Facial surgery in Mesa marks boy’s countdown to normal life

At 3 feet, 9 inches tall and 49 pounds, Cayden has undergone 13 operations since he was 5 months old. The last one before this week’s was in December.

Cayden battles Apert syndrome, a rare genetic disorder – only 1 in 200,000 is born with it – in which the skull and facial bones prematurely fuse together. His face has a concave, sunken appearance, restricting normal facial and skull growth and causing difficulty breathing.

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