Surgery helps boy grow new cheekbones

October 12, 2009 2:05:36 PM PDT
A first-of-its-kind experimental surgery has changed a boy's life and is offering new possibilities for millions of others. Brad Guilkey, 15, has a rare genetic condition that from birth left him with no cheekbones, but a surgery at Cincinnati Children's Medical Hospital is now allowing Guilkey to literally grow his own.

Doctors implanted cadaver bone into brads face in May, and then they injected his own stem cells into the donor bone to fill in the gaps.

Guilkey still has a few more surgeries to go, but doctors say from a medical standpoint, it's already a miracle.


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