NYU Langone Medical Center to Give Shooting Victim Brand New Nose
Brandy Elias can't wait to look at herself in the mirror Tuesday. After five long years and 20 complicated facial surgeries, the shooting victim will finally get a new nose on her bullet-ravaged face, thanks to doctors at NYU Langone Medical Center. Volunteer doctors have already performed three surgeries to create the new nose, using skin, blood and cartilage from her forearm.
Incredibly, Elias' new nose is currently attached to her arm, and the docs will move it to her face this morning. "It's really an amazing thing," said Dr. Minas Constantinides. Even more amazingly, the surgery won't cost Elias a penny. Constantinides and Dr. Mark DeLacure volunteered their services as part of the Face to Face project, a free program of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.