16-pound tumor removed from girl’s face
U.S. doctors performed 12-hour surgery on Vietnamese teen
Wilfredo Lee / AP file
Fifteen-year-old Lai Thi Dao waves to members of the media as she leaves Jackson Memorial Medical Center on April 22 in Miami.
MIAMI – A Vietnamese girl is finally free of a disfiguring 16-pound (7-kilogram) facial tumor, after a surgery that lasted at least 12 hours in Miami.
The Schwannoma tumor had consumed the lower half of 15-year-old Lai Thi Dao’s face. It had been growing since she was 3 and eventually accounted for roughly one-third of her body weight.
Doctors at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center tell The Miami Herald that Lai’s tumor was one of the largest ever reported. The growth had threatened to cut off her airway.