A Very Special Little Girl
During a surgical mission to Lima, Peru led by Healing the Children Rocky Mountains director Dr. Ryan Brown, the team met one very special 8 month old girl named Kihara who 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 belied a split in the underlying muscles, which left Kihara 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. Our volunteer medical team met them on our first day in Lima, Peru and offered her surgery for her transverse cleft. Her parents were overjoyed and her mom wanted to take pictures of her daughter with her surgical team so that she could always show Kihara the volunteers who came from far away in the United States to help her. Her mother kept crying tears of joy and through her tears stated that we were an answer to all of her prayers. You can see the before and after pictures of Kihara attached. The post picture is 3 months after surgery and you can see that for the first time in her life - she has a beautiful smile!!
Read More in the 2014 Annual Report
This is just one of the many stories featured in our 2014 Annual Report, where you’ll find stories of hope and healing from all of our chapters as well as updates and information about our organization, our programs, and the impacts and progress we have made.
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