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Hostage crisis victim has reconstruction surgery in Taiwan
Central News Agency
2013-12-20 11:11 PM
Taipei, Dec. 20 (CNA) A Hong Kong woman who sustained a serious bullet wound to her lower jaw has undergone successful reconstruction surgery and was recovering well in a hospital in Taiwan, doctors said Friday. Yik Siu Ling, 37, was one of the tourists held hostage in Manila in August 2010 by Rolando del Rosario Mendoza, a dismissed Philippine police officer. The standoff and subsequent shootout led to nine deaths, including that of the hostage-taker. Nine other people, including Yik, were injured. The bullet fractured Yik's inferior maxilla, or lower jaw-bone, and treatments in the last three years left scar contractures on her face and neck. Her jaw-bone was also seriously out of place. After weeks of preparation, a team of plastic surgeons and oral surgeons of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in New Taipei operated on Yik Wednesday, according to the hospital. After the 10-hour operation, Yik's endotracheal tube, which was used for anesthesia, was removed Thursday and she was able to breathe normally, the hospital said in a press release. The doctors removed Yik's scar contractures, relocated her lower jaw-bone and stabilized it with titanium plates. They also took part of a fibula osteocutaneous flap from her leg to repair her lower jaw. Microsurgery to join the blood vessels allowed the implanted flap to receive blood and to survive. The team of doctors was headed by Wei Fu-chan, a leading expert in reconstructive microsurgery. The team has set a record of treating 3,000 patients with damaged extremities, including sewing back a total of 1,835 fingers and toes for 1,600 patients. Their operation on Yik is being documented by the Discovery Channel, which is planning to air the program next year, the hospital said. (By Chen Ching-fang and Jay Chen)
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