I am raising money to help buy an x-ray machine for the cleft centre in Sulaimania, Kurdistan. This important piece of equipment is called the C-arm and is used in cleft centres around the world. The Sommerlad Cleft centre in Kurdistan is working hard to treat patients in difficult circumstances. The centre is in Sulaimania, one of the two big cities in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq, an area plagued by wars for forty years. This has made it very difficult for the dedicated surgeons there to develop services for conditions such as cleft lip and palate. This x-ray machine plays a key role in the assessment and treatment of cleft patients which is why CLEFT is raising money to buy it.

Kaye Knowles