Samuel

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  • Ageless than 1
  • Conditioncleft lip
  • Next Appointment 04/03/2020
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Samuel's Story

“When I first saw him, I was heartbroken, but later I accepted and became thankful to God for him” says Annie, Samuel's mother.

Just like any new family, there is an inherent air of excitement that comes with the news of a new addition.… Read more

“When I first saw him, I was heartbroken, but later I accepted and became thankful to God for him” says Annie, Samuel's mother.

Just like any new family, there is an inherent air of excitement that comes with the news of a new addition. Everyone gets excited and the preparations for the new baby become part of the daily routine. The waiting period is characterized with mixed emotions of anxiety and high hopes. However when Samuel was born it was a little different as the unexpected happened. Samuel was born with a disability which Annie had never seen before, a condition known as a cleft lip.

Samuel is now four months old and from birth he has had challenges with breastfeeding because of his lip. This had made him a burden on his family as they have to spend what little money they have on formula rather than the free, natural milk from his mother. He was born at a local clinic but was soon started on a long line of referrals to other hospitals. First for a specialized feeding program and then to another hospital that periodically hosted a plastic surgeon capable of fixing Samuel's lip. Once they arrived though, they learned it could be up to a year before Samuel might receive surgery. That's a year of gossip from neighbors. A year of spending all their hard earned money on formula. And a year of struggle in a life that needs no more struggle.

Annie and Samuel went home and did their best to carve out a life. People in the community sometimes made unpalatable comments about his condition, but Annies reminisces “if I had been hiding him, I don’t think I would have even known about [CURE Zambia].” One day Annie had gone to visit a relative and a neighbor saw Samuel. That neighbor told Annie about us here at CURE Zambia, because she knew someone who had brought her child earlier this year for cleft lip surgery. After getting information about CURE Zambia, Annie got in touch with us and Samuel was soon booked to get surgery!

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Mar 24, 2020

Samuel has gotten himself discharged! He has stabilized post-op and he is already smiling. He is going back home looking completely different. The disability that use to make people look at him different has been corrected through surgery. Samuel will come back for the follow up review in the next few weeks! Photo of Samuel

Mar 23, 2020

Samuel's mother Annie couldn't believe it when the son came back from the OR with a corrected lip! Dr. Felicilda did cleft lip repair surgery to correct Samuel's cleft lip and the surgery was successfu! Pray for Samuel as he recovers from this surgery! Photo of Samuel

Mar 20, 2020

Meet Samuel! He was born with a cleft lip and we're so excited that his mother Annie found out about us here at CURE Zambia. This baby boy is about to have surgery to repair his lip! Photo of Samuel

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