Thai woman with bone cancer disfigured by massive tumour on face

Thai woman with bone cancer disfigured by massive tumour on face
PHOTO: Facebook/Jenie Yoo

[Update: Aug 28, 2017] A Thai woman died from bone cancer last Thursday (Aug 24), in less than two years after her diagnosis.

Despite receiving treatment, the tumour that disfigured 28-year-old Jenie Yoo continued to grow and caused her to suffer from nosebleeds and her teeth to fall out, CGTN reported.

Photo: Facebook/Natrada Siriboon

When Yoo first shared her story on Facebook last year, she was ridiculed for posting photos that they thought were digitally altered to cheat the public.

The cyberbullying stopped and offers of help started to pour in after she explained her condition in a video clip.

In her Facebook posts, which have since been taken down, Yoo talked about her treatment progress.

Photo: Facebook/Jenie Yoo

As her cancer became more aggressive over time, Yoo said that her body was wracked by pain that her parents helped to ease through massage.

She also thanked those who took care of her while she was ill.

Photo: Facebook/Jenie Yoo

However, chemotherapy did not work for Yoo and her condition took a turn for the worse in June. She succumbed to cancer two months later.

Last Sunday, Yoo's family and friends sent her off in a funeral.


A Thai woman's toothache turned out to be something much more sinister.

Jenie Yoo, 27, thought she needed dental fillings when she felt pain in her two front teeth last year.

Photo: Facebook/Jenie Yoo

When her dentist couldn't pinpoint the source of her agony, the young woman sought a second opinion with a specialist dentist in South Korea, the Daily Mail UK reported.

What the X-ray scans revealed shocked her. She had bone cancer in her left jaw.

Despite receiving six rounds of chemotherapy at a hospital in Thailand, Jenie's tumour continued to grow to the size of a grapefruit, and the swelling caused her left eye and nose to be pushed out of position.

Photo: Facebook/Jenie Yoo

At first glance, photos of her distended face looked like they were digitally manipulated, but a video clip of Jenie touching her face proved that the swelling was real.

She also appears to have lost confidence in her looks, as she is often seen in photos covering the distended side of her face with a mask.

According to The Mirror UK, Jenie's cancer treatments were sporadic as she struggled with her medical fees as a former rubber farm worker.

Her parents had paid for her initial chemotherapy sessions which cost 80,000 baht (S$3,200) each. Now, Jenie's fees are covered by a special medical grant in Thailand.

As surgery to remove the tumour is not advisable, doctors have told her to go for another five chemotherapy sessions to eradicate her cancer.

Desperate to live a normal life, Jenie told The Daily Mail: "I'll do any job, I want to support myself and be strong."

minlee@sph.com.sg

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