Annually, about 7,000 babies are born with a cleft lip and other craniofacial abnormalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of them undergo surgery during the first year of their lives to repair a cleft lip, and require additional surgeries and treatments as they grow. Smiles are Contagious highlights the importance of cleft and craniofacial awareness through portraits of children who were born with a cleft or craniofacial abnormalities. Captured by Scott Dalton, the portraits are a reflection of the joy, laughter and happiness that can come from a simple – yet powerful – smile.
“We tell her how beautiful her smile makes her and she agrees. She is perfect to us and that is all that really matters.”
“His smile helps show just how big of a personality Jackson has. I love everything about his smile and would not change a thing about it.”
“Mia is a ray of sunshine who loves everyone and never seems to have a bad day. Her smile shows just how full of love she is.”
“He is just constantly happy and can light up the darkest room with one smile. From surgeries, hospital stays and recovery, he has never lost his smile.”
“When Harper smiles, her entire face from her chin to forehead just lights up. She has no idea that her smile is different than anyone else's and we hope it always stays that way.”
“When I first met Charlie, I knew nothing would be the original face I fell in love with. I took photos to show him how beautiful he was starting the day he was born and how blessed we are now.”
About our Program
The Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Program affliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of children with cleft lip and palates. The recognized cleft team specializes in care of children needing surgery to improve the appearance and/or function of patients’ lips and palates.
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UT Physicians Pediatric Surgery Clinic
6410 Fannin Street, Suite 950
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (832) 325-7234