There is a tragic birth defect that has become an epidemic worldwide. Here in the United States and the rest of the Western world, about 1 to 2 out of the thousand births are afflicted with it. But children born in first-world countries with adequate medical infrastructure have it made. With surgery in the first few months of life, the outcome of this difficult birth defect is good. But it requires social support and speech therapy in order to overcome throughout the early years of life. This birth defect is known as cleft palate or cleft lip.

But here’s what happens when the birth defect goes untreated. The chasm inside the mouth of someone suffering from cleft palate leaves the inner head vulnerable. It’s easy for bacteria inside the mouth to creep up into the inner ear to cause ear infections. This gives a child with untreated cleft palate use of chronic ear infections that can even lead to hearing loss.

Cleft lip makes it difficult for a baby to make a seal with the lips. Babies suckle in order to feed and drink in the first year of life. Their natural inclination to suckle will cause them frustration as they cannot make the seal. They may not get enough nutrition or hydration.

This all does not even begin to touch the social ramifications. Speaking with either a cleft palate or cleft lip is very difficult. Someone afflicted with this birth defect would reasonably withdraw from society and become increasingly frustrated and depressed. A cleft lip may not look attractive to others. Bullying then leads to isolation, more withdrawal and depression. But all of this, every negative effect of cleft palate and cleft lip can be avoided with surgery early in life. But not everyone has access to the required treatment.

Operation Smile started humbly in 1982. Founders Bill and Kathy Magee eventually expanded the charitable organization to include dentists and doctors from over 80 countries around the world. They sweep over the globe to identify those in need and perform the required surgeries at no cost to the patient. But they need to pay for the surgery somehow.

Avi Weisfogel, a successful New Jersey dentist, has set up a GoFundMe Campaign in order to raise money for the charitable organization. He is reaching out to you with the goal of raising $2000 in order to help these unlucky children.

Avi Weisfogel confounded Dental Sleep Masters. The purpose of this company was to help physicians create sleep labs. Avi earned a BA in biology and psychology from Rutgers University and a DDS from New York University College of Dentistry. Avi Weisfogel is also the chief lecturer of Unlimited Sleep Patient. When he is not working he follows sports. He also likes fine dining, concerts, his family, and skiing.  Check out his educational YouTube video below.

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