Five years ago, we wrote a story about our daughter, Vivienne, who was turning one years old – Now she is almost 6-years-old, and I thought it would be nice to write an update. 

Vivienne had an isolated cleft palate (no lip involvement) that we discovered after she was born. The cleft was quite wide — over 20 mm long — she was essentially missing the roof of her mouth. We met with several surgeons in our city who came well-recommended, but they didn’t have experience repairing clefts as wide as Vivienne’s. We finally found a surgeon who had many success stories with clefts like Vivienne’s.