Posts tagged cleft palate


Conditions we treat: cleft lip and palate

by on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 4:25 pm

This blog is part of an ongoing series looking to explain the common conditions CURE treats in ways that all of us non-medical folk can understand.  A cleft lip and cleft palate is essentially a gap between the lip and the palate. It is a congenital condition that is developed in the mother’s uterus where […]

Cleft lip and palate repair for Zane

by on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 8:11 am

When the government gave permission for specialized hospitals to operate once again, Tebow CURE was ready. Our building was made spot-free from floor to ceiling and chairs were placed strategically to ensure social distancing. We were ready and excited to welcome our first patients after lockdown, and that is when we met Zane and his […]

Orthodontics Help ENT Patients at CURE Kenya

by on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 10:23 am

A cleft palate fistula is a small hole at the roof of the mouth. This can occur during the recovery process after cleft palate surgery, or sometimes people are born with it. Thankfully, there’s a temporary solution called a palatal obturator. “It’s nothing more than an invisible retainer,” Lance told us. Lance is a lab […]

“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.

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