Woman who had balloons placed under Her Skin Undergoes Surgery And The Results Are Amazing.

Sometimes medical conditions can be so life threatening and bizarre that they may traumatize their victims for life. However there are some stalwarts and courageous people who fight disease and come out winners in the end.


Jennifer Hiles 28 from South Dakota is one such woman suffering from a horrible condition called AVM or arterial Venous Malformation. AVM is a malformation of connections between blood vessels which can also progress to become life threatening. Jennifer’s condition was so bad that this woman was forced to have balloons under her skin surgically placed to see her pain.


1 AVM attacked her at an early age

AVM had marked Jennifer’s face hideously and even affected her social life to a great extent. Her facial AVM made her a figure of ridicule wherever she went where her problems started at an early age. However after her surgery, she was transformed with stunning results. Jennifer contracted facial AVM from childhood when doctors incorrectly diagnosed it as an unusual birthmark.

Her conditioned worsened as she grew older. There was a time when she almost lost her life and had to be airlifted to hospital after losing a huge amount of blood.

AVM attacked her at an early age

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2 Supported by a loving husband

In school Jenifer wasn’t really liked by boys because of her facial condition. According to her “I didn’t realize that I was so different until my first boyfriend,” she said in an interview. She added that “He would always talk to me, but then when we were in school, he would completely ignore me and talk to the pretty girls.” However Jennifer soon found a man who would truly love her for the person she is.

Jennifer met Dustin Van

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Jennifer met Dustin Van Overschelde who looked at her as a normal person. He spoke to reporters saying “I can see past her outside because she is so beautiful on the inside.” Dustin, who Jennifer has had two children with, has decided to stand with his wife during these difficult medical circumstances”. The couples share two beautiful daughters named Marlina and Kiah

Jennifer with her daughters

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3 Surgical balloons placed under her skin

Jenifer underwent several procedures to correct her abnormality, ultimately she was about to go one more major corrective surgery. The large pockets on Jennifer’s face aren’t because of her condition but by surgically placed balloons placed beneath her skin to relieve pain and also stretch the skin so that the scar tissue could be covered during surgery.


Her latest surgery involved removal of the saline sacs and the results were promising. You can see her now after her latest surgery. After she awoke she asked the doctor if she could see her face. “I asked him to take a picture of my face and I was so happy because my entire face was just white and it looked AVM-free and I just couldn’t believe it was me.”

Surgical balloons placed under her skin

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4 A stunning transformation

Jennifer and her family hoped that this would be the last surgery to transform her face. The family waited in great anticipation after the surgery and the results were indeed hopeful. However this isn’t the end of medical treatment for Jennifer. She will need to undergo future procedures for nose correction. For now Jennifer’s bleeding has completely stopped.

Jennifer is a tough cookie who had balloons placed under her skin just so she could live a pain free life. But that didn’t stop her living a fruitful family life and fighting on. Jennifer runs a video blog which you can watch here.


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