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Cleft lip

The first documented Cleft lip surgery is from China in 390 BC in an 18 year old would be soldier, Wey Young-Chi. Albucasis of Arabia and his fellow surgeons used the cautery instead of the scalpel and Yperman in 1854 recommended scarifying the margins with a scalpel before suturing them with a triangular needle dipped in wax. The repair was reinforced by passing a long needle through the two sides of the lip and fixing the shaft of the needle with a figure-of-eight thread over the lip. Germanicus Mirault can be credited to be the originator of the triangular flap which was later modified by C.W. Tennison in 1952 and Peter Randall in 1959.  (from Cleft lip: The historical perspective- link)

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Cleft Lip

Cleft lip and palate (CLP) is the most commonly occurring craniofacial developmental abnormality, affecting one in seven hundred live births

There is preliminary evidence which suggests the suicide rate in adult individuals with a cleft lip is twice that of the normal population (Source: Psychological aspects of cleft lip and palate)


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Mercy Ships is a global charity that has operated hospital ships in developing nations since 1978. Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the forgotten poor by mobilizing people and resources worldwide, and serving all people without regard for race, gender, or religion. (link to their website)

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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.

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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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