Posts tagged cleft palate


“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 […]

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.

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.

Restoring smiles in Kijabe with CURE Kenya and Smile Train

by on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Recently I had the pleasure of spending the day with cleft lip and palate patients at CURE Kenya. These children and their parents had travelled from all over the country following an aggressive mobilization drive by the hospital.

500 Reasons to Smile

by on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 5:10 pm

CURE Niger, in partnership with Smile Train, just completed it’s 500th cleft correction!

A mom with a big purpose

by on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 8:26 am

We asked Teresiah about Darwin and the process toward his healing. She responded by saying, “ Whatever God gives me, He gives me with a purpose. Regardless of how hard it might seem, I will never blame Him. I just need to realize that He believes in my ability to handle it, that’s why He gave it to me and not anyone else”

The story of a smile

by on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 8:49 am

Happy Friday, and happy World Smile Day! To celebrate, we’d like to share Sharifa’s story with you.

Sharifa is one of many children whose smiles have been restored through cleft surgery at CURE. Thanks to the CUREkids program, we’ve been able to follow her story since she first came to CURE Niger in May.

It’s incredible to see the change one surgery can make. It certainly made quite a change for Sharifa! Here is a portion of her journey at CURE Niger, as told by Jamile Lopes, our CUREkids Coordinator in Niger.

Finding healing for Fadel: The story of a refugee family

by on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 9:53 am

Hulsey gave the family his business card and, making no promises, invited them to visit the hospital. Fadel suffered from both cleft lip and cleft palate and had problems eating and talking as a result. He is also old enough to be aware of his looks. His father tells us that recently he had started checking himself in the mirror and asking, “Why am I like this and my brothers are different?”

Mary Bernard: Finding His Voice

by on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 6:12 am

A few weeks ago we had a visiting surgeon at CURE Ethiopia who specializes in repairing cleft lips and palates. One boy came to us close to the last day to have his cleft palate repaired. On the outside, the boy appeared completely normal. But he was unusually silent. No amount of friendly or silly […]

All Smiles in Kenya

by on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 6:13 am

From October 12-26, 2012, the CURE Kenya hospital was all smiles. Although all CURE hospitals are usually happy places, the smiles were especially bright thanks to our friends at Smile Network International. Smile Network is a Minnesota-based non-profit which funds surgical missions and provides necessary supplies and surgical teams to repair birth defects such as […]

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