Update on Progress of Lai Thi Dao, Vietnamese Teenager that Underwent Surgery to Remove Twelve-Pound Tumor

On April 30, surgeons at Holtz Children’s Hospital located at the University of Miami/Jackson Medical Center successfully removed a 12lb tumor that severely deformed the face of fifteen year-old Lai Thi Dao from Vietnam. Without surgery, the tumor’s rapid growth in comparison to the rest of her organs would have eventually led to the critical closing of Lai’s throat and collapse of her upper airways.

Thanks to the remarkable work of Dr. Jesus Gomez and Dr. Robert Marx, oral and maxillofacial surgeons of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center coupled with the overwhelming support that has poured in from generous donors from around the world Lai is making an excellent recovery.

Lai is happy and healthy and her life will only continue to improve over the course of the next several months. Lai will require additional follow up care such as cosmetic surgery and speech therapy. Your support will allow the International Kids Fund to continue to help Lai and hundreds of other kids from around the world receive the life-saving care, they desperately need. We urge you learn about the children in our program and make your donation today!

The International Kids Fund, a program of the Jackson Memorial Foundation, dedicated to helping children throughout the world overcome serious illnesses, will update the South Florida community on the medical progress of Lai Thi Dao, the Vietnamese teenager that suffered from the likely largest Schwannoma tumor ever at a brief press conference on Monday, September 15, 2008.  In advance of Lai’s debut on a new national daytime show called The Doctors, she, along with Dr. Jesus Gomez oral and maxillofacial surgeon at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, will be on hand to talk about the surgery, her recovery and her future plans, including when she will return home.

The new medical and health show, which features four celebrity doctors who discuss recent health issues in the news, documented Lai’s pre-, during and post- surgical experience.  The episode that features Lai will air on September 15, 2008 at 3:00 PM on South Florida’s CBS affiliate.

Earlier this year, Lai received life-saving surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital to remove a twelve-pound tumor that would have eventually led to the critical closing of her throat and collapse of her upper airways.  Schwannoma tumors are usually benign and unlikely to return once removed.