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Mother is forced to live with BALLOONS under her skin before life-changing surgery to remove growths covering half of her face 


  • Jennifer Hiles suffers from facial arterial venous malformation 
  • Life-threatening condition causes blood vessels to become tangled - leaving her disfigured and bullied throughout her life
  • Is having surgery to remove the tangles from her face in May
  • Has balloons under her skin to stretch it so the excess can cover scars
   

 

A mother whose face was left disfigured by a life-threatening disease is living with balloons underneath her skin to prepare her for surgery.

Jennifer Hiles suffers from arterial venous malformation (AVM), which causes 'tangles' of veins and blood vessels to form beneath her skin, which spread like the branches of a tree.

The condition, which can also causes excess bleeding and even heart failure, has nearly killed her on several occasions - and she has been bullied throughout her life.

While many surgeries to remove the tangles from her face have failed, she is about to have one final operation which doctors are confident will work.

They will cut out all the tangles of blood vessels - and will also remove her nose and rebuild it from her jaw.

Until the operation, Mrs Hiles has had balloons inserted into her skin, to stretch it so the excess can be used to cover the scars.

She hopes the operation will stop people calling her names and allow her to live a normal life with her husband and two children Marlina and Kiah.

 

Jennifer Hiles, 28, suffers from  arterial venous malformations, where blood vessels form into tangles beneath her skin. She is pictured with her two daughters Marlina and Kiah at home  in Huron, South Dakota

Jennifer Hiles, 28, suffers from arterial venous malformations, where blood vessels form into tangles beneath her skin. She is pictured with her two daughters Marlina and Kiah at home in Huron, South Dakota

Mrs Hiles, pictured here as a child, has nearly died from the painful condition, which has got worse over time. She says she has faced a lifetime of bullying and unwanted stares

Mrs Hiles, pictured here as a child, has nearly died from the painful condition, which has got worse over time. She says she has faced a lifetime of bullying and unwanted stares

She said: 'I just want to be able to spend all of my time with my kids without people looking at me and calling me names.

'I just want to not be shy and be who I am without worrying about what people will think.

'AVM is so hard to deal with - it makes my gums bleed and has completely eroded the bone in my teeth, if they fall out I could bleed to death.'

Meet the South Dakota mom living with balloons in her face