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Ecuadoran Girl Recovering From Jaw Operation

April 10, 1986

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) _ A 6-year-old Ecuadoran girl suffering from a jaw disorder was in good spirits Wednesday, one day after a three-hour operation in which a rib bone was attached to her jaw, doctors said.

Maria de los Angeles Farias Guadamud came to the United States on April 2 for the surgery throught Por Cristo, a group of volunteer doctors, nurses and therapists who go to Ecuador to treat residents and train physicians.

Maria was born with hemifacial microsomia, a condition that develops in a fetus during the second month of pregnancy and destroys part of the jaw, said Dr. Martin Dunn, head of Por Cristo and one of two surgeons who performed Tuesday’s operation at Cardinal Cushing Hospital.

The disorder is rarely seen in the United States, but Por Cristo saw 50 cases on its last trip to Ecuador, Dunn said.

He said there is no scientific explanation for the prevalency in Ecuador. Cases were seen in mothers from both rich and poor backgrounds and from different part of the country.

Maria suffered no complications from the surgery, Dunn said. ″She was doing very well today. Kids have an ability to bounce back unbelievably,″ he said.

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