Hayden was born with a cleft of the lip and palate. At 3 months of age, Hayden had surgical repair of his lip followed by surgical repair of his palate at one year of age. View full case study
Our journey started when our daughter, Julianna, was born on Friday, August 16, 2002 at Hamot Medical Center. In the nursery that night, the nurses found a cleft in her soft palate. When Monday came, I got a visit from Nancy Root of the Cleft Palate Institute. View full case study
If you are like most parents, you may be hearing about clefts for the first time and so some explanation may be helpful. In simple terms, a “cleft” is a separation of parts or segments of the lip or roof of the mouth.
A cleft of the palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth. A cleft of the palate does not mean that some of the palate is “missing,” although sometimes it may look that way. A cleft of the palate means that the two sides of the palate did not “grow together.”