Lessya doing well after surgery

Published on June 25, 2014

There is more good news on Lessya Kotelevskaya today.

She is awake in the intensive care unit and doing well, and she has been talking with her cousin, Oleg Sennik, via written messages.

Dr. Jarrod Little, the UofL Physicians plastic and reconstructive surgeon who performed Lessya's surgery, said that if all continues to go well, she will be able to leave the ICU in two days, and can try to begin talking in two to three days.

She will remain at University of Louisville Hospital for two to three weeks as she recovers.

Lessya was disfigured by a misdiagnosis of cancer at age 19 in Kazakhstan. Now 30, she came to the United States last year, where her cousin, Sennik found help for her with Dr. Little, who offered to donate his services.

During a 16-hour operation on Monday, June 23, that lasted late into the night, Little rebuilt Lessya's face by removing her jawbone and replacing it with a titanium implant and bone and skin from her leg. The surgery took place at University of Louisville Hospital.

For more on Lessya's story of tragedy and hope, click here