Smile Train – Providing Correction of Cleft Malformations

Smile Train pic
Smile Train
Image: smiletrain.org

 

As an attorney at The Law Office of Bryce D. Neier PLLC in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Bryce Neier focuses on family law , international law, entertainment law, and other state and federal civil litigation. Bryce Neier supports Smile Train, a charity that performs surgeries for children with cleft palates.

A cleft is an oral malformation that occurs during fetal development. It happens when there isn’t enough tissue in the lip or mouth area, resulting in the tissue not joining together. Clefts can be successfully treated with reconstructive surgery. Because of technology and evolving surgical procedures making things simpler than in the past, the surgery now typically takes just 45 minutes.

An international children’s charity, Smile Train provides completely free cleft care to children. Since its inception Smile Train has expanded to serve over 85 developing countries to provide this procedure. More than 170,000 children are born with a cleft malformation every year. Approximately 1 in 700 Caucasian births, nearly 1 in 500 Asian births, and 1 in 1200 African births results in a cleft defect. Since 1999, Smile Train has performed over one million surgeries.