2 OMSs help 3-year-old with birth defects

STATEN ISLAND — Doctors from Staten Island University Hospital are helping a young girl from Ecuador to lead a more normal life.

3-year-old Betsaida was born with birth defects which caused her to have trouble breathing and eating.

“Betsaida was born with this really extensive congenital deformity where she was basically missing one side of her face, it was completely open,” Dr. Lydia Lam said.

Betsaida was born with no right eye and without much of the bone or flesh on the right side of her face and was only able to eat through a feeding tube.

“It’s a very dramatic appearance that she had before. You were able to see her teeth with her at rest and basically her entire throat,” Dr. David Hoffman said.

“Here was this baby that really didn’t walk, didn’t eat, only stayed in her mother’s hands,” Dr. Steve Yusupov said.

The doctors at SIUH performed life-changing surgery to close the hole in her face.

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