Courageous girl undergoes revolutionary ‘balloon’ surgery to remove giant birthmark—the result is amazing! Courageous girl undergoes revolutionary ‘balloon’ surgery to remove giant birthmark—the result is amazing!
This schoolgirl faced a long and complicated medical procedure in which “balloons” were inserted into her scalp to stretch the skin over her head.... Courageous girl undergoes revolutionary ‘balloon’ surgery to remove giant birthmark—the result is amazing!

This schoolgirl faced a long and complicated medical procedure in which “balloons” were inserted into her scalp to stretch the skin over her head. Despite her ordeal, she showed great courage, and bore all the pain and discomfort with a smile on her face.


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Jessica Brett from Lincoln, UK, was born with a giant mole covering half her head. This mole was so enormous it was partially visible under her hair on her left-hand side. While the little girl was unfazed by the mark, doctors feared it could become untreatable if it turned cancerous, and advised her parents to have it removed as soon as she was old enough.


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To avoid leaving her with a bald patch on her head, medical staff decided to grow more skin on Jessica’s scalp instead of grafting skin from elsewhere.


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In June 2013, Jessica underwent an arduous operation, where her hair was shaved off and three silicone balloons were inserted in a line down the center of her scalp. Every two weeks, these were filled with saline by Khawaja Gulraiz Rauf, a plastic surgery specialist at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Three months later, the surgeons removed the “lumps” on Jessica’s head, as well as the skin where her mole was. The newly stretched skin on her scalp was then used to cover up the area where her mole had been. Drawing inspiration from her idol, Jessie J, the brave youngster didn’t complain even once throughout the entire ordeal.

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Unfortunately, the new skin wasn’t quite large enough, and Jessica had to have her head shaved yet again. A final balloon was inserted in October 2014, which Jessica’s parents inflated at home.

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The last 10 percent of the mole, as well as the balloon on the side of Jessica’s head, was removed in January 2015, finally resulting in a perfect head of growing hair for the young girl.

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“Although Jessica has scars, they are quickly fading and she is looking forward to growing her hair out again. She’s been amazing throughout this whole journey, taking it all in her stride with a huge smile on her face,” noted Becky, Jessica’s mother.

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Mr. Rauf, Jessica’s plastic surgery specialist, also commented on the strength and courage of the young schoolgirl. Mr. Rauf also praised the family, mentioning how well they followed instructions and kept smiling, in spite of the difficulties they faced.


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Birthmarks like Jessica’s are formally known as a pigmented melanocytic nevus, affecting only 1 percent of all people, and appear on the head or neck in 15 percent of cases.


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Jessica fearlessly underwent a medical procedure that is believed to have never been performed on the scalp before in the UK, and was performed only once previously, in the USA.


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We wish this brave schoolgirl a bright and healthy future!

Henry Okafor

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