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Cody was born on September 1, 1997 with a complete
bilateral cleft palate (Pierre Robin). His pictures are presented to you by his
parents, Tonya and Martin.
at 2 days old.
is our family. Due to Cody's breathing problems we were only able to hold him
on a pillow for the first 4 days.
Here's Dad gavage feeding
Cody. Formula is put in a syringe, attached to a feeding tube, and allowed to
drain into Cody's stomach. We tried several bottles and nipples, but Cody
would not accept them for a few months.
Cody, at 14 months, posing
for the camera!
Mom and Cody in the mist tent shortly after
coming out of recovery. Cody's palate surgery took about 3 1/2 hours with both
the hard and soft palates being closed at the same time. Surgery was performed
at 20 months to allow for maximum jaw growth and decrease the possibility of
breathing difficulties after surgery.
At 3 days post-op, Cody is
recovering very well and doesn't mind the arm restraints at all.
At 28 months, Cody is fully
recovered from his palate repair. He is fistula-free and making small steps in
developing his speech.
Cody at 2-1/2 years old.
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