Grace, a 17 year old girl from the Democratic Republic of Congo, has suffered with a large growing facial tumor the size of a FOOTBALL for over 10 years!
Grace appeared on TLC UK’S “Body Bizarre” and said “It started from a little swelling inside and the gums started growing little by little. We went to hospital and they didn’t know what it was. They did nothing.”
The Mirror says although Grace could eat and breathe, it was feared that the tumor would eventually suffocate her! She also rarely left home because people would stare so her quality of life wasn’t good.
Africa Mercy came to Grace’s rescue! They’re a floating hospital that travel around the world performing medical procedures for those who are too poor or isolated to receive adequate treatment.
Doctors performed a four-hour operation on Grace! They removed the tumor and replaced her lower jaw with titanium plates which allowed Grace to live a more active life!
Dr. Gary Parker, the surgeon who operated on Grace says after a six-month recovery period, she will be able to get artificial teeth that will help with her chewing!
What an AMAZING and positive WTF story!
Sources: Huffington Post/Mirror UK