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The Transformation Of A Child Born With A Cleft Lip

Cleft lip and cleft palate comprise the fourth most common birth defect in the United States. One of every 700 newborns is affected by cleft lip and/or cleft palate. The transformation of this child born with a cleft lip, to a complete restoration of her face, will be updated weekly until full transformation is complete.
The fine surgeons and staff at St. Peters are the ones performing this service, in New Brunswick, NJ. If you need additional information, please contact them at (732) 745-8600. The regional Craniofacial-Neurosurgical Center provides treatment for babies born with craniofacial abnormalities, including cleft lip and/or cleft palate. Children with facial deformities experience difficulties that surgery alone cannot correct. In light of this, Saint Peterís has assembled a team of specialists from ten medical disciplines to ensure that the physical and emotional needs of these special children are met. * St.Peters Hospital is not affiliated with this site, for informational use only! Please vote for my gallery! See my new gallery http://www.pbase.com/stella97king/cleft_lip_five_years_after

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Well I guess you wonder how they test a babyís hearing? Quite easy in fact, you see the monkey drummer in the photo? Well there are three of them on the left, right, and center. They audiologist has me sit in papaís lap and face the viewing glass. Then she playís sounds or voices from the left or the right. She is looking for reaction and head movement to see if I can hear the tones. Pops canít help either; I have to look in the direction of the sound. I passed with flying colors!!
HEARING TEST ROOM

Well I guess you wonder how they test a babyís hearing? Quite easy in fact, you see the monkey drummer in the photo? Well there are three of them on the left, right, and center. They audiologist has me sit in papaís lap and face the viewing glass. Then she playís sounds or voices from the left or the right. She is looking for reaction and head movement to see if I can hear the tones. Pops canít help either; I have to look in the direction of the sound. I passed with flying colors!!

Family Day at the horse track!! We went to the track after watching the film Sea Biscuit. I was allowed to pick the horses from the racing form.
DAY AT HORSE TRACK

Family Day at the horse track!! We went to the track after watching the film Sea Biscuit. I was allowed to pick the horses from the racing form.

Well one out of ten winners aren't bad. Pops sent me to the paddock to study the horses and jockeys better.
LET ME PICK A WINNER

Well one out of ten winners aren't bad. Pops sent me to the paddock to study the horses and jockeys better.

It took pops two days to get a perfect picture of my mouth!! I wanted to show you my next step that I have to take. The palate has to be sewn together; Dr. NiNi is still waiting for it to close just a little bit more naturally. The right is a normal palate view, in October I should be ready for the next step.
TWO DAYS

It took pops two days to get a perfect picture of my mouth!! I wanted to show you my next step that I have to take. The palate has to be sewn together; Dr. NiNi is still waiting for it to close just a little bit more naturally. The right is a normal palate view, in October I should be ready for the next step.

Well now you know I have teeth, I have to start getting them brushed. You can find this product in the baby section of the supermarket. This one is flavored with banana my favorite.
MY FIRST TOOTH BRUSHING

Well now you know I have teeth, I have to start getting them brushed. You can find this product in the baby section of the supermarket. This one is flavored with banana my favorite.

First let me taste it before you stick that thing in my mouth. All right not to bad, spread a little on the rubber brush.
SPREAD A LITTLE

First let me taste it before you stick that thing in my mouth. All right not to bad, spread a little on the rubber brush.

Insert it gently towards the back left side, and use a sawing motion on gums and teeth if any. Ouch! Stella likes to clamp down using front teeth.
BACK BOTTOM FIRST

Insert it gently towards the back left side, and use a sawing motion on gums and teeth if any. Ouch! Stella likes to clamp down using front teeth.

Gently work the top left side, be careful not to jab the roof of her mouth if she has one. You don't want the toothpaste coming out her nose; it would probably burn the nasal tissue.
WORK IT

Gently work the top left side, be careful not to jab the roof of her mouth if she has one. You don't want the toothpaste coming out her nose; it would probably burn the nasal tissue.

Put a little more paste on and work the front gums, up and down, and sideways.
THE FRONT BUCKOROS

Put a little more paste on and work the front gums, up and down, and sideways.

Work you way over to the right side. You'll also notice that I'm in the tub. Seems to work best for me, less droll for pops to clean up later. Rinse brush out and let dry and place in clean container. Make a habit of brushing on each bath, teaches Stella good hygiene!
REPEAT ON RIGHT SIDE

Work you way over to the right side. You'll also notice that I'm in the tub. Seems to work best for me, less droll for pops to clean up later. Rinse brush out and let dry and place in clean container. Make a habit of brushing on each bath, teaches Stella good hygiene!

Looks like Saint Peters has a write up about me! Check out the next picture and read all about it.
HEY WHAT'S THIS??

Looks like Saint Peters has a write up about me! Check out the next picture and read all about it.

 Fixing the newspaper's mistakes.It's a typo though I only had two surgeries. Unless you want to count the birth too.
I MADE THE PAPER!!

Fixing the newspaper's mistakes.It's a typo though I only had two surgeries. Unless you want to count the birth too.

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