The man without a face finally had the operation to remove the tumour in 2010.
The rumour on the Internet was that he passed away on the operating table years ago but there was no confirmation, it seemed appropriate to do a blog to be up to date. Jose Mestre is by far the most read post on this site: who out of deference to his mother being a Jehovah’s Witness refused treatment for a tumour as a child because he may have required a life saving blood transfusion in a critical blood loss situation. It continued to grow and was on the verge of killing him.
Here is a video covering the operation that he finally had in America:
Further news from ABC here.
As I wrote in 2007:
One would hope that no one would point to Jose Mestre and say that his faith is a testament to a sacrifice to god, and shows the power of belief. Myself, it shows how religious belief can manifest itself as a delusion. I would hope that if a 14 year old in present day Portugal had a similar condition then the law would be in a position to make him a ward of court.
The government of Portugal did at least pay for his treatment in the USA. The crucial thing that changed was his sister becoming his legal guardian, thus giving her the advocacy rights to be proactive in seeking the treatment he needed to save his life.
While there will still be psychological issues, I do wish him and his family all the best.
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