Skip to main content

Search
News

Boy with rare facial paralyzing disorder has special Christmas wish: a smile

|

Boy with rare facial paralyzing disorder has special Christmas wish: a smile

December 26, 2013

http://www.today.com/health/boy-rare-facial-paralyzing-disorder-has-special-christmas-wish-smile-2D11794857

 

Source - NBC's Today Show


This Christmas, Seattle Children’s set out to grant an 11-year-old boy’s Christmas wish: a smile. Christian Roberts was born with CHARGE syndrome, a rare disorder that inhibits cranial nerve function and prevents him from smiling. After his first “smile surgery” in 2011 in Texas was unsuccessful, Roberts underwent surgery at Seattle Children’s just days before Christmas to make his wish come true. Dr. Craig Birgfeld, a plastic surgeon at Children’s, explains the “smile surgery.”

Contact Information for Press

If you have not worked with Seattle Children’s before, please read our press policy before contacting us.

The best way to reach the public relations team is via email at press@seattlechildrens.org. This inbox is monitored seven days a week, during and after business hours, on weekends and on holidays.

Phone: 206-987-4500
(8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific time, Monday–Friday only)

Note: This contact information is for members of the media only. For general hospital or research questions, please call the hospital switchboard at 206-987-2000.

Latest News

Seattle Children’s studying new ways to treat infant brain injuries
8.21.14 — Q13 Fox

A brain injury is serious for anyone, but for infants they can be devastating. Dr. Dennis Mayock of Seattle Children’s, the ... cont.

Training Physicians for Empathy
8.8.14 — HealthLeaders Media

Improving Clinical Management of Stillbirth is an educational session sponsored by the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity ... cont.

Remembering Daniel and the Legacy He Left Behind
8.5.14 — On the Pulse Blog

In my last post about “The Fault in Our Stars,” I made a comment about how most patients live, if not thrive after their ... cont.