Teenager Cassidy Hooper who was born without a nose or eyes is preparing for a life altering surgery in which doctors will use bone from her skull to reshape her face.
According to ABC News, 16-year-old Cassidy Hooper will no longer be known as the girl without a nose or eyes as she is preparing to undergo a surgery that will take bone from her skull to repair her nose. Hooper will undergo three surgeries at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte over the next two weeks. Surgeons will take cartilage and bone from her skull and create Hooper a new nose.
Cassidy Hooper is anxious and excited to get a nose as if the surgery is successful, this is will be the first time that Hooper will be able to smell and breathe from her nose for the first time. Doctors were initially baffled by Hooper’s condition as she has no other medical problems other than the fact that she was born without a nose or eyes. Since she was 11-years-old, Hooper has undergone skin graft surgeries to alter her face.
Dr. David Matthews, who has been Hooper’s doctor and surgeon for the past five years, has worked hard to expand Hooper’s face in order to create a bony opening that will allow cartilage graph to be placed over it.
Director of facial and reconstructive surgery at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse Dr. Sherard A. Tatum III explained how the surgery would build Cassidy Hooper a new nose as she told reporters,
‘The nose is a little like the ear — what you see isn’t functional,” said Dr. Sherard A. Tatum III, director of facial and reconstructive surgery at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y.
“A lot of people have noses they lost to trauma and cancer and breathe fine and have a sense of smell. The nose is something we expect to see in its conventional place and it’s good to put glasses on, but it’s not 100 percent necessary. The soft tissues that make up the inside and the outside skin and mucus membrane don’t have a lot of strength to stick out of the face like the nose does. You can’t just slap some skin up there and make it look like a nose.”
Cassidy Hooper will have her surgery and will be in recovery over the next couple of months.
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Teenager Cassidy Hooper Born Without Nose or Eyes Gets Surgery to Rebuild Her Face.