Special: Spotlight on Cleft Palates and AestheticArgentina

When we speak of plastic surgery, one often tends to think of aesthetic or cosmetic surgery. Reconstructive surgery, the ¨least¨ well known area of this specialty, can repair, by means of ingenious techniques, the way and/or function of any part of the human body that has been affected by accidents, tumors or malformations. As for pediatric plastic surgery, its value and importance are even greater since its beneficiaries, the children have their whole life ahead of them. A large percentage of these patients need to consult with more than one specialist. At AestheticArgentina we are committed to raising money so that we are able to provide a comprehensive and caring solution to children who suffer from pathologies within the area of pediatric plastic surgery, in one single place with the highest medical and scientific quality. Among many congenital deformities, one of the most common that we help treat is a cleft palate or cleft lip.

Photo: Here are some pictures of Laura, a little girl who has been through the process

Clefts are a major problem in Latin America where there are thousands of children who are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly. They aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. And face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache.

We usually operate when the child is about 3 months of age. The repair may be accomplished in one procedure and can help restore the lip to "near normal". The operation will also correct the nasal deformity. The result should be extremely good, but there will always be a scar.

A cleft palate is a split in the roof of the mouth. In the first two months while the mother is carrying the baby, bone and tissue normally grow in from the sides of the upper jaw to join in the middle, thus forming the roof of the mouth (palate) which is also the floor of the nose. Failure of this union results in an opening between the mouth and nose.The palate is usually closed between the ninth and eighteenth month of age. It is preferable to close the palate before the child starts to talk. Speech development will then be able to proceed in a more normal way .

There are thousands of children who can have an improved quality of life just by having access to operations that will help restore their bodies to full functionality.

It just might be the most effective, significant donation to a charity you ever make. 100% of your donation will go towards programs that help children, 0% will go to overhead.

The free cleft surgery your donation will help provide, is a true, modern-day medical miracle: it costs as little as $150 and takes as little as 45 minutes. The ones who are lucky enough to find a free cleft surgery program, not only survive, they thrive. That’s all it takes to give a desperate child not just a new smile, but a new life.

Jude, you are doing wonderful things!

Submitted by Tomcat on Sat, 2007-03-10 14:26.