Specialist of Children's Hospital of Mexico
"Federico Gomez" from the Ministry of Health, reconstructed the face
of a two years old girl, who was born with severe craniofacial malformation,
which left her orbits of the eyes separated and she couldn´t breathe or eat.
During surgery, which lasted eleven hours, the
multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists and
anesthesiologists, remodeled the skull, placed the eyeballs in the right place
of the face, and connected a tube to the pharynx that allows the girl breathing
At a press conference, where was present Fatima,
the girl with her parents José Oscar Ramos Torres and Janet Romero Romero, Doctor
Enrique Ochoa Díaz López, Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,
explained that it was a high specialty and high risk surgery that allowed to
correct girl´s malformations.
Said the she had a front dysplasia, of unknown
causes, and occurs in one case of a hundred thousand births, in this case
affecting the eyes, forehead and nose,
and to correct it was required sophisticated technology and forefront surgical
therapy, which has been made in few public or private hospitals in Mexico.
He said this was the first of several surgical
procedures to be performed to the girl, as they mature bones, teeth and muscles
of the face, and even esthetic nature that allows integration to a normal life.
The Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
said that such surgeries are performed at the Children's Hospital of Mexico
"Federico Gomez" since 1973, and each year they are performed 60-80
surgeries to correct different types of craniofacial malformations.
The Children's Hospital of Mexico "Federico Gomez" is an
institution of national health system of the Mexican government that in more
than seven decades has served about nine million patients, and has to his
credit the first kidney transplant in a child in 1967 and the first heart
transplant in 2001.
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