Brother and sister share cleft lip and palate journey



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The Lane family is on a cleft lip and palate journey for the second time in five years.

Their oldest daughter, Brooklyn, was born with a cleft lip and palata in 2017. She was transported to Riley Hospital for Children, where she eventually underwent multiple surgeries. Now, the family's youngest child is on the same path. Jackson was also born with a cleft lip and palate. He's preparing for his second surgery in August.

Kristne Lane, their mom, says they feel more informed this time around. They've also built rapport with the craniofacial and cleft team at Riley.

Dr. Emma Cordes is Jackson's surgeon.

"Cleft lip and palate is the most common congenital facial anomaly," Dr. Cordes said. "So, about one in 600 kids in the United States have a cleft lip or palate."

Riley has a multi-disciplinary team available to treat patients like Brooklyn and Jackson.

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