An infant with a brain injury has been given a new life thanks to an ingenious dental surgery.
The child, whose name has not been released, was given the cheekbone transplant operation to repair a carotid and aorta artery damaged by a traumatic head injury.
“It was a traumatic event in his life, but the surgery saved his life,” his father, Mohamad Hassan, told Al Jazeera.
“His head was so swollen, he couldn’t breathe and he had to be sedated for the rest of his life.”
Dr Hamed al-Arian, who operated on the boy, told the BBC that he wanted to be the first to perform such a surgery.
“I was very pleased with the results,” he said.
“The baby was born on December 10th, 2015.
His face is completely black, and the only thing he has now is his tongue.”
Dr al-arian said the surgery took less than five minutes, and he was able to restore the child’s vision, breathing and speech.
He said the operation was a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity.
“This surgery has opened a world for me, and it has given me new possibilities for life and the future,” he told the broadcaster.
“A baby born with an injury like that could have a life expectancy of just one or two years, so for me this is a life-changing operation.”‘
Amazingly lucky’The baby’s father said he hoped the surgery would allow the child to continue living independently.
“He is the happiest child I have ever met,” Hassan said.
“I am amazed by how lucky he is to be alive and healthy.”
Dr Arian said it would take a few years before the child was able, but that the operation had given him a chance to live the rest he wanted.
“My aim was to save the child, not his life.
I hope to do this to others,” he added.