CEO of KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital, Mohd Azhar Abdullah (third from left) presenting the Nostrilstents to Baby Braiten Shawn and his parents (right), witnessed by Dr Charles Lee (first from left) and Dr Joanne Lee (second from left) during the launching of KPJ Sabah CLAP for joy campaign for Cleft Lip and Palate Children.

CEO of KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital, Mohd Azhar Abdullah (third from left) presenting the Nostrilstents to Baby Braiten Shawn and his parents (right), witnessed by Dr Charles Lee (first from left) and Dr Joanne Lee (second from left) during the launching of KPJ Sabah CLAP for joy campaign for Cleft Lip and Palate Children.

KOTA KINABALU – The KPJ Sabah Specialist in Damai is offering a  programme entitle child’s cleft lip and palate (CLAP) for Joy: A family Edition.

It is an integrated programme involving key disciplines that provide parents important  information with real life challenges in mind to help them fully understand their child’s cleft lip  and palate (CLAP) condition and its treatment.

Its Consultant Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Charles Lee said the integrated programme features initial consultation by the CLAP care team for two weeks after birth and explaining the key medical concepts regarding surgical treatment and timing of surgery for their affected child. “For parents, learning that their newest family member may bring some unexpected challenges  along with the blessing of his or her arrival can take a bit of adjustment.

They have questions and need a trusted source of information to allay their fears,” he said, adding that giving the right information at the right time is the key in settling this matter. According to him, the CLAP for Joy programme at KPJ Sabah Specialist hospital enables parents and families to play a central role in navigating their child’s care from diagnosis at birth to relevant treatment protocol while working alongside the rest of the CLAP care team. “We will also provide information on issues of speech, hearing, airway and breathing of their  children. Plus, feeding issues that they encounter as well as teaching techniques of nostril  splinting,” he said during the launching of the programme in the hospital, today.

During the event, Sheela Julai and Boalexander Kimpilid gave their views on the successful surgery of their six months old baby who suffered cleft lip and palate. “It was a successful operation and now our baby has no cleft on his upper lip. Before the surgery, my baby could not drink milk properly. It spilled everywhere and he was a little deaf. It was hard for him to breath and we were so worried but thanks to Dr. Charles our child now can enjoy his baby moment,” said Sheela to the reporters.

The parents did seek treatment to other hospital but they did not receive any response from them for weeks. Boalexander said the hospital did not provide them a clear view about CLAP like Dr.Charles did.

The parents encouraged other parents who have a CLAP affected child to go for treatment in the hospital as their baby have healed from his cleft lip and now waiting for next appointment to remedy his cleft palate in the same hospital. Dr. Charles said they have operated more than ten babies who suffered the facial asymmetry condition.

By Saila Saidie/Sayangsabah
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