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Zackaree MacKenzee

Zackaree was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. His pictures are presented by his parents, Paul and Vicki.

Zack was adopted so I don't know a whole lot about the first six weeks of his life. He was born 8 weeks premature and weighed 3 lbs. 9 ozs. He now weighs seven lbs. He had a gastroschesis and had emergency surgery immediately after birth. This along with the cleft contributes to major REFLUX. He also suffered from amniotic banding which resulted in the amputation of his right pinkie. He had a first degree cerebral bleed at birth, but we have seen no evidence of any problem. His central line became infected when he was 31 days old and he coded, but was revived without major problems. He is scheduled for his first cleft surgery December 10, 1998. Zack has two older sisters, both adults and an eight year old brother who is also adopted.

Meet our little Christmas present. Zack is 3 months old in this picture and weighs 7 lbs. He was born 8 weeks premature.

This is our little family - Paul, Vicki, Ramon (8 yrs) and of course, Zackaree.

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These are my 2 daughters, Karlin (age 21) on the left and Brenna (23).

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This is Brenna and her husband, Kevin. They are stationed with the Marines and celebrate their first anniversary March 13, 1999.

(L) These are the 2 best things I ever did. They make hearing the word "MOM" worthwhile.

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(R) The major love of my life, my partner, my friend, my strength, my heart...

Our little slugger prepares for the season. Zackaree, age 6-1/2 months

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As you can see, Zackaree is a very happy baby, always smiling and laughing. He is my sunshine, my joy, and I am truly blessed. This is the last studio picture before lip repair. Zack tips the scales here at almost 12 pounds and is 24 inches long.

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