Doctors in New York removed a fatal melon-sized tumor from the face of a five-year-old Ethiopian girl. The intensive operation lasted 12 hours, writes the New York Post.
Five-year-old Nagalem Alafa from an Ethiopian village did not have access to specialized medical care, suffering from a “vascular anomaly” on her face since birth. Because of the neoplasm, the parents tried not to let the girl out of the house, so she could not attend school and communicate with her peers.
A benign tumor on the face developed from the moment the girl was born. If it had not been removed, five-year-old Nahalem could have starved to death or suffocated.
Dr. Milton Weiner, who performed the operation with Teresa O., said that on a scale of 1 to 10, the procedure could be described as 12. The hospital explained that surgeons had to “carefully navigate the branches of nerves and vital arteries”, which could cause paralysis , severe blood loss and death if accidentally torn apart.
The operation was successful. When the girl left the operating room, her father Matios Alafa Haile fell to his knees and thanked God for his help. “I used to cry, but now I smile and praise God and doctors,” he admitted.
Earlier, a child with a unique anomaly recorded for the first time in history was born in Iraq. The boy was born with three penises. Since the genitals were not fully formed, the doctors decided to remove them.