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Against all odds, Noah Connell, the first baby in the world to undergo mandibular jaw distraction surgery, recently celebrated his first birthday.
Son of 19-year old Jade Gordon and 17-year-old Kieran Connell, Noah is a special kid. His survival was “a massive milestone,” even moreso because the young parents “were told on numerous occasions that Noah wasn’t going to make it,” according to Gordon.
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“For anyone, their baby reaching one is a big deal, but it was a bit bigger for us because we have had so many hurdles to overcome,” she said.
The baby was a surprise to his parents. Gordon herself did not even know she was pregnant until she was discovered to be in labor when she was taken to the hospital for stomach pains. “When he was born he looked like he had no jaw at all,” Gordon said.
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