The mountainous Philippine countryside flew by as I sat on the back of the motorcycle taxi. As I looked to my right side I got a fleeting glimpse of a child by the side of a small house. Although the scene rapidly fled my view, the image of the child’s face caught in my mind. There was something troubling about the image—and then I realized that the child had a severe facial deformity.
2013 saw ICSF add yet another service to its regimen of treatments for children born with clefts in the developing world, with the implementation during ICSF’s October mission to Pucallpa, Peru of dental appliance services for cleft patients, to aid in speech and eating.
Dr. Joyce Carnes, a Bend, Oregon, physician, has joined the ICSF Board of Directors. At ICSF’s annual Board of Directors meeting in Medford, Oregon, on July 2, Dr. Carnes was unanimously voted in as a member of the board.
Emver’s parents were worried. Earlier, they had been elated that their son had had his long awaited cleft lip surgery. It was now twelve days after surgery, however, and 18-month-old Emver was beginning to show signs of a serious infection.