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Facial Surgery Might Repair Boy's Face After Chimp Attack

Update Date: Jan 07, 2016 10:30 AM EST

When he was 6 years, Dunia Sibomana was playing with two other boys when a few chimpanzees killed his friends and mangled his face, according to scienceworldreport .

Dunia, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, is now 8 years, and will undergo a rare and complicated surgery at Long Island hospital to repair his face. The attack made him lose his lips and he could not communicate properly. One of the cheeks had been torn away, with such muscle damage that he is not even able to swallow or eat properly.

" Difficulty eating, drools a lot, certain speech sounds, psychosocial sides are most damaging, made fun of. Other children in his position, they withdraw, they isolate themselves," Dr. Leon Klempner, Stony Brook Children's Hospital explained, via CBS News.

Dunia is now getting ready for surgery. He was brought through Klempner's non-profit organization Smile Rescue Fund For Kids. and is at present staying with a host family in Hauppauge as he gets ready for operation.

Health officials are hoping to repair his lips with the help of tissue from his forearm. However, the tough part will be to give life to his lips, including the secret of moving and feeling, according to Dr. Alexander Dagum, Chief of Plastic Surgery at Stony Brook.

Three to four operations in the next six to eight months can help to fix his face, according to the officials.

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