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Extraordinary Joes #5: Dr. Chait – Surgeon, Sculptor & Saint

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Cleft lip and palate, a birth defect that can happen in as many as one in 700 live births, can not only be a scary experience for a family to face, but an extremely costly one as well. So for someone to offer the repair procedure plus all the necessary follow-up procedures, such as speech therapy, orthodontists and counseling for free is nothing short of a miracle for poorer or disadvantaged families.
Dr. Laurence Chait and his team of specialists at the Parklane Netcare Clinic do just that. Using his 36 years of experience as a plastic surgeon, Dr. Chait, who has become an honourary professor at Wits and is a renowned sculpture, heads up the “Vodacom Smiles For You” project, which offers disadvantaged families all the operations, support and information they need to ensure a cleft lip or palate child an lead a normal life.
This is his extraordinary story.

19 April 2011

Patricia Cramer

To our angels, Dr Chait and team at Parklane : Congratulations on your brilliant work. We appreciate everything you do for those in need . We’re so proud of you. from the Cramers familyn in Northcliff.

20 April 2011

gill katz

This is a man of so many talents.. where does one start to describe Dr. Chait? He’s a gifted human being, able to use his hands to heal and to create, and does both with a sense of pride.
I am humbled to have written articles about him, watch him at work in the OR and enjoy his art, his sculpture and simply his spirit and zest for life.
Go well Laurence! G*d guide those hands and heart for many many years to come


Gill Katz

20 April 2011

Michelle Elsley

Professor Chait and his team have given our son the greatest gift ever, how far can one go to thank them for their brilliant work. We have been so Blessed that we had access to this care, our son is thriving and living the life he deserves! Thank you

20 April 2011

Mr and Mrs Maimba

We are humbled by Dr Chaits kindness and his amazing gift of healing for all those families involved. Please keep up the good work!

22 April 2011

Children of Fire

Prof Chait helped our acid burns attack survivor Evelyn – see http://www.firechildren.org from Gabon. We are lucky to still have surgeons with his skill in Johannesburg and hope that he will have many more years to mentor the youngsters trying to follow in his footsteps.

29 April 2011

Jack Kabak

Dr. Chait and I were in the same class at Wits medical school, where even as a student he constantly diplayed his considerable creative and artistic talents. Sadly, our paths have not crossed again in the ensuing 43 years, but I have often heard of his innovative and consummate surgical skills along the way from his grateful patients. Learning here of his dedication, humanity and willingness to share so freely his gifted expertise that makes such a vast difference to the lives of his fortunate patients fills me with admiration. Lawrence, you truly epitomize what every physician taking the Hippocratic Oath should aspire to be!
Jack Kabak, M.D., F.A.C.S.

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