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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Craniofacial Surgery: A Fresh Start for Kids Impacted by Deformities

In June 2014, the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital joined forces with the Fresh Start Caring For Kids Foundation to offer free reconstructive surgeries to kids impacted by congenital deformities, trauma or abuse. A team of more than 50 surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists and other volunteers led by Russell R. Reid, MD, PhD, Bernard Sarnat Scholar of Craniofacial Research, donate their time and talents to give these children the gift of self-esteem, acceptance and improved quality of life.

During its first year as Fresh Start’s Chicago home base, Comer Children’s conducted three surgery weekends serving 21 young patients and providing more than $415,500 in donated medical care. Fresh Start hopes to boost these numbers in the coming years, offering more Chicago-area children these life-changing procedures.

Learn more about Fresh Start Caring For Kids Foundation, a joint venture between Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and The Plastic Surgery Foundation: