*Trust me. I couldn’t hit you with the real thing yet. The photo above is NOT the one. There has got to be one incredibly happy young woman out there. We all know how important appearance generally is, for a girl of 17; so we can only imagine how Grace, a girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has suffered over the past 10 years as a large tumor continued to grow on a place she couldn’t hide if she tried.
“It started from a little swelling inside and the gums started growing little by little,” she said in a clip. “We went to hospital and they didn’t know what it was — they did nothing.”
So the tumor, which is at the bottom portion of her face (affecting her mouth), eventually increased…to the size of a football.
BE WARNED: Scroll down for the graphic photo of Grace before surgery!
But her name isn’t “Grace” for nothing.
Thanks to a floating hospital called the Africa Mercy, one of a group of “Mercy Ships” that travel around the world performing medical procedures for those who are too poor or isolated to receive adequate treatment, help came calling.
A four-hour operation on Grace involved removing the tumor and replacing her lower jaw with titanium plates, and according to reports from HuffPost UK, the teen’s situation was left “immeasurably improved.”
Dr. Gary Parker, the surgeon who operated on Grace says after a six-month recovery period, she will be able to get artificial teeth that will help with her chewing.
To see the complete transformation, click over to HuffPost UK.