Valentina's forever smile

Finding out we were expecting our baby girl was a complete surprise. We didn't think we would be parents again 12 years later. At our 20 week scan the doctor saw "an area of concern" and to be quite honest our hearts were broken. The next few months were filled with worry. As excited as we were when Valentina was born, the worry intensified. Shortly after bringing her home from the hospital, we met with her craniofacial team. The appointment was overwhelming. The room was filled with doctors strategizing and us full of worry. We knew the cleft needed to be corrected, but in our eyes our baby was perfect and beautiful as is.

So now we're just starting our cleft journey with Valentina and we have a long road ahead. We underestimated how much treatment is needed for baby girl. On top of weekly appointments for NAM adjustments, Valentina also sees other specialists. There's a copay with each visit and we're looking ahead to admission fees and our share of surgery cost.

Our little girl's forever smile is coming soon. As exciting as it is, the journey is nowhere near over. We still have palate surgery to go though and countless doctor visits and a few more surgeries.

Valentina also seems to have some nerve issues on one side of her face. We're noticing that her right eye isn't blinking as it should and this is being closely monitored by her neurologist.

As hard as it is for us to admit, we need help. We greatly appreciate the support we've gotten and are thankful.

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Anagema Luquin 
Norwalk, CA

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