While Jadiel’s mother was pregnant with him, she went to have her regular prenatal checkup at the local clinic and underwent a routine ultrasound. It was then that she learned her first child would be born with a cleft lip and palate. She was sad but knew she had to be strong for her son, so she immediately asked about options to help Jadiel. She was referred to a local charity run by ReSurge's international medical partner, Dr. Jorge Palacios, called “Fundacion Rostros Felices” or the “Happy Faces Foundation.”
Jadiel’s mother went and met with Jorge and learned about an innovative pre-operative treatment being used for infants with cleft palates called nasoalveolar molding or NAM. NAM is a procedure used to help align an infant’s gums, bone and nose before surgery is performed to repair a cleft lip and palate. It alleviates the tension at the surgery site, which helps improve the surgical result and often reduces the total number of surgeries the child needs over the course of his or her life.
Jadiel began NAM treatment when he was only 15 days old. The treatment allowed him to then have a successful cleft surgery shortly thereafter.
Today, Jadiel’s smile is brighter than ever, just like his future.