Pioneering reconstructive surgery has been carried out by maxillofacial surgeon Simon Holmes, a Saving Faces’ trustee and a colleague of the founder of the charity, Professor Iain Hutchison.
Two brothers were set upon by a gang and were both bludgeoned unconscious. They needed expert surgery to put their torn-apart faces back together. David was so horribly injured that half of his face was caved in after he suffered a broken cheekbone, jaw shattered in six places, broken palate and fractured teeth. His brother’s eye socket caved in after he was hit.
A team of doctors at the maxillofacial surgical unit at the Royal London Hospital, led by consultant Simon Holmes, carried out a four-and-a-half hour operation on David to rebuild the right side of his face.