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TAIPEI, Taiwan (May 13, 2002 - PINA Nius Online)---Two Palau children are in Taiwan receiving treatment for harelip, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chang Siao-yue, said.

The two children are being treated at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Linko, northern Taiwan

Chang was quoted by the Central News Agency as saying that the children would probably remain in Taiwan for one to two weeks following surgery.

Chang Kung Memorial Hospital is providing the surgeries free of charge.

The Far East Air Transport Corp. has provided the two children and six of their family members with free round-trip air transportation, Chang said.

Harelip, or cleft lip, is a congenital split in the front of the upper lip. The cleft may vary in size from a notch to a fissure that extends across the whole lip. Harelip is usually corrected by plastic surgery soon after birth.

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