Doctors confess removing tumour on the eye of 28-year-old lady would kill her (PHOTOS)

Nicoleta Leizeriuc, 28, has lived with the benign tumour all her life which covers her left eye completely and affects her vision
A mother-of-two is hoping doctors can find a way to remove the large tumour growing from her eye without killing her.
Nicoleta Leizeriuc, 28, has lived with the benign tumour all her life which covers her left eye completely and affects her vision.

She is set to undergo surgery to cut the growth - but doctors first need to reduce its size using chemicals to prevent any blood loss during the operation.
Mrs Leizeriuc, from Mileanca, a small village in north east Romania, has been forced to live as a recluse due to the constant ridicule she gets.
She says people in her village often judge her and make cruel comments and that surgery would transform her life.
'I can't go into town or work or go to the kindergarten when there are parent meetings,' Mrs Leizeriuc said.

She is set to undergo surgery to cut the growth - but doctors first need to reduce its size using chemicals to prevent any blood loss during the operation
"I have to go the next day because there are some parents who do not like me.
I would have more courage to get out in the world. I wouldn't stay alone. This is what I think it will change firstly."
Despite being ostracised by her community, Nicoleta has a great support system in the form of her two young sons and her husband Aurel.

Mr Leizeriuc said: 'I'm attached to her and she to me, she's a very warm person to me. I found trust in her and we went forward together.'

A team of doctors has been put together at a hospital 414 miles away in the south west of the country, to come up with a plan to treat her.

It will involve undergoing several 19 hours trips by overnight train to have a series of treatments.
Buried deep within the tumour is her eyeball, surrounded by malformed blood vessels which are connected to her jaw and cheek, and these could burst.

Plastic surgeon Dr Zorin Crainiceanu said: 'It's impossible to cut the tumour off because the bleeding might kill the patient.'

Instead, the medical team will first seek to reduce the tumour by injecting chemical agents directly into it, which will make it smaller and easier to operate on.

'This is important because when we get to the surgery the tumour will be smaller and the risk of haemorrhaging will be reduced,' said the doctor.

After reducing the size they will carry out a process known as embolisation which will help to block off blood vessels from the tumour to the brain, effectively starving it of blood.
Once the team of doctors feel the tumour is a more manageable size, they will then begin to surgically remove it from Nicoleta's face.

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