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Stories from the Field
You may remember when we told you earlier this year about Daisy, a four-year-old girl from Nicaragua disfigured by a massive vascular tumor on her upper lip. We have good news.
Lemuel is a four year old child from a remote area in the Mayan region of Guatemala. He was brought to our attention by a former Peace Corps worker. Lemuel was in desperate need of heart surgery with the complicating issue of a mouth full of rotten teeth.
Wester Rodriguez arrived from the Dominican Republic, showing little outward sign of a heart condition. As the 3-year-old bounded into his host parents’ home - and hearts - they hoped that, just maybe, his condition was not that serious. It was. In fact, Wester’s medical team would soon discover an extraordinarily rare and challenging problem.
The transformation of Diraj Lackan began one day in his village in Guyana, a place of palm trees, colorful houses and tropical heat. A dental hygiene student working at a church clinic on a mission trip heard about a baby born with a severe cleft palate. Nearly a year later, on a winter morning in snow-covered West Michigan, a surgeon at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital repaired the gap in the roof of Diraj’s mouth.
This Peruvian girl was born with a bilateral transverse cleft lip. This happens in less than 1 in 80,000 births. The deep horizontal groove across her face left her with a constant frown and inability to move her mouth at all. Liquid would leak out of the corners of her mouth when she tried to drink. Her parents had travelled all over Peru to many hospitals and surgeons and could not find anyone who had expertise in treating this condition. A Healing the Children surgical team was the answer to their prayers.
A free clinic at the city dump helps to meet the desperate needs of children and families living in neighborhoods adjacent to the Guatemala City landfill - many of whom survive by scavenging at the dump for things that can be sold.
An episode of The Doctors TV program on ABC features the efforts of a Healing the Children surgical team in Nepal, including Southern California Chapter director Dr. Jennifer D'Amico, Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi, and Dr. Carl Kihm.