Moebius Syndrome Girl Can’t Smile – with links

There are a lot of things I can write about this week: Pau Gasol’s torn plantar fascia (on the sole of the foot), Chris Paul’s bruised kneecap (patella!), and other injuries. Obviously I’m more of a basketball follower than a football one.  Instead I’ll focus on something more positive! Saw a promo for a Health Spotlight on a local girl who can’t smile on the local CBS station. She had surgery to help her smile.

While I didn’t see the actual newscast on it, I was able to find the report online (link below). The girl was born with a very rare genetic disorder called Moebius Syndrome. This occurs when Cranial Nerves VI and VII don’t form well, so the patient doesn’t have good use of facial muscles required to smile, eat, swallow, and talk.

She had 2 surgeries at Cedars Sinai where surgeons took a muscle from the inner thigh with its blood vessel and nerve, hooked it to a nerve and blood vessels in the face. She is now smiling and working with a speech therapist to continue her treatment.



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