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This has to be the absolute wors ...

Posted Nov 10 2008 4:22pm

This has to be the absolute worst case I can remember seeing...just eating has to be a chore and how does he see?  So sad this was not addressed years ago before it got to this extreme...BD 

image A Jehovah's Witness whose 37-year refusal to receive a blood transfusion has allowed a horrific tumor to eclipse his face has been given new hope by a British doctor who believes he can treat him without the need for a transfusion. Jose Maestre, 51, of Lisbon, Portugal, was first stricken with a facial tumor at age 14. His religious beliefs have kept him from undergoing surgery. The tumor is now 15 inches long and weighs 12 pounds, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph of London.

The ultrasound waves will coagulate the blood prior to the surgery and should allow his growths to be removed without the risk of heavy bleeding. If the treatment works, the majority of the tumor should be removed during a 12-hour operation, said Hutchinson.  

Jose's condition, haemangioma, stems from abnormalities in the capillaries and veins in his face. In effect, what should be a river carrying blood back to his heart has turned into a lake, which has now expanded to obliterate the rest of his features. - Surgeon Believes New Technique Will Allow for Bloodless Removal of 12-Pound Tumor From Face of Jehovah's Witness - Health News | Current Health News | Medical News

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