Australian doctors have operated on a young boy from the Philippines with a rare and serious facial deformity which has left him without a normal nose or mouth.
Rey Vittalla, 13, was born with a gap in the bones in the middle of his face.
The condition means he has difficulty talking and eating and has prompted him to wear a face mask whenever he leaves his village to prevent people from staring at him, surgeon John Arvier told AFP Wednesday.
Arvier was one of a group of doctors at Queensland's Wesley Hospital who operated on Vittalla on Tuesday. He said the boy was recovering well from the first surgery in which part of the top of his jaw was repositioned.
"He's coping pretty well," Arvier said.
The operation was in preparation for a major surgery in February in which most of Vittalla's face will be rebuilt, he said.