From ridiculed to radiant

Mulenga and her father, Derek, traveled over eight hours, so they could make it to Beit CURE hospital. Derek is overjoyed that World Vision International (WVI) made a courtesy call to tell him the news that his daughter needed to travel to Lusaka for surgery. Up until now, his daughter has been a laughing stock. Many blamed him and his wife for being the reason their baby was born with cleft lip. It has been very difficult for them to take her to post-natal clinics because many people laughed. Despite the ridicule, Derek was resilient in his efforts to see his daughter get better, so he continued going to the clinic.

Mulenga enjoying the outside after her surgery.

Mulenga enjoying the outside after her surgery.

“We used to question God as to why our daughter was born the way she was,” he explains. “But we kept our faith in God as we kept praying everyday for her healing. We knew that God was going to be with us during our travel, and during Mulenga’s treatment in Lusaka.”

Upon seeing his daughter after her surgery, Derek was overjoyed because he could not believe his eyes. Mulenga no longer had her teeth protruding out of her mouth. He is very happy with the results, and is grateful to God and the hospital.

Mulenga with her father before her surgery for cleft lip.

Mulenga with her father before her surgery for cleft lip.

“I want the hospital to continue doing a good job and help other people,” he remarked in a satisfied manner.

Derek has not stopped looking at his daughter since the surgery. This is what miracles are made of: the little gestures of kindness, the affections of strangers, the love of good doctors, and the support of the hospital staff. Thank you for making CURE what it is.

Mulenga and daddy. Derek just can't stop looking at his beautiful daughter.

Mulenga and daddy. Derek just can’t stop looking at his beautiful daughter.

 

 


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About the Author:

Mukelabai Mulozi is a social worker at CURE Zambia.

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