Houston County
Not Feature Story
Jeron Goodwin came into the world on December 30, 2000 with a very wide smile. A smile that was much wider than it should have been. Jeron was born with a wide complete unilateral cleft lip and palate. Jeron's parents David and Shannon Goodwin found out about Jeron's condition before he was born due to a routine ultrasound performed at Shannon's OB/GYN. Jeron made his first trip to Children's Hospital on January 11, 2001. He was just 12 days old. It was at cleft Clinic that Jeron was introduced to his cleft team headed by Dr. John Grant and to Ms. Fran, an occupational therapist that changed Jeron's bottles he was using because he was losing a lot of weight. Jeron made several trips to Children's in his first three months planning for his first cleft surgery that would repair his lip and nose. When he came back from that surgery he didn't even look like the same child. Six months later, Jeron went in for a larger surgery to close his palate. In 2005 Jeron had another surgery to revise his cleft lip. Jeron has also had numerous surgeries for tubes and dental procedures. Jeron is now seven years old and he is scheduled for a bone graft in late May of 2008 to further repair his cleft. Jeron has had a total of eight different surgical procedures and has many more scheduled.