Medical and surgical care for domestic violence survivors

Donated services helping survivors like Melissa Dohme

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Helping survivors of domestic violence cope with their injuries is so important to the doctors and staff at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts General Hospital that they donate their services for free so that survivors can improve the quality of their lives.

Melissa Dohme during a visit to the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

The program is called Facing Forward - a collaboration between MGH, MEEI and HAVEN (Helping Abuse and Violence End Now). In addition to the medical services patients will receive, they are also able to receive support and safety planning from HAVEN as they go through the process.

Melissa Dohme has undergone 10 reconstructive procedures since leaving the hospital.

She goes to the Facial Nerve Center every few months for medical Botox treatments, physical therapy and scar revision. Doctors there are performing two complex surgeries to correct her partial facial paralysis. The first one involved transplanting a nerve from her leg to her face. The second operation will attach muscle from her leg to the new nerve.

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