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Haitian teen gets four pound tumor removed from her Face

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By: Krystle Crossman

Hennglise Dorvial, age 15, had been living with a tumor on her face for four years. It began being the size of a pea. The tumor had grown to weigh four pounds by the time she had surgery to remove it.

Dorvial is from Haiti. She was part of a program called Operation Smile, which is a charity that helps children from all over the world that have facial deformities. They give children the surgeries that they need and cover all of the finances that go along with it. Dorvial’s surgery was performed by a team of doctors in Virginia.

The ameloblastoma began growing in the sinus area. It was benign, so there was no cancer to worry about. Three surgeons removed the tumor during a 12 hour surgery. Most of the funding for the surgery came from Larry O’Reilly who owns O’Reilly’s Auto Parts. He had met Dorvial during a trip to Haiti in 2011. The Operation Smile project was founded by Dr. William McGee who was one of the surgeons that operated on her. He said that it was the largest one that he had ever taken out.

Dorvial told FoxNews in an interview that the brave young lady was not nervous at all about the surgery. She told them that she wanted to look in the mirror and not look the same as she had before. The doctors say that the vision in her left eye is likely never to return. The tumor did not grow into the base of the skull which helped immensely with the facial reconstruction. During the surgery, they needed to reposition a bone in her lower left jaw and they are expecting that a follow-up surgery will be needed because of how the tumor had moved the bone.

Dorvial’s mother Yvrose is excited to go back to Haiti to show friends and family the results of the surgery. She stated that Hennglise has not been able to go to school since the fifth grade because of the tumor.



  1. Jacqueline

    May 16, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I wish her a speed recovery and the tumor never returns.

  2. Anastasia

    May 16, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Just wondering if her left eye is functional. Anyway, yuck.

    • Me

      May 16, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      I don’t know who you are, but man when the day comes on you that your “yuck” statement comes back to bite you, karma is going to be NO JOKE!

    • aleximaq

      May 18, 2014 at 6:04 am

      God bless you, should be ashamed of yourself.

    • Regina

      May 18, 2014 at 4:11 pm


      Either you are a neglected child trolling the internet to look for something you haven’t received or never will at home or YOU ARE A SOULESS BUNDLE OF ANIMAL CUNNING THAT HAS NO RIGHT TO LIVE.

      Take your pick.

  3. Audrey

    May 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

    What a blessing for Hennglise. I pray she will be able to return to school. Maybe she will become a doctor one way. God Bless her benefactor and the surgeons.

    A note to Anastasia – If you read before you commented, you would know about her eye. And your final word is distasteful. Put yourself in this young girl’s place. Do you have the sensitivity to do that?

    • Regina

      May 18, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      Anastasia is not bred for sensitivity.

  4. ROSIA

    May 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    God is good all the time and we know nothing is too hard or impossible for him. I pray that Hennglise will live a full happy life and that God will give her the desires of her heart, as long as it is in God’s will. I thank God that he gives people knowledge and ability to be able to give miracles such as this. KEEP SMILING Hennglise, and remember there are no limits to what God can do

  5. Patrick

    May 16, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Thank ALL those WHO sponsored Her FINANCIALLY to MAKE the OPERATION possible and MOST important GLORY to the MOST High GOD in the HIGHEST in the POWERFUL name of JESUS is LORD of ALL


    May 17, 2014 at 4:13 pm


  7. aleximaq

    May 18, 2014 at 6:03 am

    I believe this is the second surgery she has had…I remember a documentary a few years ago about a little girl from Haiti with a facial tumor and some nurses were very instrumental in getting her here to get part of the tumor removed….Thank God for her healing….

  8. Regina

    May 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I wish this brave young lady a speedy recovery and a future of excellent health, success and prosperity.

    As for Mr. O’Reilly, he have a kind and beautiful soul.

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