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If Only He Could Swallow Food

Juan’s cleft lip made it practically impossible to swallow food. Consequently, his weight dropped by nearly half. His mom Violeta, struggling to raise Juan and two other children, asked God to send people who could help her son. Discover how ... Read Transcript


Juan was born with a cleft palate.

He lives in a small Guatemalan village with his older

brother and sister.

His mom is a 29-year-old single mother, who struggles just

to feed her three children.

INTERPRETER: Sometimes I wash people's clothes

and make tortillas from a cornflower

when someone hires me.

But helping Juan to consume enough calories

has been her biggest challenge.

INTERPRETER: Milk and food fell from his mouth.

He was eager to eat and drink, but that he could not swallow.

It dropped through his lip.

Even Juan's sister, Crystal, knew he was in trouble.

INTERPRETER: He got very thin and couldn't eat anything.

At one point, Juan lost nearly half of his body weight

due to an illness and not eating enough.

INTERPRETER: He had to stay in the hospital for a week.

He almost died.

I prayed and asked God to send me

people who could help my son.

He answered my prayers when you came.

When CBN met the family, we quickly

arranged for Juan to travel to the city to receive free cleft

lip surgery.

INTERPRETER: The doctors healed he has left

and now he is very pretty.

Several months after surgery, Juan is doing great.

INTERPRETER: I bless CBN for helping

my son, for being the miracle that I needed for him.

INTERPRETER: I am very happy saying that they

operated on my little brother.

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