Lentil – The Pup who Helps Kids with Facial Differences
Get ready for a tear-jerker…this is Lentil , the French bulldog pup who was born with a severely cleft palate and lip.
4 months ago poor little Lentil was fighting for his life, because of his palate problems, Lentil was unable to eat or drink on his own, and he had to be fed through a tube every couple of hours. But today, thanks to the wonders of humans, Lentil’s palate has been surgically fixed, he’s eating on his own, and he’s grown bigger than ever.
Not only does he have more than 97,000 Facebook followers or ‘Beanstalkers’ as they are called… He’s also become a mascot for children with facial differences. Doctors felt, Lentil, would be the perfect “ambassodog” for children with craniofacial issues.
Lentil has paid several visits to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and recently made an appearance at the Children’s Craniofacial Association’s retreat for children with facial conditions. He’s now on a mission to help more children benefit from the CCA’s programs.
Since that time, Lentil has visited hundreds of patients at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
He’s enormously popular there, and children such as hospital patient Danny Pfeiffer have bonded with him.
Pfeiffer, 14, has a genetic condition called Saethre-Chotzen syndrome, in which the skull bones fuse prematurely, preventing the skull from growing normally and affecting the shape of the head and face. He says Lentil has helped him deal with the many complications that come with facial surgeries.
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