"Answer to a Family’s Prayers: Kuwaiti Baby Gets Life-changing Surgery in NYC for Disfiguring Tumor" - Ellen Moynihan and Cathy Burke
Just days before her first birthday, baby Noor Nunez and her family flew over 6,300 miles from Kuwait City to meet Gregory Levitin, MD, senior faculty of otolaryngology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and learn if he could treat a non-cancerous hemangioma on Noor’s face that was growing rapidly. Noor’s growth was a hemangioma that affected not only the skin but the tissue underneath, and it continued to grow. When she was six months old, it began to cover her right eye and distort her nose. Dr. Levitin performed the two-and-a-half hour surgery on Noor at The Mount Sinai Hospital on July 24. According to Dr. Levitin, Noor’s swelling will go down significantly in the next three to six weeks, which would prime her for the laser treatment to reduce the redness. “It takes time and laser to improve. I believe by age three it’s going to be fantastic and by age five, before she goes to school, she’s going to look completely normal.
— Gregory M. Levitin, MD, Senior Faculty, Otolaryngology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai