I have a friend who has two beautiful children. She’s one of those mothers who has the genetic make up of a goddess so her children automatically come out pretty. During her second pregnancy everything seemed to be developing well and her labor went pretty close to normal. When her precious son was born, they were shocked to find he had a cleft lip.
Cleft lips and cleft palates are congenital defects that occur early in embryonic development with unknown causes. A cleft is an opening in the mouth and can be strictly on the lip or also affect the roof of the mouth and the soft tissues in the back of the mouth. A cleft palate is when the bones of the mouth do not meet causing an opening in the roof of the mouth. One in ten children born with a cleft lip or palate will die before their first birthday. The children who survive are often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile.
Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft. Thankfully my friend has excellent insurance under the wing of the U. S. Military, but that is not the case for all young children. Operation Smile is a volunteer-based medical charity providing free cleft surgeries for underprivileged children across the globe. Established in 1982, Operation Smile has already provided more than 200,000 surgeries to correct the smiles of children and young adults born with facial deformities.
For just 60 cents a day you can provide a cleft correction surgery for a child in need. As a student your donation could be even easier than digging into your wallet. By renting your books from CampusBookRentals.com you would be both saving money and helping out a child with facial deformities. With every book rented CampusBookRentals.com donates to Operation Smile.
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