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Mirror of hope

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Jeff St. Elois, 8, looks into a mirror for the first time since his surgery yesterday. A grant provided by The Smile Train to the University of Miami Department of Plastic Surgery made this week’s cleft surgeries like St. Elois’ possible. Photos by Jennifer Browning.

By Jennifer Browning

Port-au-Prince, HAITI–Following the rising sun the surgical team arrived at the hospital at 7 a.m. Before beginning consultations and prepping patients for today’s surgeries, doctors checked on their patients from the day before. Clevil Nesilomme was one of the first.

dsc_0047.jpgClevil was handed a 5×7 mirror so could see the results of his surgery the night before. Although he was swollen from surgery, his lip was repaired. Clevil glanced back and forth from the mirror to the doctors standing before him. His eyes began to water and despite the pain from the swelling; he tried to force a smile. Clevil said he couldn’t believe the difference the doctors had made.

“It is a Godsend that you are here,” he said.