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TLC Documentary "Born Without a Face" - Anybody see this?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by GeniusofLove, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. GeniusofLove

    GeniusofLove 2+ Year Member

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    Who else saw the television documentary on TLC called "Born Without a Face?"

    If you haven't seen it, check out the TLC listings as it may rerun. Its literally about a girl born without the bones or features of a face.

    I was astonished by this program and horrified too. I cannot imagine raising a child with that serious of a deformity (Treacher Collins syndrome and numerous other facial deformities) and putting the child through years and years of complex surgeries and a lifetime of looking like an alien. I don't know whether the parents should be commended or scorned? Maybe both? What else can you do, though?
     
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  3. Schaden Freud

    Schaden Freud MiSanthrope II 2+ Year Member

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    Was that the girl from Haiti?

     
  4. y8507

    y8507 2+ Year Member

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    I saw this a couple of months ago. It was pretty shocking to see the extent of her deformities and the insane surgeries that she had to undergo.
     
  5. Crazy4F1

    Crazy4F1 10+ Year Member

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    ...i think it's done a run on discovery health too. i cant help but be amazed with the kinds of things they can fix/improve these days.
     
  6. karmega5

    karmega5 MS2 2+ Year Member

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    She's actually from around where I'm from (in Florida, not Haiti...not even the Haiti-ish part of Florida ;) ) and her family is very sweet. The church they are a part of holds fundraisers for her operations, and she does go out in public, though it's in a small town, where people are pretty accepting. Seems like a happy, bright kid (just seeing in passing), and the parents - I can't even imagine having to make choices like that or having to put a kid through so many surgeries.
     
  7. BlackSails

    BlackSails 2+ Year Member

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    I saw it. I think it is amazing that something like that is correctable, albeit with many many surgeries.
     
  8. potato51

    potato51 10+ Year Member

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    A girl with that syndrome graduated from UT Houston med a few years ago and is doing a residency at Baylor.
     
  9. pagemmapants

    pagemmapants Unknown Member 10+ Year Member

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    I think it's unbelievable how much the Navy has spent on her surgeries; equally as impressive is the progress that she has made because of them.

    http://www.julianawetmore.net/
     
  10. in.a.nutshell

    in.a.nutshell 2+ Year Member

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    Ummm, are you serious??? What do you suggest the parents do?
     
  11. Mistress S

    Mistress S Don't mess with the S 10+ Year Member

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