When Brian and Molly Pierce of Atlanta were on their honeymoon, they met a family with a 12-year-old daughter adopted from China. The Pierces had always known they would adopt someday, and spending time with the family confirmed it was something they wanted. Fast forward a few years and the Pierces were ready to adopt — and their situation was unique. Brian and Molly communicated through their adoption agency that Brian had a cleft lip and palate as a child, and that it was something they were well-equipped to handle. So when they opened the envelope containing a photo of their baby-to-be smiling back at them, Brian wasn’t surprised to see that she had been born with a cleft lip and palate, just like him. He says he felt an instant connection with the girl, who they named Hattie. Ten months later, the couple brought her home to meet her new big sister and dog. And Hattie received surgery for her cleft lip and palate at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the same place Brian had gotten his own surgery nearly 40 years earlier.
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