A Life-Changing Operation
"Many of these babies are so tiny and malnourished, because you can’t suck with a cleft lip. Feeding is very difficult. This little girl was older than she looks; I picked her up and it was like holding a pair of shoes, she was so light. These children are so beloved by their families. When the doctor was examining this girl, her father caught my eye; he took his hand and held it over his heart, gestured down to the baby and nodded his head so proudly. But without the operation chances are these children won’t go to school or make friends or find a spouse. If they make it to adulthood it’s often the life of a beggar that they’ll have. So it makes a huge difference-it’s not just cosmetic surgery."