Ti U Laay was born with a cleft lip and palate on April 20, 2012 in Myanmar and was admitted to our project at 3 days old.  

Ti U Laay was born weighing only 2.7 kilogrammes and suffered from a lack of Vitamin C. NWDF’s  social worker brought her to Overbrook Hospital, where she stayed for three nights and received treatment.  

Ti U Laay, left, and with her family, right.

The nurse coordinator and the paediatrician trained her mother to feed the girl by using a specialized milk bottle. Her mother had lost her left arm and found it difficult to breastfeed.  With the specialised bottle and feeding techniques, she is now finding it much better to feed her baby. Ti was scheduled to undergo surgery in August. 

Her father, Mr. I-U Namtee has worked at the Tobacco Factory in Chiangsaen District for the last five years and is originally from Kakigong village,  Myanmar.

We partner with the Northern Women’s Development Foundation (NWDF) of Thailand to operate the Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate Repair and Rehabilitation Project in the cities of Chiangmai and Chiangrai.

Find out more about our work in Thailand here.