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From Haiti to Philadelphia for a new jaw
Posted on Thu, Sep 20, 2012
Kristen Hertzog, a former model/actress who lives in Lancaster County, founded Haitian Connection Network, a non-profit based in Haiti that helps Haitians earn online degrees in computer science. She brought one of the students, Daniel Smith, 30, to Philadelphia for surgery to reconstruct his lower jaw at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, which underwrote the costs of his care. He had a benign but disabling and disfiguring jaw tumor called ameloblastoma. The surgery involved removing most of his lower jaw and rebuilding it using the long bone at the back of the leg below the knee. The leg can work fine without this bone, called the fibula.
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