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OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by Vicben(m): 9:37am On Jan 13, 2020
This is a common saying whose deep meaning is rarely appreciated. However, this was the testimony of Mary Matthew in May, when the team of Oral Health Advocacy Initiative in partnership with Smile Train set up their station at the State Specialist Health Centre in Okitipupa, Ondo State, Nigeria. Mary Matthew was among the first patients to show up. She had come alone and was already in the Operation Room by the time her next of kin (her daughter) arrived at the premises.

Mrs. Mary admitted being scared when she entered the operation room, but she was reassured by the friendly atmosphere created by the OHAI medical team in the room, who even communicated with her in her local Yoruba language. The surgery was done in a blink of an eye to the surprise of everyone including Mrs. Mary given her preoperative cleft condition.

She came out as “LADY MAY” with a totally different outlook. Her daughter called out her name to make sure she was beholding the same woman who left the house that morning. Though, Mrs. Mary seemed worried as she tried to speak, and pointed her fingers to her lips.

At 72 years - “I am breathing through my nose” - those were the first audible words she uttered. The very first time she did not have to repeat for people to hear. That utterance had a deeper interpretation to everyone present at that moment; due to her very large cleft lip, her mouth had never been able to close properly, which compelled her to breathe orally throughout her life.

Therefore, she found it surprising to feel the airflow through her nostrils. Her fears were calmed as she was prescribed free post-operative medication. Under the unending rain of praises, Mrs. Mary and her daughter thanked the team prayed God to reward them abundantly, even as the team has given her a new life.

Despite the stitches, she drew a visible smile each time we showed her a mirror or a recent picture of hers. At 72, we can say that a new life had begun for her.

OHAI is a leading non-governmental organization in the treatment of cleft lip and other oral-facial diseases in Nigeria. In 2019, OHAI Africa successfully carried out over 1,000 corrective surgeries on children and adults in more than 15 states in Nigeria. This has earned OHAI several awards both local and global recognition around the world following its innovative technique and procedures for carrying out the corrective surgeries according to the global standards.

Source: http://ohaiafrica.org/news/better-late-than-never-mary-matthew

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Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by Waakanda(f): 10:18am On Jan 13, 2020
Good effort smiley

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Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by Nebes: 10:37am On Jan 13, 2020
Na waaa!!!

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Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by Vicben(m): 1:29pm On Jan 13, 2020
Waakanda:
Good effort smiley
Thank you. You can find more inspiring stories on the website.

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Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by PlugBlogng: 1:40pm On Jan 13, 2020
If you lost 10k at your age will you cry?



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOXlit5s1lk

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Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by ABCthings: 1:40pm On Jan 13, 2020
If I say 'Graphic' now they will start attacking me left, right and center. Lemme just keep quiet. lipsrsealed

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Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by one1prax(m): 1:40pm On Jan 13, 2020
wow

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Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by Lastmankc(m): 1:40pm On Jan 13, 2020
Good
Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by VanGap: 1:40pm On Jan 13, 2020
cry

Biko This is Scary

Whose Grand ma is this !!!

Zoo not far from Home !!!

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Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by kay29000(m): 1:41pm On Jan 13, 2020
Great one. I wish the lady that was shot in the face by arm robbers a few weeks ago can benefit from this too.

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Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by Mywd: 1:41pm On Jan 13, 2020
This is serious....... Congrats to the surgeons kiss

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Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by Rebuke: 1:43pm On Jan 13, 2020
VanGap:
cry

Biko This is Scary

Whose Grand ma is this !!!

Zoo not far from Home !!!




Ya, yhu need to be taken there asap, or isn't that supposed to be yhur abode again?! undecided

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Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by FuckEveryday: 1:44pm On Jan 13, 2020
Please add Graphic picture on both the Before and After!

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Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by Nobody: 1:44pm On Jan 13, 2020
Graphics please

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Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by Goldenheart(m): 1:44pm On Jan 13, 2020
Awon space bookers
Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by thelifepagesng(m): 1:45pm On Jan 13, 2020
Hmm
Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by Gabson001(m): 1:46pm On Jan 13, 2020
TRANSFORMATION
Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by ABCthings: 1:46pm On Jan 13, 2020
Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by ahnie(f): 1:46pm On Jan 13, 2020
Congratulations mama!

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Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by dtrend(m): 1:47pm On Jan 13, 2020
nice

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Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by alexola20(m): 1:48pm On Jan 13, 2020

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Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by bdsm: 1:48pm On Jan 13, 2020
She doesn't look 72. She looks like someone in her mid or late 80s.

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Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by SEGLIZ: 1:48pm On Jan 13, 2020
the good side of science.

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Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by Babaheekmat: 1:48pm On Jan 13, 2020
9ja is trying
Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by Jossyroyal1: 1:49pm On Jan 13, 2020
wink

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Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by infogenius(m): 1:49pm On Jan 13, 2020
Nice one.
So good that this woman will look at herself in the mirror again.
Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by maxjax(m): 1:50pm On Jan 13, 2020
nice one...... na her eyes com remain to work on
Re: OHAI Changed The Life Of A 72-Year-Old Woman Through Surgery (Photos) by Horus(m): 1:51pm On Jan 13, 2020
Complete transformation

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