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Piper Butcher back performing and ready for first single after recovering from surgery | Newcastle Herald

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FOR the first time in her life Piper Butcher can blow up a balloon. It might be a basic skill most of us take for granted, but for the Newcastle 16-year-old it’s indicative of the growing positivity she feels following her third bout of mouth surgery in January to fix her cleft palate. Butcher was born with a hole between the roof of her mouth and the floor of her nose and underwent initial surgery as a toddler. After experiencing trouble with her pronunciation and singing last year, the Americana artist’s doctor recommended further surgery. “It’s been bit of a challenge as I’ve found I’m producing different sounds with pronunciation and I’m way…



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