Fox News – Dr. Ali Attaie: "Newborn Undergoes Surgery for Bilateral Cleft Palate in Time for Christmas"

 – December 25, 2013  –– 

Throughout Joy Frederick’s pregnancy with her daughter Bella Rose, everything seemed completely normal.  The soon-to-be mom experienced very little nausea, and all of her prenatal testing indicated that everything was going smoothly. It wasn’t until Bella was born six months ago at The Mount Sinai Hospital that Frederick noticed Bella had two very large gaps in the roof of her mouth – a condition known as a bilateral cleft palate. Just a month before Christmas, Bella underwent a four hour surgery to reconnect her facial tissues – and it went off without a hitch.  While Bella will need more surgery in the future, her mouth and gums are now fully attached, and there are almost no signs of her once very severe cleft palate. The surgery was performed by Peter Taub, MD, Co-Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery Program and Professor of Dentistry, Surgery, Medical Education, and Pediatrics, and Ali Attaie, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dentistry and Pediatrics at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Learn more