01/16/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Liberian Boy Gets New Face

An engaging 7-year-old boy from Liberia got the ultimate Christmas gift Monday: a new face.

Laughing and smiling, Samuel Urey walked out of the NYU Langone Medical Center with his mom after undergoing reconstructive plastic surgery to correct Crouzon Syndrome, a genetic mutation that causes facial deformities.

His mother, Kor Yelegon, recalled how her son was ridiculed by classmates in the capital city of Monrovia for his bulging eyes and misshapen head. Even going to church became difficult, she said.

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