By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/4/2014 (1 year ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
A flesh-eating bacteria ate away at a young girl's face after she drank from a stream near her remote village in Kenya. Twelve-year-old Saline Atieno's eaten-away face made it difficult for her to speak, eat and even breathe. After living in the U.S. for a year, and undergoing10 plastic surgery operations, Saline is now able to smile with confidence - and now plans to return home to Africa.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - New York doctor Dr. Leon Klempner carried out a series of operations to help rebuild her face over the past year. Saline is the first child to have had her life dramatically changed by the Smile Rescue Fund For Kids, which is a charity dedicated to helping children with facial deformities deemed virtually "untreatable."
Klempner, an orthodontist on the cleft palate team at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, New York took pity on Saline's plight.
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After making several mission trips to provide free surgeries to repair cleft palates or other facial deformities in children around the world, Klempner wanted to do more to help those children with the most severe deformities.
When she younger, Saline Atieno's face was ravaged by a rare flesh-eating bacteria that made it difficult for her to speak, eat and even breathe.
Dr. Leon Klempner, an orthodontist on the cleft palate team at Stony Brook University Hospital founded the Smile Rescue Fund for Kids to help children with facial deformities deemed "untreatable."
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