Several of you have asked about my daughter's recent hospitalization, surgery and cause. Being that I am ultimately too lazy to write you individually a lengthy response, I'll throw it into a thread. Ok, so maybe not throw. More like rapidly type. Ok, so not that rapid either.
My daughter Sofia was born last November with a unilateral cleft lip and palate as a result of having a genetic disorder known as Waardenburg Syndrome. She has NO other manifestations of this syndrome, so we are really quite lucky. She also has experienced NONE of the complications frequently associated with a cleft lip/palate. I attribute this veganism. Anyway. I spent the beginning of this week in the hospital with her as she underwent the second phase of surgery - palate repair. Her lip was repaired in May of this year. The lip repair is a cosmetic procedure while the palate repair is much more invasive and involves replacing skin in the mouth to cover the existing gap.
Here is a brief photo gallery for those interested: