Meet Loh Lah
One out of 700 babies worldwide are born with a cleft palate each year and Loh Lah was one of them.
For any new mother, it can be a scary diagnosis because the child can have difficulty with feeding, ear disease, speech and socialization.
For a mother with little medical access who’s already struggling to survive, the diagnosis can be overwhelming.
Loh Lah was born at the free border clinic into a Karen family and they had no idea how to care for their newborn’s unique needs. Advocates at the clinic helped educate the family and get Loh Lah on the list for the surgery she needed. However, because of the complications, she was never healthy enough to undergo the operation.
Ideally, the procedure should be done when a child is between 6 to 12 months but Loh Lah was already 2 ½ years old so the Compasio team began advocating on her behalf. At our request, the family allowed Loh Lah and her older sister to come live at one of our shelters so that we could help her get healthy.
After a couple months in our care, her health had greatly improved and on July 2nd, Loh Lah got a new smile. She’s now back with her family and doing great and our team continues to be involved in their lives.