ALTUS Nine-year-old MiAngel Burton is like most other 9-year-olds in the fact that she attends school daily and enjoys age-appropriate activities. However, she faces day-to-day challenges as a result of two diseases she has suffered from an early age.
MiAngel, the daughter of June Burton, is a third-grader at Sunset Elementary School. She suffers from McCune Albright syndrome with precocious puberty, with which she was diagnosed at the age of 2. The symptoms of this disease include a monthly cycle. She also suffers from fibrous dysplasia, which causes an abnormal growth or swelling of bone, resulting in a facial deformity in which her nose and right eye have become offset.
Burton underwent surgery at the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City last year to shave part of the bone down in hopes of reducing the size of the growth on her face. Unfortunately, the bone tissue in her jaw area had begun to grow very fast since the surgery and her nose had become part of the growth and no longer identifiable, resulting in numerous nosebleeds. Also becoming unidentifiable was her right eye due to the growth, which suffered from so much pressure that doctors were afraid it might burst.
Last August, Burton was referred to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where she recuperated. later returned to that clinic in October for her second surgery, during which a brain tumor was removed. As part of the surgery, a large portion of the jawbone growth was removed but the jawbone itself was not. She will return to the Mayo Clinic in February for bone surgery along with some dental work.