Meet 2-year-old Gabriel
Gabriel, of region #9 Guyana, was born with a complete cleft lip and palate. In a plea for help, his mother explained that he is unable to eat with ease as his food gets lodged in his air passage, which is detrimental to his health.
SHEA has accepted Gabriel’s case and secured medical treatment for him in the United States, but we need your help to make this all possible. Gabriel will be in treatment for at least 6 months, where he will undergo the necessary surgeries and therapies so that he can recover and live a normal healthy life.
This cleft lip and palate surgery is not just a simple cosmetic repair, this condition affects Gabrielle’s hearing, feeding, speech development, orthodontics and jaw growth, which can require numerous surgeries well into early adulthood. Once his cleft lip and palate are both repaired, he will be able to eat, speak, and play like a normal two-year-old.
Update August 19, 2019:
We are pleased to share this update to let you know that while coordinating treatment for Gabriel Honorio in the United States, an opportunity presented itself for him to have the surgery in Guyana, by an international visit team of doctors.
Gabriel was fortunate to be added to the list of patients who will be seen by the visiting team, thanks to the great efforts of some amazing doctors at GPHC.
All funds received by SHEA Charity for Gabriel will be given to his mother to assist with travels and accommodations expenses.
Gabriel is scheduled to have surgery in the coming week. We will share updates on his progress as they are available to us.
Once again, we would like to express sincere gratitude to all of our donors.
Update September 15, 2019:
We are pleased to share that Gabriel Honorio has completed the first phase of his cleft lip and palate surgery.
On September 11, 2019 Gabriel underwent surgery to repair his lip; this surgery was successful. He must now wait for his lip to completely heal then return to the hospital for follow up and to schedule his palate repair.
Thanks to everyone who donated to help Gabriel receive this life-changing treatment.
Sincere thanks also to his medical team
Please help us help little Gabriel by making a donation towards his medical expenses.
See his Social Media campaign on Facebook.
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