Posted in Real Stories

Sky High Dreams

Posted on October 8, 2019 / ,

For most of nine-year-old Sema’s childhood, his dreams — including his hope of one day becoming a pilot —have felt compromised by the sharp curves of his legs. This orthopedic condition, commonly called “bowed legs,” often begins at a young age as the result of malnutrition. In Sema’s case, it began when he was just … Continued

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Finding her Smile

Posted on October 8, 2019 / ,

For 17 years, Isatu has been plagued by the whispers of her  community who seem to only see the tumor on her face. When she was ten years old, her jaw began swelling, causing her to lose several teeth and resulting in a large tumor that dominated her face and her life. “When I’m walking, … Continued

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Freed from Shame – Aminata’s Story

Posted on June 25, 2019 / , ,

Ousman was thrilled when he received a call from his sister saying that his niece had finally been born. However, that excitement quickly turned into heartache once he learned that baby Aminata was suffering from a cleft lip. When he heard the distress in his sister’s voice, Ousman felt desperate to help both her and her child.

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Healing for Houssainatou

Posted on April 12, 2019 / ,

Ten-year-old Houssainatou lives in the highlands of Guinea with her parents and her four siblings. Her childhood has been a happy one: she talks about playing jump rope with her friends, helping to take care of her little brother, and climbing the trees that speckled their neighborhood. Her father, Souleymane, has worked hard to protect … Continued

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What a Difference Hope Makes

Posted on April 2, 2019 / ,

When Mafoudiya was born, her mother, Mabinty, wasn’t able to fully enjoy her new baby girl’s bright eyes or sweet smile because she was consumed with worry. Her daughter was born with a cleft lip, and in their village there was no access to the medical help they needed to repair her smile. As Mafoudiya … Continued

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The Long Road to Healing

Posted on April 2, 2019 / , ,

“I may grow another head if nothing is done to save me…” A newspaper headline in Liberia captured this cry for help from a 23-year-old girl named Fatu. A growth on her face was slowly suffocating her and causing significant pain — both physically and emotionally. “I’m always sad and lonely because most of my … Continued

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Rekindled Dreams

Posted on April 2, 2019 / ,

Samory never imagined that neglecting a toothache would result in a facial tumor that threatened to take away his dreams and quite possibly his life. Four years after his pain began, the once healthy 25-year-old was a shell of his former self — as the tumor grew, his self-esteem began to deflate. Having grown up … Continued

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Assiatou’s first steps

Posted on February 12, 2019 / ,

Assiatou leaned forward gingerly, pressing her foot to the ground — heel first, then the sole, until even her toes were flat on the hospital floor. She shuffled forward carefully before a smile broke out across her face. It was only a tiny movement, but for the 18-year-old, it was a step towards healing. When she … Continued

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Posted in Real Stories

Sky High Dreams

Posted on October 8, 2019 / ,

For most of nine-year-old Sema’s childhood, his dreams — including his hope of one day becoming a pilot —have felt compromised by the sharp curves of his legs. This orthopedic condition, commonly called “bowed legs,” often begins at a young age as the result of malnutrition. In Sema’s case, it began when he was just … Continued

Read More

Finding her Smile

Posted on October 8, 2019 / ,

For 17 years, Isatu has been plagued by the whispers of her  community who seem to only see the tumor on her face. When she was ten years old, her jaw began swelling, causing her to lose several teeth and resulting in a large tumor that dominated her face and her life. “When I’m walking, … Continued

Read More

Freed from Shame – Aminata’s Story

Posted on June 25, 2019 / , ,

Ousman was thrilled when he received a call from his sister saying that his niece had finally been born. However, that excitement quickly turned into heartache once he learned that baby Aminata was suffering from a cleft lip. When he heard the distress in his sister’s voice, Ousman felt desperate to help both her and her child.

Read More

Healing for Houssainatou

Posted on April 12, 2019 / ,

Ten-year-old Houssainatou lives in the highlands of Guinea with her parents and her four siblings. Her childhood has been a happy one: she talks about playing jump rope with her friends, helping to take care of her little brother, and climbing the trees that speckled their neighborhood. Her father, Souleymane, has worked hard to protect … Continued

Read More

What a Difference Hope Makes

Posted on April 2, 2019 / ,

When Mafoudiya was born, her mother, Mabinty, wasn’t able to fully enjoy her new baby girl’s bright eyes or sweet smile because she was consumed with worry. Her daughter was born with a cleft lip, and in their village there was no access to the medical help they needed to repair her smile. As Mafoudiya … Continued

Read More

The Long Road to Healing

Posted on April 2, 2019 / , ,

“I may grow another head if nothing is done to save me…” A newspaper headline in Liberia captured this cry for help from a 23-year-old girl named Fatu. A growth on her face was slowly suffocating her and causing significant pain — both physically and emotionally. “I’m always sad and lonely because most of my … Continued

Read More

Rekindled Dreams

Posted on April 2, 2019 / ,

Samory never imagined that neglecting a toothache would result in a facial tumor that threatened to take away his dreams and quite possibly his life. Four years after his pain began, the once healthy 25-year-old was a shell of his former self — as the tumor grew, his self-esteem began to deflate. Having grown up … Continued

Read More

Assiatou’s first steps

Posted on February 12, 2019 / ,

Assiatou leaned forward gingerly, pressing her foot to the ground — heel first, then the sole, until even her toes were flat on the hospital floor. She shuffled forward carefully before a smile broke out across her face. It was only a tiny movement, but for the 18-year-old, it was a step towards healing. When she … Continued

Read More