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NY hospital helps teen facial transformation

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Doctors called a teenagers face a ticking time bomb. A massive facial growth was causing the 18-year-old boy from Morocco to lead an abnormal life, so Lenox Hill Hospital in New York stepped in to help.

Zoubir Lahdodi looks like a rock star while posing for pictures at Lenox Hill hospital in New York.

"He sees a different face and a different life," said a translator for Zoubir.

That's because of what he looked like just months ago. The 18-year-old was born with a rare condition that forced the blood vessels in his face to puff up and out.

"Zoubir was unable to attend school, he was teased he was mocked," said Doctor Milton Waner, Lennox Hill Hospital.

As they got larger, it became harder for him to eat, sleep, speak or even breathe. A blow to the face could have been deadly and that's a daily risk as a stunt bike racer.

It took seven surgeries for the transformation of Zoubir's face to be complete.

"His surgery is very, very complicated and very difficult because if you accidentally cut into these venous malformations, the bleeding could be horrendous, so profuse that you can actually lose the patient on the table," said Waner.

Zoubir did lose a half liter of blood during the first surgery.
Part of his tongue, lower lip, left cheek and left upper eyelid were removed during the procedures.

"Where he comes from there is no mercy for these kinds of things and now he'll go back and face them and say here I am a different person," said a translator.

The hospital also gave him a new stunt bike and helmet! Zoubir can now head home to Morocco, ready for a new adventure.

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