Jose Mestre suffers from a very serious facial tumor called a haemangioma which has grown to a staggering 12 pounds and has obscured his facial features. A Jehovia’s Witness, Mestre refuses to have certain procedures done to have the tumor removed. Mestre became blind in one eye, had difficulty eating, and began to have breathing problems because the tumor was starting to block his airways.
The good news is that this story does have a happy ending. Jose finally consented to the surgery in October of 2010 and had the tumor removed. As of this writing, he is expected to have more surgeries to correct his facial features.