condition: Cleft Palate

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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Sammy’s Smile

When you’re over a week overdue, the last place you think you’re going to spend the next 47 days is the NICU…but sometimes that isn’t the case. I still remember the nurses and my OB leaning over the operation table to tell me Samantha had a cleft palate and that she wasn’t breathing well. I […]

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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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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 […]

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Sasha’s Story

Sasha was born with cleft palate, a birth defect where the tissues of the mouth or lip don’t form properly when a baby is developing in the womb. Sasha’s prior treatment gave her the ability to eat, but she still had difficulty with speech. Despite the speech deficit that therapy wasn’t able to fix, her […]

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