Saturday, March 14, 2009

Smile surgery: Domo on Day 5

Dominque Piotrowski underwent traumatic facial surgery Tuesday.

Last night the 9-year-old was back to messaging me on Facebook.
this is Dominque iam okay.

I am going to be out of the hospital tomorrow.

the docter said i am doing well.p.s. the docters name is dr. zucker he is aswome.
Something else.

The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto released Domo, who suffers from Moebius syndrome, this afternoon. Dad Quentin said she walked all the way to the hotel, sore thigh (also from surgery) and all, and won't see Dr. Ronald Zuker again until Monday.

Now the family's just on infection watch, giving their brave little daughter four oral medicines and two creams every day. The good news is she's off the heavy narcotics, and only supposed to take Codeine and Tylenol as needed.

Domo still wears the plastic hook and drainage tube, rinses with mouthwash after every drink or meal, and will walk with a hobble for a while. But at this rate they could receive permission to return to Fairport Harbor as early as Monday, Quentin said.

"So far they like what they've seen, and her recovery has been pretty much on her own. She's just blah, just lying around. We got into a couple of the Canadian TV shows but we know they won't be there when we get home."

The Piotrowski clan hasn't gone shopping yet -- "parents are indecisive and don't think the kids care right now," Quentin said -- but hopes to attend a St. Patty's Day parade down the block Tuesday.

As Domo heals, the question will soon become whether she realizes the new potential of her face. Does she realize how close she is to smiling?

"I'm eager to find out," Quentin said. "I've asked her a couple times if she can feel something and she says no, it's basically just numb. I think she'll do quite well with the rehab. She's ahead of schedule, so that is showing it is her will that's getting her better a lot quicker than what they allotted. She's just living in the moment right now and possibly things haven't really set in."

-- Sandra M. Klepach,

Anyone unfamiliar with Domo's case can catch up online:
02/15 Looking forward to her smile (featuring video)
03/11 Family all smiles following surgery
03/12 Doctor: 'Smile surgery' looking good for FH girl
03/12 Smile surgery: Domo on Day 3
Quentin welcomes News-Herald readers to use Facebook to befriend him or Join the Cause for more updates and pictures.


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April 9, 2009 at 7:50 AM 

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