Abebech & Tiringo, Facial Tumors

Warning: This article contains graphic images.

Latest news: Abebech and Tiringo (pictured below) left for Munich, Germany on Monday night (8/22) to be operated on by Dr. Peter Cornelius and his amazing team of facial surgeons. Because of the severity of their deformity, we dressed them in Moslem garb for their flights. They are now undergoing evaluation. Most likely they both have a tumor known as ameloblastoma. For unknown reasons, it’s fairly common in Ethiopia. The CT scan shows the computer reconstruction of the tumor.

Now here’s the great part: Tsehai, my previous jaw patient, is in Germany right now undergoing more corrective surgery. She speaks a language called Kafigna. My patient here, Abebech (with the tumor on her left side of face) speaks only Kafigna. So Tsehai’s presence is vital for Abebech’s surgery, since Tsehai is the only person who can translate for her. Abebech was previously accepted for surgery in St. Louis, but we could not send her because we could not find a Kafigna speaker in St. Louis.

We greatly appreciate the donations from the people of Munich to help these patients, and the amazing surgical skills of Dr. Peter Cornelius and his staff at Ludwig Maximillian University.

Both patients have given permission for their photos and stories to be used.


Dr. Rick Hodes

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