Avi Weisfogel is well educated on cleft lip and cleft palate. Avi is an incredibly successful dentist from New Jersey with a big heart. When he’s not helping patients or coordinating with other disciplines of medicine to perform sleep studies, he is running a fundraiser for Operation Smile. The goal of the GoFundMe campaign is to raise over $2000 for the charitable organization.
Having a cleft lip or cleft palate may not seem like a big deal here in the United States, but the birth defects sets out a long and difficult road to recovery, both medically and socially. First of all, surgery to cure cleft lip and cleft palate is recommended within the first 12 months of life. It is important to diagnose and treat cleft lip and cleft palate before the child has any conscious memory of the birth defect. Additionally, cleft lip and cleft palate makes it difficult for newborn to suckle leading to malnutrition and dehydration. Doing surgery as soon as possible is critical, so your contribution allows Operation Smile to identify patients at an early age, even prenatally through ultrasound.
But the battle against cleft lip and cleft palate does not end there. The patient will likely need additional surgeries as they grow older which requires medical follow-up. That is why Operation Smile performs outreach to educate local medical professionals about the birth defect, giving the patient a better medical infrastructure as they age.
In the United States, the American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association advocates for patients. They set up coping groups for families and connect patient so that they can talk about their birth defect and how to cope with it. Less wealthy nations are not so lucky. That is why Operation Smile needs your donation in order to help patients better deal with cleft lip and cleft palate. You can join Avi Weisfogel and Operation Smile in the battle against orofacial clefts.