Mother of Cleft Lip Baby Appeals for Help

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The mother of a two year-old baby girl, Helena Tugbe, of New Kru Town is appealing to the medical community in Liberia to come to her baby’s rescue and give her a fresh chance to live.

“Helena was born like that,” Ms. Margaret Clarke told the Daily Observer in an interview recently. “And being poor, we could not get help for her.”

Originally born in Sehnkwehn, Sinoe County, Ms. Clarke, a mother of five children is presently selling rice-bread to make ends meet, since she left her husband over a year ago to find help in Monrovia for her baby.

“I feel sometimes that I may never get help for Helena and she will grow up to be miserable,” Ms. Clarke said.

And she wants the medical community in Monrovia to help.

Ms. Clarke does not earn enough, just barely for a day’s living, which makes her situation dire. “I know there are good people in Liberia that can help my daughter and I want them to know that I’m in need of their help,” she said.

Despite her condition, little Helena does not live in her own world; she plays along with kids in her New Kru Town community.

“I always look at her as she plays with her friends,” Ms. Clarkes said, “but the older ones look at her with some concern because the cleft lip makes her mouth to open all the time,” she said.

Ms. Clarke said she had an offer from a Liberian doctor to help her daughter but the doctor suggested he could only do the surgery to correct her lip at the Jackson F. Doe Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County.

“I could not travel to Tappita for the surgery because I had no money to make the trip,” she told the Daily Observer, “and I am begging the medical community to help me.”

Ms. Clarke said it is every mother’s joy to see that their children are in good health, without physical defects. “Helen’s problem worries me a lot because as a mother I am not able to give her the joy that she would need in the future,” she said.

“Let anyone who wants to help call your number (0777-458-730) and get to me so that I will not keep worrying about my daughter’s future,” she said.

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