VIRGINIA BEACH-- In November, Operation Smile traveled to eight locations around the Philippines and helped nearly 8,000 patients, performing 1,219 surgeries.
On the mission was longtime Norfolk plastic surgeon Dr. Jesus Incion, a 20-year volunteer with the organization.
'I would say about one-fourth of the patients we saw in Manila weren't even from Manila. They came from two or three hours away. But it just so happened that they heard it on the radio or they heard it on TV,' said Dr. Incion.
In their 30-year history, Operation Smile has helped 200,000 children all over the world. Dr. Incion has performed 128 surgeries.
Operation Smile Vice President Lisa Jardanhazy says they've provided 2 million health care evaluations. 'The children who have never even seen a doctor before have received a medical evaluation to be assessed for surgery,' said Jardanhazy.
Organizers say they can't wait for 2013. '2013 is going to be a big year. We're going to be opening a new global headquarters based in Virginia Beach. It's going to be an amazing time for the organization.'