Saturday, March 21, 2015
Sr. Cecilia, with the Community of Hope and the sisters of St. Columban... Her mission brought the children from Ozamiz City ( and a parent or guardian ) on a 3 hour van ride to stay 2 weeks in Dipolog for the speech therapy!! So special in her good deeds and care of God's children with disabilities!
The "speech team"... One of our mottos=
LOST IN TRANSLATION! What an amazing and fun group!!
Elizabeth "Betsy" Straka, MS,CCC-SLP
(Colorado Springs, Colorado)
Kate Schwab, B.A. graduate Student, University of Northern Colorado)
Theresa Snelling, MA,CCC-SLP
Ellie McKinnon (honorary speech therapist!) marketing/ICSF-Boise,ID
Anesthesiologist, Dr. Mario John Judith; Nursing Team: Christine, Marilyn, Bon, and Earl! Did surgeries 6 days a week till... 11pm, midnight, 1am, 2am, 3am!!!
MORE TO COME!!!!!
Friday, March 20, 2015
The children performed songs,read poems and letters, and passed out thank you cards to all of us this afternoon! The children from the city of Ozamiz have the sea out their gate, so all the children from both Negros and Dipolog region... Who have been in speech therapy for 2 weeks...got together for play, a little therapy... And swimming! What joy!!
BEFORE CLEFT PALATE REPAIR (left) and AFTER SURGICAL REPAIR (right) Although the cleft appears small in the picture on the right- the location of the cleft directly involves the muscles needed for speech; without the repair voice is hypernasal with some sounds impossible to make! The mother of the patient was counseled to return next year for speech therapy!
|After ONE SIDED (Unilateral) Cleft Lip Repair!|
Beautiful 11 year old with two-sided (bilateral) cleft lip! Although still much swelling after 1 week...amazing outcome for this sweet shy girl! We caught her smiling when we played a card game with her before surgery, but we hope to see her next year (when she feels better!) with a big, beautiful, well-healed smile! She still needs to have her cleft palate repaired!
Kent "AFTER" (to the left) what a life changing surgical repair for this young boy...He waited 12 years for a mission to do his surgery! We can't wait to see him next year! His mother was very happy to be there and finally have him receive surgery!
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Many of the children staying together from the island of Negros (north of Mindanoa) woke with fevers and coughs today! We're trying hard to stay healthy! Lots of work for us to do!
More tomorrow...as always, thanks for your prayers and support!!
From Dipolog City, Mindanoa, PH!