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Afghan woman's nose reconstructed by Indian doctors

Afghan woman's nose reconstructed by Indian doctors

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Oct 09, 2018 - 08:45

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): An Afghan woman, a gunshot victim, has undergone a nose job at a hospital in New Delhi, the capital of India, says a media report.

On the cusp of her marriage, Shamsa (not her real name) suffered a nose injury when she was 24. She was brought to India for a plastic surgery.

Doctors at a Delhi hospital reconstructed her nose, using 500-year-old techniques, according to the Press Trust of India. She had lost most of her nose and the ability to breathe or smell.

KAS Medical Centre Director Ajaya Kashyap told the news agency the centuries-old techniques were so precise and scientifically reliable that they could be employed even today for nose and ear reconstructions.

The doctors took skin from Shamsa's cheeks for the surgery, held on October 8, and followed the old techniques. The procedure needed a lot of precision and expertise, the doctor said.

"We had to take tissues from inside of the cheeks to reconstruct flaps for nasal septum and nasal passage which is a tedious procedure. But all the effort was worth taking as we managed to give the patient the exact results she wanted," he added.

The woman was quoted as saying: "Shootings are fairly common in our country. For survivors, it is hard to get over the psychological and physical trauma, especially if it comes with the added horror of disfiguration and amputation."

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