Kami's Story


At 15-years-old, Kami Wooten noticed swelling in her gums and soon learned it was a rare tumor. The tumor, the size of a golf ball, was located inside her cheek and required treatment by the multidisciplinary team of Texas Children’s Head and Neck Tumor Program – a partnership between Otolaryngology and Plastic Surgery, in conjunction with the guidance of colleagues from MD Anderson Head & Neck Surgery and Baylor College of Medicine Head & Neck Surgery. In a series of lengthy procedures, surgeons removed the tumor, reconstructing Kami’s cheek with plates, screws and tissue from her leg. There are more surgeries planned as well to continue to reconstruct Kami’s jaw, providing space for dental implants and more. Through Kami’s journey she built a strong bond with her care team, and plans to study medicine to one day become a surgeon herself. Visit the Head and Neck Tumor program for more information.

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