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A baby called Smile – new birth for ministry's first patient

Smile Train's first patient gave birth to a healthy son early on 16 November, and called him Xiao – "Smile" in Chinese ...

It's a story to gladden the heart.

Smile Train’s first patient, Wang Li, who married the love of her life earlier last year, gave birth to a healthy son, Wang Xiao Yu in the early hours of 16 November.

Wang Xiao Yu came a bit earlier than expected, and his family was caught off guard at his arrival. Wang Li’s husband was out of town the day before, and had to rush back to see his wife and new baby son as fast as he could. He joined them in the hospital in the evening. Weighing 7 kg, Wang Xiao Yu is a healthy and strong little boy and the pride of his parents.

Wang Li and her husband chose the name Xiao, which means "Smile" in Chinese as a testament to her own experiences, the joys they have shared, and their hopes for their newborn son.

Wang Li explained that the only gift she would like is for the charity to give more children the same chance of a normal life that she experienced. So Smile Train is collecting donations in Wang Xiao Yu's name so that his smile not only lights up the lives of his family, but also the lives of many other families and children throughout the world.

Wang Li is more than ready for motherhood, and wants to share her experience with all of Smile Train’s other patients and those still waiting for surgery. She said: "I want to be a leading example for other cleft palate children to live a new and meaningful life."

Smile Train would like to invite readers to make a donation in Wang Xiao Yu's honour, helping the charity provide free cleft surgery to the more than one million children who are still suffering, so that one day they can grow up and experience the same joys that Wang Li has.

In developing countries unrepaired clefts are a major problem, with more than one million children suffering. Most cannot eat or speak properly. Many aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. Their clefts usually go untreated because they are poor – too poor to pay for a simple surgery. Smile Train provides free cleft surgery and comprehensive care to hundreds of thousands of poor children in over 80 developing countries.

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