Cleft operation – the result brought tears into our eyes.

Leemcer Collage 1Since 5 months my three year old daughter and I, accompany as Rucksack Coach, the young family on their way. Leemcer Zeus was initially not strong enough for surgery. After 4 weeks waiting in Manila, we cheered together for the next X-ray examination. The result brought tears into our eyes. Leemcer’s pneumonia was not yet completely healed. An operation was not possible. The next X-ray examination could take place in not earlier than 4 weeks. The young family decided to return to Bohol and wait there. Would they come back? Would her flight again be sponsored by NCFP? I promised not to stop support until Leemcer Zeus receives his first operation.

On April 30, I brought Leemcer and parents again to Manila. NCFP sponsored the flight. Leemcer was operated by the specialists of NCFP on his cleft lip.

The healing is going very well  and if all goes well Leemcer Zeus will get his cleft palate surgery in 3 to 6 month.

Idea © Rucksack Coach – Photo © Ann-Kathrin Lange.

Portrait No 20: Her positive attitude opened new doors.

June Marie is the mom of cleft child Leemcer Zeus (8 months old).

Together with husband Resmeel she lovingly cares for son Leemcer. Leemcers cleft lip scars have not yet healed when the young family received negative news from Bohol. They were driven out of their home and have to start from scratch. Continue reading

Portrait No 19: Gerald

Gerald is 15 years old. He got operated on his cleft palate the same day as his two brothers Allan and Benji.

He was brought by Rucksack Coach from Bohol to Manila where the specialists from NCFP performed the operation.

 

 Idea © Rucksack Coach – Foto © Ann-Kathrin Lange.

Portrait No 18: Allan

Allan is 24 years old. In march 2015 he got operated on his cleft palate on the same day as his two brothers Gerald and Benji. The operation was performed by the specialist of NCFP.

Allan was the oldest patient who was brought by Rucksack Coach from Bohol to Manila.

 

Idea © Rucksack Coach – Foto © Ann-Kathrin Lange.

Starting from the scratch with doormats. Never give up. And how you can support.

For 5 month now, my 3 year old daughter and me, accompany cleft patients on their long way to recovery. I was looking for them, driving to their homes to the different barangays and had gunmen following us. I brought them to different check-ups and went with them on a over 30hour journey to Manila. We rode together tricycle, multicap and jeepnis, taxi, pedicap, ferry and plane. I had support on the way and was suddenly left alone. But I had promised not to stop until all 10 patients received their first operation and they know how to get the follow up operations. (All operationa and compleat clft treatment done by NCFP). Now 5 month later all 10 patients have received their operation. One major step is done. Thank you to everyone to helped along the way. Also to the ones who had not the endurance to finish. I did learn from all of them.

Along the way I got to know patients and families very well.  We shared joy and tears, laughter and sorrows. The cleft patients and families became our friends and finally our family.

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Portrait No 17: Mama of 3 cleft children shares her story

My name is Jocelyn Roluna N., my husband is Wilfredo Selem N.. We have 10 children: Krystel 21, Joeffrey 19, Wendelyn 18, Jovanie 18, Jovelyn 17, Welly 15, Gerald 13, Jerome 12, Jonathan 11 and Jonas 10. Our oldest daughter graduated highschool. She is going to apply for work. She has no work experience so far, but I want her to work so she can help her brothers and sisters.

We don’t have enough money for everydays life. We live on a small island and sell the fish my husband and our sons catch. But mostly it is not enough for all of us. I have a sideline, I am a manicurist, sometimes I have service, but sometime I cannot serve because my hand cannot work for a long time. Sometimes my body and my muscles are in pain. Sometimes my in-laws have pitty on us and help but it happens only sometimes.

Most of the time we don’t have enough money. We try to save money so our kids can go to school, but it is just not enough.

This is my short story, thank you for listening and reading my story. Good day. Thank you very much. Jocelyn N.

 

 

Idea © Rucksack Coach  –   Photo © AnnKathrin Lange.

 

Cleft patients from 5 month to 36 years – Philippines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait No 16: Jocelyn Natividad

 Jocelyn Natividad has delivered 10 children into this world. Two sons were born with a cleft lip and palate, one son with a cleft lip. As a mom of 10 children Jocelyn is very busy. Laundry is washed by hand and takes a long time to complete.

I wanted to give a great beauty shoot experience also to the mum. The photographer AnnKathrin Lange and assistant Melly Kieß made the shooting a very memorable one. Annka brought clothes that the women could keep.
Idea © Rucksack Coach  –   Photo © AnnKathrin Lange.

Portrait No 15: Welly Natividad

Welly Natividad, nickname Jhimboy is 15 years old and lives with his parents and his 9 siblings on Pangangan Island in the Philippines.
The family income is very low, so that Welly supporst his father when fishing to feed the family.

Welly was operated as a little boy on his cleft lip, but it was only in April 2015 that he received his follow-up operation for his cleftpalate. He was brought to the 1,000km distant capital Manila by Rucksack Coach and operated from NCFP.

Idea © Rucksack Coach –  Photo © AnnKathrin Lange.

 

Portrait No 12: What happens after cleft surgery? Did we change a live?

 

 

Portrait No 14: Jonathan Natividad

Jonathan Natividad is 10 years old and lives with his parents and his 9 siblings on Pangangan Island in the Philippines. In February 2015 Rucksack Coach has brought him to Manila, where he received a cleftlip correction. With him his two brothers Jonas and Welly got operated. All operations were performed by NCFP

Idea © Rucksack Coach
Foto © Ann-Kathrin Lange

 

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