Friday, August 17, 2012
As I have mentioned in previous posts the month of July was full of all sorts of emotions.
I will begin by briefly telling the story of my grandson Julian. Julian was born with a bilateral cleft lip, and open palate.
His first few months were a bit difficult.
But after his first surgery at four months of age, in which they corrected his lip, feedings went a bit smoother and his breathing improved. A few months later they closed his palate, after which time he was able to suck on a bottle, and feedings were a breeze. He also had a nose revision at that time.
This last surgery was a bit more involved. They took bone fragments from his hip to fuse his gums, he had another palate correction, and another nose revision. It was extensive for a child his age, but this little guy came through it like a trooper. He is the bravest little boy I know.
Today, he is just about fully healed and is back to being his active rambunctious self. Another great thing is that today Julian aka "Luli" turns nine years old!!!!
He has been through so much for such a young boy. But he has always been an inspiration for our family. He always has a smile on his beautiful face, and is always happy to give hugs. Words could never express the love that I feel for this child.
His parents ( my daughter and son in law) are very patient and loving parents.
Dr. Ray, the young surgeon who has been working with him since day one is an artist. The staff at Loma Linda children's hospital is awesome. All true heroes in my eyes.
But my number one hero is Julian, he has taught me that No obstacle is too great to overcome. Happy birthday my little star sweeper!!!
And a great weekend to all!!