A mother has smiled for the first time in nearly 20 years after doctors removed a massive tumor from her face, Daily Mail reported.
Isatu first developed a lump on her jaw when she was just 10 years old.
She struggled to breathe for years because of the tumour, known as an ameloblastoma. The 27-year-old was also often reduced to tears due to cruel strangers ‘
The first tumor removal surgery took place in September, and lasted five hours. Three months later, the jaw of the pelvic bone was restored to her, and then she underwent plastic surgery.
Isatu's nurse Blaire Scmaleberg remembers the moment Isatu saw her tumour-free face for the first time.
“As she looked at her reflection, her expression was one of awe,” Ms Scmaleberg said. “It was as if she could see into a whole new future. And despite the swelling from the surgery, her smile still shone through. To see that from someone who walked in so quiet and timid and afraid, who is now fully herself, it's like seeing a new person be born.”