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The picture above is of CURE in Kenya. Everyone who serves with CURE in Kenya, from medical professionals to office staff, are dedicated to providing the highest quality medical and spiritual care to people who, without CURE, couldn't find it and couldn't afford it, just like Ruth. To do that, we're inviting you to partner with us.

We need to raise approximately $1000 to treat children like Ruth. When you give a gift through Ruth's CUREkids profile, your contribution will help us continue our work in countries like Kenya. Have more questions? Ask us.

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When you partner with us monthly, we'll send you an email each month to introduce you to a different child who was helped because of your generosity. You can choose to follow their updates and send them get well messages. That means that each year, you're a part of helping 12 different children, beginning with Ruth. We call it being a CURE Hero!

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Ruth's Story

"My pregnancy was troublesome, and the doctor was afraid to tell me that my baby had the cleft lip condition," Esther, Ruth's mom, told us.

Esther was excited to be a mother. She had a challenging pregnancy and was relieved when the delivery… Read more

"My pregnancy was troublesome, and the doctor was afraid to tell me that my baby had the cleft lip condition," Esther, Ruth's mom, told us.

Esther was excited to be a mother. She had a challenging pregnancy and was relieved when the delivery was successful. However, her joy was short-lived. When she glanced at her baby amidst the delivery, she saw baby Ruth's cleft lip. The midwives took Ruth, laid her on Esther's bust, and told her that her baby was beautiful. What they held back was that she had a cleft lip. "I think they didn't want to impart more stress on top of the pressure I had during delivery," Esther shared with us.

Support for Esther and Ruth was hard to come by, even from friends and family. "My husband really supported me during the first few months of Ruth's growth. The rest accused me of witchcraft," Ruth says amidst a tear. She sought out her local church folk, and they encouraged her to be strong for her daughter Ruth. This encouragement led her to seek medical attention at CURE Kenya. Thankfully, her sister knew about us and gave Esther the reference. Through CURE's partnership with Smile Train, Ruth will undergo surgery to repair her cleft lip at CURE Kenya.

Please welcome Esther and Ruth to the CURE family!

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Mar 18, 2021

Ruth and her mom have been discharged to continue with recovery at home. Ruth's mom has been told that the incision site is strong enough to tolerate tension to the repaired lip area when baby Ruth cries. It is optimal to minimize crying as much as possible by giving pain medications as instructed and providing comfort measures. When in bed, Ruth should be positioned on her back or side, using rolled blankets for support. We pray for a safe journey back home and looking forward to seeing them again in a year. Thank you for your support and prayers for Ruth and her mom! Photo of Ruth

Mar 17, 2021

Ruth is looking great after surgery! It usually takes about 3 to 4 weeks for the incision to heal, and will leave a pink or red scar. Esther can expect Ruth's scar to feel hard and tight at first. However, the scar will fade and become softer and flatter in the months and after surgery. Esther has been advised by our doctors to give Ruth soft, pureed, or mashed foods for 3 weeks. By following the doctor's instructions, Ruth will have a healthy recovery. We thank you for your get-well messages for Ruth and Esther. They are truly encouraging! We thank God for you. Photo of Ruth

Mar 16, 2021

Our cleft lip surgery specialist performed a technique on baby Ruth that involved a broad dissection of the nasal and lip elements off the abnormal skeletal base (where the cleft lip has occurred) and delicate but wide dissection of the nasal cartilage (where the nose and the mouth join) to achieve contour and tip projection of the lip. This technique ensures that baby Ruth's normal appearance and function of her upper lip is restored. We thank God for the exceptional work and success of baby Ruth's cleft lip repair procedure. Thank you for your prayers! Photo of Ruth

Mar 15, 2021

Cleft lip surgery is usually recommended at three to four months of life. Even though Ruth is seven months old, she can still receive the surgery and benefit greatly from it. Ruth's surgery is scheduled for tomorrow morning. We kindly ask you to join us in prayer and support for Esther and her daughter Ruth as they begin their journey at CURE! Photo of Ruth

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