Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Operation Smile


Kaitlyn (left), Haley (right)
My little granddaughter, Haley, will soon be starting Kindergarten.  I've been thinking about Haley a lot lately, and all the other little Haleys out there who are not as fortunate as our Haley.  Haley was born with a double cleft lip and cleft palate.  Through a lot of prayer and the miracle of modern medicine, Haley is living a totally normal life.  She still has some issues, and will have to have further surgeries as she grows, but you couldn't ask for a more self-assured, spunky kid.

Haley was fortunate enough to have been born in a country with wonderful medical care.  Other children are not so fortunate.  That's where Operation Smile comes in handy.  Operation Smile is a charity organization of medical experts who literally give children smiles by correcting facial deformities.

Many people don't know that the biggest problem for parents of a baby with a cleft palate is being able to feed the baby.  Having seen the process for myself, I can't imagine how children in third world countries survive.  Cleft palates can also be a marker for other problems, such as lung and heart problems.  Haley is very lucky that she is perfectly healthy.

As you can see from the pictures above, Haley's team of doctors have done a superior job in giving her a meaningful life.  I'd like other children to have that same gift.  Will you take a moment, go to the following website, and donate to Operation Smile?  (I'm sorry I'm not technologically savvy enough to shorten the link.)  Haley, I love you!


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