A smile is contagious

Cleft and craniofacial patients spend a magical afternoon together at the zoo.

Past and present cleft and craniofacial patients’ sweet smiles and laughter proved to be contagious during a gathering at John Ball Zoo.

These kiddos, their family members and Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital staff enjoyed a sunny afternoon together.

A magic show by magician Tom Plunkard drew much applause and laughter during the event. Accompanying Tom was his pet dove, Hotdog, and his bunny, Noodle. A barbecue and toy raffle followed the magic show.

Robert Mann, MD, director of the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Oral Cleft program and John Girotto, MD, Spectrum Health pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgeon, joined in the fun to connect and visit with past and present patients.

The event concluded with families exploring the zoo.

Learn more about the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Plastic and Craniofacial Surgical teamRequest a video meet and greet and talk one-on-one with a pediatric plastic surgeon.

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