Yaismar’s mother brought her daughter to Cumana when she first heard there was a Rotaplast mission in Cumana.
Yaismar was born with a very large gap in the roof of her mouth.
A cleft palate is a gap in the roof of the mouth. A child born with a cleft palate may look the same as any other child until they speak. In the United States most children born with a cleft palate are repaired by their first birthday. A child with an unrepaired cleft palate will have health and nutrition issues.
Yaismar’s mother brought her daughter to Cumana when she first heard that there was a Rotaplast mission in Cumana. Yaismar was six-years-old, but luck was not with her. She had a bad cold, which precluded her from surgery. The following year Yaismar’s mother had a baby and could not return. The next year her mother had a serious fall and was restricted to a wheelchair.
In spite of being teased by other children Yaismar has persevered, and today she has returned, has been evaluated and green-lighted for surgery.
Dr. Jackson’s team repaired Yaismar’s cleft palate after two and half hours of surgery.
Dr. Drum keeps a close eye on Yaismar’s vitals for the duration of her surgery.
Mom and the team wait in recovery for Yaismar to awaken. Yaismar is an outgoing lively girl with a great outlook. She can return to school where she is in the fifth grade.
Now you see a pretty girl with a strong voice, and the prospect of a bright future.
There are more children like Yaismar, and more surgeries, and more happy endings.