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Seattle Surgeon's Innovation Lets 'One Tough Cookie' of a Girl Breathe Normally

Seattle Surgeon's Innovation Lets 'One Tough Cookie' of a Girl Breathe Normally

A pioneering procedure by doctors at Seattle Children’s has changed the position and structure of 9-year-old Hannah Schow’s face, allowing her to breathe without a tube, play baseball and swim. Hannah was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a condition affecting 1 in 50,000 people that leaves facial bones underdeveloped. The procedure to extend Hannah’s jaw and give her airway more room — conceived by Dr. Richard Hopper and his team — involved setting up a brace called a halo around Hannah’s head.

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