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A 3-Year-Old Girl Suffering From Massive Tumor Undergoes Life-Changing Surgery

Although cancer in children is rare, it is the prime cause of death by disease past infancy among children in the United States. The types of cancers that develop in children are far different from those that develop in adults.Beyond the science and statistics, are the remarkable stories of the young patients whose courageous spirit inspire us more than ever. One of them is about this three-year-old girl, Melyssa Delgado Braga, who suffered from disfiguring facial tumor and when she underwent surgery to remove that massive tumor, her life changed completely.She became barely recognizable in just a month. Scroll on and do not miss to watch the stunning transformation of the little girl.

Meet Melyssa Delgado Braga from Brazil.

This three-year-old girl suffered from a disfiguring massive tumor that had been growing on her face.

She needed a life-changing surgery to remove the giant facial tumor.

The parents of this Brazilian girl took to social media and pleaded for the surgery in order to get their child's tumor removed.

Her treatment journey covered thousands of miles from Brazil to the U.S.

It all started when Dr. Celso Palmieri, an assistant professor in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA, was reviewing online publications of his country.

Dr. Palmieri came across Melyssa's post on a Brazilian news website.

The post was actually a plea from Melyssa's parents seeking help to get their daughter to the United States for getting the tumor removed.

And so he along with his colleagues made the arrangements for the surgery.

He arranged for the procedure and even managed to find housing for the family and get the fee of the hospital stay sponsored.

Surgeon said...

"This is a very rare tumor in this age group of a child of a three-year-old girl with what is a myxoma. A typically benign, but extremely aggressive tumor."

Within one month, she underwent 10-hour surgery.

The surgical procedure was reckoned a success.

The impaired tumor ate up her entire jaw and...

...almost left her on the path of a malnourished child. But thankfully, Melyssa's had her surgery and got her jaw constructed once again with a titanium plate.