Domestic Abuse Survivor's Quest for a New Nose

Donna was in an abusive relationship for over a decade and after repeated beatings and instances of abuse, she was left scarred physically and emotionally. She joins The Doctors in hopes of fixing her nose which has been permanently disfigured.

“I have trouble looking in the mirror. It makes me remember everything he ever did to me. I see a victim and I want to see a survivor,” she says.

Donna tells ER physician Dr. Travis Stork and plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon that she is happier now and on a path of healing, but that seeing her profile and nose in the mirror each day is troubling.

Watch: Surviving Domestic Violence

The Doctors send Donna to facial plastic surgeon Dr. David Alessi to find out if there is anything that could be done about her nose. Due to her multiple nose traumas and a missing septum, Donna does not have any internal support inside. Unfortunately, Donna is unable to afford the surgery needed to correct her nose.

Thankfully, Deborah Alessi, founder of the nonprofit organization called Face Forward (an organization that provides reconstructive surgery for children, women and men around the world who are survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking), surprises Donna with the news that Face Forward will cover all the costs of her surgery along with travel and lodging.

Watch: Fighting the Domestic Violence Epidemic

“I’ve waited 20 years for someone to help me, thank you,” an emotional Donna says. “I want to start living my life and I need this to be done in a way that I can move forward and pay it forward and help people that have been through what I have been through… it means everything to me,” she tells The Doctors.

The Doctors remind everyone that if you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence please call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. Learn more about the amazing and life-changing work that Face Forward is doing, here .

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