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

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

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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