When I met Luciana on clinic day and also on the day of surgery, I was struck by her incredible curiosity about everything around her. Here is a photo of Luciana from rounds this morning with Jackeline, the incredible social worker from El Hogar. You’ll see Luciana gripping her medication in a typical display of her inquisitiveness!
Luciana was abandoned by her parents soon after she was born with a cleft lip and palate. Unfortunately, although this may sound extreme, Interplast has treated many children in the same situation. In fact, Luciana’s bilateral cleft lip was repaired by Interplast last year. Since she is just now starting to make sounds to speak, it was crucial that her cleft palate also be repaired soon.