Philly hospitals and nonprofit reach out to ease Haitian man’s pain

The following story appeared on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday.  Below is an excerpt from the piece.  You can read the full story by going to the web site below!  This is awesome press for HCN!

Philly hospitals and nonprofit reach

out to ease Haitian man’s pain

Surgical tour de force in Phila.

September 25, 2012|By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer

The rare tumor that was taking over Daniel Smith’s lower jaw made his left cheek look as if it held a fat wad of chewing tobacco. His chin and lower lip jutted, giving him a sullen pout that belied his doleful eyes.

Smith, 30, tended to keep his chin lowered so the tumor would be less noticeable – or so he wouldn’t see other Haitians staring at him.

But there was no shrinking from notice in early July at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Four surgeons examined, photographed, and X-rayed his splayed teeth, oozing gum, and the tumor, a non-cancerous but aggressive growth called ameloblastoma. It had made Smith’s jaw so fragile that he was at risk of a fracture that could be disastrous, especially in devastated, poverty-stricken Haiti.

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