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Pandemic could create entire generation of physically challenged children as surgeries delayed 

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For children living with facial deformities awaiting life-changing surgery, this new normal is not an opportunity for growth or self-reflection – it is a renewed source of stress, with potentially damaging psychological and physical effects that will be felt long after the pandemic.


10 Jul 2020
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Pandemic could create entire generation of physically challenged children as surgeries delayed 

Rhiaadra has Apert Syndrome, which causes her hands and feet to fuse together. Image: Supplied

Part of adapting to the world’s new normal is being able to perform daily tasks with some degree of independence. Never take anything for granted, an old phrase that rings annoyingly true, has never been more fitting during the time of Covid-19. Our entire way of life has been disrupted, with many yearning for peak-hour traffic and vibrant nightlife, much of which now seems like a distant memory. But for children living with facial deformities awaiting life-changing surgery, this new normal is not an opportunity for growth or self-reflection. Rather, it is a renewed source of stress, with potentially damaging...

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