Operation Disturbance: Questioning Cleft Lip and Jaw Corrections

In this blog Ella Hillström questions the axiomatic corrections of the lip and jaw cleft she and her sister were born with.

Cleft lip and palate are a result of undeveloped facial tissues. Around day 23 of the fetus’s life, five (soon to become) “bones” fuse to create the structure of the face.

When a child is born with cleft lip, jaw and palate, the fusion was incomplete, leaving infants with a gaping hole that stretchesfrom their lip to their nose. Cleft palate is the most severe and impacts the ability to eat, breath and speak. Lip and jaw cleft, however, lead to an aesthetic disfigurement and sometimes a nasal tone.

Who are the surgeries of cleft palate for? What is it with the open face that disturbs culture? Read the blog here.

About the author: Ella Hillström

Ella Hillström

Ella Hillström received an M.A. in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research in 2019 and has since then taught at Parsons School of Design and Bard Early College in New Orleans. She was born with a cleft lip and a cleft jaw and is researching her personal experience from a political and academic perspective. Ella is currently based in Stockholm, Sweden

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