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Every penny counts please help baby Zach by donating $1 or $2

was very shocked when my second child was born with a cleft lip and alveolus [gum]. The pregnancy had gone so easily, and then the delivery was so quick, I thought the hardest part was over. I had gone through three ultrasounds without seeing the cleft lip, so my husband David and I didn’t find out until our son was born.

After I was honest about all my emotions of sadness, disappointment, and fear of what everyone else was going to think of my new baby, I realized he had the same cute little newborn cry that his older sister had. He was soft and had the same sweet baby smell. He cuddled right into my neck just like his older sister had done, and I knew he was still my precious gift that had been given to me for a reason. I prayed then for the strength and ability to help my son through everything.
Before leaving the hospital, we were told that we were going to be seen by a specialist to help answer any questions. We all had a laugh when the specialist was a neonatologist. My son weighed in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and this doctor was used to working with premature infants. He couldn’t answer any questions, but he did give us the number to the nearest children’s hospital. David called that day, and Zach had an appointment for the very next week.
We were very lucky to have been set up with a craniofacial team so quickly. At Zach's first visit, I was handed tons of info on different nipples to use to make bottle feeding easier and faster, on how to care for his cleft lip, and on what to expect in the treatment. Also they gave us lots of support group phone numbers. One of the first ones was the number for the Cleftline (1-800-24-CLEFT). David and I went home knowing that our son was going to be taken care of medically and that our family as a whole had so much support and care too. The most stressful part now is determining how we will gather up funds for a surgery I never imagined I would have to worry about.. If you can find it in your hearts to donate a dollar or even 2 it will be greatly appreciated. I have faith and know that baby Zach will eventually seek the medical attention needed and pray that angels are watching over our family. Thanks to all, and god bless!!
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