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A new smile for Ria

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A new smile for Ria

Ria was born on October 3, 2019 in Bogra (Bangladesh). Her cleft lip is very large and extends up to her nose. In addition, Ria has a cleft palate. The girl was four months old when Dr. Zaman, the lead surgeon on one of our four Bangladeshi projects, operated her for the first time. Ria’s mother is full of gratitude when she holds her daughter in her arms after the operation. Ria’s “new face” seems like a miracle to her. But she knows that it is the result of the work of our Bangladeshi doctors.

She promises Dr. Zaman that she will bring Ria back for the equally important second operation, to close the cleft palate. Dr. Zaman explained to the young mother that otherwise the untreated cleft palate would mean that her daughter would never be able to speak properly, and that even eating and drinking would be difficult for her.

On September 18, 2020, Ria finally gets her palate surgery. The operation is successful. Ria takes it well, giving her mother and Dr. Zaman a bright smile on the same day – a very special moment of happiness for her mother. For Dr. Zaman moments like these are the greatest recognition of his work, and a great motivation to continue working to help children with cleft lip and palate.

At the age of just under a year, Ria has both the operations she needed behind her, her cleft lip and cleft palate have been closed successfully. Ria now has the best prospects for a healthy, carefree life.

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Fünf Gründe für eine Spende
Wir widmen uns einem einzigen Thema: Der Behandlung von Kindern mit Lippen-Kiefer-Gaumenspalte. In unseren Projektländern leisten wir direkte medizinische Hilfe für die bedürftigen Familien. Messbar an der Zahl der Operationen.
Soweit es die Strukturen in unseren Projektländern zulassen, finanzieren wir über die Operationen hinaus nötige Folgebehandlungen, wie zum Beispiel Sprachtherapie oder kieferorthopädische Maßnahmen.
Jede Behandlung wird von den Ärzten und Ärztinnen vor Ort in unserer Patientendatenbank dokumentiert und von uns kontrolliert. So können wir sicher sein, dass die uns anvertrauten Spenden gezielt und sinnvoll verwendet werden.
Mit dem Ziel, in unseren Projektländern selbstständig funktionierende medizinische Strukturen aufzubauen, begleiten wir unsere Projekte langfristig und sind im regelmäßigen Austausch mit unseren einheimischen Partnern.
Das Deutsche Zentralinstitut für soziale Fragen (DZI) bestätigt uns mit dem DZI Spenden-Siegel bereits seit 2012 den verantwortungsbewussten und seriösen Umgang mit unseren Spendeneinnahmen.
From our projects
The story of Maui, cleft child from Colombia
Our new project to help children with cleft lip and palate in Colombia begins with a very unusual case. Maui was born with a cleft lip and palate. His parents belong to an indigenous people and do not know how to get him the help he needs. By a happy coincidence, Julia, a Swiss woman living in Colombia, is a neighbor of the family and offers to help. In search of treatment options, she comes across Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe.
Video: Impressions from Bolivia
The parents of our cleft children are always full of gratitude. When their child is born with cleft, they often do not know what to make of the malformation, much less that it can be treated. And even if they do - most of our little patients come from the poorest of backgrounds. Their parents could never afford the operation. It is an unimaginable happiness for them to learn that their children can receive qualified treatment, and free of charge even. This wonderful, touching film from our Bolivian aid project captures these special moments of happiness.
Video: Impressions from Pakistan
This film, made for our Pakistani partner organization, the Al-Mustafa Welfare Societey, by the father of one of our patients, shows scenes from our work in Karachi. From here, our senior surgeon Prof. Ashraf Ganatra treats cleft children from poorest families. He operates the children from Karachi at the Al Mustafa Medical Center. In order to reach the many needy families living outside the city, he also regularly heads out to local provincial hospitals to treat cleft patients there.