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News Thursday, March 23, 2017

Expert care for Julian Kate’s cleft lip and palate

When Amy and Justin Barton began the arduous process of seeking to adopt a child, they never imagined they would locate their new family member through a rather unexpected means: social media.

“We actually found our daughter on Facebook,” Amy recalled. “There are advocacy pages that help seek homes for children. Why they needed to advocate for this little girl I have no idea. Even though she had a cleft lip and palate, I couldn’t understand why no one was scooping her up.”

Knowing they had found their daughter, the Bartons began researching the child’s condition to secure proper care for her.

At the recommendation of their family physician, the Bartons consulted with the cleft lip and palate team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Shreveport. After an initial evaluation, the team performed a lip revision and tooth extraction under the expertise of oral and maxillofacial surgeon Jennifer Woerner, D.M.D., M.D. The Bartons later returned for a bone grafting procedure, which provided the space necessary for Julian to more comfortably open her mouth.

“Prior to Julian Kate’s procedures, it was often difficult to communicate with her because we had a hard time understanding what she was saying and she would get frustrated,” Amy said. “She’s always been a sassy little thing since we were in China and we just didn’t quite get it. Now that we can have a fluid conversation going back and forth, we realize she’s just as sassy as we thought she was.”

As Julian Kate grows, she will return to the Shreveport Shriners Hospital for several additional procedures. Supported by her loving new family and her expert medical team, Julian Kate’s precocious personality will continue to shine.

Learn more about cleft lip and palate care available at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Shreveport.