Carol Vorderman recalls brother’s bravery after cleft lip surgery

Carol Vorderman has recalled her brother's bravery after cleft lip surgery in an emotional appearance on Good Morning Britain today.

The former Countdown star, 58, appeared on GMB with Anton to talk about his cleft lip and palate, with Carol praising him for staying strong through out his ordeal.

During their joint interview, Anton, who is a year older than his famous sister, spoke about going through surgery for the condition.

It's described as a split in the upper lip or roof of the mouth which is present from birth, and cause problems with speech and hearing.

Carol was full of admiration for her brother as he talked about what he went through, insisting he helped raise her after their parents divorced when they were kids,

She said: "Anton kind of looked after me so I called him little daddy, so growing up you were always there.

"Anton taught me how to play chess, we used to go jumbling… this is 1960s, Anton's influence on me was as big as any teacher.

She still managed to gently tease him about his age.

When Anton said surgery for the condition has changed over the last 65 years, Carol joked: "Are you really that old?"

The sweet relationship between the pair was clear to see, with Carol previously speaking out about Anton's struggle with bullying over his cleft lip.

Carol is a longtime supporter of the CLAPA, the Cleft Lip And Palate Association, and previously explained she took up the cause after seeing her brother's ordeal at the hands of bullies.

She tweeted: "When my brother was growing up with a severe cleft lip and palate I witnessed the cruelty that could be handed out…

"And that's why I've been the fiercely proud patron for CLAPA for 20 years."

The telly star Carol has repeatedly spoken out to raise awareness about the condition and previously said in a statement from the charity: “My brother was born with the severest degree of a bilateral cleft lip and palate so I feel a great deal of empathy with members of the Association.

“There are so many problems which may accompany the condition and a good country-wide support system is needed for the families. I am very happy to support the aims of CLAPA.”

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