Here are two notes we recently received from one of our partner hospitals in the Philippines. The first one is in English, but here is the translation of the second:
My sad story started since I was a child in school where my classmates were very mean to me. They would pull my hair and take my food because I have a cleft lip. I couldn’t do anything but cry and raise my head to the heavens and say “GOD , please have mercy on them because they don’t know what they’re doing”. My uncle told me “Dedeng, have your lip repaired” but I said, “I’m afraid it might be painful. Then they will laugh because if I have it repaired –a flap will be taken from my rear end to cover the defect on my lip. Then I’ll just cry Doctor and ask myself how come I have this deformity.” My grandmother advised my father to have my lip repaired but my father said “No, it will just be painful and that would better so she won’t get married.” And I thought what a pity my life is. I would like to thank you all, especially Dr Stephanie Jacutin and Ms Lisa Tampohan. Many thanks to all of you.
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