Following Kaye Barker’s excellent fundraising effort in raising more than £3,000 by running the Uganda Marathon for CLEFT in June 2016, CLEFT purchased two sets of surgical instruments which Brian Sommerlad has taken to Kampala, Uganda.
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Magnetic Resonance Imagining (MRI) is a powerful diagnostic tool, routinely used in hospitals – but not yet on cleft patients. The aim of this project is to use MRI to improve our understanding of the palate anatomy and to improve diagnostic tools and techniques. The results will aid surgeons in cleft repairs and enable more accurate diagnosis of errors in speech.
CLEFT is working with surgeons at the National Institute of Burns and Plastic Surgery (associated with Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh) to establish a multidisciplinary, comprehensive cleft and craniofacial centre. We have been greatly encouraged by the support offered by The Emirates Airlines Foundation, who have generously agreed to fund 10 return air fares for medical personnel over the next year.
We believe that this centre can act as a model for a revolution in cleft care in Bangladesh. Truly comprehensive cleft care involves a great deal more than one or two operations in infancy. Patients in the UK are cared for by all the specialists in the cleft team, from birth to adulthood. We want to ensure that, in the future, babies born with a cleft in Bangladesh have the same opportunities as those in the UK.
Many of the cleft patients CLEFT has helped have kindly agreed to have their stories told on our website.
Thanks to them we can share their experiences with you. It is very satisfying for the medical teams and parents to see how far they have come since their initial diagnosis with a cleft.
Kirstie had a unilateral cleft of her lip and palate. Her lip was repaired at the age of 3 months and her palate at 6 months.Her Story