Nurse, 'Stranger Things' star help others with birth defect
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MAPLETON, Utah (AP) - A Utah woman with a rare birth defect has teamed up with a teenage star from the Netflix show Stranger Things to start a group bringing awareness to the bone disorder they both have.
The Deseret News reports Utah County nurse practitioner Kelly Wosnik and actor Gaten Matarazzo both were born with a rare birth defect called cleidocranial dysplasia, or CCD.
Those born with CCD do not have collarbones and experience difficulties with bone development, particularly with their teeth, requiring multiple dental procedures throughout childhood. Wosnik had surgeries from the age of 7 to 19. Gaten was, and is, in the middle of his surgeries.
Wosnick had plans to start an organization aimed at helping those with CCD and Matarazzo wanted to become the face of the foundation. The two have worked together to bring CCD Smiles to life.