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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Before & After: Ethan

3 months old

Just after surgery, 3 1/2 months old

8 months old

17 months old

 Almost 3 years

4 years old.

Ethan has a bilateral cleft lip and palate, and his surgeon is Dr. Morales. You can click on the pictures to get a bigger view.


  1. ohmygosh, how perfect. just precious.

  2. hi, I would like to be put in contact with his family, how can I?

  3. I know this is many months late, but I am Ethan's mom and am happy to talk to anyone who reads the blog! =)

  4. grandson has soft cleft palate and will probably have surgery in February at age 9 months old. any suggestions as how to help hm be more comfortable during his recovery the weeks after his surgery will be appreciated.

  5. Hi Nana!

    The good news I can tell you is that the soft palate repair was the easiest for Ethan. Things that helped were making sure he had things that he liked and that would distract him; lovie blanket, a new and interesting toy, soft foods that he likes (ice cream, pudding, apple sauce, etc.). And we always had the best luck alternating tylenol and ibuprofen every three hours to keep pain in check. Good luck!