Title: Dr. Kami Parsa Discusses the Removal of a 16lb Facial Growth
Description: Doctors in Miami are preparing to remove a 16-pound growth that has engulfed the face of a Haitian girl.
Dr Parsa an oculoplastic reconstructive surgeon talks to ABC news about a large reconstructive procedure that was featured on the Discovery Health Channel.
Marlie's tumor-like growth had been brought about by a rare condition named Polysostotic Fibrous Dysplasia, which is characterized by uneven growth, pain, brittleness and deformity of the affected bones. The growth first became evident six years ago and it grew over Marlie's nose and mouth, rendering her unable to eat, breathe or speak on her own. If the growth on her face isn't removed, doctors say the 14-year-old will soon become blind.
The International Kids Fund partnered with Good Samaritan for a Better Life to fund Marlie's surgeries, which began when she arrived in Miami with a tracheotomy to insert a breathing tube.
The first words Marlie uttered when the tracheotomy was removed were "thank you."
Dr. Kami Parsa is an Oculoplastic & Reconstructive Surgeon who specializes exclusively in reconstructive, revisional and cosmetic surgery of the eyes and surrounding tissue. His expertise in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery has made him the choice for patients who have had previous plastic surgery and now need revisional surgery around the eyes. Dr. Parsa has appeared on numerous media outlets around the world, including CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, The New York Times and the Miami Herald.
In addition to maintaining a busy surgical practice, Dr. Parsa is involved in several humanitarian organizations. He is the President of Universal Children's Medical Fund, a non-profit organization committed to delivering surgical care and education to children in developing countries. He is an active volunteer surgeon for International Kids Fund and has participated in numerous reconstructive surgeries through this organization. One of these cases was recently featured in an hour-long special entitled A New Face for Marlie on Discovery Health Channel.
"I have always believed that one of the most important things you can do with this life is serve others. This is the true passion that continues to drive me professionally and personally, and I feel so fortunate that I can work and make a difference as a surgeon. There are too many areas of the world and in our own country that do not have access to adequate medical care. My initial involvement was with International Kids Foundation at University of Miami. Through this organization I met exemplary people who have dedicated themselves to a lifetime of service and charity. It has been a humbling experience to work with such incredible people. These encounters have been instrumental in my growth as a physician and person. When I moved back to California, I helped to establish the Universal Children's Fund. Our mission is to make people's lives a little better in situations that otherwise may not seem possible. Children especially need sustainable hope, and our goal is to provide them with necessary medical and surgical care, helping them to grow into a brighter future."
- Dr. Kami Parsa