Emily has changed our lives dramatically, and by getting involved with Miles for Smiles, we hope that we can raise funds and awareness to change the lives of other children born with this defect too. The operation is quick and children heal so quickly that with any luck they will never know their lives started in such a traumatic way. We often refer to the day of Emily’s op as her second birthday because in the space of a morning her life was changed forever. The ability of the doctors nowadays means that once the children are a couple of years old there is little or no scar at all.
There is more to a cleft than just the physical appearance. Post op feeding has become less of a challenge as feeding a baby with this defect is very hard. There are special bottles and techniques one can use to feed them, but each child with a cleft presents it’s own unique issues that need to be overcome.
Together with friends and family we will be entering the Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2012 to raise funds and awareness for Mile for Smiles.
Please support us by making a donation to Miles for Smiles. For every R5500 that we receive we will be able change a child and their family’s life’s FOREVER.
For those reading this who are going to have or already have a child with a cleft remember, strangers response to seeing your child is a cue taken from you. When they see your love and affection for your child, they will respond in the same way. No one ever told us anything other than how beautiful Emily is.
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