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After Years Of Being Bullied, This Boy's Life Is Saved By The Kindness Of Strangers

It seems that kind-hearted New Zealanders donated a great deal of money to help a boy named Evan Hill get a perfect smile. Evan’s mother cannot stop thanking all the “wonderful” people for their generosity.

Evan’s problem with his oversized “buck teeth” was made public close to five years ago, but it took a while for the money to come in for the procedures and for the braces to gradually move his teeth back into normal position. This meant that Evan had to deal with many years of bullying and harassment from some of the kids at his school and elsewhere.

Keep in mind that Evan’s buck teeth were so severe he could not fully close his mouth. When the donations allowed, Evan started seeing the orthodontist every month. The happy young man has finally taken off his braces and can truly enjoy his new smile.
Orthodontist Ronald Sluiter worked with Evan for every step of the process. Because Evan’s buck teeth were one of the worst cases he’d ever seen, Dr. Sluiter had to move Evan’s teeth more than 15 millimeters. The change was very gradual, but the orthodontist transformed the “rabbit kid” into a young man with an amazing smile. Evan’s self-esteem has zoomed and the bullying at school has almost completely stopped.

Evan could hardly wait to have the braces removed and be able to really smile. Although he had a real friendship with Dr. Sluiter, he was ready to move on from the bad memories associated with his buck teeth.

Evan’s mother Barbara Erickson says she cannot fully express her gratitude to the New Zealanders that helped pay for the orthodontic work.

“I don’t know where we would have been today without the generosity we had,” she commented in a recent interview. “We looked at probably mortgaging our house to pay for them but this came up and blew me away.”

Evan is enjoying his confident smile, and Barbara is “quite excited to see [Evan] smile with no braces on.”

It seems that because so many New Zealanders donated money to help Evan, the family actually has leftover money. To show their gratitude for the help, the family established a trust to help out other children who need dental work but don’t have the money for it.

Source: AWM
Photo: AWM

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