Lacey and Chris Buchanan were heartbroken when they were told shortly after an 18-week ultrasound that their baby boy would be born with a cleft palate. Born via a planned C-section, their son, Christian, entered the world with a cleft so severe that his eyes didn't form completely, rendering him blind. Though they received unwelcome stares and even cruel comments via social media, the Buchanans remained positive, and became Internet sensations when they posted a video on YouTube to share their story. They say that while his disabilities may be inconvenient, they never want Christian — who they lovingly call "Superman" — to feel like he can't do what he wants to do.
“Christian, he’s meant for a little bit different journey than most people in life, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s just different,” Lacey says.
Pediatric craniofacial surgeon Dr. Roberto Flores performed the complex surgery to correct the front part of Christian’s palate. He says that Christian, now 2 years old, needs additional surgery to close the roof of his mouth, to enable him to eat and speak more easily, as well as further corrective facial surgeries throughout his life.
• Learn what causes facial clefts . Plus, hear the approach Christian’s parents have taken in regard to his future.
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