Please Help My Baby Sister’s Smile
By Ken Hulme
The 700 Club
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CBN.com —Maria, 5, still remembers the day she came home from school and saw her new baby sister Naomi for the first time. Six months later she’s still shocked by the baby’s appearance and wonders how it could have happened.
“I asked my mom if she dropped baby Naomi and made her mouth look like that,” said Maria.
Carmen, the girls’ mother quickly responded, “No, I didn’t drop her.” I felt so bad when she said that.
Meanwhile, even after six months, baby Naomi wasn’t gaining weight, because of the cleft lip and palate.
“She couldn´t swallow enough milk. It was coming out through the nose and she would choke on it,” said Carmen.
Carmen’s alcoholic husband had abandoned the family while she was still pregnant with Naomi. Now the responsibility of helping her daughter fell on the young single mother.
When we learned about their situation, we offered to help. CBN set up a free surgery for the baby in a hospital in Lima, Peru. A few months later, we went back to see how Naomi was doing.
“Everyone is happy now because she can smile and drink her milk,” said Carmen.
And when 5-year-old Maria saw her sister’s mouth after surgery-her mother told us her reaction was priceless.
“She said, ‘“Mommy, Mommy her mouth is healed! Look mama, look! It’s all better!’” said Carmen.
Maria chimed in, “I am very happy, because now my baby sister can smile! Thank you CBN for fixing Naomi’s lip!”
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