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Dentist comes home after treating 1,500 refugees in Lebanon

PUBLISHED: 15:34 11 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:34 11 October 2018

Dr Sharma providing dental care and education during his international mission. Pictures: c/o West Earlham Dental Health.

Dr Sharma providing dental care and education during his international mission. Pictures: c/o West Earlham Dental Health.

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A Norfolk dentist has come home after he and his team treated 1,500 displaced refugees in Lebanon.

Dr Sharma providing dental care and education during his international mission. Pictures: c/o West Earlham Dental Health.

 
Dr Sharma providing dental care and education during his international mission. Pictures: c/o West Earlham Dental Health.

Gautam Sharma, who runs West Earlham dental practice in Norwich, is a trustee of the Dental Mavericks charity, and formed part of an international contingent of 50 dentists, healthcare assistants, translators and cultural advisors who spent five days assisting Syrian families.

Thanks to the generosity of people in East Anglia, he was able to take with him a haul of gifts and supplies, amounting to more than 20 kilos in weight.

He said: “This was my second trip to the region, so I had some idea of what to expect this time, but even so, I don’t think I was quite prepared for the relentless pace of the number of patients coming through to be seen.

“We started early each morning and finished late into the evening, every day treating close to 300 Syrian and Lebanese children.”

Dr Sharma providing dental care and education during his international mission. Pictures: c/o West Earlham Dental Health.

 
Dr Sharma providing dental care and education during his international mission. Pictures: c/o West Earlham Dental Health.

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