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Boy severely disfigured after he was attacked by chimpanzees (Photos)

Help is on the way for a Congolese boy that was left disfigured after a brutal
attack by chimpanzees Dunia Sibomana. 

 
Daily Mail reports that he was considered the lucky one when a
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.
But he
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
and communicate. 
 
Now, eight-year-old Dunia is set to
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bullies and become shy and withdrawn.

Tireni Adebayo

Tireni Adebayo is the Editor of Kemi Filani News. She has BSC in Mass Communication from the Redeemer's University and M.A in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos (2014 - 2015) where she majored in Public Relations and Advertising and Digital Media.  When she is not writing, she is either listening to music or reading her favorite books. Tel: +2348000000901 Address: Herbert Macaulay, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria Email: tireni.adabayo@kemifilani.ng

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