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Help Fund Nathan Zenarosa’s Jaw Surgery
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Nathan was born with a cleft lip and palate. He is scheduled for jaw surgery on May 24, but a portion is considered cosmetic and is not covered under MSP, with an estimated cost of $7,000. We are asking for your help getting funding for this portion.

I am hosting this fundraiser on behalf of my friend Ricard Zenarosa. This is his story:

"Nearly seventeen years ago, my son Nathan Zenarosa was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate; and a hole in his heart.

Thankfully when he was two years old the hole in his heart closed on its own, but the opening in his lip and palate prevented him from feeding/eating normally as he grew up. While we were still in the Philippines, he had to endure bullying and ridicule on a daily basis.

He has had numerous operations to try to close the openings of his upper lip and palate, align his teeth so that they grow in the correct space and add bone grafts to the gaps in his gums. After all these surgeries, the opening in his palate continues to be an issue because it reopens as he grows older and bigger over the years.

Nathan is scheduled for an operation on May 24 that will be a major step forward. It has the following procedures:

  1. Realignment of his upper jaw (maxillary)
  2. Realignment of his lower jaw (mandibular)
  3. Malar augmentation to offset realignment of the upper jaw
  4. Genioplasty to offset realignment of the lower jaw
  5. Closure of the opening of his palate

The remarkable thing is that procedure 3 and 4 are considered cosmetic and are not covered under the Medical Services Plan (MSP), with an estimated cost of $7,000. While it is possible to not do these 2 steps, the idea that we would not do the best that we can for our son seems inconceivable. How could we subject him to this operation and then have the result compromised just because the expense is beyond our means?

I am asking for your help in contributing to funding this portion of the upcoming operation and to spread the word about this campaign through your social network and contacts.  Any help would be greatly appreciated by Nathan and our whole family.

  Thanks you very much

Richard Zenarosa"

Cleft lips and palates are the most common craniofacial malformations of newborns. It occurs when there is a failure of closure of the lips and bones of the palate. Serious feeding and airway problems occur and this leads to undernourishment and recurrent lung infections. Numerous surgical repair procedures are required to correct this problem.

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