It was the surgery a three-year-old girl’s parents from Brazil pleaded for in order to remove a massive tumour from their child’s face. And one month later, the surgical procedure was deemed a success.
Melyssa Braga was almost unrecognizable after her 10-hour surgery to remove a disfiguring tumour that had been growing in her face.
Ghali was one of the doctors who performed the life-changing surgery on Melyssa on Dec. 20.
It all began when Dr. Celso Palmieri, an assistant professor in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, La., was reading online publications from his home country of Brazil. Palmieri stumbled upon a post where Melyssa’s parents begged for help to get their daughter to the U.S. to have her tumour removed.
With the help of his colleagues, Palmieri was able to arrange for the procedure Melyssa needed and was even able to find housing for …