Operation on teen girl with three nostrils a success

For the first time in her 16 years of life, the girl will be able to breathe through her nose.
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The girl's nose before the operation.

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The girl's nose after the operation.

A 16-year-old girl who was born with three nostrils was successfully operated on at Shanghai No.9 People’s Hospital, the hospital announced on Tuesday.

The operation also enabled her to breathe through her nose for the first time in her life as her nasal cavity was previously closed off from the rest of the respiratory tract.

The girl, who is from Chuxiong City of southwestern Yunnan Province, sought help from the Shanghai hospital under the recommendation of her hometown doctors who said that no doctor in Yunnan could do the job.

The operation, which was performed on July 24, reduced her nostrils, opened up her nasal cavity, restored her nasal area and shaped a nose of normal dimensions, the hospital said.

The same operation also repaired her drooping right eye, which was also a birth defect.

Dai Chuanchang, the doctor that operated on her, said the girl will need a few more operations to refine her nose and eyes.

The hospital has exempted her family of part of the cost of the operation, taking into consideration their financial status.

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