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Opal and Patrick Sutton are real-life wonders. Like fifth grader Auggie Pullman, the main character in the 2012 children's novel and recently released motion picture Wonder, Opal and Patrick were born with severe craniofacial anomalies. Both children, who are biologically unrelated, were abandoned as infants on the streets of China and defied overwhelming odds to survive.
Opal was born with a large craniofacial nevus, or "mole gone wild," as her father, Doug Sutton, calls it. It covered 75 percent of her head and 25 percent of her face. The skin condition was so severe, Sutton notes, that the Chinese adoption agency removed her from the adoption rolls because no one had expressed an interest in taking her. That is, until Sutton and his wife, Heidi, both nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center, saw her photo...
Americans who get health insurance through their jobs are not using more medical care than they were five years ago, but they are spending more due to soaring medical prices, according to a new report.
Health spending for the more than 150 million people who receive insurance through their employers was $5,407 per person in 2016. That is a 4.6 percent increase over 2015, even though people's use of almost every broad category of care dropped or stayed the same over a five-year period, according to a new analysis from the Health Care Cost Institute, a nonprofit funded by the insurance industry...
The Vermont Cleft Palate Clinic founded in 1969 by the Vermont Department of Health has helped countless children live happy lives. Due to budget cuts in 2017, however, the State of Vermont must phase out financial support of the clinic.
Head plastic surgeon and Healthfirst member Dr. Donald Laub immediately formed the Vermont Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Foundation try to in order to continue treating these children, but the foundation needs funding.
Without surgery, these children could actually die from not being able to breathe or eat properly. Please consider supporting their cause as the immediate need is great.