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Teens make cleft lip film.

Young people born with cleft lips and palates are making a film to help others on Tyneside with the condition.

The teenagers are members of a special service user group supported by professionals from the health psychology and cleft lip and palate services based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Made up of youngsters aged 12 to 19, the group is making a documentary on how they felt about living with a cleft.

One in 600 babies is born with a cleft, a gap in the upper lip between the mouth and the nose.

Both types of cleft need operations to repair the gaps during the baby's first year, and further surgery may be needed during childhood.

Dr Amy McNaughton, clinical psychologist from Newcastle Primary Care Trust, said: "The group is working hard to produce this documentary."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 10, 2007
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