Nakia was in a head-on collision 10 years ago. Her car caught fire and burst into flames.
As a result of the accident, Nakia’s lungs collapsed, her jaw was broken, her teeth were knocked out and her lips and chin were burned completely off. Doctors told her she might never walk again and wouldn’t be able to have children.
Now 30, Nakia has recovered better than anyone expected: She can walk and has two children.
“Everything is repaired and healed, except my face,” she says.
Nakia has been living behind a surgical mask since the horrific crash. She has difficulty eating and frequently drools because there’s no space between where her teeth should be and her bottom lip to collect saliva.
“If I was able to get my face fixed, I could kiss my husband, kiss my kids and eat normally,” she says. “I could live a normal life.”
Nakia and her sister, Kijafa, join The Doctors onstage. Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon examines Nakia and explains that surgeons previously reconstructed her chin using tissue from her arm. He says there are additional procedures that can be done to help improve the function of her mouth and her appearance.
The Doctors sent Nakia to see cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman, who explains that placing upper and lower teeth will help Nakia be able to eat and provide structure for any future cosmetic surgeries.
“It would give you such a better quality of life,” he says.
Dr. Dorfman offers to perform the teeth-implant surgery for free.
Nakia reveals that veteran, actor and motivational speaker J.R. Martinez, who suffered severe burns when his Humvee hit a mine in Iraq, has helped inspire her to remain positive in the face of unimaginable adversity.
J.R. surprises Nakia onstage, giving her a big hug.
“You are a beautiful person; you still are a beautiful person, and it goes way beyond just the exterior,” he says. “Your beauty goes deeper than a third degree. It’s deeper than that. I applaud you.”
Dr. Ordon reveals that The Doctors also are looking for a plastic surgeon near where Nakia lives who can help reconstruct Nakia’s bottom lip and chin.
Nakia exclaims: “This is the best day of my life!”
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