daughter's name is Eugenia Bracco. She was born on December 12, 1994 with a problem on her
face called "Unilateral Facial Tuberose Hemangioma". It was a vascular
malformation involving the upper lip, cheek and running up to the right temporal region.
The description was in the past tense because as can be observed in the photographs,
after many operations in the past five years, her malformation has been able to be reduced
to half its original size,
Eugenia has been treated since her birth. For two years she was treated in Buenos Aires
without positive results by "DR. POPENDICH", who saw her every 15 days or every
month in his office, the visits cost between $ 120 and $ 200 each plus transportation from
our town to the Capital. He also performed a treatment on her called
"Interferon" in which she received two weekly shots for six months. The cost of
this treatment was $ 5,000 without a favorable outcome for her problem.
When Eugenia was two years old a new-treatment was-indicated. With the same drug and at
that time, along with the pediatrician, we decided to consult in the United States, as we
had no hope in Argentina. Beginning in 1997 she has been seeing DR. BRUCE ACHAUER at the
St. Joseph Hospital in the city of Orange, California.
DR. ACHAUER specializes in this pathology with children of a young age. We are able to
see the positive results of his treatments in other children we've met in his waiting room
DR. ACHAUER started the treatment with LASER and KTP on her whole Hemangioma. Both
treatments were repeated five times every four months with a cost of $ 5,000 each.
In 1999 they started with the surgical treatments. Three surgeries were performed
resulting in great improvement, during the first operation she received two tissue
expanders, one in the forehead another one in the cheek and her upper lip was reduced. She
was injected with 15cc of solution in those expanders for a month so that the skin could
be cultivated. The second operation was carried out after the doctor considered she had
sufficient amount of skin. During the second operation a large part of the malformation
was removed and grafted with the cultivated skin. A third operation was done to remove the
nose Hemangioma and covered with skin from both her groin areas. This treatment and our
stay cost us $38,000.
Another surgery was done this month for an expander to be able to cultivate the skin
again. Her lip was reduced and her nose was formed with cartilage from the ear. These
surgeries have a cost of $12,000.
In a few words, we have a long story that hasn't ended yet because there are still many
more surgeries to be done before the Hemangioma is completely removed.
With nothing more to say, we send our best and thank you for any help you wish to give
us for our daughter Eugenia.
Carlos and Andrea Bracco
"Thank you, Eugenia"
The donations could be made on any "BANK OF AMERICA"
On the name of "EUGENIA BRACCO" Account # 21605-00558
Saturday 25 November 2000
Party/Dance on benefit to
Eugenia Bracco in La Asociación Argentina de Los Angeles
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