The Importance of Early Cleft Palate Surgery

The Importance of Early Cleft Palate Surgery

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Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft lip or palate. It is estimated that cleft lip with or without cleft palate affects 1 in 940 births in the United States, presenting in approximately 4,437 cases each year. Organizations like operation smile have saved multiple lives of children suffering from a cleft palate of cleft lip, a deformity caused during birth. Operation Smile’s mission is to give every child exceptional surgical care, as they believe all children deserve to be treated as if they were their own.