Tracer is a 3-month-old baby boy here at Maria’s Big House of Hope who was diagnosed with a cleft lip and palate. Even at such a young age, Tracer has a bright, joyful personality. The first time I met him, I couldn’t put him down! He loves to be cuddled and always tries to mimic different noises. He has the cutest look of determination as he tries to copy me! Tracer also loves to suck his fingers as he sleeps. Even when his little hand starts to slide, he manages to wake up and place his finger back in his mouth!
During this National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness Month, we pray that the Lord would place his healing hand over the precious children around the world who have cleft or craniofacial disorders. For children born with cleft lip and/or palate, it can be difficult to drink enough milk to maintain a healthy weight. At Show Hope’s Care Centers, children with this condition are fed with special bottles. This feeding process often takes longer, but it ensures that each child is receiving the proper amount of nutrition. These precious babies are not without hope! As soon as they are medically stable and at a healthy weight, they will undergo surgery with a highly skilled doctor in order to repair the cleft lip and/or palate. Thanks to the loving generosity of Show Hope sponsors and donors, we can look at Tracer’s future with great hope!