Esty C, of Ashdod, has never been a happy baby. She was born eight months ago with a severe cleft lip. Her deformity makes eating and drinking a painful activity. Like many children unable to eat properly, she is nearly always crying. Her mother, Elisheva, has turned to doctors for help. The doctors have offered a solution that is nearly impossible.
Esty has been referred to a childrens’ hospital in Manhattan. There the eight-month-old child can receive life-changing facial reconstruction surgery. The procedure would allow her to eat and drink normally, and to achieve what her parents never thought possible: To look like a normal child.
This could mean a future in which Esty can attend school and grow older without alienation and bullying. No one need even know that she was born with a major defect. This is truly invaluable. The surgery is far beyond the parents’ budget.
Esty’s mother has started an emergency fund in hopes of ending her child’s suffering. Any mother can relate to her fears for her child’s future. However only a mother of a sick child can truly understand her pain.