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 Boy With Cleft Lip Adopts Puppy With Cleft Lip: “it Was Meant To Be”

 Meet 2years old Victor Bentley who adopts a puppy with cleft lip. 

Victor Bentley and his puppy Lacey
(img: Michigan health)

According to Beata Mostafavi of Michigan Health, the parents of the boy who was a patient at the Mott Children's Hospital visited their local animal shelter in Jackson County in search of rescued chickens to expand their small family farm and there found Lacey a black and white retriever mix born with two different colored eyes( black and blue) - and a cleft lip and palate.  


Victor's parents Brandon and Ashley Boyers immediately felt the need to get this puppy for their little boy who had the same craniofacial anomaly as the puppy. 


 According to Ashley Boyers, "As soon as he saw her he was saying ‘it’s my puppy, I love her,’ and was kissing her and hugging her. She was licking him. It was like it was meant to be." 


“Throughout his life he will have this little companion who has gone through the same thing and can be there to support him,” she adds. 

“For him to understand that they have this in common will really mean a lot to him.” 


 This facial anomaly develops early in pregnancy, leading to a gap in the lip when the tissue in the mouth does not join together properly.


 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1in 2,800 babies is born with cleft lips in US. Victor Bentley case is the type of separation which extend beyond the base of the nose and through the upper gum line, called alveolus. 


 it will require multiple surgeries to fix. He has already undergone two surgeries to repair his cleft lip before he was even one year old which were performed by Christian Vercler, M.D., a plastic surgeon with the Craniofacial Anomalies Program at Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. 


 Bentley's appointment with the hospital isn't over yet as he will have to undergo another surgery to support his adult teeth when he starts loosing his baby teeth. This procedure entails taking bone from his hip and putting it in the cleft area where he is missing bone. This is to reconstruct his gum line. 


 Until then, Victor will continue care with the Craniofacial Anomalies Program at Mott that includes a team of plastic surgeons, oral surgeons, speech pathologists, pediatric dentists, orthodontists, audiologists, neuropsychologists, dietitians, pediatric nurse practitioners and social workers. His dog, Lacey has also undergone surgery to repair her cleft palate.

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