condition: Cleft Lip

Peter’s Story

Peter was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate and was living in an orphanage in China when Lisa and Greg Burleson adopted him and took him home to Dallas, Texas. Peter underwent a couple surgeries elsewhere until his family found Dr. Richard Kirschner who performed another surgery on Peter when Dr. Kirschner was […]

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Asher’s Story

Before Asher was even born, his family was planning for the medical care he would need when he arrived. Prenatal tests revealed that Asher had unilateral Cleft Lip & Palate, so his parents met with the team of experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to prepare for his birth and surgeries. Children with cleft lip and palate have […]

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Ally’s Story

After a healthy pregnancy and normal ultrasounds, Ally’s parents eagerly awaited their baby girl’s arrival. When Ally was born, she surprised everyone with her beautiful smile that wasn’t completely developed yet. She had cleft lip. Ally’s family felt completely unprepared. They didn’t have any time to research or learn what life would be like for […]

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Joaquin’s story

Joaquin’s first couple years of life were difficult, spent in and out of Nationwide Children’s Hospital with countless tests, surgeries and illnesses. Joaquin was born with Cleft Lip and Palate, a condition where a baby’s lip or mouth does not form properly or completely during pregnancy, occurring in approximately one in 700 babies. Today, Joaquin’s […]

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