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Tamarre is a 14-month-old little girl living in Haiti with her parents and older brother. Her father works at a hospital, and her mom is a homemaker who takes care of the house and the children. Tamarre loves to eat. She loves to eat rice and beans, and her favorite cuisine is Haitian food. She likes to dance a lot, and plays around with her older brother. She often teases him, and always wakes him up to play with her. Her mother describes her as a fearless and curious little girl. Tamarre was born with a cleft lip. A cleft palate is when the roof of the mouth has an opening into the nose, and sometimes is accompanied with a cleft lip, which is an opening in the upper lip. The disorder can result in feeding, speech, or hearing problems. The cause of the condition is unknown, but happens to about one to two births in every one thousand. Tamarre can’t make clear sounds when speaking, and her articulation is muffled. Her mother also gets constantly asked about Tamarre's condition, which can be stressful at times. Tamarre's doctors recommended she have surgical repair of the cleft palate. To repair her cleft lip, the surgeon will connect the muscles of the soft palate and rearrange the tissues to close the cleft. The total cost of the procedure, including medications, imaging, and two days of inpatient care, costs $930. She will have her surgery on March 4th, 2017. Her mother hopes that Tamarre's face and true beauty will be able to shine through after the operation. Tamarre will be able to talk properly, and articulate clear sounds. "I want her to grow up without shame of her appearance, and not feel inferior to her peers," shares Tamarre's mother.

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Vernado is a one-year-old boy living in Haiti with his mother and great-uncle. He loves drinking juice, and likes to play with his soccer ball and other toys. He is very curious, and likes to touch things and explore his surroundings. His mother says that she cannot take him to the grocery store anymore because he touches everything. Vernado was born with a cleft lip. A cleft lip is a birth defects that occurs when a baby's lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy. As he has grown, his cleft lip has become more of a hinderance. He has trouble eating well, and the cleft causes him pain from time to time. He drools incessantly, and it can sometimes be frustrating for him. His mother feels anxious about his ability to eat safely, and has to watch him attentively in case food gets into his nose. Vernado's doctors recommended he have surgical intervention to fix his cleft lip. To repair, the surgeon will connect the muscles of the soft palate and rearrange the tissues to close the cleft. The total cost of the procedure, including medications, imaging, and two days of inpatient care, costs $930. Vernado will have his cleft lip repaired on March 4, 2017. After his surgery, Vernado will be able to eat more consistently and easily, and improve his overall health. His mother looks forward to not being as anxious about his health. She will be more comfortable going out of the house with him, and she hopes it will be easier for him to play with other kids. "I want him to be a doctor or a pastor," she shares, "Now there will be nothing holding him back."

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