From grandmother to girl: a 15-year-old Chinese woman with an old woman's face underwent surgery

From grandmother to girl: a 15-year-old Chinese woman with an old woman's face underwent surgery

Categories: Asia | Health and Medicine

A 15-year—old girl, known under the pseudonym Xiao Feng, suffers from progeria - premature aging syndrome. Since childhood, the Chinese woman's face was covered with wrinkles, and she endured sidelong glances and attacks from others. At the end of last month, plastic surgeons volunteered to help the girl and performed an operation that lasted seven and a half hours.

From grandmother to girl: a 15-year-old Chinese woman with an old woman's face underwent surgery

The girl's discharge from the Sunline Plastic surgery clinic in Shenyang became a real show.

From grandmother to girl: a 15-year-old Chinese woman with an old woman's face underwent surgery

The good Samaritans raised 190,000 yuan (more than 1.7 million rubles) to cover Feng's medical bills. The operation took place on December 29, 10 surgeons, three anesthesiologists and five nurses took part in it. The girl had her excess skin removed, the shapes of her nose, eyebrows, and lips changed.

From grandmother to girl: a 15-year-old Chinese woman with an old woman's face underwent surgery

Meeting the girl with her parents

Doctors did not allow the patient to look in the mirror before discharge. Xiao couldn't hold back her tears when she saw her new face.

From grandmother to girl: a 15-year-old Chinese woman with an old woman's face underwent surgery

Xiao's mother thanked the public and doctors for their help

Xiao was born into a low-income family from Heishan County, Liaoning Province. She has no friends, and she has never dared to take a picture of herself. The teenager had to drop out of school because of the attacks of classmates.

From grandmother to girl: a 15-year-old Chinese woman with an old woman's face underwent surgery

The chief doctor of the clinic Shi Lingzhi (pictured) said that the operation cost 500,000 yuan (about 4.5 million rubles) was carried out free of charge, and the funds raised will go to the rehabilitation of the patient.

From grandmother to girl: a 15-year-old Chinese woman with an old woman's face underwent surgery

Xiao suffers from progeria — premature aging syndrome

Progeria is a rare genetic disease that occurs in about one in eight million newborns and causes the body to age prematurely. Xiao inherited the disease from her mother, but it only touched the skin.

From grandmother to girl: a 15-year-old Chinese woman with an old woman's face underwent surgery

Philanthropist Guo Mingyu (right) contacted the Sunline Plastic Surgery Clinic in Shenyang and organized a fundraiser for Xiao.

From grandmother to girl: a 15-year-old Chinese woman with an old woman's face underwent surgery

Xiao Feng is still recovering from surgery and is preparing to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year with his parents

From grandmother to girl: a 15-year-old Chinese woman with an old woman's face underwent surgery

More than 1,000 people took part in a charity run in support of Feng.

Keywords: Charity | China | Plastic surgery | Teen | Aging

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