It will be the best Christmas gift he has received in its 26 years of life.
A migrant worker who was severely deformed after being attacked during an assault, will undergo reconstructive surgery today to face.
Baptist Hospital plastic surgeons operate free Amilcar Figueroa, who decided to help meet their precarious economic situation and the severe deformity, which they describe as one of the worst I have ever known.
The Mexican immigrant was attacked on September 23 at Homestead by two men who tried to rob him. The blows broke his nose and bones of his face were bent.
Therefore, the expression on his face changed forever. When she laughs, all the facial expression of Figueroa moves to the right.
The surgeon who will head the operation, Dr. Andres Bustillo, said it is the worst distortion I’ve ever seen a nose.
“The fracture of this boy is so severe, that has left him with a large nasal deformity,” the doctor who performed this surgery an average of one hundred times each year.
According to the doctor, the decision to help was immediate.
“When the boy came into my office I knew I had no resources,” he said. “And I was struck by the broken nose was so bad,” he added.
Dr. Bustillo said
the two-hour surgery is to straighten the septum and nasal bones, and place a cartilage graft in the nose.
The patient was given general anesthesia.
“They have also donated their time an anesthesiologist and two nurses and the hospital donated the use of operating room and all costs associated with the use of surgical materials and medicines,” the facial plastic surgeon.
“I think it will be a good Christmas present for him and his family,” he said.
After contacting the executive program of the Hospital Charity Care and Baptist, Figueroa went to the doctor’s office and he got Bustillo donate the operation.
“I’m very excited and happy,” the patient said yesterday, just hours after the operation that practically “return” his face and smile. “I thank God, Baptist Hospital and Dr. Bustillo,” the immigrant, 26, who takes about five years living in South Florida and working in agriculture.
Figueroa said the Sept. 23 leaving a store in Homestead when he suddenly felt he was beaten. “They were two men trying to steal and when the neighbors saw that they started to scream and subject fled,” he said.
He was taken to Homestead Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries.
“Things happen and only God knows why,” said Figueroa.