All of his life, 20-year-old David Bufkin kept pushing forward, even as severe birth defects brought new setbacks. He stayed hopeful about finding an effective treatment for the growth deformities that made it hard for him to eat and talk naturally.

Bufkin’s cleft lip and jaw disalignment, with his upper jaw more than an inch shorter than the lower, brought him quite a few burdens – a major speech impediment, difficulty chewing, troubled sleep – the list goes on and on. But now there’s a happy ending.

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