Teen paralyzed by surgery smiling again thanks to 'facial reanimation' procedure

Teen paralyzed by surgery smiling again thanks to 'facial reanimation' procedure
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POSTED: Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 10:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 10:04pm

Fifteen-year-old Natalie Wright has good reason to smile.

"It's just nice to get my smile back," Natalie said.

Smiling didn't seem possible 11 years before, when at age four she was forced into surgery after doctors found a brain tumor had grown to twice its original size.

Complications led to paralysis of the left side of Natalie's face.

Natalie lost her vision, hearing, and facial functioning on that left side.

Thanks to a specialized medical procedure, Natalie is feeling more confident these days.

It's called facial reanimation surgery.

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