When we think of Plastic Surgery, most of us imagine Beverly Hills, the rich and wealthy, and those who can afford to change everything about their body they see as imperfect. We also think of tummy tucks, nose lifts, and breast augmentation. Plastic Surgery then is definitely all about making people more beautiful.
But let’s leave Beverly Hills for a while and focus on burn victims, patients with cleft lips, and those who are victims of industrial injuries or accidents. Plastic surgery can help them out too. How? Let these inspiring plastic surgery stories inform and touch you. After reading, you’ll never look at Plastic Surgery the same way again.
The first inspiring story is about Peyton Hutchins, a teenage girl born with a congenital anomaly. She tells her story about having four surgical procedures done to correct her cleft lip. Part of her published story goes: “Overall, having a cleft lip and palate has been a good thing for me. It has helped me realize at an early age that everything in life isn’t that easy but that if you’re positive and have a loving family, everything will be fine. I think that the difficulties in life are the most important parts because that’s when you learn everything, and if I had gone through my first 17 years without any problems when something happened, I might not have any idea what had hit me.”
The next story is about Terri Calvesbert who suffered 90% burns when she was just a baby after her mother accidentally left a burning cigarette in her room. The burns affected her face, scalp, neck, chest, back, both arms and legs. However, Terri received pioneering medical treatment in which all her damaged tissue was removed in order to avoid infection and her skin and burnt tissue was replaced with artificial skin. Terri is now a charming and inspirational teenager. As she grows up, her artificial skin needs replacing so she continues to have operations to stretch her skin. She continues to smile and achieve despite having to undergo these procedures.
Then we have Dallas Wiens who was burned by a high voltage wire when he was on a cherry picker while painting the church. His forehead made contact with a high-voltage wire and he then suffered severe electrical burns, leaving him permanently blind and without lips, a nose, or eyebrows. Despite having to undergo 22 painful operations in the first year alone, he remained positive. And he should, being the first United States recipient of a full face transplant. Three years later, he made his first public appearance after the surgery, wearing dark sunglasses. He said that his young daughter told him “Daddy, you’re so handsome” when she saw him after the operation.
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