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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) -Fifteen-year-old Natalie Wright has good reason to smile.

"It's just nice to get my smile back," Natalie said.

Smiling didn't seem possible 11 years before, when at age four she was forced into surgery after doctors found a brain tumor had grown to twice its original size.

Complications led to paralysis of the left side of Natalie's face.

Natalie lost her vision, hearing, and facial functioning on that left side.

Thanks to a specialized medical procedure, Natalie is feeling more confident these days.

It's called facial reanimation surgery.