Hello, my name is *Roberto. I was born in a remote
village in CENTRAL AMERICA with a condition known as a bilateral cleft palate and lip. I
also was born with a slight heart murmur.
Because of my heart murmur and needing "controlled conditions" to
operate on my cleft problems, the Plastic Surgeon and INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S MEDICAL FOUNDATION (ICMF) did
not want to take any chances on my life and felt it was best to be "safe than sorry" so
they brought me to the U.S. when I was just a few weeks old. My Plastic Surgeon is
WONDERFUL. He has made many trips to CENTRAL AMERICA as a volunteer with the PROJECT
INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL MISSIONS. INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S MEDICAL
FOUNDATION will be eternally grateful for all he has done! He and
I have spent a lot of time together as he performed FOUR surgeries on me, the first to repair my lip,
two to repair my palate and one to lengthen my nose. He still has more work to do on
me. I have also met some wonderful people at the hospital where the Plastic Surgeon performed the
aforementioned surgeries. The hospital was gracious enough to
donate their facilities, thereby assisting me on my road to a normal life. The hospital's
administrative personnel and staff have been wonderful! The picture on the left shows how I
looked when I was born. Don't I look GOOD today!
I was also fortunate enough to meet a Pediatric
Cardiologist who has been closely monitoring my heart condition. All has progressed
The doctors have also discovered that I am totally deaf. I was
fitted with hearing aids which did not work. I am a cochlear inplant patient. I am currently
enrolled in a school for the deaf and learning how to sign in my native language, which is Spanish, so
my parents, brothers and sisters and I can communicate with
each other when I return home.
I can honestly say that without the INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S
MEDICAL FOUNDATION I would not have the future that now awaits me. For that my
parents, brothers, sisters and extended family down in Central America are so VERY grateful.
Did you meet my new friend, *Tony? He
visits me in my Host Family's home. We both THANK YOU in advance for doing all YOU can to "Partner"
with and help support INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S MEDICAL FOUNDATION so they can help all of my other
"brothers and sisters" of the world that needs medical care.
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