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Craniofacial Anomalies Multidisciplinary Program (CAMP) Patient Stories

Pediatric Team Remedies Pierre Robin Sequence Enabling Molly Lawson to Breathe, Eat and Thrive

Flying High Now

Molly Lawson was born with Pierre Robin sequence, a condition characterized by a cleft palate and an underdeveloped jaw, making breathing and swallowing difficult. Plastic and reconstructive surgeon Russell Reid, MD, PhD, activated a team of experts who worked together to correct the rare birth defect. Today, Molly is thriving. ”The day we came to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital was the day our prayers were answered,” said Molly’s dad, John Lawson.

Domalewski family

Surgical Team Corrects Craniosynostosis in Baby Boy

Logan Domalewski's parents sought the expertise of our craniofacial specialists after learning that their infant son required surgery to correct metopic craniosynostosis -- a rare anomaly that affected the shape of his forehead. In a five-hour operation, plastic surgeon Russell Reid, MD, PhD, worked with a multidisciplinary team to reshape the frontal bones in Logan’s skull, creating enough room for his brain to grow properly. "Logan was pretty much back to normal within a week of surgery," his mom reported.

Video: Surgery Gives Baby with Craniosynostosis Space for a Growing Brain

When Francesca Belmonte was diagnosed with craniosynostosis, her parents turned to our experts, pediatric neurosurgeon David Frim, MD, PhD, and pediatric plastic surgeon Russell Reid, MD, PhD. Our team of specialists skillfully reshaped Francesca's head, allowing room for her brain and head to grow safely. Francesca's mom, Jessica, created a video to share her daughter's experience with other families as they prepare their children for surgery. 

Ty with his surgeon, Russell Reid, MD, PhD, two months after the halo device was removed.

Shaping a New Look

Ty Arroyo wasn’t unhappy with the way he looked before he had major surgery. But now the 9-year-old says he likes his appearance and appreciates it when people tell him, "You look great!" The boy was born with Crouzon syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes connections between the skull and facial bones to close before the brain is fully formed. Ty had a few surgeries between ages 1 and 5, with disappointing results. His parents turned to plastic and reconstructive surgeon Russell Reid, MD, PhD, for help.