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Emma was born with an incomplete bilateral cleft lip and complete bilateral cleft of the hard and soft palate. Emma's pictures are presented to you by her parents, Chris and Kerri.

Emma was born on February 6, 1996, 4:10 a.m. weighing 7 lb, 2 oz.
Here she is with her mother and father, Kerri and Chris.


Emma at 3 months old with her Nanna (Kerri's Mum).

Another 3 month picture.

Just before her surgery at 3-1/2 months on May 17...

...and immediately afterwards! You can see the lip repair, plus some extra stitches put into the nostrils in an attempt to shape the nasal cartilage (which was not really expected to work and didn't, but the PS said if it did work it might save her a rhinoplasty).

This photo with the nurse shows the arm restraints.

Emma at home on the bed with Kerri after about 5 days in hospital - still bruised but smiling slightly. Home is definitely better!

5 weeks after the surgery.

Emma sports her custom made ear plugs during a bath. These are necessary now her ear tubes have been inserted. They used to come in fluorescent colours but Emma could only have boring old skin-tone!

Here Emma is wired up for her second auditory-evoked brainstem response hearing test (age 8 1/2 months). She had to be asleep for the test so we deliberately deprived her of sleep and food until after she was wired up. Then after she had a bottle she went fast asleep, ready for the test. Her hearing came out normal - YAY!

Emma, now 4 years old, at her uncle's wedding.

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