Jaw surgery helps eight-year-old boy eat solid food for the first time

The child suffered from a rare condition since birth that fused the jaw bone joints to the extent that he could not open his mouth. Due to the condition, he could barely manage to eat liquid food through an extremely narrow gap of 2mm opening (normal opening of the mouth is up to 3050 mm). Anurag would have to dip glucose biscuits in water to soften and suck on those. He lived eight years without any solid food and sustained mainly on liquid diet.

A team of surgeons recently restored his jaw function through a complex eight-hours surgery, in which they drew bone grafts from his ribs to restructure the jaw joint. The surgery was carried out in the last week of May and Anurag was discharged in the early Jun after monitored for ten days.


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