Noma â€“ no more: Aissa’s new face
Seven-year-old Aissa weighed 11 kg when she arrived onboard the Mercy Ship where a team of maxillo-facial surgeons reconstructed her face ravaged by noma, a flesh eating disease.
Walking down a street in Cameroon, West Africa, physician’s assistant Sarah Root noticed a little girl with a dirty rag wrapped around her head, covered in flies.
When Sarah uncovered Aissa’s face, she almost recoiled at the appalling sight. A wound extended from the child's right eye to her jaw and from the corner of her lip to her ear. A hole gaped where the skin had been eaten away, and swelling closed her right eye.
Noma! A flesh-eating disease born of poverty - u