New Face for Chinese Orphan
Left outside a Chinese orphanage at just two days old, Maisy Root's biological parents abandoned her because of a disfiguring birth mark on the right side of her face.
Oklahomans Ben and Amy Root adopted Maisy and brought her to Oklahoma. They scheduled a reconstructive surgery at Children's Hospital to give her a new lease on life. Giant moles like the one on Maisy's face often become cancerous.
Dr. Ivan Wayne performed reconstructive surgery on Maisy's face by using stretched skin from her neck and forehead.
"Similar to pregnancy where a woman's abdomen can stretch a tremendous amount," Dr. Wayne said. "We can do the same thing with parts of the face. We stretched the skin that doesn't have the mole. When we remove it we can use the extra skin to pull it an re-cover it."