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UB dentist heads to Lebanon to help children

A University at Buffalo doctor is en route to Lebanon to provide dental care to thousands of children.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A University at Buffalo professor in the Dental School of Medicine will spend a week in Lebanon. While he's there he will provide dental care to 2,000 refugee children.

Dr. Othman Shibly is making the trip despite unrest in the country. 

"The people's needs will never stop.People still need help," he said.

On an initial trip overseas, he listened and watched and cared for children with abscesses and one child told him, "look here, they broke my tooth with the machine gun and I am in pain."

This time he can't take American volunteers, so he was able to get a group of 20 Lebanese dentists to volunteer to assist him for one week.

He will travel with three suitcases filled with dental supplies. Sponsors including UB and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation.

He'll perform treatments that range from filling cavities to extractions.

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