Around the world
every year 215,000
children are born with
facial clefts
every year 215,000
children are born with
In developed countries, these
deformities are repaired within a
few months of birth
In West Africa,
most children
born with clefts
do not have
access to the
simple
surgeries
needed to
repair clefts
This is Mariama This is Alseny
They are twins
At 4 months, Alseny weighs 6.2 lbs
His sister weighs 12.1 lbs
Because
Alseny has a
cleft lip and
palate, he
cannot feed
well and only
gets a little
milk
As a result Alseny is severely malnourished
and will not live long without help
Alseny’s
mother did not
have the
money or
access to a
hospital to
treat his cleft
lip and palate
Alseny’s mother
heard about
Mercy Ships
and brought her
son to be seen.
Through Mercy Ships infant feeding program,
Alseny...
26 Weeks
6.2 lbs
28 Weeks
9.7 lbs
36 Weeks
17.8 lbs
Now that
Alseny is at a
healthy weight
He can have a
free surgery
with Mercy
Ships
A few short weeks of recovery and
Alseny’s lip has healed
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  1. 1. Around the world every year 215,000 children are born with facial clefts every year 215,000 children are born with
  2. 2. In developed countries, these deformities are repaired within a few months of birth
  3. 3. In West Africa, most children born with clefts do not have access to the simple surgeries needed to repair clefts
  4. 4. This is Mariama This is Alseny They are twins
  5. 5. At 4 months, Alseny weighs 6.2 lbs His sister weighs 12.1 lbs
  6. 6. Because Alseny has a cleft lip and palate, he cannot feed well and only gets a little milk
  7. 7. As a result Alseny is severely malnourished and will not live long without help
  8. 8. Alseny’s mother did not have the money or access to a hospital to treat his cleft lip and palate
  9. 9. Alseny’s mother heard about Mercy Ships and brought her son to be seen. Through Mercy Ships infant feeding program, Alseny will receive the nutrition he needs to gain weight for surgery.
  10. 10. 26 Weeks 6.2 lbs
  11. 11. 28 Weeks 9.7 lbs
  12. 12. 36 Weeks 17.8 lbs
  13. 13. Now that Alseny is at a healthy weight He can have a free surgery with Mercy Ships
  14. 14. A few short weeks of recovery and Alseny’s lip has healed
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