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River was born on August 31, 1998 with an incomplete bilateral cleft lip and palate. He had a complete cleft of the soft palate and about 1/2 of his hard palate. He had a cleft of the alveolar ridge on the right side, and just a dent on the left side of the ridge. His pictures are presented to you by his mom, Lisa.
|River's newborn picture. He was 8
lbs. 3 oz.
|This is the day after lip repair. He
had surgery at 7 weeks old (October 21, 1998). The surgery took about 2-1/2
hours. His face was very swollen, I barely recognized him. Here he is getting ready to go home from the hospital wearing
the hospital issue arm restraints (Yuck!). I ordered the nice ones for his next
River and mommy, about 6 weeks post-op.
|This picture was taken on September
10, 1999 - about a week after River's 1st birthday, 2 weeks before palate
surgery...and the SAME day he learned how
Halloween! Doesn't River make a cute skunk?
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