In a waiting room crowded with relatively minor deformities like cleft palates and webbed fingers, Eng Kheng stood out.
His cheeks bulged as if he was trying to swallow a large pink grapefruit, with sections pushing through his lips.
“He basically has a benign bone growth of his facial jaw bone, the condition is called fibrous dysplasia,” said Andrew Cheng, a surgeon visiting from Adelaide.
“It’s certainly one of the most severe cases I’ve seen,” said Dr Cheng, back in February.
The huge growth was not cancerous or painful.
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Mr Eng said he managed to eat, although it could be a messy process.
Fibrous dysplasia is a rare condition, but not in Eng Kheng’s family — his brother has it and so does his father.
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