Kelly Mitchell of Raworth, pictured with her son Jayce, 3Jayce Mitchell might have been born with a cleft lip and palate but according to his mother this little boy is one of the lucky ones.

Kelly Mitchell was 20 weeks pregnant with Jayce when doctors discovered he had the developmental defect.

But according to Ms Mitchell, 34, of Raworth, things could have been a lot worse.

“When you are having your first child you expect everything will be perfect so when we found out about Jayce it was daunting, but there is a lot more that can be wrong with a child,” she said.

When Jayce was a week old Ms Mitchell took him to a surgeon. On his walls were pictures of children in Vietnam suffering the same defect as her son.

“I always remembered them and wanted to do something to help,” she said. Staying true to her word, Ms Mitchell has organised a pre-loved plus-size fashion sale to raise money for the Trinh Foundation Australia, which aims to improve the quality of life for the many Vietnamese children and adults suffering from communication and swallowing disorders.

“We’re so lucky in Australia because Jayce has had access to a lot of medical care but the children in Vietnam aren’t so blessed,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Jayce had his lip repaired at four months and his palate repaired at nine months, he needs speech therapy and there’ll be further surgery for him down the track but he will be OK.”

The Trinh Foundation Australia fashion sale will be held at Telarah Bowling Club on Saturday, August 18, with stalls available to those wishing to sell clothing in sizes 14 to 30.

For more information phone Kelly Mitchell on 0402 608 534.

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