Dr. Rachel Ruotolo was featured on Verizon FIOS’ “Heroes on Our Island” this week, where she was recognized for the life-changing surgeries she performs on children who are born with deformities such as cleft lip and palate. Even though many believe these types of birth defects are more common overseas, Dr. Ruotolo says they occur just as frequently in the U.S. and are simply repaired much earlier in the child’s life. She was also accompanied by one of her young patients and his parents, who shared the story of how their son’s life was forever changed after corrective surgery.