What would you want to eat if for the first time in your life, you could eat anything you want?
For Georgetown teen Abby Rodgers, 16, it was barbecue.
Born with a rare deformity that among other things, left her with very little jawbone, Rodgers has been restricted to a mostly liquid diet for most of her life.
“It was really hard to eat like chips and meat, which I love to eat meat,” Rodgers told KVUE.
After a number of unsuccessful surgeries, a craniofacial plastic surgeon at Dell Children’s Medical Center proposed a surgery that had never been done before: Use bones from her femurs to reconstruct her jaw.
Though it was not without a difficult recovery, the surgery in 2014 was a success and means that the teen can finally enjoy her favorite foods, like cheese enchiladas and barbecue.
Having heard that chewing her way through some meat à la Franklin Barbecue was one of the biggest items on the teen’s bucket list, Aaron Franklin sent “the works” to the hospital while Rodgers was recovering to help her celebrate.
“I got goose bumps when I heard about it,” Aaron Franklin, the James Beard-winning celebrity chef behind Franklin Barbecue, told KVUE. “That is the coolest thing ever, so yeah, we’re so excited to be a part of it and super excited to get that girl some barbecue. I hope she likes it!”
“It’s delicious!” she told KVUE.