Tense for a Reason

July 28, 2007

Gabriel’s Story – Brazil (Post #10)

Filed under: Smiles — Tense @ 12:30 pm

Here’s another story from The Smile Train; I don’t want to lose sight of why I’m doing this.

Gabriel’s parents, Andrea and Adriano, were devastated when they saw their newborn son was born with a cleft lip. Adriano knew he could work from sunup to sundown every day for the rest of his life and never have enough money to pay for surgery.
Nevertheless, with the hope that the doctors would take pity on Gabriel, Andrea and Adriano made their way to a cleft clinic. They prayed every step of the way. Luck was on little Gabriel’s side that day. The clinic had just formed a partnership with The Smile Train that would empower the hospital to give cleft surgery to hundreds of poor children in Brazil for free. Gabriel would be one of the first lucky children.
For Gabriel and his family, it was like winning the lottery and the prize they will see and cherish every day for the rest of their lives.

Gabriel after

Isn’t he adorable?  There are plenty more stories on The Smile Train’s “Smiles” page.


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