Bangladesh resumes cleft care after lockdown

Abir was born in Bangladesh on October 6, 2018. Shortly after his first birthday, Prof. Ahmed, one of our leading surgeons in Bangladesh, operates him the first time to close Abir’s cleft lip.

Abir before his surgery

Since Abir’s palate is also affected, he also needs a second operation. But then the Corona epidemic comes, and along with it with a lockdown and an operation stop. Abir’s parents are desperate. They are so happy with the result of the lip surgery. Now they are very concerned that the palate surgery might no longer be possible. This second operation is very important. Abir cannot swallow properly due to the cleft palate. Feeding her baby is not easy for the young mother. On top of that, the pandemic makes the family’s life even more difficult.

Seven months after the first intervention, Abir’s parents finally receive the long-awaited call from Prof. Ahmed. He and his team are working again. Abir’s surgery is scheduled for May 29th. The operation takes place. Everything goes well and Abir will soon be able to return home with his parents. With a new perspective on life and new hope in these difficult times.

The cleft palate gives Abir much trouble: He can’t swallow properly, which makes it difficult to feed him.
All went well: Abir only hours after his palate surgery.
Prof. Ahmed’s cleft ward: Mothers await their children’s surgeries.
Prof. Ahmed during patient intake.
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