Woman to receive facial reconstructive surgery after cancer misdiagnosis

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by WHAS11

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Posted on October 29, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 6:57 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A woman whose face was disfigured after being misdiagnosed with cancer when she was teenager will have reconstructive surgery in Louisville.

University of Louisville Hospital physicians will operate on Kazakhstanian native Lessya Kotelevskaya, who was left with a hole in her jaw after having surgery at the age of 19.

Plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Jarrod Little heard her story and after a long-lost relative found, she was brought to Louisville.

“She was totally rejected by society she couldn’t find a job. She lost her businesses and had to think every day that today will be her last day to live,” he said.

Dr. Little believes Kotelevskaya’s jaw was broken at one time and was never affected by cancer but she was given large multiple doses of radiation treatment that disfigured her face.

Her final surgery is scheduled for January 2014.

The UofL Physicians will be updating Kotelevskaya’s journey of tragedy, survival and hope for users. Follow the website by clicking here.

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