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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2005 5:09 am 
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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:

http://lafamiliavegan.tripod.com/sofia/

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It looks like the cosmetic part went well. I hope everything went smoothly with the palate portion too


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I hope she recovers quickly. May her lip heal nicely.


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Hey Madre, I hope everything is ok and went smoothly. You and Sofia are in my thoughts.

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How is she doing now? Is she recovering well from the surgery?

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All the best for your little princess! She has a great mom!

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Awe! Sweet little girl. She will be fine though, she has a fantastic mom taking care of her. :D


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My best wishes to your little girl!
She's lucky to have you, and you're lucky to have her! :)

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Holding you & your family in my thoughts during this time. Hugs to little Sofia.

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I have a good feeling about all this

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She is precious! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

I know a family who has been through several surgeries with first their little girl and then their little boy for this. Everything has turned out fine, and the little one's are happy little social bugs. :)


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Ive known many many families that have had kids with clef pallettes and their kids have recovered from the surgeries amazingly. make sure to feed her lots of good vegan meals so she'll recover quickly :) hehe

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Thanks for sharing VeganMadre. Our vegan household was wondering where you were.

We all hope everything went very well and I agree with what pretty much everyone has said........your little girl has a GREAT mother!

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:D Wow. Thanks y'all. (I don't really have a southern accent, btw). Sofia is a trooper and doing well. She's a bit stubborn about eating but she getting enough to keep her hydrated and she's got "cushioning" to rely on. So, thank you all for your concern and thoughts! :D

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