Four-month-old Fernando was born with a cleft lip. His mother, Carmen, paced the room as she rocked him tenderly while waiting for him to be evaluated for surgery.
"I've seen other children born with cleft lips, but I never thought it would happen to me," she shared.
She went on to relate how the hardest part about having a child born with a cleft was her own daughters' reactions to him. "Fernando has two sisters who are four and five years old; they often say they don't like him because of how he looks. As a mother, it breaks my heart to see their reaction to him," she continued.
Fernando received free cleft lip surgery from ReSurge's surgical outreach director in Ecuador, Dr. Jorge Palacios. With a one-hour surgery, his face was healed and his life transformed.
A day after Fernando's surgery, Carmen was still glowing. "A thousand times thank you," she said as her eyes filled with tears of joy.