Many of the patients we treat day-to-day are those with cleft conditions, affecting the lip and palate. But occasionally patients come forward with other, rarer forms of clefting.
Duriya, 16, was born with an unusual craniofacial cleft, which made a shallow ridge on her forehead and left her with part of her nose missing. The missing part of her nose caused her a lot of upset, especially in public places. During our recent surgical mission, a plan was made to rebuild Duriya's nose, using a small, and hardly noticeable, part of her cheek. The local cleft team lead the operation under Yekatit-12 Hospital's cleft programme.
Duriya was overjoyed with the results. Her new nose healed very quickly and she couldn't wait to show her family back home.
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Listen to two BBC World Service interviews with Project Harar surgical teams from 2007. First up, an interview with Sissay Befikadu, who was in charge of the cleft programme at Yekatit-12 hospital. And secondly, an interview with Klaas Marck, a Dutch plastic surgeon and chair of the Dutch Noma Foundation.