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New Procedure Game Changer for Kids With Airway Diseases

New Procedure Game Changer for Kids With Airway Diseases

From the day she was born, Hannah Schow has had more than her share of obstacles. Breathing was number one. Seattle Children’s Hospital took over her care at seven months of age and now Hannah is 9 years old is living life with passion and so much more. Frustrated by trying to treat children, like Hannah with Treacher Collins syndrome, and not being able to improve the airway with traditional techniques, Dr. Richard Hopper, surgical director of the Craniofacial Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital, said, “we had to do something different”. Different led Dr. Hopper and Dr. Michael Cunningham, division chief of Craniofacial Medicine, along with and the entire craniofacial team, to invent an entirely new procedure which is a game changer for the treatment of children with airway diseases and Treacher Collins syndrome. Hannah just happened to be the very first.

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