24 Dec Stories from El Salvador Smiles
The Holiday countdown is on! You are probably wrapping up all your gifts, making one last to-do list, (and checking it twice) and preparing your home for holiday cheer! We thought this would be the perfect time to share some personal stories of hope and joy that have come from this season’s Seeds of Hope Charity, El Salvador Smiles!
Our El Salvador Smiles project follows babies and children through the multiple grueling surgeries that come with fully repairing a cleft palate. Malnutrition, sickness, and disease are just a few of the unfortunate issues that impact these surgeries and require extra special care from Dr. Ramon Aleman and his wife, Dr. Lupita Aleman. Our project also follows the recovery, renewed sense of dignity, improved health, and the triumph experienced when the stigma of a cleft palate is left behind. With your Purchase this season, we have been able to fund seven operations and will complete an additional two surgeries beginning in 2020!
After each operation, Dr. Aleman sends us beautiful updates and stories on his “angels.” We want to thank you again for your contribution and want to introduce you to a few miraculous angels that have benefited from your Wildflowers purchase this season!
Anderson had his bilateral cleft lip-nose surgery with El Salvador Smiles in 2012; in September 2018, El Salvador Smiles did his left side bone graft, and on December 15, 2019, with the help of Wildflowers, they completed his right side bone graft!
Meet Ricardo Axel:
Ricardo Axel was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate, and on November 17, 2019, with the help of Wildflowers, they were able to complete his cleft-nose surgery!
Genesis had a severe unilateral cleft lip and palate defect and had her first surgery in July 2017 and her second surgery in February 2018. Even though she has improved, her mouth and nose still required another surgery that they were able to complete on November 29, 2019, with the help of Wildflowers!
On September 19, 2019, Dr. Ramon and Lupita were able to operate on Michelle’s inferior lip and aid her recovery from the most common form of Syndromic Cleft Lip and Palate (Van der Woude Syndrome).
On August 29, 2019, Mateo had his secondary cleft lip-nose surgery. He needed a scar review and an improvement of his nasal floor, alar cartilages and nasal dome.
Afid is a baby boy who was born with a severe unilateral cleft lip and palate. He had his first cleft lip-nose surgery in 2016 and his first cleft palate surgery in 2017. Even though at the end of his first cleft lip-nose surgery tissues looked great, he had some retraction in his tissues and had to have another surgery to repair on September 30, 2019.
On behalf of Wildflowers, we would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all of our incredible fall 2019 customers that helped make this healing possible.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” ― Helen Keller
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Wildflowers!