There are so many stories to tell about our experience here in Kenya. I’d like to write about Mildred and her family today. Mildred is a 5 year old girl with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. She came to see us, along with her mother and her baby sister. Her baby sister also was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. The baby is one year old, yet only weighs 5 pounds–not a typo, 5 pounds. The story is heartbreaking as the mother and daughters were chased out of their village soon after the birth of this baby. The husband/father had abandoned them and they were no longer welcome. The mother has struggled to feed them and somehow a CURE outreach person was able to bring them here to be evaluated for surgery. The baby was hospitalized and is being evaluated by pediatricians for severe malnutrition, and likely has Rickets and possibly an underlying metabolic condition as well. She is not strong enough to undergo surgery now. Mildred, however, had a very successful operation by Dr. David Chang and Dr. Jason Goodwin last week. Please keep Mildred and her mother and baby sister in your prayers, not only for their current medical conditions, but for a place to live and a secure food supply. Mildred will return in March for repair of her bilateral cleft palate.
Mildred before surgery
Mildred one day after surgery
Mildred with Dr. Goodwin after surgery