A tough start
By 10 months old, most babies are busy exploring the world around them and happily showing off their rapidly-developing communication skills. But May wasn’t most babies.
Instead, at just 10 months old, she was undergoing Smile Train supported surgery for a severe cleft palate in Merida, Mexico. And while the surgery was a success, in many ways her journey was only just beginning.
Many children have trouble learning how to speak clearly after cleft surgery, which is why access to speech therapy is so important for both the child and their parents.
When GSK funded a Smile Train speech camp for this very purpose, it was an opportunity for May to get therapy she might not otherwise have had access too.