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First annual cleft and craniofacial festival connects young patients and families with similar experiences

By Elizabeth Benitez posted 11-20-2019 04:14 PM


Blog1.jpgMore than 75 patients and families of the Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Children’s National Hospital joined staff for a special afternoon full of fun fall activities. This festival included music, games, crafts and a surprise visit from a fire truck at a restored fire station in Washington, DC. Kids with cleft lips, cleft palates and other craniofacial conditions often face many surgeries, hospital stays and follow ups with multiple specialists, frequently from birth throughout childhood. The fall festival gives these young patients and their families an opportunity to enjoy being kids. Even better, it gives families a chance to connect with others who faced similar challenges.

For cleft and craniofacial surgeon Dr. Albert Oh, the best part was “connecting families with other families that had similar issues. They really appreciate the fact that they could talk with someone that knew firsthand what they were going through.”