Causes

Singaporean surgeon dreams of better smiles for children

In fast-paced Singapore, there are those in need - and those who go out of their way to meet these needs. This is part of a series on noteworthy causes The Straits Times is spotlighting.

Above: Volunteers from Bhutan, China, India, Japan, Singapore, Britain and the US on Smile Asia's Screening Day outside Paro Hospital, Bhutan, in October 2016. Left: Eight-month-old Tandin Tshomo with her mother, Ms Sangay Lhamo, 19, and father, Mr S
Associate Professor Vincent Yeow, a co-founder of Smile Asia, seeing a patient in Taunggyi, Myanmar, during a recent mission. Apart from Myanmar, Smile Asia conducts surgical missions in the impoverished areas of 12 other Asia-Pacific countries. PHOTO: IAN D’ROZARIO
Above: Volunteers from Bhutan, China, India, Japan, Singapore, Britain and the US on Smile Asia's Screening Day outside Paro Hospital, Bhutan, in October 2016. Left: Eight-month-old Tandin Tshomo with her mother, Ms Sangay Lhamo, 19, and father, Mr S
Volunteers from Bhutan, China, India, Japan, Singapore, Britain and the US on Smile Asia’s Screening Day outside Paro Hospital, Bhutan, in October 2016. PHOTO: MAY KANEKO
Above: Volunteers from Bhutan, China, India, Japan, Singapore, Britain and the US on Smile Asia's Screening Day outside Paro Hospital, Bhutan, in October 2016. Left: Eight-month-old Tandin Tshomo with her mother, Ms Sangay Lhamo, 19, and father, Mr S
Eight-month-old Tandin Tshomo with her mother, Ms Sangay Lhamo, 19, and father, Mr Sangay Tshewang, 32, after her surgery at Paro Hospital last November. PHOTO: PHOEBE LOW

Between juggling his job as a surgeon at Dream Plastic Surgery Clinic, his responsibilities as a visiting consultant at KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) and helping children smile again, Associate Professor Vincent Yeow has little time to himself.

But he is driven to help children born with a cleft lip or palate, where the lip and mouth do not come together properly during foetal development.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 25, 2018, with the headline 'A dream for better smiles'. Subscribe