More than 30 families attend free cleft palate clinic at NMSU

Richard Whitman, left, and his daughter Savannah Whitman visit with pediatrician Dr. Fernando Indacochea

Richard Whitman, left, and his daughter Savannah Whitman visit with pediatrician Dr. Fernando Indacochea on March 11, 2016, at a free cleft palate and lip clinic hosted by New Mexico State University’s Edgar R. Garrett Speech and Hearing Clinic. (NMSU photo by Adriana M. Chavez) MAR16

More than 30 families with children born with a cleft lip or palate got the chance to receive free medical care Friday, March 11, at a multidisciplinary clinic hosted by New Mexico State University’s Edgar R. Garrett Speech and Hearing Clinic.

Families in southern New Mexico were eligible to attend the clinic and see specialists in plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), maxillofacial surgery, pediatrics, pediatric dentistry, orthodontia, speech-language pathology, speech science, audiology, nursing and social work.

The New Mexico Cleft Palate Center in partnership with Smile Train sponsored the clinic, which included volunteers from Las Cruces, El Paso and Albuquerque, and staff and graduate students from NMSU’s speech and hearing department.

New Mexico has a high incidence of cleft lip and palate due to the large number of Hispanic and Native American residents.   Read More…


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