Hoa, a young mother, knew intimately the stigma of a cleft lip as she had
been born with one herself. Therefore, she eagerly sought help from ReSurge
International when her son Hoai was also born with a cleft lip.
Hoa and her son live with a mountain tribe in a remote area of Vietnam. She
traveled a long way to have Hoai seen and waited patiently for him to be
evaluated. To her delight, Hoai qualified for surgery. What she did not expect
was that, in the process of screening little Hoai, our surgeons noticed that she
too could benefit from a surgical revision of her cleft repair. Hoa had selflessly
brought her son in with only his future in mind, and now her life also would be
Hoa and Hoai represent just two of the 500 surgeries performed by us each year in
Vietnam, where per capita spending on health care is just $95 annually. It is
rare to perform surgeries on both mother and child. In this situation, we were
greatly honored to do so.