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Anthony met with craniofacial specialist Dr. Micro Raffaini, who was able to diagnose the problem, and present a solution that invariably improves air intake. The procedure is two-fold, and includes alterations to the structure of both his upper and lower jaw. Anthony’s upper jaw will be lowered to create space - tissue from within the nasal cavity will also be removed as necessary - and his lower jaw will be advanced to accommodate and support changes made to the upper jaw.
Anthony is currently working through his insurance plan, but his options are limited. Regardless of where he gets the surgery, in Italy or the US, insurance will either not cover the surgery or only cover some of it with high deductibles.
Anthony is aware that, personally, a surgery of such magnitude would be difficult to pursue while working overseas. However, since Anthony is in the process of becoming a full time Christian missionary, GapFill is starting a fund to help with whatever will not be covered by his insurance plan, enabling him to receive critical medical treatment without stepping away from ministry abroad.
Feel free to contact GapFill for further details and we can get you in touch with Anthony. Thank you in advance for your consideration in helping Anthony have a healthier life while serving Jesus.
Anthony Vanaria is an interim youth pastor at a Ministry to Military affiliate church, New Hope Christian Center, that serves military abroad. Raised in the mountains of Papua New Guinea by his missionary parents, Anthony has recently decided to pursue outreach to refugee’s in Sicily in a full time capacity.