Young girl with deformity learns to navigate world

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In this Feb. 22, 2012 photo, Clara Beatty, second from left, looks at her mother, Janet Beatty, as the family poses for a family photo in their Winnetka, Ill., home. From center to left are Clara's older siblings, Gretchen and Henry, and her father Eric Beatty. Her parents discovered Clara was quite able to cope, sometimes better than they. Even today, her mother, Janet Beatty, is astounded at how well her youngest daughter navigates the world. "Even when she was little, you could look at her and people would say there's an old soul in there,” she says. “She just had these big eyes and you could see her taking everything in." (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)

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Nine-year-old Clara Beatty was born with facial deformities, including underdeveloped cheekbones and a small jaw, caused by a genetic mutation called Treacher Collins syndrome. Her parents discovered Clara was quite able to cope, sometimes better than they. Even today, her mother, Janet Beatty, is astounded at how well her youngest daughter navigates the world.

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