On May 2020 Alanis is born.
The Force was strong when it happened. She was born during the peak of Covid-19 pandemic and she surprised everyone with her cute cleft lip and damaged palate. The feeling is like seeing a rainbow on a stormy day.
My heart was really broken when I saw her. Just like any moms, fear flashed right in front of me as if I was digging a bottomless pit of problems. Initially I saw the potential of her getting bullied because she will look different, then I thought of her having a hard time speaking and being understood, because of the hole in her palate. Then I thought of her having a hard time communicating, fitting in and fighting for herself when she is alone.
Because of the pandemic I wasn't able to find a dentist right away to make a NAM (Mold to cover her palate and hold her nose temporarily in place till surgery) and we are running out of time. In order for me to prevent further damage in her speech I need to make sure that we can get her lips stitched by 6-8 months and her soft palate fixed before she reaches the time she speaks (As early as 1 1/2 or before 2 years).
We are working but we're still having financial challenges. I'm continuously looking for different ways on how we can save up for her surgeries and exploring how to speed up our financial support. I'm just like any mom who's willing to try anything and everything to make things better for her child, and I need your help. So please include us in your prayers, you can save her from getting bullied, sick and you can give her a better chance in the future because of your support. I swallow my pride and say that any further support are very welcome.
“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” - Vincent Van Gogh
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Update: With the current donation we were able to get her first lip surgery (Chelioplasty) done!
First night after surgery was the hardest! She didn't want to leave my arms. Swaddling is not enough as she really wants to feel warmth and cuddles. The waiting period after sending her to the operating room is very scary. Thank Lord she did not take her away. He still gave her strength to fight for her next battle.
Now we are moving on to the next phase (Palatoplasty) this will be her soft palate surgery.
Closing the slice on the roof of her throat. Your continued support will surely help her future.
Will attach her photos soon once the thread has been removed completely.