Aydan was born full term but when he was born he was unable to eat or breath on his own. He had to be life-flighted to Akron Children’s Hospital an hour after he was born. We soon found out he was born with a full bilateral cleft palate and Pierre Robin Sequence.
It was about an hour after birth that the chaos from a C-section finally died down and we decided to count our brand new baby boy’s fingers and toes. It didn’t take long for us to realize that 2 of his fingers were stuck together.
Before the arrival of the big guy with a fuzzy beard and furry red velvet suit, the children attending a holiday party at Akron Children’s Hospital were enthralled by an assortment of creatures featuring natural fur – as well as shells, scales and tails.
Salah and Reem Mustafa knew their fourth child was going to be born with a cleft lip and palate. They learned about the birth defect during a prenatal ultrasound.
Dr. Ananth Murthy, director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Akron Children’s, recently presented at the hospital’s annual Adolescent Medicine Update about the multifactorial challenges in treatment of disorders of the breast which affect both teenage girls and boys.
One year ago, we were at Akron Children’s for our son’s first step in lip repair. He was having his lip adhesion surgery. It was such a hard day for us, but the staff at Akron Children’s made themselves available to us the entire time we were in the hospital.