Surgery gives toddler her first smile

Surgery gives toddler her first smile

There are 33 comments on the Newsday story from Nov 24, 2007, titled Surgery gives toddler her first smile. In it, Newsday reports that:

Dasha Mead, a Huntington toddler who was born with a rare form of facial paralysis, has bestowed upon her family a gift worth more than a treasure chest of riches: a smile.

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ABUSER

New York, NY

#1 Nov 25, 2007
The kid wont have much to smile about when she learns she lives in Suffolk County.
LI Dad

Huntington Station, NY

#2 Nov 25, 2007
ABUSER wrote:
The kid wont have much to smile about when she learns she lives in Suffolk County.
For starters she has people who love her very much. WHich sounds like more than you have because of your anger.

Great story and god bless her. Good luck to her in her future surgeries.
pinkladyfloyd

Bayport, NY

#3 Nov 25, 2007
What a great refreshing story compared to all the crime and politics you hear in the news these days. God bless Dasha and the doctors who did the work on it.
Larry

Buffalo, NY

#4 Nov 25, 2007
We need more feel good stories like this rather than ones of dirtbags and dysfunctionals.
matt

Pompano Beach, FL

#6 Nov 25, 2007
i agree, the news is so depressing normally. this is resfreshing to hear.

And to Abuser. man what are you stupid? suffolk county is one of the most desireable places to live, not only in NY, not only in the USA, but on this planet. ignoramous
EX-LI

Antioch, TN

#8 Nov 25, 2007
ABUSER wrote:
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Hey Matt, what part of Iraq do you live in if you think the best place to live is Suffolk County? or do you just own a trailor?
Why not move then?
merrickgirl

Hicksville, NY

#9 Nov 25, 2007
what a lucky little girl to be adopted by such wonderful people. I wish all the best to the entire family
merrickgirl

Hicksville, NY

#10 Nov 25, 2007
ABUSER wrote:
The kid wont have much to smile about when she learns she lives in Suffolk County.
You know why cant you just agree this is a beautiful story if this little girl was Not adopted she would not have any opportunties that she will now have. you need an anger management class and if you hate Long Island or Ny so much LEAVE NOONE IS FORCING YOU TO STAY
LI Dad

Huntington Station, NY

#11 Nov 25, 2007
People like "Abuser" are the only bad things about Long Island.
Mike Savage

Highland, NY

#12 Nov 25, 2007
ABUSER wrote:
The kid wont have much to smile about when she learns she lives in Suffolk County.
Life is what you make it. If you have a negative and hateful attitude that will be the lens through which you experience life........
Pam and Don Davis

Bluffton, SC

#13 Nov 25, 2007
We live at Colleton River with the proud grandparents of Dasha and her brothers and sisters. All of the Meads are very special people who continue to be blessed because they give so much of themselves.

Julea and Jim, we do not know you but of you and your magnificent family. You are angels who have been blessed by the Lord for all that you have given. You both have certainly made "the difference" that we all should follow. God Bless...

“say what you mean...”

Since: Nov 07

and mean what you say.

#16 Nov 25, 2007
this story made me smile. what a nice family.
Sunny Day

Boca Raton, FL

#17 Nov 25, 2007
God Bless the Meads and all their children.
A Friend

Peekskill, NY

#18 Nov 25, 2007
Wonderful story, eerily familiar. Iím a 24 year old, Long Island female, who has almost the same condition. I have unilateral facial paralysis on my left side. This is something I was born with as well. I would love to get into contact with the parents, since I have NEVER ONCE met someone like me and share my story. I have been to hundreds of doctors all around the countryÖmy parents can write a book about what we went through, treatments Iíve tried, and all the emotional hardships that I have been through. I will keep checking back on this site, and hopefully, I can share my story.
mommyof2

Newark, NJ

#19 Nov 25, 2007
What a wonderful, wonderful story. Why doesn't Newsday publish more stories like this more often? Its so heartwarming to see this little girl's progress. I wish the story was longer with some comments from the siblings. God Bless the Meads. Nice to see the comments from friends of the grandparents.
Evidently

AOL

#20 Nov 26, 2007
A Friend wrote:
Wonderful story, eerily familiar. Iím a 24 year old, Long Island female, who has almost the same condition. I have unilateral facial paralysis on my left side. This is something I was born with as well. I would love to get into contact with the parents, since I have NEVER ONCE met someone like me and share my story. I have been to hundreds of doctors all around the countryÖmy parents can write a book about what we went through, treatments Iíve tried, and all the emotional hardships that I have been through. I will keep checking back on this site, and hopefully, I can share my story.
try leaving your contact info with the physician who took care of the child. his office may then be able to connect you to the family, if they desire. good luck!
LIer

Bronx, NY

#21 Nov 26, 2007
mommaroo wrote:
this story made me smile. what a nice family.
And I also. A very lucky little girl to be "born" into such a family!
Mariann

Raleigh, NC

#24 Nov 26, 2007
Mike Savage wrote:
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Life is what you make it. If you have a negative and hateful attitude that will be the lens through which you experience life........
Thank you well said people like ABUSER need to grow up. It's people like this that just make it hard on everybody else to enjoy such a wonderful story. She is such a cute little girl and very lucky to have a family that loves her very much.
ENOUGH

Denver, CO

#25 Nov 26, 2007
Geez.... people...with a name like ABUSER - you just know he has nothing nice to say - maybe there's an operation somewhere out there for him. Stop giving him press - Can't you just see he wants attention?

As for the little girl and her family....I hope they continue to find lots of stuff to smile about. Good luck to them all.
Resident from LI

Chicago, IL

#27 Nov 26, 2007
I wonder what kind of Births the Mothers of these Children with this facial disorder had ..
At birth, did Doctors use Forcepts or Suction at the moment of Delivery .. that can cause facial nerve damage !....

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