Indian teen, 19, has football-sized tumour removed from his face that destroyed his teeth,

Surgeons have successfully removed a football-sized tumour that blighted the face of an Indian teenager for more than a decade.Tribal boy Amar Samad, 19, led an isolated life for the past 10 years after developing the rare genetic abnormality in 2008.The growth initially emerged on Amar’s upper jaw that grew into a 4.8kg round mass measuring about 20cm in diameter bulging from his face.Surgeons have successfully removed a football-sized tumour that blighted the face of an Indian teenager for more than a decade

Surgeons have successfully removed a football-sized tumour that blighted the face of an Indian teenager for more than a decadeIt was so big that one of Amar’s eyes actually sat on top of the tumour looking upwards .It was so big that one of Amar’s eyes actually sat on top of the tumour looking upwards.

Amar, from Jharkhand, India, not only had to deal with ridicule from onlookers but also faced difficulty swallowing and speaking.Surgeons at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi operated for 14-hours to remove the massive jaw tumour.

The surgery – and facial reconstruction using bone from his thigh to rebuild the jaw – was carried out free of charge due to Amar’s poor socio-economic background.The dense collection of bone and fibrous tissue was diagnosed as ‘ossifying fibroma’ on initial biopsy examination.The position of his left eye still has to be readjusted to make it look like it did before the tumour, although it still has limited vision.Surgeons at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi operated for 14-hours to remove the massive jaw tumour (pictured after the operation)  

Surgeons at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi operated for 14-hours to remove the massive jaw tumour (pictured after the operation)The position of his left eye still has to be readjusted to make it look like it did before the tumour, although it still has limited vision

The position of his left eye still has to be readjusted to make it look like it did before the tumour, although it still has limited visionHe also needs implants placed in his reconstructed upper jaw to act as teeth. Both the eye and dental procedures will be carried out after six months.Because of this huge deformity on my face, I could never mingle with other children of my age, as they used to be repulsed by my appearance,’ Amar said.It is a huge relief to get the tumour off my face – it is almost like a second birth. I am now eager to go back home, make friends again and work in the fields.

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