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Today, seven-year-old Thiago is all smiles!
Last year, he joined our partner program in Argentina, Fundación Gavina. Here, he receives speech therapy, dental care and psychosocial counseling. He attends treatment sessions with his mother, Jorgelina Jerez.
Thiago is described as a very sweet and kind young boy. He loves playing with toy dinosaurs when he visits Gavina.
11-month-old Augustín is one of the newest cleft patients at our partner program in Argentina, Gavina. He is from a suburb just outside of the city of San Miguel de Tucumán where our program is based. His cousin was already a patient here which is how his mother, Blanca Micaela, found out about the organization.
Blanca Micaela is currently receiving nutrition support to ensure Augustín gets the right nutrients, and psychosocial counseling to help with her better understand and manage his treatment plan.
When Fatuma Bashir gave birth to her only child, Hayat, she felt shocked and confused. She had never heard about or seen a cleft lip before. Luckily, Fatuma learned about our program at Yekatit 12 Hospital in Ethiopia from a friend and travelled an hour and a half to seek treatment for Hayat.
According to Fatuma, “this program was helpful to me because I came here when she was only three days old and I was able to receive a lot of information. Also seeing pictures of other children who have the same condition helped me accept it more.”
Hayat has received lip surgery and nutrition counseling from our team in Ethiopia. In a few years, she will also undergo a nose reconstruction surgery.
Fatuma was overjoyed that her daughter was able to receive free, quality care from a young age. At just over one year old, Hayat has her whole life ahead of her and, thanks to you, her future is looking a lot brighter.
At two days old, Naratip Yawirach was admitted into our partner project in Chiang Rai, Thailand. She was born with cleft lip and cleft palate which came as a shocking surprise to her parents, Auiy and Than. Naratip’s parents struggled to cope with this news and felt anxious about the treatment process. Right away, their nerves were calmed by our partner social worker, Nid, who explained what they could expect from the surgery and the follow-up care Naratip would require.
By the age of one, Naratip had undergone two successful cleft repair surgeries but that was just the start of her journey. Thanks to your support of our work, Naratip has been receiving ongoing, comprehensive care over the last seven years. This care has included ongoing dental treatment, speech therapy, family counseling and the use of a device called a nasoform (pictured) to help reshape her nose.
Our team notes that when Naratip first started attending speech camps, she was very shy and stuck closely by her mother’s side. Within a few years, she had become much more confident, socializing with friends and speaking aloud. Today, Naratip’s dream is to become a professional singer, a true testament to the power of long-term cleft care and speech support.
Naratip will continue receiving ongoing support, and will begin orthodontic treatment at age 13. Thank you for helping ensure children like her have the chance to grow into happy, healthy adults!
Check out our Summer 2016 Newsletter to find out how you have helped transform lives this year!
Highlights in this issue:
- New faces and farewells at Transforming Faces
- Ethiopian partners visit to Toronto
- Patient stories from Thailand and Ethiopia
- Volunteer spotlight: Petra Lasso
- $56,000 raised at Beautiful Before & After
Download a copy of our Summer 2016 Newsletter now!