What causes a cleft?

Cleft lip and cleft palate deformities occur in children all over the world. There are many theories about the cause of clefts such as the lack of folic acid in the mother, genetic factors, or nutrition in the mother. However there is no know way to prevent the condition, so until there is a way to prevent clefts, we must provide corrective surgeries to help affected children live a life without the stigma associated with these deformities.

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