Ruth - Liberia
Ruth had just begun 2nd grade when she decided she no longer wanted to go to school. Her mother told CSI doctors that this was unusual because Ruth is very smart, so smart she is a year ahead for her age. Ruth finally told her mother the problem was people couldn’t understand her saying “you talk through your nose.”
Ruth was born with a cleft palate, which made it difficult to understand when she spoke. When Ruth and her fraternal twin sister were born, their mother tried to find a doctor to repair Ruth’s mouth, but she couldn’t find one in Liberia who had the skill to perform such a procedure.
When she heard the radio ad about CSI coming to Duside Hospital, she was worried about coming up with the money. Despite working very hard selling used clothes in a market, most of her earnings went towards school supplies for her children, an expense she considers of upmost importance to their future. She could not believe her ears upon hearing the surgery was being offered free of charge – "Only God will be able to pay you people for the goodness you have brought to my daughter. I thank my God for you people".
Ruth and her mother, twin sister and little brother arrived at Duside Hospital in January 2013. Ruth passed the screening process and was scheduled for surgery. In the recovery room after the procedure, Ruth said that she couldn’t wait to go back to school.