NEW BABY BORN WITH CLEFT LIP, THE ROUGH ROAD TO A JOYOUS END.
By Dr Joseph Anjonrin
The arrival of every newborn is always met with joy and gladness, but reverse was the case with the arrival of baby Faith. Rather than rejoicing, it was questioning; “Who has done this to us?”
Baby Faith was born with the commonest congenital defect of the head and neck region- Cleft Lip.
There was so much tension in the air, but a tinge of hope surfaced when the grandmother and mother knew that there was a solution to the “abnormality”. The parents were referred to CLEFT& FACIAL DEFORMITY FOUNDATION centre in Gwarinpa area of Abuja, where comprehensive cleft management takes place.
The relief became deeper when they were told that cleft lip is not unique to Faith; a thousand and one babies out there have similar defect.
The height of it was when the repair was done at no cost, not just for Faith alone, but some other babies also, on the the same day at the same facility- a testament to the previous fact that Cleft Lip isn’t unique Faith neither was it witchery, as their belief was before.