Spectrum News 1: Woman Learns to Smile Again with Facial Reanimation Surgery

STANLY COUNTY, N.C. — The human face can be our welcome card to the world.

It is one of the first things people notice, sometimes a smile is a defining feature. One Stanly County woman almost lost her trademark for good until she met a doctor at Duke, who helped her regain part of her smile again.

At some point over the last eight years, Rhonda Darby’s facial expressions began to change. She said she could not understand why.

“Of course, I have known about facial paralysis with people who have had strokes and people that have had tumors removed,” Darby said. 

Then Darby learned she also suffered from facial paralysis and the cause behind it. Darby said doctors found a non-cancerous tumor on her brain called an acoustic neuroma in 2016. 

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