This Little Boy Couldn’t Find Help Anywhere, Until A Soldier Did Something Incredible

National   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Sep 26, 2014   |   5:37PM   |   Washington, DC

For over a decade, a Bosnian soldier, former Staff Sergeant Wayne Ingram, hfacialcleftas been helping a boy with a condition called Tessier facial cleft. This condition is so rare that there are only 26 cases reported worldwide. And, unfortunately, in some countries cleft or palate deformities are considered reasons for abortion.

Ingram met four-year old Stefan Savic while on patrol in Eastern Europe and decided he should help him by having fundraising drives. Stepan told the Daily Mail more about Stefan’s condition:

“The condition had been left untreated and had grown between Stefan’s eyes, facialcleft2crushing his skull, forcing his eyes apart to the point he couldn’t see what was ahead of him. But aside from the facial deformities he was just a normal, playful little boy. He was confident and cheeky, climbing all over me as we played football in the yard.

He was too young then to be self-aware. But his facial cleft was blocking his airways and without medical attention, could kill him.I had two young sons myself at the time and there was no way I could stand back and do nothing. I knew in an instant I had to do everything I could to help.”

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Since then, Stefan has undergone several operations and had another one in May. Less than a week after the operation, Stefan was doing well; and according to his doctors, this should be his last major surgery.

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