Doctors Remove a 16-Pound Tumor From Marlie's Face.

Marlie Casseus, a 14-year old Haitian girl, suffers from a rare form of Polyostotic Fibrous Displasia. This condition is a genetic disease that causes bone to become "like a big bowl of jelly with some bone inside". In Marlie's case, it's a 16 pound tumor on the face.

From the website:

[Doctor Gomez] said Marlie is in constant pain and must be medicated but should have a normal life span with the operation.

Back home in her native Port-au-Prince, Marlie faced not only physical suffering but rejection by her neighbors as well.

"She was treated like an animal. If she was walking on a sidewalk, people would cross the street," Gomez said. "If they tried to stop a taxi, it would keep going."

Doctors at the Holtz Children's Hospital has performed the initial surgery to remove the tumor, but is seeking to raise funds for the reconstructive surgeries.

Please help: International Kids Fund | Marlie's Story.


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I hope everything goes well with this surgery. I can't imagine how strong this young girl has to be in order to withstand this condition and its consequences. I would like to send my love and consideration to her and her family. God bless you all.
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we were reading about this teenager and we just wanted to say that our hearts go out to her. I cant imagine that people would shun somebody that is already going through so much pain. We hope she stay's strong. God bless her!
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