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José Mestre at the age of 51
|Born||26 February 1956 |
|Known for||Abnormal medical condition|
A documentary titled "The Man with No Face", part of the television series My Shocking Story, aired on the Discovery Channel on 6 December 2007.
In 2010, Mestre underwent four operations during a period of three months at Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago. The life-threatening tumor was completely removed by Dr. McKay McKinnon during the first procedure, with the following three operations necessary to reconstruct his face. He is expected to return to Portugal a few weeks after the final operation.
THE MAN WITH CURSED FACE-JOSE MESTRE
Jose Mestre has been born as a normal child with a birth mark on his upper lip. Brought up in Lisbon, Portugal, he has led a normal life until he realized that the so called “birth mark” has started to grow covering his whole face at the time of puberty. The mark was actually a symptom of ‘haemangioma’, a tumor formation due to vascular malformation caused as the blood which should be like a stream of flowing river has turned into a lake thereby leading to deformation of face and it’s features.
The tumor started growing when he was 14 and has continued to grow even more smothering his lips, nose and one of eyes.
It’s now a 40cm wide, 5kg shockingly massive tumor.
He never treated his tumor due to medical misinformation, lack of finances and religious beliefs. Doing tasks like brushing, eating or drinking is an ordeal that he faces everyday.
The tumor has blinded him in one eye and has mode the jaw so massive that he requires the effort of his hands to open and close them.
Unable to find a job or more likely people willing to offer him job, Mestre has been supported by his sister for all financial and psychological needs.
A Discovery Channel series “My Shocking Story:The Man With No Face” has tried to capture what it feels to be like Mestre with people staring, ridiculing and taking photographs as if it was some caged animal walking freely.But now one of Britain’s leading facial surgeon has proposed to treat Mestre off his curse. Using ultrasound technique to coagulate blood before operation the doctors have tries to cure Mestre.