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Gael from Peru

Gael after surgery

Healing the Children's outbound teams bring life changing surgeries and procedures to children around the world who otherwise would never receive these much needed treatments. Hundreds of volunteers travel with Healing the Children teams every year, providing care to thousands of children. Children like Gael from Peru.

11-month old Gael Salazar Montenegro was born with a bilateral cleft lip and cleft palate. Living in a remote village in the Amazon region of Peru, he was unable to get the medical attention he needed. With the help of Healing the Children’s outreach team, Gael and his family learned about Healing the Children’s Northeast and San Francisco Bay Area chapter's annual facial plastic surgery mission to Ica, Peru. Healing the Children facilitated the 22-hour journey by bus and airplane for Gael and his family and 40 others from the Amazon region to reach the hospital for "screening Sunday." It was clear that Gael needed help and it was agreed that, though he was only 9.3 kilos, he would be strong enough to withstand surgery and his speech, ability to eat solids and appearance would all benefit greatly. The surgery was performed, and Gael returned to his home in “Amazonas” the day after. The team received word and pictures a few weeks later confirming that Gael is doing great!

Gael before Surgery Gael's bilateral cleft lip and cleft palate was treated by a Healing the Children medical team traveling to Ica, Peru.


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