Jaw Reconstruction for a Local Baby with Pierre Robin Sequence

When baby Zeniya was born in February 2018, she had a very small jaw, causing her tongue to be pushed back, blocking her airway and a cleft palate across the top of her mouth. It was an abnormality called Pierre Robin sequence, and without surgery, she would face difficulties such as breathing, feeding, and speech delays.

Baby Zeniya was taken to the UCSF Fresno - Community Medical Centers Cleft and Craniofacial Center for help.

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World Prematurity Day: A Look at Community’s Impact on Premature Births

On November 17, we celebrate and recognize World Prematurity Day to raise awareness of this serious health crisis and highlight the lifesaving research and treatments that are available for families.  

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A small beginning with a big ending

Ryan and Aimee Ledger will never forget Sept. 3, 2014. That day, the new parents welcomed their 1 lbs. 6 oz. son Ethan, born 14 weeks early at Community Regional Medical Center. And after 33 days of fighting for his life and overcoming many obstacles in the hospital’s Level 3 NICU, he passed away. 
 
“Everything happened so fast,” dad Ryan said. “One minute my wife was fine having a routine ultrasound, and the next she was being rushed to surgery to deliver.”

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