We met Tiana on our medical safari to Ankavandra in May. She had been living with her cleft since birth and was incredibly grateful to the doctors for helping her, who in turn, were incredibly grateful to you for making this kind of surgery possible.
In early pregnancy different parts of a baby’s face develop separately and then join together. If some parts do not join properly, the baby is born with a gap called a cleft. This happens in around one in seven hundred babies meaning that they are born with a gap between the upper lip and the nose. No one knows exactly what causes it, but Doctors believe it is a combination of environmental and genetic factors.
This operation will change Tiana’s life, not only will she be able to eat and drink more easily, but she is also excited that, once the scar has healed, she won’t be singled out for looking different.
We are currently talking with OperationSMILE to see if we can work together in Madagascar.