July is National Craniofacial and Cleft Awarness Month. Driscoll Children’s Hospital is home to the only craniofacial plastic surgeons in South Texas. Dr. Kevin Hopkins and Dr. Vanessa Dimas make multiple trips to the Rio Grande Valley each week to ensure children are receiving the proper care.
Four-year-old Odilia Garza is one patient receiving such care. At the age of four months, Odilia began surgeries to repair her cleft lip and palate. Blanca Garza, Odilia’s mother said of her daughter’s care, “I will never forget how he held my hands, looked me in the eyes and said everything was going to be all right. Dr. Hopkins spoke a language that I understood. I left that day knowing my daughter was in the best of hands.”