On Tuesday, three-year-old Kaitlin Nguyen underwent a lengthy surgery to remove a large lymphatic malformation that had left a bulge in one side of her face.
“Feel pretty” were Kaitlin’s words of anticipation in the hours leading up to the surgery.
“We’re going to do our best, but you’re already pretty aren’t you?” Kaitlin’s surgeon, Dr. Gregory Levitin, director of the Vascular Birthmark Center at Mount Sinai Roosevelt in New York, told her.
“She’s not shy,” Levitin said of his young patient. “She’s walking around here charming all the nurses and pushing the wheelchairs.”
While the growth under the skin on Kaitlin’s face wasn’t cancerous or life-threatening, Kaitlin’s mother, Thuy Nguyen, wanted it removed before her daughter went to school, in the hopes of avoiding bullying.
The operation was funded by an anonymous donor.
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