The team at Interplast were thrilled to receive updates from several happy parents via Facebook this month, years after their children were treated by our volunteers in the Philippines. 
The little boy in the picture above is Diandrei. He had his cleft palate repaired in 2010 when Interplast visited Benguet General Hospital in Baguio City in the Philippines. He is now seven years old.
If he had not had his palate repaired, Diandrei would not have been able to eat anything comfortably. He would also have been susceptible to middle ear infections that can cause hearing loss, which in turn would have made it hard for him to learn to speak.
Diandrei's mother, Hannah, shared this picture of him enjoying some pizza after seeing an update from a recent Interplast program in Masbate. The update featured a photo of Junrel, who is 4, and his mother, sitting on a hospital bed after Junrel received surgery for a cleft lip.
The post struck a chord with Diandrei's mother Hannah.
“You're all amazing and it's quite a team! Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. Interplast has played a very important role on my son's life,” Hannah wrote. 
from Interplast E-News February 2016 Edition
Kharla, from Cagayan de Oro, was also touched by the post from Masbate and shared her daughter's story. 

“Congrats to Interplast and to Junrel. You have same case with my daughter, last August in Cagayan de Oro. Now she’s ok and very beautiful, thanks to the team of Interplast!” wrote Kharla. 
Interplast would like to thank our amazing volunteers and local partners for all the work they do to help change futures for patients like Junrel and for families like Hannah's and Kharla's.