Born with cleft lip and palate: from starting a normal life with hurdles

It is one of the most common congenital malformations in newborns: cleft lip and palate. Affected children have difficulty breathing, eating and speaking from birth. But although the cleft can often be closed surgically, the effects on the lives of those affected are often felt for a long time to come.

From proper nutrition and early intervention to school problems and discrimination, children and adults with cleft lip and palate often have to deal with a variety of difficulties. However, there are also many success stories of those affected who live normal lives despite the challenges.