A Lip Repair Journey

Born with: Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate


“When I found out Emeri was going to be born with a birth defect I was 26 weeks pregnant. My OBGYN had me come in to get an ultrasound to check her measurements because my blood pressure was high and she wanted to make sure she was growing like she’s supposed to. The tech stopped the ultrasound and stepped out to get my doctor and my doctor came in to look also. She then told me that my baby has a cleft lip. My heart got ripped out of my chest that day. I kept asking WHY? WHY did this happen to my baby? I did everything right. It does not run in either sides of the family. So WHY did this happen to her? It was hard to accept because there is not an answer as to why it happens.

After she was born, we discovered her palate was also involved. It was really tough learning to bottle feed her and now she is learning to eat food with a spoon. She is AMAZING. I’m so thankful she is healthy and happy. She had her first surgery on April 28th. She will have her next surgery at the end of this year. And then she will be “normal”. I won’t have to worry anymore or dred another surgery. I am so thankful for Dr. Greives and his team. They have taken such good care of Emeri and us as well. Leanne is so helpful.  These guys are just so awesome and I couldn’t have asked for a better cleft team!”

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