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A childhood accident left Sabena only able to breathe out of one side of her nose. She tells us she has 100 percent blockage in her left nostril, which has led to numerous sinus infections, loss of her voice, and frequent congestion and sore throats.
"I want to be able to just take a deep breath that an average person does. I want to know what it is like to have two nostrils and actually use them," she shares. She goes to facial plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Zoumalan, who says Sabena has some of the most obstructed breathing he has ever seen. Dr. Zoumalan performs an impressive surgery where he removes the septum from her nose and reconstructs it and then places the new septum in Sabena's nose.
Following the surgery, Sabena joins The Doctors, sharing, "I'm a completely new person." She says things like tasting food, sleeping, eating, speaking have all dramatically improved.
The Doctors say this case highlights how we might often think of a rhinoplasty as a cosmetic procedure, but in this case, it was a life-changing surgery.