Medindia

X

Aussie Doctors Operate on Filipino Boy With Facial Deformity

by VR Sreeraman on  October 16, 2009 at 1:08 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
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.
Aussie Doctors Operate on Filipino Boy With Facial Deformity
Aussie Doctors Operate on Filipino Boy With Facial Deformity
Advertisement

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.

Advertisement
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.

Source: AFP
SRM
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All