Facial Reanimation Surgery: Sam’s Story

Facial Reanimation Surgery: Sam’s Story


[MUSIC] We traveled from New York,
Syracuse to Baltimore, mainly because there is no doctor that
does this surgery in Syracuse.>>Hey, Sam. Hey Mr. Bryne.>>How are you?
>>Pretty good.>>I had a crooked smile. I was born with it. It’s called Moebius syndrome. I always try to hide my face cuz
I knew it was very noticeable. People like commented on it,
they said that I looked weird.>>To me it was
always beautiful. It was Sam, it was part of him,
the crooked smile. But when he hit a certain
age he didn’t want it to be part of him. We googled facial paralysis, we found a surgery called
facial reanimation.>>It was to make it so that my
smile wasn’t crocked anymore so it would normal.>>We found a doctor in
Syracuse who referred us to Dr. Byrne and so he’s the best.>>We had the cross
face graft place.>>Mm-hm.>>Dr Byrne is amazing,
his whole staff are amazing. Johns Hopkins was
the number one hospital, that was another major
reason we came here.>>So when you smile, just smile spontaneously,
first do that, don’t clench your teeth but just smile
>>See how it starts to smile there. And it’s timed just right. And we also provided input,
like a booster, input from what’s called
a masseteric on this side. So when you clench your teeth,
go ahead and clench your teeth, you get a huge smile.>>Yeah.>>So you are fully capable
now of creating a full natural smile.>>My mom, she would go
anywhere for me, I think.>>As a parent,
just seeing the changes for my son, it just is amazing.>>Smile in class.>>Words can’t really
express how it makes me feel. [MUSIC]

3 Comments

  • Breana Tangelino says:

    Dr Burns is very rude as is his staff. John Hopkins is not a great place to go..highly overrated. Please do your research and go elsewhere. The doctors that do this surgery only put up one to two cases however, when you go in person and ask to see other outcomes…you get all the surgeries that did not come out well and they are sizable in number (dozens) .Statistically, one surgery is bound to come out well out of many dozens…odds are not in your favor.

  • Starwars Starwarz says:

    He gets it from his mom js

  • Starwars Starwarz says:

    Looks good tho

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