"born with that stupid harelip"

Cleft Lip
Public DomainCleft Lip - Credit: Raj d0509, Wikipedia
A cleft lip/palate, or "harelip", results from incomplete fusion of facial elements during gestation and occur in 1 in 700 births.  Modern western medicine can correct the deformity with straightforward surgery, although treatment may need to continue throughout the growth phase of the child.