Gifty didn’t have just a cleft-palate, it was more like a cleft-face. And yet, she is one of the liveliest, most secure, and happy pre-surgery children one could meet.
Why? A mother (Albino and likely ostracized herself), who raised her with such a sense of security and protection, even after being abandoned by Gifty’s father the day of her birth. Her mother’s spent the five years since then looking for healing for her daughter.
Gifty was recently discharged, and is a completely quiet and different person from before – it’ll take some time to get back to her normal self but she is healing well from the major cleft-palate/lip surgery volunteer surgeons performed.
Her mom sings, acts, has that natural performer vibe, although shy in a normal conversation. “I’m sick,” she says in passing, signing back in to the HOPE center after an afternoon elsewhere. “I’m financially sick.” she lets out a half-hearted laugh. Free surgery has changed Gifty’s life and her mothers.
The HOPE centre has given Gifty and her mother a place to find healing before and after surgery, they have been immersed in a community of love and acceptance, something each patient and their family needs to complete the healing process.