CLAPP General Hospital

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CLAPP started Free Surgeries Program for Cleft Lip & Palate patients at Punjab Medical College, Allied Hospital, Faisalabad in 2003 and more than 1,000 patients were operated. In 2005, CLAPP shifted the Cleft program to Lahore to expand its horizon.

Initially free surgeries were performed at Gulberg Hospital, Gulberg Lahore in 2005-2007. Later, an initiative was taken in 2007 to develop a Cleft Centre at Lahore and a rented building was renovated to start free cleft surgeries. Edhi Foundation Karachi, Pakistan provided 82,000 US$ for this new project and 99,000 US$ were raised from generous donors of Lahore & Faisalabad. Clapp General Hospital (CGH) is the flagship project of Clapp trust. First free surgery was performed at Clapp General Hospital on Jan. 29th, 2008. Since then more than 11,000 free surgeries have been performed in this hospital at 932-C, Faisal Town, Lahore.

The hospital is equipped with modern surgical facilities and supported by a team of highly skilled Plastic Surgeons, Anaesthesiologists and paramedical staff. Over the period of years, CLAPP has made significant progress in the management of Cleft Lip & Palate and has operated more than 26,969 cleft patients totally free since 2003.

During the years CLAPP Hospital has earned its reputation as world number ONE hospital in performing highest number of free Cleft Lip & Palate surgeries in particular calendar years. CLAPP provided free Cleft surgeries to 4,222 patients in 2010, 3,967 patients in 2011, 3,625 patients in 2014 and 3,430 patients in 2015. This is the highest record of free surgeries by any hospital team in the whole world. .

This Cleft Centre is the only hospital in Pakistan providing Cleft Surgeries, Speech therapy and Cleft Orthodontics, free of cost to all deserving cleft patients.

Real Stories. Real Heroes

Ryan Shah

Riyan Shah was a baby girl who was born with Bilateral cleft lip and palate deformity. After her birth some guests from the family visited her home and after looking at her face gave very nasty comments, ” The condition of baby must be the result of sin committed by her parents”. Due to these comments her parents became very much upset and frustrated. They started hiding Riyan Shah in the backroom whenever anyone used visit them to avoid any distressing remarks. Ultimately the family got some information about CLAPP and then they visited CLAPP Team at Gulberg Hospital, Gulberg, Lahore. Prof. Ghulam QadirFayyaz performed the surgery of Lip of Ryan Shah at the age of 3 months. After surgery when their relatives and neighbours saw Riyan Shah, they again commented and said that this is not your original child, you must have replaced it with someone. At the age of nine months, her Bilateral Cleft Palate was also repaired. Now Ryan Shah is getting education in school and enjoying the life like a normal child without having any discrimination.

Ibrahim

Ibrahim was born with Left sided Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate deformity. His parents were worried due to his Cleft problem. They were referred to Clapp Hospital by Prof. Altaf Hussain Rathore where Prof. Ghulam QadirFayyaz examined Ibrahim and performed his Lip surgery at the age of 3 months. His parents became very happy on his successful surgery. Later on when Ibrahim was 1 year old, his palatal surgery was performed by CLAPP Team at Gulberg Hospital Lahore. Ibrahim is now 6 years old and studying in the school. No one can identify him (as he was previously a cleft patient) by looking him from a distance. His voice is so clear that it is not possible by anyone to judge that he had Cleft palate . He is now a normal child who lives happily with his parents without any discrimination.

Abdul Ghafoor

Mr. Abdul Ghafoor (aged 35 years) a left sided Unilateral cleft lip patient visited Prof. Ghulam QadirFayyaz at Faisalabad in 2004. He got information about CLAPP through a pamphlet distributed by the CLAPP Team in the rural area of Jhang district. Prof. Dr. Ghulam QadirFayyaz performed his Lip surgery which was 3 hours long. After Surgery when he went back to his village, no one recognized him. He had to tell them “I am Abdul Ghafoor”, because everybody used to see him as a Cleft patient and when his lip was fixed “So Good”, People had some difficulty in recognising him. No one can judge him now that previously he was a cleft patient. He became more confident after his surgery which brought a very positive change in his life. He got married after surgery and started living a normal life. He now participates in almost all the functions of CLAPP as a Celebrity.

Laiba

Laiba was born with Cranio Facial deformity in a remote village near Kohat, KPK, Pakistan. Her parents approached CLAPP and requested for help. Laiba’s pictures were sent to Noordhof Craniofacial Foundation(NCF), Taiwan for guidance and help because at that time there were no facilities to treat craniofacial patients in Pakistan. In 2009 Prof. Philip Chen, along with the Executive Director of Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation Ms. Rebecca visited CLAPP Hospital Lahore. They examined Laiba Bibi at Lahore and decided to operate her at Cranio-Facial Centre of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan. After 2 months baby Laiba went to Taiwan with her parents for her Life Changing Surgery. During her 1st surgery, Neuro Surgeons and Plastic Surgeons participated and reduced the wide gap of her face. In her 2nd surgery, Plastic Surgeons reconstructed her Lip. She was kept under observation for two months in Taiwan. Later her palate was repaired in the next visit to Taiwan. All expenses of her surgery, travelling and accommodation have been born by Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation, Taiwan. In June 2014, CLAPP Team and officials of NCF, Taiwan travelled to Kohat to meet with Laiba and her family. Everybody was so happy to see Laibabibi playing with her friends. Laiba is studying in a local school now. She has many friends and plays with them just like a normal child. She wants to be a teacher after completing her education.