No Hope For a Newborn
By Helen Wang & Zsa Zsa Palagyi
The 700 Club
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CBN.com — Mr. and Mrs. Chen married in their mid-twenties and immediately signed up to volunteer together at an orphanage. So by the time Mrs. Chen got pregnant, the couple had cared for a lot of babies and felt prepared to be parents. What they weren’t prepared for was their baby’s cleft lip and palate!
Mrs. Chen remembers, “I cried when I finally saw her face. I knew that babies with cleft lips are mocked and people point at them all the time. I couldn’t imagine my own baby being treated like that all her life.”
Se Yan’s cleft lip was severe—and kept her from eating and developing like she should.
“She was so small,” says Mrs. Chen. “At four months old, she was only 7.7 pounds. I tried to feed her, but she always choked and her face turned red and purple. And then she couldn’t sleep because she was so hungry and uncomfortable. Every time she cried, it was like my heart was being cut into a hundred pieces.
Mr. Chen had his own concerns, “I was worried my daughter would choke to death. And what if her malnutrition led to retardation??? Our doctor thought there was no way to help her in the long run. He said we’d be better just giving her up.”
The poor newlyweds didn’t have enough money for surgery, but they did have faith.
“I prayed to the Lord every day,” proclaims Mrs. Chen. “I believed He had the perfect plan for my baby, and I entrusted my baby to Him.”
Not long after praying, Mrs. Chen got a call with some very good news! CBN had agreed to help pay for Se Yan’s surgery. It was a 3-hour procedure that completely transformed her face and her life.
“It was like all of my burdens were immediately taken away,” says Mr. Chen. “I was released from all worries about my daughter’s future. I could not even recognize that this was my baby. It’s incredible, she is so pretty.”
Mrs. Chen concludes, “We volunteered at the orphanage and helped the others. Then when we needed help, God stretched out His merciful hand to us and led CBN to help us. I want to thank CBN for arranging the best hospital and the best doctor for my baby -- so that she could have this successful surgery and a much better life.”
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