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

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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.”

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