Dr. Notarianni Joins Surgical Team for Rare Maxillofacial Surgery
July 13, 2018 by neuro
LSU Health Shreveport held a press conference Monday, April 23 about a surgery that will take place tomorrow for nine and half year old Palestinian boy, Mustufa Khaleel Mahmoud Issa, who suffers from a form of a facial cleft that extends from the lip to the inner canthus of the eye as well as hypertelorism, a condition that is evident by an abnormally large distance between the eyes. These conditions may be attributed to abnormal development of the bones of the forehead and the base of the skill, premature fusion of the bony plates of the skull or a cleft between the bones of the nose or upper face. The team of LSU Health physicians, including Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons, Cleft Lip/Palate & Craniofacial surgeons, and Neurosurgeons include LSU Health’s Dr. G.E. Ghali and the Department of Neurosurgery/University Neurosurgery’s Dr. Christina M. Notarianni, MD. All physicians that make up the team are donating their time.
Willis-Knighton Health System is fully underwriting medical and surgical care and is providing housing for Mustufa and his family. The PCRF – Palestine Children’s Relief Fund provided visa and travel funding for Mustufa and his mother, Dunia Saed, to travel from the Middle East for this surgery.