A young woman from Kolkata in Eastern India has lived without a face all her life.
21-year-old Khadija Khatoon has a severe facial deformity, with a huge mass of cells hanging all over her eyes and nose. She is thought to have a rare condition called neurofibromatosis, in which large tumors grow along the nerves.
The growth hanging over Khatoon's face is so massive that it can't be even judged whether she has a nose and eyes or not. When she was born with extremely heavy eyelids that prevented her from opening her eyes, Khatoon's parents were told by the doctors at the local hospital that nothing could be done to treat her condition.
Despite the extra amount of hanging flesh on her face, Khatoon is positive and says that her condition does not let her down.
“This is who I am and this is the life I live and I fill my days sitting and thinking, talking to my mother about life and going for walks near my home,” said the youngster who has never been to a school. “I’m made this way and I accept it graciously. If this is how I’m meant to be then I live with it.”
Khatoon, who has never seen the world with her own eyes, has a small slit on the left side of her face. Dr Anirban Deep Banerjee of the Apollo Hospital in Kolkata believes that Khatoon might have a fatal tumor in her face. Banerjee has further urged Khatoon's parents to take her for a genetic test.
A Crowdfunder page has been established to raise funds for Khatoon's medical treatment costs and expenses.