Leslie Dudley, ReSurge Volunteer Nurse
Cao Lanh, Vietnam
Ha is an 18-month-old petite child who traveled two hours on a motorbike with her parents to get her cleft palate repaired. Last year, Ha had her lip repaired and now has begun talking, so this palate repair will help her ask for fish at the market, as she did yesterday; fish is Ha’s favorite food. Ha also let us know that she loves balloons. She is already speaking fairly well already and the repair at this age should help her have normal speech ... and let others know her likes and dislikes ... for the rest of her life.
Ha lives with her parents and grandparents in one house. Her grandmother watches over her while her parents work for local farmers during the day. Ha’s mother told us that the area where they live is known for their lotus crops.
Photo: Leslie Dudley with a sleepy Ha and her family.