My Austin was born with Cleft Lip and at the age of only 2 months had to undergo surgery to have it fixed. When I first found out he had this defect at only 4 months pregnant, I was appalled when I was offered an abortion. Soon after finding out, I was able to meet with the surgeon who would fix his lip and got details of what to expect. When he was born he was perfect!! The smile that lit up his face was something I was not sure I wanted to change. We did face some difficulties, breast feeding was out! And because he was not able to close his lips around a regular bottle to suck, we had to get special bottles that allowed us to squirt the formula into his mouth. During the process of surgery prep and follow ups, I saw a lot of children who had to undergo so much more than he did... and I knew we were lucky and blessed!
He is now a handsome 16 year old! He is full of life and is a joy to be around! Always smiling and sharing his love of life with those around him.
I loved Close to my Heart before I even knew they were involved with Operation Smile, a wonderful organization that does these much needed surgeries world wide. I feel blessed to be a part of it! Join me in adding one more surgery to the total!!
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