Updated 04/29/2011 08:06 AM
Healthy Living: Doctors Help Give Cancer Survivor a New Smile
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Cancer treatment saved her life, but forced a Madison County girl to live most of her teenage years with a severe underbite. That is, until doctors at the University of Rochester Medical Center gave her a new smile.
Lindsey Loucks of Oneida was born with two rare tumors in her eye. The radiation needed to treat her prevented her facial bones from developing properly, interrupting the natural growth of her jaw.
Doctors at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health performed three surgeries to fit Lindsey with head gear and to take bone from her hip to realign her jaw.
Lindsey says the change has given her new confidence.
"Before I was really shy and didn’t really talk to anyone, and now I'm out there with everyone else. I have fun and interact with other people," said Lindsay.
Lindsey will start her senior year of high school in the fall.