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Estonian boy, 12, gets facial surgery in NYC

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 23, 2012 at 9:34 am •  Published: December 23, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — An Estonian boy who had a tumor covering most of his left cheek is recovering in New York City after doctors removed the growth.

The Daily News ( ) says 12-year-old Georg Tamm left Roosevelt Hospital Saturday to recuperate at the Ronald McDonald House in Manhattan.

He had surgery Wednesday and Thursday on the blood-vessel-filled growth, called a glomovenous malformation.

Doctors said he could have bled to death if he'd been hit in the face. Mother Marianna Tamm said Georg had to switch schools because of the stares he got.

She consulted physicians in several countries before being connected with neuroradiologist Alejandro Berenstein and pediatric facial surgeon Milton Waner in New York.

Georg says he's eager to get past the surgery and come to New York purely as a tourist someday.