Bentley’s Story

At birth, Bentley couldn’t breathe on his back was transported from Wheeling, WV to Columbus. We found out Bentley had a small jaw and cleft palate. He could eat out of a regular bottle, he has to use a bottle that you would squeeze because he didn’t have the sucking power, so what he didn’t eat out of the bottle he had to take by feeding tube.  At just 1 month Bentley had to have plastic surgery on his jaw. During the first attempt his heart rate started to go down and they couldn’t find a pulse; they were able to do CPR to bring him back to us. They waited a week and attempted the plastic surgery again and it all went well. Bentley had metal rods with the back of his jaw bone out the front. Everything continued going well and at almost 2 months old, he was released from the hospital and was able to go home. We would have to tighten these rods every day. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Four months after going home we was able to go and have another surgery to have the metal rods removed and his jaw was where it was supposed to be. After one night in the hospital, he was able to go home again. 5 months after having the metal rods were removed Bentley had to have another surgery for his cleft palate at 10 months old. Again, a one night stay in the hospital and then he was able to go home. He is now 3 1/2 years old and he is the most amazing and smart little boy. You could never even tell he went through so much as a baby. We can’t thank Nationwide Children’s Hospital enough for doing such an amazing job for everything. Doctors, NICU nurse and everyone you all are amazing and THANK YOU !
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  • Name: Bentley P.Bentley Peters
  • Condition(s): Cleft Palate
  • Age at Treatment: When first born
  • Age Today: 06/24/20146 Years

At birth, Bentley couldn’t breathe on his back was transported from Wheeling, WV to Columbus. We found out Bentley had a small jaw and cleft palate. He could eat out of a regular bottle, he has to use a bottle that you would squeeze because he didn’t have the sucking power, so what he didn’t eat out of the bottle he had to take by feeding tube.  At just 1 month Bentley had to have plastic surgery on his jaw. During the first attempt his heart rate started to go down and they couldn’t find a pulse; they were able to do CPR to bring him back to us. They waited a week and attempted the plastic surgery again and it all went well. Bentley had metal rods with the back of his jaw bone out the front. Everything continued going well and at almost 2 months old, he was released from the hospital and was able to go home. We would have to tighten these rods every day. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Four months after going home we was able to go and have another surgery to have the metal rods removed and his jaw was where it was supposed to be. After one night in the hospital, he was able to go home again. 5 months after having the metal rods were removed Bentley had to have another surgery for his cleft palate at 10 months old. Again, a one night stay in the hospital and then he was able to go home. He is now 3 1/2 years old and he is the most amazing and smart little boy. You could never even tell he went through so much as a baby. We can’t thank Nationwide Children’s Hospital enough for doing such an amazing job for everything. Doctors, NICU nurse and everyone you all are amazing and THANK YOU !

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