An Indian teenager can smile for the first time in 14 years after doctors removed a 2.8kg tumour from her face. The lump had been growing on 16-year-old Pinki Kumari’s cheek since she was two-and-a-half, rendering her a social outcast and forcing her to drop out of school.
After two surgeries failed, her impoverished family took her to experts who discovered the tumour was growing on her jaw and removed the bone entirely, replacing it with an artificial one.
‘The doctors have just not given me a new face, they have given me a new life,’ said Pinki, who can now pursue her dream of becoming a beautician.
Pinki, from the Dhanbad district of Jharkhand, first went under the knife when she was six, then again aged 12, but the tumour grew back both times. It became difficult for her father Sunil Kumar, who earns 400 rupees (£4.60) a day as a tailor, to provide for his family of six while continuing to pay for his daughter’s treatment.
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