It's #cleftawarenessweek2020 I've had around 24 operations to repair my Cleft lip and palate, which include, initial lip repair at 4 month's old, initial palate repair at 16 months old.. Then throughout the years, several sets of grommets, palate re-repairs including the buccal flap surgery, lip revision, rhinoplasties, septomplasfies, lip graft, years on and off speech therapy, 5 years of braces.. Years and years of hospital visits.
HERE IS SOME EDUCATIONAL FACTS ABOUT CLEFTS TAKEN FROM THE CLAPA WEBSITE
Around one in 700 babies are born with a cleft around the world. That's over 1,200 babies born with a cleft each year in the UK!
In early pregnancy, different parts of a baby’s face develop separately and then join together. If some parts do not join properly, the baby is born with a cleft.
A cleft lip and/or palate is the most common craniofacial abnormality (a problem to do with the skull and face) which babies can be born with.
A cleft lip can range from a little notch in the coloured part of the lip to a complete separation of the upper lip which can extend up and into the nose. This can affect one side of the mouth (unilateral) or both sides (bilateral), and can be complete (meaning the cleft goes up into the nose) or incomplete.
A cleft lip can also affect the gum where the teeth come through. Again, this can range from a small notch to a complete separation of the gum into two parts.
A cleft palate is a gap in the roof of the mouth. The back of the palate (towards the throat) is called the soft palate, and the front (towards the lips) is called the hard palate. A cleft can affect the soft palate or both the soft and hard palate.
You can have a cleft lip, a cleft palate, or a cleft lip and palate. A cleft palate by itself is often called an isolated cleft palate.#cleftawarenessweek2020 #cleftlipandpalate #cleftlip #cleftpalate #cleftjourney #cleft #cleftawareness #thankyounhs #surgeries #cleftsurgery #cleftlife #1in700 #rhinoplasty #septoplasty #bucal #educationmatters #buccalflap #braces #speechtherapy #liprevision #lipgraft #mylife #bekind #staystrong #behindeverysmile