PHOTO by Anneke Paterson

PHOTO by Anneke Paterson

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PHOTO by Anneke Paterson

From the young patients’ perspective, the experience must be a bit frightening, with lots of strangers speaking in a foreign language crowding around to look in their mouth!

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PHOTO by Anneke Paterson

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PHOTO by Anneke Paterson

Throughout the day in spite of crowded conditions and long waits, the patients and families showed amazing patience, congeniality and graciousness. It was clear that some of the children had never seen another child that “looks like me”.

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Luis entertaining staff by standing on one foot.
PHOTO by Anneke Paterson

And we remember that in spite of their situations, kids will be kids – they have fun, they smile, they entertain and endear.

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Great smile – we want to make it better!
PHOTO by Anneke Paterson