“DOCTORS GRAFT A NEW FACE ON JAMAICAN WOMAN AND WILL BE AVAILABLE TO TALK ABOUT UNIQUE SURGERY AT 5 P.M. TODAY”
Carol Guscott may soon be facing the public with a new outlook on life. Hoping to shed the embarrassment and anguish of her lonely existence, the 36-year-old Fullerton woman, who was horribly disfigured by robbers in Jamaica three years ago, underwent the first of a series of radical cosmetic surgeries this morning at Century City Hospital. During the surgery — which began at 7:30 a.m. and could last approximately seven hours — Century City Hospital reconstructive plastic surgeon Brian Kinney and USC plastic surgeon Gary Brody will attempt to give Carol a full face graft. They will take skin from her trunk (waist and parts of her back and neck) and graft on to her face. Dr. Kinney, M.D., and the hospital will provided their services at no cost to Carol. Dr. Kinney expects that Carol will require three to four major reconstructive operations in the next year.
“The challenges her case presents from a surgical perspective are minor in comparison to the ordeal she has lived with,” says Dr. Kinney. “Through the use of modern technology and surgical techniques, we may be able to help restore some of her external beauty that was burned away in the attack.”
Dr. Kinney will available to talk about the surgery at 5 p.m. today. Carol Guscott will not be available for interviews.