Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was joined by parents of affected children to thank college students from Adelphi University and a local doctor for treating hundreds of infants that were born with cleft palate and cleft lip defects at a ceremony at the Ceremonial Chamber. Adelphi University students launched Club Operation Smile on campus to assist in providing operations to families in need. A local medical group has been treating babies from Long Island and over 51 countries around the world.
Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate are the most common birth defects in the United States as one out of every 700 babies are born with such a birth defect. According to the U.S. Department of Disease, Control and Prevention, over 7,000 children nationwide are born annually with these birth defects.
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