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Wearing A New Smile

Field Report by Lauryn Vickers

MYANMAR – Ei Ei has brought joy to her parents’ hearts since the day she was born. But pain and concern also followed her birth, as her parents noticed a birth defect in their otherwise perfect baby girl. Born with a cleft lip, Ei Ei’s condition makes eating and speaking very difficult. 

Now 6 years old, she’s reached a time when most children begin to integrate themselves into their communities with friends and classmates. But Ei Ei’s mother, Daw Hla Hla Win, could not help but worry over her daughter’s cleft lip.

A Child’s Future And The Difficulties Of Cleft Lip

“Whenever we saw that her face was different from other children, we were so sad,” Daw Hla Hla Win said. “And our family was so worried about her future.”

She saw Ei Ei struggle to eat, as rice would often spill out of her split cleft lip as she chewed. These daily challenges caused Ei Ei to feel shy and embarrassed, making it difficult for her to meet new people. But there seemed to be no solution, as her parents often had difficulty just making ends meet with the meager wages they earned. 

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Faithful Operation Blessing Partners Helped Provide Ei Ei’s Cleft Lip Surgery

Then, because of faithful Operation Blessing partners like you, Ei Ei’s life was totally transformed due to cleft lip surgery. When Daw Hla Hla Win connected with OB staff members, she applied for Ei Ei’s life-changing cleft lip surgery, which filled the family with hope. 

Her Cleft Lip Was Repaired

A few weeks later, you provided Ei Ei with the surgery she needed—repairing her cleft lip! She and her family are overjoyed with the outcome of the procedure. 

“Now my daughter is so beautiful and can eat regularly,” Daw Hla Hla Win said. “Thank you so much to the donors for helping my daughter!”

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Providing Life Changing Surgery For Children Worldwide

Operation Blessing is eager to meet men, women, and children all over the world who struggle with physical affliction every day. Through our life-saving surgery program, you help thousands of people every year who suffer from painful conditions, social stigma, and public shame.

Thank you for your generosity to bless Ei Ei with healing! Her affliction has now transformed into a testimony of your kindness.

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