Violet Pietrok, a two-year-old from Portland, Ore., just can't stop smiling after a surgery made possible by 3D printing helped reshape her face.
The adorable little girl was born with frontonasal dysplasia, a condition that develops in the womb and causes the malformation of the face and head. In Violet's case, the condition caused the center of her face to widen, pushing her eyes far apart and leaving a large cleft.
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In order to correct the condition — of which only 100 cases have been reported — doctors prepared for months to give Violet surgery, using 3D-printed replicas of her skull to practice the procedure over and over again, before bringing in the real Violet in October 2014.
Even with the preparations, Violet's mother Alicia Taylor was hesitant about sending her baby into the operating room.
"I was so worried that they were going to take her and she was going to be unrecognizable," she told 'ABC News.' "I miss that little face because you love it."
But now, six months after the life changing surgery, the persevering Violet is healed, has had her stitches removed and just cannot stop smiling!
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