A young boy who was born with no eyes, nose and upper jaw has undergone a life-changing reconstructive surgery and unveiled his new face.
Three-year-old Yahya El Jabaly was born in Morocco with deformities after complications in the womb stopped the bones in his face from fusing together. His story was heard on Facebook by a wonderful woman named Fatima Baraka, a breast cancer survivor, who took it upon herself to help the boy.
He was flown to Australia from the small village in which he lived, six hours from Casablanca, for a life-changing reconstructive surgery. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Three-year-old Yahya before (left) and after (right) his reconstructive surgery in Melbourne.
2. Despite his incredibly rare condition Yahya defied all odds by surviving in the womb and managed to grow into a happy and healthy toddler.
Now, following the grueling 18-hour operation, the Melbourne doctors who remodeled the bones on his face have given young Yahya a chance to live a normal life.
Many of the doctors who took part in the surgery provided their services free of charge.
Two weeks after Yahya’s successful surgery, his rescuer Fatima Baraka said:
I just can’t believe what he’s been through and how he just comes out and gets better and better every time. He looks like a normal little boy.
He’s a very smart little kid, he’s got so much potential, there’s no reason for him not to have a good, healthy bright future.
3. The three-year-old boy lives in a small village six hours from Casablanca, in Morocco, with his parents.
4. Now, after undergoing an 18-hour life-changing operation, the miracle child has been given the chance to live a normal life thanks to Melbourne doctors who remodeled the bones on his face. He is pictured here with his new baby sister.
Yahya underwent his reconstructive surgery in December. Surgeon Tony Holmes brought the two sides of the boy’s skull together and built him a nose using his own skin.
The surgeons also believe that there is a chance for the toddler to be able to speak again, as his vocal chords remained intact after the procedure. Dr. Holmes said after the surgery:
The risks of the operation were great but I think they were worth it so that he could have a decent life.
The boy still needs prosthetic eyes and there are more surgeries to come on his nose, but he is learning to walk and his life has changed forever.
5. A Moroccan boy who was born with no eyes, nose and upper jaw has undergone a marathon surgery to give him a new face.
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