Lucas was born with a uncommon lymphangioma tumor on his face. By the age of 10, he underwent 24 surgical procedures however none of them have been profitable in treating the tumor.
Lucas explains that he has endured a slew of health problems related to the tumor together with blurred imaginative and prescient, a burst eardrum, and excessive ache that persists from morning till night time. His tumor has additionally affected his and his household’s social and academic lives. He was not capable of end faculty and his mom has had hassle holding down a job they usually have been additionally homeless at one level.
“I felt guilty for being this way, for having to put [my mom] through that and I feel like I failed at being born,” Lucas shares, saying he looks like “a burden” to his household. Despite his previous fears, Lucas bravely joins The Doctors on stage saying he has come ahead partially to encourage others.
“It’s kind of an amazing feeling to come out here and show that you can be strong no matter what is thrown at you… [to] show people that they can go out and be themselves and not have to be ashamed of what they are,” he shares.
Lucas’ mother Sharie tells The Doctors she has by no means felt like her son has been a burden. “He’s always been a blessing. He always touched everybody in a positive way,” she says.
So can something be executed to assist Lucas? The Doctors ship him to facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Cabin to seek out out what choices he has. Dr. Cabin calls Lucas’ case “complex” and “a very rare and specialized problem.”
Dr. Gregory Levitin, surgeon and Director of Vascular Birthmarks and Malformations at Mount Sinai in New York City additionally reviewed Lucas’ case joins the panel by way of Skype and informs Lucas and his mom, “What I’m happy to tell you today is that this is something I believe can be treated.” Despite the complexities of Lucas’ state of affairs, he’s assured that with the assistance of his group and new medical know-how they will help him.
Seemingly surprised by the information of a possible solution to his tumor, Lucas says he is “relieved and overjoyed.” Adding, “It’s pretty amazing.”
The Doctors sit up for seeing Lucas’ progress and hopefully the removing of the tumor.