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Cleft Lip and Palate

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The Cleft-Lip Smile I Never Knew I’d Miss

We knew from ultrasound photos that our son Dylan would arrive in this world with the same birth defect as the babies we’ve all seen in those Smile Train ads, the ones featuring children with faces and stories so desperate and concerning that they compel people to donate. I never imagined having a baby with a face like that in the same way that one doesn’t foresee giving birth to a child with an unexpected birthmark or color of hair. I also never pictured growing to love a “defect” so intensely that I would feel crushed when the time came to let it go.

The minute we received Dylan’s diagnosis, the blissful passivity associated with normal pregnancy was over. Clefts can be indicators…

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