A 17-year-old girl from Congo was living with a large growing facial tumor for more than 10 years.
Initially, there was some swelling inside her gums and then it simply kept growing, the girl said in the video shot by TLC UK’s “Body Bizarre,”. She adds: “We went to hospital and they didn’t know what it was — they did nothing.”
The tumour grew and soon resembled a football. The girl’s misery seemed unending as she was forced to stay indoors for fear of being stared at by others.
However, fortunately for the teenager, help came in the form of a floating hospital known as the Africa Mercy. These “Mercy Ships” travel around the world and perform medical procedures on those who are too poverty-stricken to pay for or don’t have access to proper treatment.
The girl was operated upon for four hours and it involved removing the tumor and replacing her lower jaw with titanium plates, Huffington Post reported.
After a six-month recovery period, the girl will be able to get artificial teeth that will help her with chewing.