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Catching up with Violet: At home in Oregon

violet before afterEarly in 2015, Violet, an Oregon toddler with an impish grin and halo of dark curls, inched her way into hearts all over the world. Violet was born with a Tessier cleft — an extremely rare and serious craniofacial anomaly. It’s a highly complex condition requiring specialty care.

Her parents found what their daughter needed at Boston Children’s Hospital. They traveled from Oregon to Boston, where a multidisciplinary team led by Dr. John Meara, Plastic Surgeon-in-Chief, and Dr. Mark Proctor, vice-chair of neurosurgery, undertook a life-changing transformation.

The nine-hour surgery that changed Violet’s face and life took place just over one year ago.

Thriving caught up with her family to find out what Violet, now two-and-a-half, is up to today.

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