Cleft lip and palate are caused by abnormal facial development that occurs while the child is still in the womb. The upper lip and roof of the mouth are incompletely formed, causing the clefts. They are among the most common birth defects affecting children in North America, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
A proud grandfather has shared photos of his granddaughter’s progress after undergoing surgery for her cleft lip and palate. I’m grateful to him and Dasher/Imgur/Daily Mail for these pictures and accompanying info.
In June of 2013, Lexi Grace was born with a severe cleft palate and lip.
According to ‘poppy’, as his granddaughter now calls him, she wore the retainer and wires for months.
Had cleft lip and palate surgeries.
After reaching 10 pounds, it came time for Lexi to undergo a series of four surgeries to repair the lip and cleft. In my day, the rule of ten was: “no surgery until a baby was at least ten weeks old, weighed ten pounds, and had a hemoglobin blood count of ten.” My surgeon felt babies healed better, scarred less.
The first surgery involved suture together the two sides of the gap which had split open her upper lip and nose. This involved matching up numerous muscles and tissues and sewing them together, layer by layer.
He did this by creating incisions that create flaps of tissue that are then stitched together, effectively closing the cleft.
Meanwhile, she is all smiles, according to her happy grandfather.
We wish her all the best.