We present to you the opportunity to follow “live” the treatments of some patients. All of them are treated within the scope of our Humanitarian Project – “Bring back your Smile!” Under this project, with the help of your donations, advice and suggestions, we are able to treat our patients completely free of charge, allowing those who are not able to pay for their flights, accommodation or treatment to bring back their smile and recover from Bell’s palsy complications.
The stories below are updated with each visit to the clinic. New materials are added as the recovery progresses.
With the 500th member on our Facebook group (where we discuss and share the knowledge on Bell’s palsy) we announced that the lucky 500th member will receive a complimentary treatment at our clinic. However, the person did not respond and we gave the chance to our community to win this treatment. The members had to tell us their stories and conditions. Two winner were chosen: Gabriela and Rana, based on the motivation to recover and the severity of the condition. We have chosen two winners, instead of one, because both Gabriela and Rana are very motivated to recover. Both of their stories are very touching. They want to share them with you, hoping they can help those in similar situations to believe in themselves.
We wish that their stories will inspire others and let them believe that hope exists for everyone and with hard work you can bring your smile back!
Gabriela is a TV reporter from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She had Bell’s palsy due to Ramsay Hunt syndrome (herpes zoster virus) on the left side of her face in December 2013.
Gabriela’s story and her motivation have inspired us. She has lost her smile and because of this, she is no longer able to follow her passion – be a TV reporter. We want to help Gabriela to bring back her smile and let her do what she loves the most.
Rana is a PhD student from Tehran, Iran. She had Bell’s palsy in August 2014. Since then, she had developed several complications, which disturb her study process. Furthermore, Rana is concerned about her little son, who starts to imitate asymmetrical facial expressions of his mother. Rana wishes to recover not only to bring back her smile, but also to make sure that her son’s smile does not go away. We want to help Rana with this mission!