Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Patient Stories

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Goldenhar Syndrome: Emily’s Story

Emily Merrill

Born with tetralogy of Fallot and Goldenhar syndrome, Emily has endured dozens of surgeries in the past 14 years, and her mission is to teach kindness and acceptance.

Brain Injury and Recovery: Sam's Story

Sam standing outside smiling

A terrible car accident left Sam with a serious brain injury. Therapy and surgery helped him rebound; he’s now able to recite a poem and play his favorite sport.

Thumb Hypoplasia: Dean’s Story

Dean playing conga drums

Dean was born without bone or muscle in his left thumb. Surgeons at CHOP created a thumb using Dean's index finger. He's been unstoppable ever since!