Life

By Sarah Francis


A teen has been left with a tragic facial deformity following routine dental work.

Suth Ret, 18, was left with a devastating condition called necrosis – a flesh rotting condition.

In December she became ill with a sinus infection and had a tooth removed in what should have been minor medical procedure.

However, the teen began to deteriorate and the right side of her face began to erode away.

PIC BY YULIA KHOURI / CATERS NEWS

Last week, Suth Ret was rushed to hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, weighing just 38Kg (5.9st).

As Suth Ret continues to fight for her life, Canadian expat Yulia Khouri has called for international help and funds to cover medical costs.

Yulia, who lives in Phnom Penh, said: “I cannot ever get over that in 2017 a healthy young girl went to a doctor with minor sinus and wad left for three months rotting away after he performed butchery on her and now lost her face.

“In 2017 a kid rotted away.”

Yulia, originally from Toronto, was put in contact with Suth Ret through a local man who posted her photos online and asked for help.

Yulia said:”Once I saw her there was nothing else I could do but help.

PIC BY YULIA KHOURI / CATERS NEWS

“I cannot imagine the levels of pain she has gone through.

“It’s not like she is sick, or has cancer or some disease.

“She was 100 percent healthy three months ago. She was just sneezing and now she has no face because of her flesh rotting condition”

PIC BY YULIA KHOURI / CATERS NEWS

Suth Ret has been visited by a German team of facial reconstruction surgeons and a Malay surgeon with 40 years’ experience the other day

Yulia said: “Same thing happened they were all in complete shock. They were all speechless.

Yulia added: “It’s a race against time but she is stable. We are looking to raise money to assist with her recovery.”