Cuttack: Smile is back on the face of 15-year-old Anita Raika as Plastic surgeons at SCB Medical College and Hospital removed a 7 kg tumour from her lower jaw here on Saturday.
The surgery took around 10 hours to remove the tumour mandible that had not only disfigured her face once but also prevented her from smiling.
Born to Abhram and Batir Raika of Tumachara village in Gajapati district, Anita had developed a swelling of the mandible at the age of 13. Later, it transformed into a huge tumour. Doctors elsewhere failed to help her until the Head of Plastic Surgery Department Dr Arun Choudhury agreed to conduct the surgery with the support of Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram(RBSK) Yojana.
Anita was admitted to SCBMCH on October 7. However, inadequate hemoglobin in her blood delayed the process. She was, therefore, given six units of blood. Later, the SCB doctors removed the tumour successfully.