A BRAVE child with a disfigured face refused surgery because it could have cost him his smile. Ethan D’Amato suffers from Neurofibromatosis type one – or NF-1 – meaning he was born with severe facial tumours. The courageous 11-year-old has been offered surgery to remove his tumours but was told that could potentially damage his nerves – meaning he could have lost the ability to laugh and smile. Ethan, who lives in Dallas, Texas, turned down the offer and decided a life with tumours is better than a life without smiling. In an attempt to help people understand his condition Ethan and his family designed leaflets that they hand out to people who are curious about his appearance.
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