“We noticed something was wrong with him,” Dela Cruz, told FoxNews.com.
Worried for their son’s health, the new parents took Gabriel to a
pediatrician, who diagnosed the newborn with unilateral coronal
synostosis – also known as anterior plagiocephaly. For babies with this
condition, a growth plate fuses prematurely on one side of the skull,
causing the forehead to become more and more distorted and form
Although the side effects of plagiocephaly are mostly cosmetic, the
deformity can grow significantly worse if left untreated – leading many
parents to opt for reconstructive surgery. Knowing what needed to be
done, Dela Cruz said it was frightening to have their son undergo an
operation at such a young age.
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