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“What Did We Do Wrong?”

Hao Teen’s parents were so excited to have a baby boy—until they saw his cleft lip and palate. “What did we do wrong?” they wondered as they hid their tiny son away from prying eyes. Find out how their sorrow was turned into hope and joy. Read Transcript


Terry: WHEN MR. AND

MRS. YEE FOUND OUT THEY WERE

GOING TO HAVE A BABY, THEY

COULDN'T WAIT.

I TALKED TO MY BABY IN MY

WOMB, AND I SAID I WISH THAT

YOU HAVE EYES LIKE YOUR

FATHER, LIPS LIKE MINE, AND

THAT YOU SMILE ALL OF THE

TIME.

Terry: MRS. YEE GAVE

BIRTH TO A BOY.

HUTINE.

HE HAD THE EYES HIS MOTHER

HOPED FOR, BUT NOT THE LIPS

OR THE SMILE.

IT WAS LIKE A NIGHTMARE.

HE HAD A SEVERE CLEFT LIP

AND PALATE.

IT WAS LIKE A BOMB HAD

EXPLODED IN MY HEAD.

WHAT HAD WE DONE WRONG?

Terry: THE YEES TOOK

HIM HOME AND MAKE SURE NO

ONE EVER SAW HIM.

THEY WOULD LAUGH AT HIM.

Terry: THE CLEFT LIP

MADE IT HARD FOR HUTINE TO

EAT.

HE WOULD CHECK.

H -- HE WOULD CHOKE.

HE WAS SO SKINNY.

I WORRIED ABOUT THIS

FUTURE.

HE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO

GET A JOB, AND WHAT GIRL

WOULD MARRY HIM?

Terry: MR. YEE STARTED

WORKING EXTRA HOURS AS A

TRUCK DRIVER TO RAISE MONEY

FOR SURGERY FOR HUTINE, BUT

IT WAS GOING TO TAKE YEARS.

I WAS AFRAID HE WOULD NOT

BE ABLE TO HOLD ON THAT

LONG.

Terry: THEN MR. YEE

READ THAT CBN WAS COMING TO

HIS TOWN TO DO CLEFT LIP AND

PALATE SURGERY.

WHEN I TOLD MY WIFE THE

NEWS, WE BOTH CRIED.

I SAID, SON, YOU ARE GOING

TO GET SURGERY.

AND SOON YOU WILL GET TO GO

OUTSIDE AND PLAY.

Terry: THE SURGERY WAS

A SUCCESS, AND NOW HUTINE

SMILES ALL OF THE TIME.

HE GREW SO FAST AFTER THE

SURGERY.

NOW HE IS CATCHING UP TO

OTHER KIDS HIS AGE.

HE IS SO HAPPY.

EVERY TIME I LOOK AT HIM,

HIGH HEART MELTS.

HE LOOKS JUST LIKE

DANIEL.

THANK YOU, CBN.

YOU BROUGHT HOPE TO US.

WE WERE COMPLETELY

HOPELESS.

AND NOW ALL OF OUR WORRIES

ARE GONE.

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