A Family’s Smile: How Walter Reed Specialists Repaired Infant’s Cleft Palate

This is part of an ongoing series highlighting the innovations and research happening at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

By Yolanda R. Arrington
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Bringing a baby into the world can be overwhelming for any parent. But, that stress is heightened when you realize your newborn has a condition that will need to be surgically corrected. That was the case for one military couple whose son was born with a cleft lip and palate.

Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) Kerry Latham restored quality of life to Killian McKinney during a plastic surgery procedure at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

In this video, Latham explains how the craniofacial team at Walter Reed activated to repair McKinney’s lip, bring comfort to the family and transform his life.

Video by Air Force SSgt. Da’Nette Bruton

Stay with Armed with Science as we highlight other innovations happening at Walter Reed in the coming months.

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