For almost 20 years, I’ve been a craniofacial surgeon at the Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick addressing the facial deformities of children born with congenital and post-traumatic birth defects.
It’s such a privilege to be able to change the lives of children, to the extent we can, with some of the procedures we perform.
Over the years, I have been so pleased to receive messages from past patients who now, as teenagers and young adults, gratefully express to me how the procedures performed when they were young, have improved the quality of their lives.
I wanted to share this recent Facebook message from Sunny –
You probably dont remember me but back around 2003 (when u had more hair lol) you performed the surgery that corrected my Saethre-Chotzen syndrome* along side Dr Mark Gianoutsos. I was barely a year old and I know I’ve seen u on multiple occasions since but I’ve been in and out of clinics for so long I didnt recognise u till mum pointed u out to me tonight. I hope I’m not taking up to much of ur time, during a time like this I can only imagine the stress u must be under. But I just wanted to thank you for giving me this chance at living a normal life.
These kinds of messages make the work so worthwhile and rewarding.
My role at the Sydney Children’s Hospital will always be an important part of the practice because, as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, I think it is imperative that I give back in whatever way I can.
Dr Jeremy Hunt
* Saethre-Chotzen syndrome is a genetic condition characterized by the premature fusion of certain skull bones (craniosynostosis). This early fusion prevents the skull from growing normally and affects the shape of the head and face.