Woman with rare ‘melting face’ condition refuses surgery to fix it
The mother-of-one%u2019s condition received attention last week when medics were contacted to request assistance for her. But despite the severity of condition, believed to be related to neurofibromatosis, Wiang yesterday refused help because she is afraid of dying on the operating table. Wiang, who also has two grandchildren, said:
%u2018I have had this problem for a long time. More than I can remember. I have survived and I%u2019m healthy and have a job.
%u2018If I have an operation I might never wake up. I%u2019m afraid I would not survive it. %u2018My daughter brings me here so I can sell flowers and camphor oils. I am happy and somebody gave me a donation this week, which I%u2019m grateful for.%u2019 Praew Wattana, 22, who first contacted health workers to ask for help for Wiang, said she had seen her a few weeks ago and stopped to ask her about herself. Praew said:
%u2018I saw the grandmother selling things on the street in front of the bank. I felt sorry for her because she could not see and I thought she was suffering.
%u2018We are welcome and ready to help with surgery but she is afraid of dying. She said thank you to everybody for trying to help. We will continue to see what can be done for her.%u2019 Neurofibromatosis is a genetic condition that often begins in childhood and causes benign tumours to grow on nerve tissue. The severity of the condition varies between sufferers and in the developed world is most often treated in the early stages with surgery.