9-Year-Old Undergoes a Dangerous Operation to Get a New Face

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Simao Meco is no stranger to adversity. The 9-year-old boy was born with Tessier craniofacial cleft, a rare disease that left the two sides of his face unaligned. He was mercilessly picked on for his appearance, according to his mother, by kids who couldn't understand why his face looked so different. He was in desperate need of surgical care. 

But Simao's dangerous operation was more than just a "vanity" surgery. His facial deformity caused several medical issues. Simao was already losing sight in his right eye and had trouble breathing on his own -- and a lengthy, expensive surgery was an absolute necessity. Unfortunately, there aren't many doctors trained in performing this surgery successfully. Luckily, that is where pediatric surgeon Dr. James Bradley stepped in (and stepped up) for the family.

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Just six weeks after his grueling surgery Simao is all smiles and all about his new look. 

"It's the first time I looked in a mirror and I looked good," he told CBS's Inside Edition

Simao's story of triumph over adversity and Bradley's one of generosity isn't one to miss. Learn about these two incredible humans in the story below: 

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