- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

MIAMI (AP) - A Haitian woman who attracted widespread media attention 10 years ago for a 16-pound facial growth says she’d now like to work as a reporter, too.

The Miami Herald reports (https://hrld.us/1OzGvp8 ) that Marlie Casseus recently returned to Jackson Memorial Hospital with about 150 Haitian nurses to celebrate National Nurses Week.

Casseus is now 23. Speaking through an interpreter, she said she wanted to join the reporters who chronicled her medical journey.

Casseus has a rare disorder that causes bone to swell and become jelly-like. Doctors rebuilt her face after removing the growth that nearly killed her.

She’s had roughly 10 surgeries since 2005. The hospital’s International Kids Fund and a local charity have raised funds for her care here.

Casseus’ recovery in Haiti sometimes hit setbacks, including the 2010 earthquake that destroyed her special-needs school.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, https://www.herald.com

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