Max: Cleft Lip & Palate

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Max: Cleft Lip & Palate


“I was just confused, like, why I was born with it. Well then I figured out, well, we’re all born in different ways.”

Max, cleft lip and palate patient cared for by Nemours since he was a newborn


Max was born with a cleft lip and a cleft palate and had two surgeries before nine months of age. About one or two of every 1,000 babies born in the United States each year have a cleft lip (an opening in the lip) or cleft palate (an opening in the roof of the mouth). The Cleft and Craniofacial team at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children has more than 60 years of experience and expertise in caring for children with conditions affecting the head and face.

Meet Max and his family, and hear about his journey with a cleft lip and palate.