I was born with a unilateral cleft lip. I was the first baby in Mafeteng village in Lesotho to be born with this condition, which made life very difficult for my mom.
I was 18 months old when she sought help from the Queen Mamohato Memorial Hospital in Maseru. The kind doctors there referred us to Universitas Hospital in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and we travelled for a very long time to get there.
My mom was afraid of what was going to happen, but the surgeons, speech therapist, clinical psychologist and an interpreter all worked together with Letitia Jordaan, the Smile Foundation co-ordinator, to give my mom all the information she needed.
Before my surgery I looked a little different because my front teeth stuck out when I smiled. But now I look beautiful! And my mom thinks so too. She cried so much after my operation. I cried too, but not because I was sore – my doctors made sure I had no pain – just because I wanted to eat my favourite porridge!
The doctors showed my mom how to care for my wound, and now I can eat and drink without pain (and without making any mess!).