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Ben was born on September 4, 1998 with complete bilateral clefts of the lip, palate and alveolar ridge. Ben's pictures are presented to you by his parents, Joyce & Sam.

Ben at 1-1/2 weeks.

He is 1 week old. This picture shows the width of his palatal cleft.

Ben's "wide smile". He's one month old.

Ben's baptism day; 1 week before lip surgery.
He's almost 3 months old.

Just out of recovery after lip repair. 3 months old.

Ben at 5-1/2 months old (2-1/2 months post-op).
Watch out for those eyes!

Trying to recover from palate repair! (string-tongue sutures). 10 months old.

Ben 17 months old and older brother Joe (3 years old) enjoying a moment of "brotherly love".

All of us, Christmas 1999.
Mom (Joyce), Dad (Sam)
Ben 14 months and Joe, almost 3 years old.

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