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Operation San Jose Mission Trip-Cronin Brauer Cleft Lip-Palate Clinic

Medical Mission to Mexico Puts Focus on Restoring Hope

Doctor checks on infant patient

On February 23, 2019, 22 volunteer medical specialists embarked on a medical mission, with Operation San Jose, travelling to Monterrey, Mexico to help children and their families find hope in their smiles. The volunteers saw more than 100 children under the age of 18. The children all suffered from various degrees of cleft palate and…

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Especially Blessed

Blessed

Moments after Stephen Decker’s birth, Dr. Ernest Cronin was called to the maternity ward at St. Joseph Hospital, where he diagnosed Stephen with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. Seven surgeries and 17 years later, Stephen’s smile is evidence that he requires no more significant procedures. A model high school senior at Alief Taylor, Stephen…

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A Triumphant Journey

Baby smiling

A baby born with a cleft lip/cleft palate in a poor, remote region of the Amazon has slim chances of ever affording corrective surgery, but baby “Angelica’s” mother heard a medical mission team was traveling from Houston to Columbia to perform surgeries to repair facial deformities. She knew this was her only chance to change…

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