Donnie Fritts: Man left gaping hole in his face after surgery to remove ultra-rare cancer

Updated: 23 Nov 2013
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Man with a hole in his face
 
Donnie Fritts underwent surgery which left him with a gaping hole in his face - but his wife Sharon will stand by her man.

When Donnie developed an aggressive form of cancer on his face he was confronted with a choice: his face or his life.

He decided to have an operation that would remove the ultra-rare cancer - called ameloblastic carcinoma – along with much of his face.

The 12-hour surgery was a success but left Donnie, a former carpenter, with a gaping hole in the middle of his face.

He no longer had a nose, upper lip and palate and part of his forehead was missing.

There was some joy in 2011 as a top team of surgeons gave Donnie a prosthetic to make it look like he had a normal face.

But sadly their joy was short-lived as Donnie developed a life-threatening infection. He battled back to health but was forced to wait for a new prosthetic.

Sharon is determined to stand by the man she loves until a solution can be found.

"Donnie is an amazing man. He's so funny and has kept his sense of humor throughout," she said. "I still see the man I saw when we walked down the aisle.”

Donnie and Sharon’s story will feature in an episode of new series Body Bizarre which will air on TLC UK on Monday 25th November.
 
SOURCE: mirror.co.uk
 
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