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British boy has surgery in NY to remove tumor from eyelid

Dr. Milton Waner (l.) and Dr. Teresa O prepare to remove the tumor over Colby's eye at Lenox Hill Hospital.Michael Graae/New York Daily News Dr. Milton Waner (l.) and Dr. Teresa O prepare to remove the tumor over Colby’s eye at Lenox Hill Hospital.

A British toddler is a “normal little boy” now after crossing the Atlantic for surgery to remove the tumor blocking his right eye.

“It’s amazing,” said 17-month-old Colby Ramos-Francis’ mom, Aimee Ramos-Price, who cuddled her son in the recovery room at Lenox Hill Hospital Wednesday.

“It’s such a great relief,” said Colby’s dad, Jamie Francis, 23, who kissed the boy’s forehead.

Ramos-Francis was a little startled by the tot’s changed appearance. “It’s nice for him to be a normal little boy now,” she said.

Colby was born with a small, heart-shaped strawberry birthmark called a hemangioma, which grew into a large tumor, blocking his vision. Frustrated when the drugs prescribed by doctors in Bristol didn’t shrink the mass, Ramos-Price, 18, posted to a Facebook support group for parents of kids with hemangiomas.

The family’s story reached an expert in the field, Dr. Milton Waner, who worked with the Little Baby Face Foundation to cover travel costs and bring them from their small town of Corsham in Wiltshire, England, to Manhattan for surgery. The doctors all worked for free to help Colby.

Aimee Ramos-Price holds her son, Colby Ramos-Francis, before his surgery on Wednesday.Michael Graae/New York Daily News Aimee Ramos-Price holds her son, Colby Ramos-Francis, before his surgery on Wednesday. Nurses put up a photos of Colby Ramos-Francis to use as a reference during his surgery.Michael Graae/New York Daily News Nurses put up a photos of Colby Ramos-Francis to use as a reference during his surgery. Aimee Ramos-Price holds her son, Colby Ramos-Francis, before his surgery.Michael Graae/New York Daily News Aimee Ramos-Price holds her son, Colby Ramos-Francis, before his surgery. Aimee Ramos-Price and Jamie Francis speak with Dr. Thomas Romo while Colby Ramos-Francis rests following his surgery.Michael Graae/New York Daily News Aimee Ramos-Price and Jamie Francis speak with Dr. Thomas Romo while Colby Ramos-Francis rests following his surgery.
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Waner, director of the Vascular Birthmarks Institute of New York at Lenox Hill, used a monopolar electrocautery needle on Wednesday to slowly dissect the spongy 2-inch mass of tissue and blood vessels.

Waner talked with team members Dr. Thomas Romo, a plastic surgeon, and head and neck surgeon Dr. Teresa O to first plot the incisions with a surgical marker. Then with slight, precise movements, Waner separated the hemangioma from Colby’s eyelid and muscle.

The mass caused Colby’s eyelid to stretch. But it’s too soon to tell if the toddler will need minor followup surgery.

“I’m happy. Everything looks good,” Waner said after the hour-and-a-half procedure.

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