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Introducing Matias

ten-year-old boy with TCS with his mama. the boy is wearing an external hearing device and has facial abnormalities.

Introducing Matias! Matias and his mom live in Yucatán, Mexico. This young boy has Treacher Collins Syndrome (TCS) and needs your help.

So, what is TCS? A genetic mutation causes this disorder, affecting how the bones of the face grow and develop. Bone abnormalities affect more than facial appearance; they can affect hearing, vision, eating, sleeping, swallowing, breathing, and digestion. Researchers have identified three different mutations, and the severity of the disorder changes from person to person.

Matias has already had many surgeries, but he is growing – so it’s time for more surgeries. Matias and his mom must travel to Guadalajara to consult with specialists so that the next surgeries can be considered and planned. Doctors have already volunteered their time for medical consultations, and others have contributed airfare and hotel stays. But Matias and his mom need funds for the ten days they will be in the city. Philip Hayden Foundation is donating funds to cover the daily living expenses of Matias and his mom for their stay.

Access to medical care changes lives. The surgeries planned for Matias are not just cosmetic. They will correct his digestive system and so impact his survival. Your donations to the PHF medical fund continue to transform lives, one child at a time.

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