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Caeden

Caeden was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. Caeden's pictures are presented to you by his mother and father, Tracey and Paul.

(1) Hi everyone!

This is Caeden age 7 weeks, and as you can see he already has a great smile!

He was born with a complete bilateral cleft lip and palate on May 21, 1994.

Caeden spent one week in the NICU, where he was fitted for an obturator and learned to drink from a bottle.

The obturator and Haberman bottle worked very well for Caeden, who was born one month early weighing 5 pounds 15 ounces and was 10 and a half pounds at 7 and a half weeks for his first surgery.

(2) On July 14, 1994, Caeden had his first lip repair and first set of ear tubes.

It was very hard for us to hand him over; for me, his mother, it was the hardest part. My husband felt the hardest part was seeing him right after surgery, knowing what he had been through and not being able to help.

Everything about surgery day is hard!

This picture was taken a couple hours after surgery, while he still had the nose packs in.

(3) Caeden's three hour surgery went very well, and he was released the next day.

He didn't sleep well for about a week, he didn't like to sleep on his back, and it took about two weeks for the swelling to go down.

This picture was taken the day after surgery.

 

(4) Caeden - age 6 months.

Caeden was sleeping through the night at 10 weeks, and learned to sit by himself at five months.

Everything was going well, and the only hassle was washing and putting the obturator in.

It was worth it, though. Caeden was eating solid food and drinking very well.

At six months he was a happy, chubby 19 pounds 9 ounces!

 

(5) (2 pictures) Caeden had his palate repaired at 9 months.

I stayed with him until the anesthetic took effect, which I think really helped him feel more comfortable.

After surgery he didn't want to drink, and when he did he would throw up. It took almost 48 hours before he started to drink from a cup, and about a week later he was drinking pre-surgery amounts.

The surgery went well, and amazingly Caeden was smiling and shaking his rattle only four hours post-op!

(6) This was Caeden at one year.

He was a wonderful baby, always smiling and happy, walking at ten months and could even say a few words.

Caeden never had an ear infection and only had one cold his first year. Other than the surgeries and obturator we led a very happy normal life.

Caeden was an absolute joy!

 

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