August 12, 2016
August 12, 2016
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Jorge is a 16 year old young man who has already received several surgeries to repair his cleft lip and palate.  Recovery from the second surgery, when he was around 4 years old, was not supervised properly and his lip split, scarring improperly and causing speech impediments.  With very limited economic resources, his family was not able to provide him with the surgical and medical care he needed.  He has suffered for much of his life from depression as a result of being bullied and feeling different.  Sometimes, his mother told us, he won’t leave the house or do any schoolwork. He is receiving psychological counseling sponsored by the Hospital Infantil, and is a good candidate for speech therapy as well.  These therapies, in addition to the physical changes resulting from the surgery he received in April 2015 to correct a septal deviation and to revise a lip scar, will hopefully improve the course of his life over the upcoming years.