5-Month-Old Baby With Cleft Palate Smiles for First Time as Mom Documents Struggle

By NTD Staff

A 23-year-old Australian woman has been documenting her child’s journey since he was born on April 18.

The boy was born with a serious cleft palate and lip, and Charlotte Halliday, 23, of Queensland, has been sharing his progress. Earlier September, the boy smiled for the first time.

The boy, Charlie, couldn’t eat properly. Until he had surgery several weeks ago, he couldn’t sneeze, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

When he was born, there was silence.

(Facebook/Charlie
After surgery (Facebook/Charlie’s Journey)

“He was put straight on my chest and the room had gone silent,” Halliday said. “I didn’t know how to take it. My partner broke down,” she said.

Later, the surgery proved to be more nerve-wracking.

“We met the surgeons two weeks ago and they said they couldn’t do surgery until he had tubes out – he had been on and off it because he was struggling to eat,” Halliday told Daily Mail Australia. “My goal was to get him off them. It took a lot of persistence and he eventually started to get more of his bottle so it was a success and then on Thursday he had the surgery.”

(Charlie
(Charlie’s Journey/Facebook)

“‘It was a three hour cleft lip surgery and he will have his palate done in the next five months.”

She told the ABC that will make Charlie proud of his journey.

“I’m going to teach him to tell everyone that everyone is different, no-one is the same,” she told ABC.

“I’m going to teach him to be proud,” she said. “One day he can show his scars to his friends.”

He has just started talking these last few days and nothing stops him now lol 😍😍

Posted by Charlotte Halliday on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy.”

In the U.S., “About 2,650 babies are born with a cleft palate and 4,440 babies are born with a cleft lip with or without a cleft palate,” the agency stated.

She created the Facebook group Charlie’s Journey on Facebook.

Posted by Charlotte Halliday on Friday, September 1, 2017

“I did this to spread awareness and to support people who are about to go through it and to speak to people who have cleft children. I love sharing all about Charlie and I did not do this for mine or Charlie’s fame,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “Please, I tried to do this as a good deed and to get the awareness out there and to show people having a baby with a cleft is not the end of the world.”

From The Epoch Times

 
 
 
 
 

Canadian Police Probe ‘Suspicious’ Deaths of Billionaire Couple

Canadian Police Probe ‘Suspicious’ Deaths of Billionaire Couple
TORONTO—Canadian police said they were investigating the mysterious deaths of Barry Sherman, founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex ...
READ MORE >
 
US

Trump Administration Cuts Red Tape

Trump Administration Cuts Red Tape
President Donald Trump is pushing hard on deregulation. He disclosed his administration’s achievements in reducing red tape and federal regulations ...
READ MORE >
 

North Korea Warns Country Is on Brink of War

North Korea Warns Country Is on Brink of War
North Korea's communist regime warned that it is on the brink of war. In an article published in ...
READ MORE >
 

Tillerson Urges Lull in North Korea ‘Threatening Behavior’ Before Any Talks

Tillerson Urges Lull in North Korea ‘Threatening Behavior’ Before Any Talks
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday called for a "sustained cessation of North Korea's threatening behavior" before talks ...
READ MORE >
 

Real-life Mowgli girl’s breathtaking photos—it’s amazing how she grew up with African animals for first 10 years of her life!

Real-life Mowgli girl’s breathtaking photos—it’s amazing how she grew up with African animals for first 10 years of her life!
A little girl, born and brought up for 10 years among wild animals, calls an elephant her brother, comfortably ...
READ MORE >