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Woman gets back her smile after eight years with mouth tumor

By HILARY KIMUYU September 17th, 2017 1 min read

A 24-year-old woman will soon be smiling after undergoing a 16-hour operation to remove benign tumor (ameloblastoma) which she had suffered from for the last eight years.

Roselyne Wanyama went through a successful surgery at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) on Thursday and she is now recuperating in the Critical Care Unit (CCU).

The delicate procedure that involved resection of the tumor and reconstruction of the mandible (lower jaw), was conducted by KNH multi-disciplinary team of specialists led by Dr Adeline Vilembwa.

The hospital said Dr Vilembwa, a Maxillofacial surgeon, is closely monitoring Ms Wanyama and they are optimistic that soon she will recover fully.


Ms Wanyama also expressed her optimism that after the surgery she will be able to regain her health and redeem her self-esteem.

Ms Wanyama, who comes from Bunyala, Kakamega County, has suffered for eight years with the tumor which led her to stigmatization, loneliness and anguish with no sign of hope.

The mandibular surgery involved removal of the tumor and carry out reconstruction of the lower jaw.

According to Dr Vilembwa, such tumors are caused by remnants of developing teeth which are painless but grow progressively. The surgery can more than Sh300, 000.

She dropped out of school at a tender age due to stigma following enlarged tumor that disfigured her face.