Francisco - Mexico
Francisco was born with a cleft lip and palate and subsequently was abandoned by his parents because of this ailment. Because he was so young when they were separated, Francisco doesn’t remember anything about his family. He spent several years living with a foster family in Nogales, Sonora, but was forced to leave after he reached a certain age because the foster family preferred to focus on raising younger children. Francisco recently moved into an orphanage in Hermosillo.
When he was younger, Francisco had an initial surgical repair for his cleft lip and palate, but he unfortunately continues to have difficulty with speech and articulation. During the annual October CSI mission to Hermosillo, a man who referred to himself as Francisco’s tutor brought him to the hospital to be evaluated by the CSI volunteer surgical team. Francisco’s tutor, along with his friends who work at a local garage, have taken Francisco under their wings and are trying to help him succeed in life.
Francisco had his cleft palate repaired by CSI volunteer surgeon Dr.Kofi Boahene. The surgery went very well, and Dr. Boahene was very optimistic that the procedure would help Francisco to speak more clearly. For now, Francisco will be staying in Hermosillo, where he will receive excellent follow-up care by the CIMA hospital volunteers and staff, including speech therapy and orthodontics with Dr. Arturo Moreno.
It takes a village to raise a child.