Life

By Lauren Fruen


A MUM was left with a gaping hole in her face after doctors were forced to remove her nose during surgery.

Ida Deslandes is now forced to breathe through a hole above her right eye socket after medics discovered her stage 4 cancer had spread.

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The 60-year-old also lost her right eye during the op and had not been warned she might wake up without her nose.

The pensioner now says all she wants is a face ‘before she dies’.

She did not know what her face looked like for five weeks following the surgery and said she was “devastated” when she finally saw her reflection.

Mum-of-two Ida, who lives with husband Randy, 58, in Smithville, Canada, then had a patch of skin from her back removed and attached to her face.

Ida had gone into surgery back in March 2014 when doctors were forced to remove her nose. Since then she has undergone numerous surgeries in a bid to reconstruct her eye socket and nose.

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Now Ida is cancer free and trying to raise the money she needs for a new face.

She said: “All I want is to have a face before I die.

“I had an 18 hour operation. I had not been warned I would lose my nose but they told my husband Randy following the surgery.

“It was five weeks before I looked in the mirror. I was devastated.

“I breath through the hole in head. I call it my blowhole.

“The past few years have been full of ups and downs. I feel like l live in a fishbowl.

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“People do stare at me and they say horrible things. To them I’m a freak.

“We’ve had friends say that they can’t eat around me because my face makes them feel ill.

“Randy met a nice looking strong woman it 2000 and ended up with a freak in 2014.

“Most men would have walked away. But not Randy – we are in it together for the long haul.

“It is my dream to be able to look at my husband with both eyes and my whole face and to thank him for standing by me.”

Ida’s friend Sharon Williamson is now raising money for her surgery. (Mandatory credit: Please visit https://www.youcaring.com/idadeslandesguarascia-1104727)

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Sharon said: “Ida is desperate for a new face.

“People stare. She feels the sting of the second glances. Some days she can barely look at her own self in the mirror.”