel Focus Taiwan reports the infants are recovering well, according to doctors.

Following the completion of surgery the infants's parents said they were overcome with joy.

They were brought to Taipei last month for surgery with the assistance of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in conjunction with the Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation.

Mr Wang said that in Kiribati, two to three babies are born each year with orofacial cleft.