Doctors and health officials will consider whether more guidance on abortions is needed following the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service not to prosecute two doctors who authorised a late abortion on a foetus with a cleft lip and palate.
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I honestly don't understand the entitlement some people feel about their children - as though they "deserve" a perfect child.
There is NO SUCH THING - trust me on this one, I had 3 kids. They definitely weren't perfect. Not physically, mentally, or emotionally. Not major-league imperfect, just flawed, like all of us are. None of us are perfect.
Except in God's eyes. And even He knows that we need to work on some things.
That's why He gave us his most precious, and perfect, Son.
The above teddy bears are mentioned on the Cleft Palate Foundation web site. They have stitching across their upper lip, just like the kids who they are intended for.
Cleft palate is correctable. It usually leaves some slight scarring (depending on many factors), but it is one of the least major birth defects in the developed world, once surgery is performed. It has no effect on brain function or life expectancy.
One of the most famous people born with a cranofacial defect is Stacey Keach, Honorary Chairperson of the Cleft Palate Foundation. He has had a long and distinguished acting career, despite his birth defect.
Other famous persons with cleft lips/palates:
Tad Lincoln and King Tut
Most cosmetic surgeons will tell you that the most rewarding operations they perform are the ones to correct these birth defects. One organization, Operation Smile, provides surgeons an opportunity to travel to Third World countries to perform operations to repair cleft palates.