Patient Stories

Our team of specialists, physicians, nurses and other care providers comprising the Riley Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies team are dedicated not just to Riley Children's Hospital, but to the children and their families they serve. The resilience of our patients and their families inspire and drive us every day.

We understand any medical procedure presents a difficult time in a child's and family's life. Our patients have taken the time to share their experience with the Cleft and Craniofacial team to serve as an introduction and learning experience for families. Please meet some of the amazing Riley children and read their stories.

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April 2nd, 2014 | Eric Luecking . a Riley parent, recently spoke at the “Cleft Care Across the Lifespan: Fundamentals for Parents” conference on March 6, 2014 at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.  Below is the written text of Mr. Luecking’s remarks. Humans can have an ugly way of undoing God's gifts.  Maybe it's the… Continue Reading

Cleft Care across the Lifespan:  Fundamentals…

March 19th, 2014 | The Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health presented a conference for parents of children with cleft lip and palate on March 6, 2013.   “Cleft Care across the Lifespan:  Fundamentals for Parents” explored the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of infants through adolescents with… Continue Reading

Christian Buchanan: Facing the World Despite Rare…

February 27th, 2014 | Midway through her pregnancy, Lacey Buchanan got some sobering news: There’s something wrong with your baby. The elation she’d felt just weeks before—it’s a boy!—was now abruptly deflating, like air escaping from a punctured balloon. An ultrasound showed that if her son survived, he would have facial abnormalities,… Continue Reading