A woman who needed reconstructive surgery on her nose after doctors removed a clot of blood vessels under her skin has revealed how cruel strangers make her look like a ‘bull’ or Shrek’s princess Fiona.
Laudiane Fernandes, 42, from Alagoas, Brazil, was born with hemangiomas, collections of tiny blood vessels that form nodules under the skin, in her nose, scalp, and around her eyes.
They caused severe nosebleeds and seizures in childhood, which worsened to the point where she had to be in and out of the hospital on a regular basis.
After being diagnosed at age 16, Laudiane underwent eight surgeries, including one to remove a hemangioma from her nose, which involved cutting the skin and reshaping the nose.
However, the recovered skin became infected and Laudiane’s nose partially collapsed.
Laudiane Fernandes, from Alagoas, Brazil, was born with hemangiomas, a collection of small blood vessels that form a lump under the skin that caused severe nosebleeds as a child
Laudiane eventually needed reconstructive surgery, which gave her a bigger nose, above
To repair the damage, doctors performed a skin graft with part of the inside of Laudiane’s cheek.
While this helped her breathe better, she also got a nose that was “twice the size” of the one she had before.
“After five hours, the process was complete, and while I was glad my nose was finally whole again, I was sad about my appearance and all the scars I had left,” Laudiane explained.
‘After three months I was back in and out of the hospital where they made sure that the skin was not shed. I remember missing being at school with my friends and playing with them, and I started struggling mentally.
‘My mother was crying and worried that we wouldn’t have enough money to cover all my operations financially and I felt down almost every day.
Laudiane, in the photo, is made fun of by cruel strangers who say she looks like a ‘bull’ or Shrek’s princess Fiona
Laudiane was bullied about her nose as a child and says the torment continues to this day
“Once I got back to school, I got comments from my peers, like” How’s Pinocchio? ” and “You look like an alien with that nose,” who used to hurt my feelings and their constant harassment really took its toll on me.
What is a Hemangioma?
A hemangioma is a collection of small blood vessels that form a lump under the skin.
They are also referred to as ‘strawberry marks’ because the surface of a hemangioma can look like the surface of a strawberry.
Eighty percent of hemangiomas develop no problems at all, and in those who do, the problems are not always serious.
Hemangiomas can be superficial or deep. Some hemangiomas are a combination of the superficial and deep types, with a raised, red area on the skin’s surface and a bluish swelling that goes deeper into the skin.
We don’t fully know the cause, but there is some evidence that some cases may arise from placental tissue very early in pregnancy.
Source: NHS / Great Ormond Street
“However, I learned to be strong and brave because I had no other choice and if people couldn’t accept my differences it just showed me that they weren’t happy with themselves.”
Laudiane, who works as a beautician, had her first nosebleed at the age of five. It was so serious that she was “in a pool of her own blood.”
“Within seconds, I had a seizure that scared my teachers because they didn’t know what was going on and I was rushed to the hospital,” Laudiane recalls.
‘When I arrived, doctors struggled to make a diagnosis because there was not enough technology available as there is now.
They tried to do a cauterization – a procedure that aims to burn off and remove part of the body – where they tried to burn some of my blood vessels in an attempt to stop me from bleeding, but this didn’t work . ‘
Laudiane was in and out of the hospital as a child with ‘constant’ bleeding and seizures that kept getting worse.
She was eventually diagnosed with cavernous hemangioma at the age of 16. Doctors found that her nose, eyes, and scalp were all affected.
Laudiane continued, ‘While my nosebleeds got so worse that I couldn’t even come for a day without bleeding profusely, I spent most of my time in hospital corridors where they could monitor my condition.
So doctors decided the best course of action would be to have surgery on my nose, where they would cut it and remove a clump of blood vessels.
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Laudiane, in the photo, had a skin graft after a scar from a previous reconstructive surgery was infected
Laudiane was in and out of the hospital as a child with ‘constant’ bleeding and seizures that kept getting worse. Pictured, Laudiane today
‘I had eight surgeries and in my last they tried to reattach the skin to my nose but this resulted in an infection and as a result I lost part of my nose.
‘I had a deviated septum after my surgery that caused me major breathing difficulties and that helped me to know that I had no choice but to leave them [reconstruct my nose] with part of my cheek. ‘
Laudiane now lives with a nose that has a bigger tip than before and says she still gets mean comments from people.
Laudiane now lives with a nose that has a bigger tip than before and says she still gets mean comments from people
Laudiane said, ‘I am not ashamed or feel inferior to anyone else because of my appearance and I believe my condition has really made me stronger and it will not stop me from making my dreams come true’. Pictured, Laudiane today
Laudiane said she is grateful to be alive because her condition led to respiratory problems
She added: ‘Sometimes I still get comments from people online who are just awful and cruel like,’ You look like Fiona from Shrek ‘and’ Only bulls have noses like that, ‘but my ordeal taught me that you don’t let what others say affect you because life is so precious.
‘Because of my condition, there were times when I could have stopped breathing or even bleed because of how much I was losing, but I thank God every day I’m still here to tell my story.
“I’m not ashamed or inferior to anyone else because of my appearance and I believe my condition has really made me stronger and it won’t stop me from living out my dreams.”