KATHMANDU, Nepal – A man recently opened up about the difficulties of living with a giant facial tumor.
Ashok Shrestha, 54, told BarcroftTV that he suffers from neurofibromatosis – a genetic condition that causes tumors to grow along the patient’s nerves.
The giant tumors cover the entire right side of his face.
“Because the mass has grown this huge, I face great difficulty in eating and drinking,” he told BarcroftTV. “And it’s not just with eating and drinking but also while speaking. It is hard for other people to comprehend my speech because the tumor covers my lips.”
Shrestha says he wasn’t born with the tumors. They started to grow on his face as he got older.
Although he once owned his own business, Shrestha is now unemployed and struggling to survive, BarcroftTV reports.
After multiple failed surgeries, the Nepalese man is hoping to undergo a special treatment at a Chicago hospital.
However, the treatment is expected to cost more than $27,000, plus travel, medication and other expenses that occur during his trip, BarcroftTV reports.
A friend set up a GoFundMe to help him raise the money Shrestha needs for treatment.
If the treatment works, Shrestha says he is looking forward to living a normal life.
“It would be great and I would be very happy. More importantly, after the success of my treatment, I want to serve my society,” he told BarcroftTV. “Like the tumor I have on my face today, I want to help others with such a problem. I want to help those with financial need, do all that is possible from my side and serve them for the rest of my life.”