Lacey and Chris Buchanan were heartbroken when they were told shortly after an 18-week ultrasound that their baby boy would be born with a cleft palate. Born via a planned C-section, their son, Christian, entered the world with a cleft so severe that his eyes didn’t form completely, rendering him blind. Though they received unwelcome stares and even cruel comments via social media, the Buchanans remained positive, and became Internet sensations when they posted a video on YouTube to share their story. They say that while his disabilities may be inconvenient, they never want Christian — who they lovingly call “Superman” — to feel like he can’t do what he wants to do.
Raising a Child with Severe Cleft Palate
“Christian, he’s meant for a little bit different journey than most people in life, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s just different,” Lacey says.
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OB/GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton describes how a cleft palate occurs during fetal development.
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Pediatric craniofacial surgeon Dr. Roberto Flores explains the surgery he performed to correct the front part of Christian’s palate.
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Meet Christian, and hear how his parents’ unwavering support has turned a difficult situation into an inspiration.
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