Soon after Negalem was born, a mass began growing on her face. She had a vascular malformation, where blood vessels snarl like overgrown vines. It became so large that doctors worried it could suffocate Negalem or that swallowing would become impossible. If Negalem fell and cut it while playing, she could hemorrhage. Living in a village in Ethiopia meant she struggled to access specialized medical care to have it removed.
But in June 2021, Dr. Waner and Dr. O gave Negalem and her family hope for her future by successfully removing the vascular malformation during a challenging 12-hour surgery.
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"'God bless you. Without you guys it wouldn’t be like this. Thank you so much.”