A Smile in Ethiopia – Kayo

From partner surgeon, Dr. Erik Erichsen from Aira Hospital, Ethiopia

Stigmatization by a family or community because of cleft lip and palate is a common occurrence in many countries. Ethiopia is no different, and it is a huge advantage for a patient to undergo surgery at an early age. But with 78% of Ethiopians living on less than $2 a day, access to basic medical care is difficult for many patients and their families.

Two-month-old Kayo was born with a cleft lip and palate, causing his mother to neglect him. However, Kayo recently underwent cleft lip repair, performed by Smile Train partner Dr. Erik Erichsen at Aira Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Thanks to Dr. Erichsen, Kayo’s appearance has now changed dramatically. Kayo will return in ten months to have his cleft palate repaired.

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