BAPRAS welcomes release of new movie 'Wonder'

28th November 2017


Today we welcome the anticipated release of new movie Wonder. The film gives a sympathetic and uplifting portrayal of ten-year old boy ‘Auggie’ Pullman, who suffers from Treacher Collins Syndrome (mandibulofacial dysostosis).

The film is to be praised for it's celebration of difference and tackling of prejudice and bullying towards those with craniofacial conditions through its #ChooseKind campaign. The film includes realistic references to the high number of reconstructive surgical procedures children with this condition may have to undergo. 

Treacher Collins Syndrome is a rare congenital condition which affects the bones and tissues of the face. The signs and symptoms of the condition vary greatly. Most affected children have underdeveloped facial bones, particularly the cheek bones, and a very small jaw and chin (micrognathia). Some are also born with an opening in the roof of the mouth (cleft palate). In the most severe cases, the underdevelopment of the facial bones may restrict an infant’s airway and cause potentially life-threatening respiratory problems. It is estimated to impact one in every 50,000 births.

The film stars Julia Roberts (Ocean’s Eleven, Notting Hill), Owen Wilson (Marley & Me) and Jacob Tremblay (Room) and is based on New York Times bestseller of the same name by R.J. Palacio.

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