A “feel good” cleft lip post for this 4th of July.
Imagine if you had a beautiful daughter, perfect appearing in every way except for a split lip running almost to her nostrils. Imagine, too, if you lived in a rural part of Northeastern Brazil and had nine other children with no money left over year after year for corrective surgery. As a rural farmer, life would be hard enough that you wouldn’t want to watch your daughter Danila bullied and ostracized because her congenital cleft permanently revealed her teeth and caused eating and speech problems.
Operation Smile to the rescue.
So, when you heard Operation Smile was sending a surgery team to Fortaleza, the large Brazilian city five hours away that hosted some of the 2014 FIFA World Cup (couldn’t resist this tie- in to Sunday’s Cup Final between the US and Japan), what would you do?
You’d borrow money for the long journey to Fortaleza because, of course, you love Danila and want the best for her. Since not even Operation Smile can accommodate every child and every birth defect, you’re ecstatic that Danila is chosen for surgery.
As the wonderful “after”photo shows, your greatest wish has come true. Today, Danila’s cleft is gone, and a beguiling smile shows she believes she has an exciting future ahead of her. She’s free at last of the cleft that had become the central focus of her life. Every day is Independence Day now for Danila.