From Oprah to Opera: Persons with Facial Paralysis Come Together For Support Group Meeting at The Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills

Talented opera singer and Bell’s palsy patient Heidi Moss shared her story and musical talent with Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, and other attendees, including Mary Jo Buttafuoco at the most recent support group meeting of the Facial Paralysis and Bell’s Palsy Foundation

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It was an incredible honor to have both Heidi and Mary Jo attend a support group meeting of the foundation. Hearing both women speak about all that they’ve overcome is truly inspiring.

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) December 07, 2012

Dr. Azizzadeh appeared on the OWN Network “Where Are They Now?” program alongside Mary Jo recently, where her triumphs in overcoming facial paralysis after sustaining a gunshot wound to the face were documented. Today, Mary Jo has rebuilt her life and educates others as a published author and motivational speaker.

Together, Dr. Azizzadeh and Mary Jo, through the Facial Paralysis and Bell’s Palsy Foundation, have created a support group for persons with facial paralysis to come together, share their stories, and encourage each other.

At the most recent support group meeting, opera singer Heidi Moss shared her story of dealing with Bell’s palsy, and later treated attendees to an awe-inspiring opera performance. “It was an incredible honor to have both Heidi and Mary Jo attend a support group meeting of the foundation. Hearing both women speak about all that they’ve overcome is truly inspiring,” said Dr. Azizzadeh. “Heidi even performed songs for us that left everyone captivated by her amazing voice.”

Heidi Moss was diagnosed in 2007 with Bell’s palsy, which is a form of facial paralysis that does not have a known origin and occurs without warning. The condition stems from the inflammation of the facial nerve, which in turn blocks the necessary signals needed for facial movement. Though the disorder clears up naturally in 90% of patients, some cases require surgical procedures and can be permanent.

In Heidi’s case, the disorder has yet to go away. What began for Heidi as a troubling and difficult experience, she has turned into an opportunity to inform and educate others through the newly created opera titled “About Face: An Opera Experience,” which she will take part in next month in northern California. You can find out more about this performance at http://www.festivalopera.org/aboutface12.php.

Dr. Azizzadeh is trained in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Head & Neck Surgery, giving him a distinctive insight into facial nerve function and facial aesthetics. Dr. Azizzadeh also has extensive training in microsurgical facial reconstruction, which is often required for the treatment of people who are born with facial paralysis. As an expert in his field, Dr. Azizzadeh has been recognized as a Top Doctor by the US News & World Report and completed a fellowship in facial plastic & reconstructive surgery at the prestigious Harvard Medical School.

For additional information regarding the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills or for a schedule of support group meetings, please contact Dr. Azizzadeh by calling (310) 657-2203. Additional inquiries may be made by visiting http://www.facialparalysisinstitute.com/.


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