Posts tagged cleft lip

“Ugly” wasn’t her true identity

by on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 2:28 pm

“I’m sorry if my daughter hides her face from the camera. She often gets called ‘ugly,’” Christyn’s mother, Arlyn, shared. On November 5th, 2018, empty chairs filled the ground-floor lobby at Tebow CURE Hospital, waiting for our usual mix of orthopedic clinic patients along with cleft lip and palate patients attending our cleft clinic. We […]

Bertha’s smile: I just wanna sing

by on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 9:32 am

“There is a God and He is good,” proclaims Anna. “By some divine intervention, we are able to have surgery!”

World Smile Day: One smile can change the world

by on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 5:37 pm

If you live in the United States—or in many other places, for that matter—and you are born with a cleft lip, chances are good you’ll receive treatment as soon as possible from physicians who know exactly how to care for you. If you are the one out of every 700 children born with a cleft condition, and you happen to live in the desert nation of Niger, chances are good you’ll have a hard time finding anyone who knows what a cleft lip is, let alone someone able to repair it.

From ridiculed to radiant

by on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 6:15 am

“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.

Miss World visits CURE Kenya

by on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 6:00 am

A few weeks ago, our little humble hospital started getting a fresh coat of paint. We noticed the floors being scrubbed a little more thoroughly and sidewalks being repaired. There was a bustle around the hospital that made it feel as if Christmas was coming. Soon, there were banners and carpets and CURE shirts being washed and ironed. In the first week of June, Miss World came to visit our hospital where she received a true, warm Kenyan welcome.

Sharifa, CUREkid, 3/3

by on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 5:47 pm

“When I went back home, many people came to see me and my lip. They said, ‘It’s beautiful!’ I changed. I was happy because my lip was healed. Now I want to learn. I want to go to school.”

Hadiza, Sharifa’s grandmother, 2/3


“A few years later, we heard about CURE on the radio. We were really happy to hear this news, that there was a possibility for Sharifa to have treatment, but we were afraid to come to the big city. When we got here, I was not afraid anymore. We were warmly welcomed and treated with […]

Hadiza, Sharifa’s grandmother, 1/3


“We went to the nearest health center but it was closed, so Sharifa was born outside. She is my granddaughter. When we saw her, we said, ‘Oh my God, it’s a curse!’ We had never seen something like this before. We tried to get help at a hospital in Niamey when Sharifa was six, but […]


Saratou, Kairat’s mom, 2/2

by on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 6:01 am

“Hidayat was so excited to see Kairat after her cleft lip surgery. She went out and got all the the children and said, ‘Come! Come see Kairat!’ Now, everyone is so happy and says, ‘We need to thank these people who healed Kairat.’”


Saratou, Kairat’s mom, 1/2


“I gave birth at the health center. Kairat came out first. When they put her on my chest and I saw her lip, I thought, ‘Oh God, what is this?’ People told me I gave birth to a demon, that she is not human. When people heard that I gave birth to twins, they wanted […]

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