Cambodian man with tumors in his gums receives life-changing surgery
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Eng Kheng lives in a small, out-of-the-way village in Cambodia. For 30 years, he suffered from a rare disease called gingival hyperplasia, which completely altered his face.
The disease causes excessive growth of the gums, and can result in tumors. However, in Eng's case, it was so bad that he could only eat processed food and could only swallow and speak with great difficulty.
An Australian doctor, Dr. Cheng, heard about Eng's condition while staying in Cambodia and decided to help him: "I have never seen anything like this before," said the doctor. "I don't think anyone around the world has seen anything that big."
For the operation, Eng was flown to Australia, and in a procedure lasting several hours, the medical team removed the tumors from his mouth.
A few scars remain from the surgery, but Eng Kheng looks like a completely different person. Dr. Cheng explained, "His chief concern was to look normal. He's been suffering all his life. He just wanted to look normal, like everyone else."
Eng could not be more thankful. And he is back in his homeland once again and can finally live his life free of the restrictions his condition had imposed.