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Cleft Lip and Palate in Guatemala: Baby Ana

Less than one month ago, Baby Ana was born with unilateral cleft lip and palate in Guatemala. Ana’s mother, Doña Gloria, was concerned and distressed when she first saw her baby. For the first two days after giving birth, Gloria felt desperate because she did not know how to feed her newborn daughter.

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Cleft Bottles and Formulas for Babies like Zack

All this week, we are raising critical funds to provide nutrition for babies born with cleft as we prepare to send a surgery team to Guatemala later this year.  We are working side-by-side with Partners in Surgery to make sure every baby who comes to see our team will qualify for surgery. One of the babies waiting for his lip repair operation is tiny little Zack.

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Share Your Heart With Valerie

Valerie is the beloved baby in a family of five children. She was born with VSD and PDA heart defects, as well as Down syndrome. When her mother received her youngest’s difficult diagnosis, she was overcome with sadness and worry. She feared for Valerie’s life, for how and where they could even get the complicated surgery in Uganda, and for how she would pay for it.

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Share Your Heart With Jackson

Learning that their son had a serious, life-threatening heart defect that would require open-heart surgery was a complete surprise for Jackson’s parents. Their three-year-old looks so healthy that it was difficult to accept. If Jackson doesn’t receive the partial AV canal repair he needs, his heart will fail.

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Kinley: A Heart That Can’t Wait

For baby Kinley, every day matters. She is in a short window of time when a complicated heart surgery could save her life. If too much time passes, too many days go by without repairing her heart defect, she will most likely not survive.

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Five Little Hearts Healed

Several weeks ago, five little heart patients and their parents traveled to India for their chance to receive life-saving cardiac surgery unavailable to them in Uganda. After settling in and having pre-surgery testing and consultations with the surgeons, the first child to go for surgery was Ruthie.

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Five Little Heart Patients Travel from Uganda to India

Yesterday, five little Uganda heart patients boarded a plane and traveled to India to prepare for life-saving cardiac surgeries that are unavailable to them in their home country. Their parents have spent the past few months gathering medical reports, passports, visas, and taking COVID tests. We hope you’ll follow along with us for the next few weeks as we get to know these heart warriors and their stories.

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