Teenager collects stuffed animals for children after plastic surgery
December 27, 2010
A freshman at Central Davidson High School in Lexington, North Carolina, has been collecting stuffed animals for children at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center who have had to undergo reconstructive surgery to correct cleft palates, The Daily Dispatch reports. The motivation behind her kind act, she says, is that she knows what they are going through.
Samantha Burkhart, a 14-year-old, was born with a cleft palate but she underwent corrective surgery when she was 3 years old. Since then Burkhart has been an advocate for other children who have been born with the congenital condition. She is hoping that providing the kids with stuffed animals will make their experiences more positive.
"I was in the same position," Burkhart told the news source. "I know how it feels. They need a chance in life to have something when their parents can't be there. "
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