Darina Shpengler, now six years old, was born without half her face. Thanks to online contributions of almost $100k, she was able to fly to the United Kingdom for her first operation to construct a lower jaw and fix other structural problems due to birth defects.
Watch below as her doting father sees her smile for the first time, upon her return to Russia.
When she flew out to Britain for surgery in June, it was hoped that little Darina Shpengler might one day smile, wrote The Siberian Times.
But when she was reunited with her beloved waiting father Yuri, 49, in at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, the ecstatic girl jumped on him chirping about all the joys and difficulties of her trip to London.
Her mother Elena wept tears of joy as she turned to me and said: ‘You see – she has learned to laugh.’
‘You are so beautiful’, said the 49 year old dad.
You can read more and see more pictures about this amazing story at The Siberian Times.
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