Melyssa Delgado Braga of Sao Paulo is now recovering from the eight-hour surgery, conducted in December.
Little Melyssa’s journey to the United States began when Dr. Celso Palmieri Jr., assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, read a post on a Brazilian news site while reviewing publications from his home country. The child’s family was seeking help to get their daughter to the United States for treatment.
Ghali, chairman of LSU Health, said he believed he could help Melyssa. But before reaching out to the family, he wanted to ensure a safe and affordable stay in the United States.
He turned to Shreveport’s Willis-Knighton Health System, a nonprofit health care organization with a history of hosting international patients and rare surgeries. Officials there agreed to provide the family with housing and underwrite the cost of the hospital stay.
A month later, Melyssa …
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