MIA'S NEXT SURGERY
by Missy Robertson
The cleft journey is not a quick fix as most people, including myself at one time, assume. Most people think it’s one surgery to “fix” the look of the lip and then you must live with whatever result is left. Maybe that is in fact the way it once was, but praise the Lord for innovation, dreamers and technology. Because of wonderful breakthroughs in American medicine, cleft patients have the hope of living a completely normal life. Every cleft case is unique, some patients have less surgeries than others. Other patients, like our Mia, must accept the fact that their condition requires constant care. With this care comes multiple surgeries and procedures.
On March 17th Mia will undergo #13 in her 17 years. If all goes well, this will be her final major surgery. It’s a big one. Dr. David Genecov and team will break both upper and lower jaws on both sides, reposition and reattach. It’s called a distraction. It’s the second one that she has had. Her first distraction required a 12-week recovery. This distraction anticipates a shorter but more intensive recovery.
Jase and I ask for your prayers. We ask that you not only pray for Mia’s physical healing but also her emotional and spiritual well-being as we head into her last phase of this cleft journey. These cleft kids are incredibly brave, courageous and determined. However, they are just kids. And they have all the pressures of regular childhood heaped on top of their irregular physical condition. Add this new era of the expected social media perfection, and the pressures mount. Pray for all children, that they are protected from these pressures. Pray for their parents. We’re doing all we can for our children.
Thank you for your continued support. Cleft families all over the USA are grateful to you all!