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Fighting Stigma: Parents Of Girl Born With Half A Face Tell Of Their Battle To Help Her

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When Darina was born 3 years ago without lips and a chin, her mother lost consciousness from shock, and soon her family disowned the child.

Now mother Elena Shpengler, 46, is fighting back against the prejudice faced by her infant daughter, as doctors begin the slow process to rebuild her face.

‘She does not have lips. Her mouth is constantly open and all the time in blood,’ said the loving mother from Krasnoyarsk region.

‘Only my sister supported me, all other relatives just stopped any communication with us.

‘My brothers, their children, the mother of my husband – nobody wanted to accept Darina.

‘They just did not notice her since she was born. But we do not Darina from people. We take her everywhere with us…

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