Cleft lip

Cleft lip and cleft palate, which can also occur together as cleft lip and palate, are variations of a type of clefting congenital deformity caused by abnormal facial development during gestation. It is the non-fusion of the body’s natural structures that form before birth.  Approximately 1 in 700 children born have a cleft lip and/or a cleft palate.

photo Canadian Dental Association

Cleft lip or palate can be successfully treated with surgery, especially so if conducted soon after birth or in early childhood.

In some countries, surgery for cleft lip repair is not readily available.  Teams of surgeons from developed countries, sometimes go to these countries to perform surgeries.  As you can imagine, the surgery can be life-changing  (link)

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