Actor Mel Gibson was scheduled to clock up 16 hours voluntary work as part of his community service order.
But the Hollywood star ended doing much more, so charmed was he by the staff and particularly the young patients he met at the San Juan De Dios General Hospital in Guatemala.
Mel spoke with youngsters and cradled a tiny baby at the facility, which he visited with charity Mending Kids International.
The 55-year-old star has had a long association with the organisation – and his ex-wife Robyn was involved with them for 15 years.
Their aim is help provide free surgery for children in Central America with cleft lips or spina bifida.
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