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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 Peter’s 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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First attempt at a smile. Notice that the left nostal has a little pinched look to it. Also the cheek seems puffy by the upper part of the nose.
CRACK A SMILE DAY 3

First attempt at a smile. Notice that the left nostal has a little pinched look to it. Also the cheek seems puffy by the upper part of the nose.

Hopefully as Stella’s cranially features grow, the pinched look on nostril will even out, as so with the puffiness’ on the side of the nose. If not we will have to do a Michael Jackson and get a nose job. Only one though!!
ATTEMPT AT SMILE DAY 3

Hopefully as Stella’s cranially features grow, the pinched look on nostril will even out, as so with the puffiness’ on the side of the nose. If not we will have to do a Michael Jackson and get a nose job. Only one though!!

If I would stop hitting my nose with my toys the bleeding would of stopped quicker.
PROFILE DAY3

If I would stop hitting my nose with my toys the bleeding would of stopped quicker.

What a nice face or what?
PROFILE FACE DAY 3

What a nice face or what?

 No toys! Then you'll get uncontrollable crying from me, and fussing; I usually get my way in the end.
SECOND ATTEMPT AT SMILE DAY 3

No toys! Then you'll get uncontrollable crying from me, and fussing; I usually get my way in the end.

Keep the area saturated with the Neosporin, helps the healing quicker, and keeps the wound from drying out.
SEMI PROFILE DAY3

Keep the area saturated with the Neosporin, helps the healing quicker, and keeps the wound from drying out.

My nose looks a little crooked on the right. Maybe with time it should straighten out.
TOP OF HEADSHOT DAY3

My nose looks a little crooked on the right. Maybe with time it should straighten out.

Well now that my nose is fixed. I still have to remember I have a hole in the roof of my mouth. So no wonder it all comes pouring out. Wait till I get the pea soup stuff!
DAY 12 RICE CEREAL TIME

Well now that my nose is fixed. I still have to remember I have a hole in the roof of my mouth. So no wonder it all comes pouring out. Wait till I get the pea soup stuff!

Pops had surgrey, has a nice sized scar afterwards. The Doc suggested this product, less then two weeks later it faded pretty significantly. The best part,cut it to make package last twice as long. Very adhesive to, no child will be able to grasp and pull off. Wait first for scab to fall off!
Udate 7-2007

Pops had surgrey, has a nice sized scar afterwards. The Doc suggested this product, less then two weeks later it faded pretty significantly. The best part,cut it to make package last twice as long. Very adhesive to, no child will be able to grasp and pull off. Wait first for scab to fall off!

All I need now are some wipers on them. I'll look like an Elton John fan!
DAY 20 My first shades!

All I need now are some wipers on them. I'll look like an Elton John fan!

My dog ate the shades, so I have to wear this hat till pops gets me another pair.
DAY 20

My dog ate the shades, so I have to wear this hat till pops gets me another pair.

I'm slowly trying to smile, and stretch my lip....Ah...It hurts a little.
DAY 21 SEMI SMIRK

I'm slowly trying to smile, and stretch my lip....Ah...It hurts a little.

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