Science and medicine are undoubtedly very important for the well-being of the human kind. Melyssa Delgado Braga, 3, underwent an incredible transformation after doctors removed a 5 pound tumor from her face. Discover the whole story of the girl who was born with a serious disability below.
Shortly after being born, a tumor was discovered on the chin of Melyssa, a girl from São Paulo, Brazil. Despite being benign, it led to various health problems as it continued to grow more and more. When little Melyssa was only 3, she could not eat or talk properly.
The tumor became so large that it began to affect her bloodstream. The girl grew weaker every day… Melysa’s parents, Carol, 21, and Papa Manasses, 25, were desperate. There seemed to be no one who could help her daughter.
Unfortunately, they had no money for the treatments, and they felt guilty for not being able to give Melyssa a better life. At that time, the couple decided to share their daughter’s story, hoping to get help from people around the world. They knew the girl would only have a chance if she had surgery in the United States.
Moved by the child’s story, the Brazilian doctor Celso Palmieri decided to help that family. He and his colleague Dr. Ghali are responsible for facial surgeries and have specialized in helping the younger ones. Surgeon Ghali worked in the United States, and offered to change the girl’s life.
The medical procedures would be long and painful, but the girl had the family to support her in every step. In addition, a nonprofit health care organization called the Willis-Knighton Health System had agreed to pay for all travel and treatment costs.
Melyssa’s parents could hardly believe it. “We were desperate to save our daughter’s life,” her mother said. “Surgeons in Brazil told us that our Melyssa would die because the treatment they wanted to do would be too much for her weakened immune system.”
The tumor was big and difficult. He began to attack Melissa’s jaws and teeth. The professionals advised the parents that there was a chance that it would not be successful. But after 8 long hours and 5 pounds of tumor removed, the operation was completed successfully.
Melyssa could start a new chapter in her life. When the girl woke up, she didn’t even want to believe it. Now her face was normal, with only a scar on her cheek, a sign of how much of a warrior and wonderful she is!
Only a few weeks later, Melyssa was able to eat alone for the first time. Although there is still a long way to go, her situation has improved a lot. Over the next 10 years, she will need regular medical appointments to make sure the tumor does not return.
It will cost a lot of money, but the nonprofits said they will help the family until she is perfectly healthy.
Thanks to her family and the experienced doctors, this girl now has a new life.
It’s incredible what we can achieve when we come together and have willpower. Share this overcoming story with your friends and family!