Saturday, 8 July 2017

CANCER VICTIM, LEFT WITH HALF A FACE, HAS IT RECONSTRUCTED USING SKIN FROM HIS LEG AND FOREARM

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A man who was left with half a face after it was ravaged by cancer has had it rebuilt by a genius surgeon.

Tim McGrath, 38, was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma, an extremely rare form of soft tissue cancer leaving him with a grape fruit-sized tumour growing on his face. Medics managed to cut out the cancerous tumour, but his body rejected multiple attempts to rebuild it.

But after a year of living with exposed flesh, top surgeon Dr Kongkrit Chaiyasate heard about Mr McGrath’s plight, he agreed to help him using skin from his leg and forearm to reconstruct his face.

Mr McGrath, from Michigan, is now enjoying every opportunity he is given and the reconstruction work on his face will continue in 2018.
He said: ‘After the operation to remove the tumour I was heartbroken, I didn’t realise that half of my face would be taken away and it wasn’t until I went to Dr Chaiyasate that I start to feel real hope again.”


















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