Aya and her family live in Tripoli. Her parents did not know that Aya would be born with a cleft lip. When their daughter was only three months old, they brought her to meet our team in Beirut and were so happy when she was able to undergo surgery to repair her lip.
One year later, Aya returned to see the team with her parents so that our volunteers could assess her progress. This time Aya brought her new younger sister, Jehan, who was also born with a cleft lip. Research has shown that there is a hereditary component to cleft. If parents have one child born with cleft lip lip and/or palate, then there is a greater chance that other children will be born with a cleft.
After their positive experience with Aya’s surgery and care, her parents brought Jehan to see the GSF team. The girls’ mother expressed her appreciation that both of her daughters would now have a new future. She is spreading awareness of cleft lip and palate in her community and telling people to seek treatment as soon as possible.