Many children are born with deformities that left untreated may cause life-long physical challenges. Organizations such as Doctors without Borders are invaluable for those who do not have access to medical care. Mayra is one of those. She was born with a cleft palate. Even with the surgery to repair her mouth, she had difficulty eating and was embarrassed due to the lack of teeth. Amigos de Guatemala partnered with Jenner Argueta, DDS, an oral surgeon fellow at University of Southern California. Today, Mayra is never seen without a smile.
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Miriam lay in her bed unable to walk and barely able to move. She was born with tumors throughout her body. A Peace Corps worker found her in her parents' home, unable to give her the medical attention she needed. Through the Peace Corps working with Doctors without Borders, Miriam was able to receive much needed surgery. Unfortunately, the internal damage was irreversible. She needs catheters for the rest of her life. Guatemala lacks the medical supplies she needed and the doctors were forced to send her home with the ones they had, a two week supply. How does someone survive? With help from volunteers and donors such as CureMedical, Amigos de Guatemala is able to provide Miriam with the life-saving catheters. She is now an active young lady who is currently in the 6th grade and loves life.
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