UNC Eye MDs Part of Joint Effort to Provide Care to Baby With Rare Genetic Disorder

Surgeons within UNC's General Pediatrics, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Urology and Ophthalmology departments will once again pool resources to help young Adam Paulraj or “Baby Adam,” who was born with Bartsocas-Papas Syndrome - a rare genetic disorder that caused multiple birth defects.

Back in 2011, UNC Health Care shared the story of Baby Adam here.

The interdisciplinary effort to help Baby Adam resumes at UNC Health Care in mid-August, with several UNC Eye MDs as part of the team. "Baby Adam's care has been a huge multidisciplinary effort, pooling resources to give Adam the best possible chance at having a meaningful life, including the use of his vision, said Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Michelle T. Cabrera, MD.

"Several UNC ophthalmologists have been involved in the effort, including Dr. Jonathan Dutton, who reconstructed his eyelids, Dr. Richard Davis, who gave Adam a corneal transplant and myself, who provides Adam with ongoing medical and refractive management."

Leading the multidisciplinary effort is Dr. John van Aalst, Craniofacial Plastic Surgeon with the Department of Surgery - Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Baby Adam was born in September 2011 in India with Bartsocas-Papas, a rare syndrome that caused him to be born without eyelids and fingers. He had a cleft palate, cleft lip and his legs were fused. Having gone through a number of surgeries at UNC last fall, his parents hope to raise $150K before his next scheduled surgery in mid-August.

Read more about Baby Adam at the following sites:

Read a previous UNC story and watch a video about Baby Adam online:

You can contribute to the Baby Adam fund through the Medical Foundation of North Carolina at: