Florida Doctors to Remove 10-Lb Facial Tumor from Cuban Boy

Florida doctors Facial Tumor
Florida doctors Facial Tumor

The Zayas Family/Miami Herald

A group of Florida doctors is set to operate on a Cuban boy with a 10-lb tumor on his face.

At first it looked like a harmless pimple on the nose. But within a few months Emanuel Zayas, a Cuban teen, had a giant tumor from on his face! Now doctors in Miami are mobilizing to free the boy from the 10-pound tumor.

The tumor is not malignant, but he could break the boy’s the cervical spine. In addition, the boy is almost suffocating because he only can breathe with difficulty through the open mouth. He is also malnourished because he can barely eat and swallow, said Dr. Robert Marx, chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Miami Hospital.

Emanuel, a 14-year-old ninth-grader, has a disorder called polyostotic fibrous dysplasia, in which the body replaces portions of bones with fibrous tissues, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The teenager and his parents recently traveled to Miami with a medical visa, the Miami Herald reported. Marx and a team of surgeons will operate on Emanuel on January 12 at Holtz Children’s Hospital, part of Jackson Memorial Hospital.

At a press conference with Emanuel and his parents, Marx explained the operation, which is scheduled for January 12. Four surgeons will work together to remove in the approximately 12-hour procedure the tumor completely and reconstruct the nose of the boy so that he can breathe normally again.

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In further operations Emanuel cheeks and jaw will be restored and dental implants will be used.

Noel Zayas, Emanuel’s father, said that the tumor began as a pimple when he reached puberty and grew rapidly in a few months. The tumor is benign, but threatens to fracture the boy’s neck and suffocate him.

“I knocked on a lot of hospital doors,” Mr. Zayas said, reported by the Herald. “I thank God that we’re here and that this country and Jackson Memorial would welcome us… To see our son deforming and all we can do is watch, it’s not easy.”

Angie Mahecha

Angie Mahecha, an Engineering Student at the University of Central Florida, is originally from Colombia but has been living in Florida for the past 10 Years.