Facial Reconstruction Fund

The reason for this campaign is to help me pay my overwhelming medical bills incurred from a horrible accident I encountered in June.

I was in an accident that inflicted severe head trauma. It fractured my lower jaw, cracked/moved my teeth out of alignment and my lower lip was nearly torn off; only hanging by a thread.

It left me with a mountain of medical bills; all while being a full time student with no health insurance. There have been 3 surgeries to date, with more needed in the future.

The road to recovery is a long one, especially since the first surgeon did not line my lip up properly. As a result, my recovery has been layered with added operations to pursue corrective procedures.

The funds from this campaign will go towards covering the first 3 operations. Extra amounts will be put towards future surgeries, exams and follow-ups.

I am a young entrepreneur with a deep passion for health, music and dance. I have shared my passion with the San Diego community for the past 9 years through the form of teaching dance classes, organizing workshops, event planning, and community building. The classes and community serves as an outlet for people of all ages. 

I would love to continue sharing my passion with the community and finishing my academic journey; each and every donation would be a big assistance towards that realizing that goal.

Thank you for your love and kindness.

Vinh Nguyen


Medical Log

May 24, 2014 – Accident
1. Accident occurred
2. Rushed to Hospital via Ambulance

May 24, 2014 – Operation #1
1. Surgeon stitched lip together
2. Referred to another Oral Surgeon for special work on teeth/jaw

May 28, 2014 – Operation #2
1. Oral Surgeon found wooden splinters still in my mouth, somehow overlooked by the previous surgeon. Concluded lip was at risk of infection.
2. Oral surgeon assessed that my lip was stitched, but not aligned properly. Leaving my lip to be crooked
3. Lower front teeth/jaw was re-aligned and placed in metal bar to hold positioning.

July 10, 2014 – Operation #3
1. Metal bar taken off teeth
2. Lip re-cut open with some tissue taken out in order to re-align lip properly.
3. Lip re-stitched

August 7, 2014 – Follow up
1. Lip aligned but sagging on one side as a result of tissue lost. Mouth not fully functional (slur speech, can’t drink out of cup, can’t close mouth)
2. Referred to another specialist for options on lip restoration
3. Advised to seek out dentist to check status of lower teeth (possibly root canals on 3 teeth)
4. Will need to see orthodontist to re-align jaw/bite footprint.

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San Diego, CA
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