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Connecticut Boy Set To Have Reconstructive Surgery

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Hartford, CT-It's a life changing moment for a Connecticut boy who's looking to crack a smile.

An animal lover, rock climber and rebel-rouser.

But Nicholas Grant only has one dream, and that's to look like other 7-year-olds.

"I like to take pictures, and I don't want them to look like I have creepy smile," said Nicholas.

The North Branford boy was born with a rare condition called congenital facial paralysis.

“One eye came out one eye opened, one eye closed and his smile was crooked and we weren’t real sure why,” said Jadeane Grant, Nicholas’s mother.

The 2nd grader can flash a lopsided grin on the left , but is paralyzed down the right side of his face.

“I want to have a regular smile because my smile goes up here, but it doesn’t go up here,” said Nicholas

He’s hoping that will be fixed after major smile surgery this Monday.

It’s the second of two procedures by Dr. Tessa Hadlock of mass eye and ear.

“This surgery coming up is something that takes us six, sometimes eight hours to perform. It’s delicate. It can fail in the immediate. It’s the kind of thing where every few hours the nurses monitor it to make sure there’s not a problem. It’s just a trickier thing,” said Dr. Hadlock.

The operation has an 80% success rate, so it might not work.

“It’s hard because you just don’t know and are we doing this for us? Are we doing this for him? This is for him. This is his decision. I love him no matter what. His smile is beautiful to me, no matter what,” said Nicholas’s mom

Nicholas is happy to take his chances, so he can hopefully enjoy the carefree life of a kid.

"Like having a good time and not feeling like people are thinking about my smile," said Nicholas.

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