Woman has huge tumour on her chin which started as toothache when she was 13


This mother-of-three has a tumour bigger than a watermelon on her chin which started as a toothache when she was just thirteen.

Belinda Austria, 42, began suffering with pain in her lower jaw when she was a teenager but thought it was just problems with new teeth growing.

She finally went to the doctors when she was 19 after her gums had swollen.

But medics in the Pangasinan region of the Philippines dismissed the growth of an abscess.

Belinda had the ''unbearable'' growth removed in 1997 several months after giving birth to her first child, but several years later and after having her third child, it returned - rapidly growing and the family unable to afford treatment.

The housewife now has to haul the heavy tumour around with her and cover her face with a scarf every time she leaves the home to prevent people from stopping and staring.

Belinda and her husband Carlos, a farm worker, sold their possessions and paid the equivalent of 2,000 USD for the operation in 1997.

Now with the husband earning only around 5USD a day collecting crops, the family are unable to afford to send Belinda for more treatment, and the country's government does not cover medical costs.

Belinda and her children Jonalyn, 22, Joanne, 20 and Julius, 11, are scraping together what they can, but fear that the growth will kill her before they have enough to pay the bill, believed to be at least 3000USD.

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