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Parents of a baby girl born with a face deformity struggles to afford surgery

By yckim124   Friday, May 12, 2017   19,169   142   68



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Baby Ha Eun is struggling to survive as she was born with a face deformity.

On May 11, the Miral Welfare Foundation shared that Ha Eun, who was born with a face deformity, will forever suffer from a speech impediment and facial disorders if she does not undergo surgery. 

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Ha Eun is the second oldest of the triplets. She was born with cleft lip and palate, which is a birth defect of an opening in lip and mouth. The condition will severely affect the growth of nose, jaw, and teeth. Surgery must be completed within 3 to 6 months after birth.

Ha Eun's mother stated, "Her breathing stopped for a moment after she was born. The hospital actually said that it'll be hard for her to wake up."

Fortunately, Ha Eun miraculously came back to life but her struggle for survival continued as she's having difficulties obtaining nutrition.

It's revealed that Ha Eun's parents went through a miscarriage before the triplets. The father of Ha Eun talked about his heartbreak, stating, "It's hard... I wondered why such things had to happen to us."

Ha Eun's surgery will cost about 3,000,000 KRW (approximately $2,671 USD) per session and the family has to provide expensive monthly after-treatments. The family is overwhelmed with living expenses topped with surgery costs, however, Ha Eun's father had to take a break from work as his wife couldn't take care of the triplets by herself.

Ha Eun needs to undergo the first surgery in June. Her parents are greatly concerned that she will not be able to receive the treatment she needs on time.

Currently, Miral Welfare Foundation has started a campaign to ''give Ha Eun a pretty smile''. You can give support and donation for Ha Eun here.

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Aki06 Saturday, May 13, 2017

Poor baby Ha Eun. The surgery will help for her future.

smhitzvictoria Saturday, May 13, 2017

Poor little baby

rhwana Saturday, May 13, 2017

everything is in Korean :(  I want to donate

RizalmieHisham Saturday, May 13, 2017

thousands or millions of korean spend money voting on Produce 101 season 2 every week, please spare some for this poor baby. if i'm in korea i would definitely do so. Just a dollar per fan and that baby will have the chance to live a normal life.

MunchieMinx Saturday, May 13, 2017

OMG! I hope Operation Smile will step in! They always help the family and get the kids the operations they need!

9AF Saturday, May 13, 2017

Poor little baby. The previous comments are right about someone doing the surgeries for free. It's too bad they don't have something like the Shriner's Hospitals or St Jude over there. If they flew over here, all treatment would cost them nothing. I also bet that if they called the Shriners, they would not only do the surgeries for free but also pay for the flight, as well as a place to stay for as long as it takes. Might be something they hopefully think about.

makan Saturday, May 13, 2017

It's so heart breaking to see anyone suffer, especially a baby or small child. There is an amazing organization called Operation Smile. The doctors and nurses volunteer their time and skills and go all over the world to perform surgeries. They are in S. Korea too. Not sure if anyone brought this amazing organization up yet, but my family has been donating to them for a long time now. If you have time, please visit their website. Operation Smile is amazing...

mind_blown Friday, May 12, 2017

Out of all the plastic surgeons in South Korea not even one has the heart to do it for free? I mean its not only for esthetic but her health as well. I mean come on! I know what would to it for free if I was a plastic surgeon.

BigBlueagain Friday, May 12, 2017

If I got this wrong, someone who can read Hangul please feel free to correct me. The Korean site specifically for this baby appears to not let you donate if you are outside of Korea. In the upper right hand part of the page, click on the "English" word. It takes you to the English language home page. Click the big green donate button, specify sponsorship or one time, amount and I put it for the families in crisis tag on the drop down menu. There is a code at the bottom that I hope is steering this money specifically to that baby, but I can't say for sure.

TzuyuGirl Friday, May 12, 2017

one of the many plastic surgeons in Korea should volunteer to do this for free .

BigBlueagain TzuyuGirl Friday, May 12, 2017

That's what I'm thinking. This is where a plastic surgeon could actually do something good instead of profiting off people's vanity and shallowness.

Horre BigBlueagain Saturday, May 13, 2017

That would be good, but you know, for this type of disability, it's not just a problem of "visual". Th surgery would have to remodel the palate, not only the lip, and create a good basis for future upper jaw and teeth growth. This requires much more than just plastic surgery.

Horre Saturday, May 13, 2017

I would add that most plastic surgeon are probably not used to perform surgery on newborns, and that's something that increases the difficulty probably tenfold.

Ryen TzuyuGirl Saturday, May 13, 2017

Ideally, yes. Unfortunately, this is not something that can be solved with a single surgery. If what AKP has reported is correct, this baby will need three reconstructive surgeries (at least) by the age of 1. Depending on her condition, she'd also need to undergo speech therapy, and probably more surgeries as she gets older. If there is a team of surgeons and therapists willing to do all of that for free, then that's fantastic. Realistically though, the family would have better luck appealing for financial support and donations. If possible, MWF should put her case on their international site to get attention outside of Korea. I'm not sure why they didn't do that.

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