Thursday, 2 October 2014

Woman Divorces Husband Over Plastic Surgery

A woman recently filed for divorce after her and her husband's first child was born with a cleft lip. The 25 year old woman, identified as Elizabeth, stated that her husband had failed to inform her about his past. James Ernie Jr. who had undergone surgery to correct the birth defect at a very young age told reporters that the "issue had just never come up".

Elizabeth mentioned that during the 6 months they were engaged for, he (her husband) had never mentioned anything about it. She said she felt betrayed and was overcome by shock and deep sadness when she saw her son's condition. She also stated that she was unsure what other secrets he might be keeping from her after the incident.

Cleft lip and cleft palate are facial and oral malformations that occur very early in pregnancy, while the baby is developing inside the mother. Clefting results when there is not enough tissue in the mouth or lip area, and the tissue that is available does not join together properly.

A cleft lip is a physical split or separation of the two sides of the upper lip and appears as a narrow opening or gap in the skin of the upper lip. A cleft palate is a split or opening in the roof of the mouth. Because the lip and the palate develop separately, it is possible to have a cleft lip without a cleft palate, a cleft palate without a cleft lip, or both together.

Who Does Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Affect and Why?
1 in 700 babies are born with either a cleft lip/palate or both. Compared with girls, twice as many boys have a cleft lip, both with and without a cleft palate. However, compared with boys, twice as many girls have cleft palate without a cleft lip.

Although the exact cause of this birth defect is yet unknown, scientists believe it is as a result of both genetic and environmental factors. Many clefts have been known to run in families. A variety of environmental factors such as smoking, drug abuse, alcoholism, exposure to lead or pesticides by pregnant women have also been blamed for the formation of clefts in foetuses.

How Is It Treated?
Within the first 2–3 months after birth, surgery is performed to close the cleft lip. While surgery to repair a cleft lip can be performed soon after birth, often the preferred age is at approximately 10 weeks of age, following the "rule of 10s" coined by surgeons Wilhelmmesen and Musgrave in 1969 (the child is at least 10 weeks of age; weighs at least 10 pounds, and has at least 10g hemoglobin).

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