September 26 2013

My name is Kris David, and I have A LOT to tell you about me. Well first I was born in Trinidad, a small country in the Caribbean, but when I was born I was severely deformed in a way that the doctors there didn’t know what to do. I have various medical conditions; severe cleft lip and palate, fused fingers on one hand, a clubbed foot, an eye problem, and a whole lot more.

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September 26 2013

So the doctors in Trinidad did what they could and sent me home, only giving me 3 months to live, which turned out to be untrue because I am still alive after 17 years. So my parents decided to come to Canada when I was only one to seek more advanced medical treatment for me. I believe the first doctor we went to was my optometrist, and as soon as they looked into my eye they immediately saw a cataract, I think in both eyes. So off to surgery again, when my eyes were done they said I have approximately 20/400 vision in my left eye, and 20/30 in the other, with my contact in. Then I went to a whole bunch of doctors, and they did numerous surgeries on my foot, which they really couldn’t do anything much for. Then they went on to my hands, nothing much could be done there either. But the good news was they really could do a lot with my face.

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September 26 2013

All of my surgeries in Canada were done at The Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto. I was introduced to Doctor Christopher Forrest, who is the division head in the plastic surgery department. He has known me since I was one and has made a 110% difference in my appearance. To this day, he, his team, and I are amazed to see what we have accomplished, and at this very moment I am continuing my treatment by having braces put in by the magnificent ortho clinic they have. This is to alter the structure so they can work on me even more.

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September 26 2013

I really cannot believe how much these doctors at Sick Kids did and I don’t know how to thank them again for all that they have done, and all that they are still doing. In all I had 50 surgeries; we stopped counting at 23, but we back-tracked, and got that astonishing total.

Now I am 17 years old, perusing my undergraduate degree in Information Technology and furthering my education in artificial intelligence and quantum computing in the United Kingdom, and all everyone can say is that they are proud of the person I have become, and I am proud of myself also.

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