Noma, also known as cancrum oris or gangrenous stomatitis, is a gangrenous disease leading to tissue destruction of the face, especially the mouth and cheek. The girl in the above photo was at screening day. This disease destroys faces. Today, we had a 20 year old boy come for facial reconstruction. He lost his entire nose, including the bone. He also lost the left side of his face and left eye. They’re just gone. It’s like his face melted. When he was 10 years old, he had his first reconstruction in the Netherlands. He had a bone graft and facial grafts. But he still had a gaping hole in his palate, no nose, and a weird sunken eye socket. Today, Dr Gary did the first of two reconstructive surgeries. He sewed his tongue to the roof of his mouth to close the big hole. He filled in the eye socket to make it more pleasant in appearance. And he did a scalp flap to make a new nose. The after looks amazing already. He’ll come back in 3 weeks to finish. I think this boy is going to be over the moon happy with this surgery. It’s so awesome to be a part of what God is doing here!

His… Michelle