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Cullen’s story: Cleft lip and palate treatment

Cullen’s story: Cleft lip and palate treatment

Cullen before surgeryMyandi Peterson faced one of her worst fears following an ultrasound at six months into her pregnancy. That's when she learned her baby would be born with a cleft lip and palate.

Cullen 2 weeks after surgeryHer doctors in Ruther Glen, Va., referred her to our Center for Craniofacial Care and Dr. Jennifer Rhodes, craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgeon.

“When my husband and I first found out that our son would be born with a cleft lip and palate, we were devastated,” said Myandi.

Cullen before surgery

“We sat down to talk to Dr. Rhodes and Ruth Trivelpiece, the program coordinator, for a prenatal consultation. They were very knowledgeable and eased our minds, assuring us that they would be there every step of the way and would provide continuous care throughout his childhood.”

Cullen was born in August 2008.

Cullen 2 hears after surgery“Today, he’s doing absolutely wonderfully,” said Myandi. “You can’t even tell he was born with a cleft lip, his scar is just a tiny little slit.”

Cullen after surgery

“This has been an unforgettable journey. We are comforted that Dr. Rhodes and her team are with us and that we are not alone,” said Myandi. “We have been very happy with the wonderful care we’ve received from everyone at CHoR.” Add video link: Learn more about Cullen’s journey.


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