Here are two of the children that I have operated on recently, Michael had a cleft lip repair and Robert had a cleft palate repair.
Michael preop. He has an incomplete cleft, meaning it isn’t cleft all the way through the bottom of his nose–a less severe deformity.
Rounding on Michael a couple hours after surgery.
Robert had his cleft lip repaired 7-8 months ago, but still had a large cleft palate defect that I repaired during this trip.
Dr. Vessely with Robert in the OR.
Robert stayed with us for two nights after surgery and went home after that. We hope and pray his palate repair stays intact and he is able to eat, drink and speak more easily now.