What is cleft lip & palate and why is it so prevalent in certain areas?
Cleft lip and cleft palate occur when tissues in the baby’s face and mouth don’t fuse properly. Normally, the tissues that make up the lip and palate fuse together in the second and third months of pregnancy. But in babies with cleft lip and cleft palate, the fusion never takes place or occurs only part way, leaving an opening (cleft).
DenverDenver is a 7 year old boy who lives 4 hours away from Angeles City in province of Aurora. Denver has been bullied a lot. When he is bullied he will just return home, even if he is at school. His parents need to smash up his food so he can eat it. Then each bite is followed by milk to wash the food down. His father, Nick, is a rice farmer. They journeyed to Angeles City when Nick's sister-in-law told him about MMFC's Mission for February.
MariaMaria Anne was a 3 month old girl with cleft lip and palate. Apparently both the birth parents have cleft deformities in their families. This year, we will fix her cleft lip and if she’s healthy and weighs at least 20lbs next year, we will fix her cleft palate. Maria Anne came back in February 2019 to have her cleft palate fixed. Along with the palate surgery, the doctors will fix some of the scarring from the cleft lip surgery.