Woman With Skin Cancer Given New Nose Using Flesh From Her Scalp
On 1st October 2015
#1 A woman with a spot on her nose was horrified to discover she had cancer.
Bree Towner, 28, discovered a small spot on her nose in January 2013 and it wasn't healing for months. She was initially told by medics it was not cancerous.
But two years later the it had grown to the size of a pencil eraser, and Ms Towner was told she had basal cell carcinoma, a common skin cancer.
#2 She went under the knife for six hours on March 5 to remove the growth.
Doctors at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St Louis, Missouri, were forced to take skin off her nose four times to remove all the affected cancer cells.
#3 As a result, she underwent three major operations to fashion a new nose from her scalp, and was given more than 100 stitches.
Ms Towner, pictured 11 days after her surgery, says the horrific scars left her on the brink of suicide. She said: 'I never attempted it, but the thoughts were there daily between February and July.'
#4 Then, a month later on April 9, after being told she was cancer-free, she had another operation to remove the excess skin and stitches, to unveil her new face.
Ms Towner was forced to shave her nose and had horrific scars that left her suicidal. She is pictured 17 days after her nose reconstruction.