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Seattle Children's Develops Tool to Ease Cleft Palate Surgery

Seattle Children's Develops Tool to Ease Cleft Palate Surgery

It’s an image that most people are familiar with, but not one we tend to look at for too long: a child with a cleft palate. In most of the world, it’s a physical defect that is repaired in the first few years of life. But in Africa, access to surgical care is not commonplace. Dr. Richard Hopper, surgical director of Seattle Children’s Craniofacial Center, has spent quite a bit of time in Africa, along with many others from the Craniofacial Center. It's led to one of their most clever innovations — the PACT Retractor.

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