Wendy-Jo Toyama, Executive Director of ACPA and CPF, was recently included in an article on www.dailymail.com. The article, which describes cleft palate and possible treatments, uses a recent trip from Smile Train Ambassadors to spread awareness about cleft.
Wendy-Jo Toyama, the executive director of the Cleft Palate Foundation and the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, said cleft palates are one of the most common birth defects in America.
She said: 'It's not just cosmetic, it's for the health of the child. They can have trouble eating, sleeping, breathing and speaking. Even after surgery, they could be in care for 16 to 18 years afterwards.'
The reconstruction is overseen by a team of specialists, Toyama said. They could include geneticists, plastic and oral surgeons, speech pathologists and orthodontists.
She added that each child is different and based on the extent of their cleft, there could be up to seven surgeries.
View the article.