Help is on the way for a Congolese boy that was left disfigured after a brutal
attack by chimpanzees Dunia Sibomana.
group of chimpanzees jumped from the trees and attacked him and two
other boys as they played near a preserve in their native Democratic
Republic of the Congo. Dunia, unlike the others, survived.
was severely disfigured: His lips ripped off and one cheek torn apart,
leaving him with muscle damage that make it hard for him to eat, swallow
undergo a rare and complicated surgery at a Long Island hospital that
will use tissue and muscle from his forearm to recreate both lips. The
hope is that he will once again be able to open and close his mouth, and
eat and talk normally.
Dr. Leon Klempner, an associate professor of dentistry at Stony
Brook Children’s Hospital, where Dunia will undergo the operation, said:
‘As you can imagine, not having any lips, the food can just come right
out.’He drools all the time and can’t pronounce different
words.’We’re feeling very optimistic. We’re hoping after the surgery
he’ll reintegrate into society and perhaps go back to school or have
some semblance of a normal life.’
Since the attack two years ago, which killed Dunia’s
four-year-old brother and a young cousin, Dunia has been the target of
bullies and become shy and withdrawn.