Life-changing jaw surgery

Local News

URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — A member of the Marching Illini’s dreams have come true.

Mitchell thompson was born with what doctors call a malocclusion or a “bad bite.”

He has spent years battling braces and having eating troubles. It’s even effected his facial features.

He’s also an avid trumpet player. 

After meeting with a doctor at Carle Hospital, he finally got the news he had been waiting for. A surgeon performed corrective jaw surgery on him and now he’s fully recovered.

“A year and a half later, I can say it was worth it. It’s improved everything from facial features to eating to playing an instrument it’s been very instrumental in daily operation.” 

“Using CT scan imaging and pre-planning surgeries digitally on the computer, we’ve been doing that for the past 7 years.” 

Norbutt says each year they perform 20-30 surgeries like this.

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