Mending Cleft Lips in Bolivia

November 6, 2015

Samaritan's Purse is providing hope and help as they partner with a hospital in La Paz, Bolivia to provide dozens of cleft lip surgeries.

Luz, a 12-year-old girl from Bolivia, clings to her teddy bear in the anxious moments before she has surgery to repair a cleft lip.

Through Samaritan’s Cleft Lip Project, Luz and others born with cleft lip will have a new chance at life that comes with the transforming surgical procedure.

“I want to be a doctor, because they help people,” said Luz.

Anita, 17, had her first cleft lip surgery when she was only four months old. She dreams one day of becoming a veterinarian, but now she is focusing on graduating high school with a new smile.

Anita is from a family of five children supported only by her mother, Marta, who is raising the children on her own. Her sporadic and low-paying jobs of washing clothes or construction were not enough to provide for her daughter’s surgery.

"We don't have the resources to pay for this kind of surgery,” said Marta. “It's an important work you're doing," she said.

Anita and Luz prayed to receive Christ earlier in the day before their surgeries, alongside a local Bolivian pastor who joined us in serving on the Samaritan’s Purse ministry team. 

"I gave my life to God," Anita said. "I feel glad."

Each of our cleft lip patients were prayed for and received a Spanish Bible from our ministry team. Thanks to donations from Canadians like you helped bring hope and healing to these patients in Bolivia.