Girl, 17, turning blind from mystery illness after squeezing spot on her face

A teenage mum is starting to go blind after squeezing a seemingly harmless spot on her nose.

Mary Ann Regacho, 17, got severe facial swelling from a mystery illness last year, and it won’t go away.

The teenager, from Nueva Ecija in the Philippines, originally thought the growth was a simple spot caused by hormones after giving birth.

‘I thought it was only a common pimple, but it hurt so much I could not sleep at night. I tried everything to cure it but nothing worked,’ she said.

‘Now, I feel like my face will never be the same again.’

Mary, mum to a baby boy, squeezed the spot and said it grew painful days later before it started spreading across her face.

Now the growth has mostly taken over her face, and has started to lead to blindness as it reaches her eyes.

She said it feels like ‘a balloon inflating’.



Mary went to hospital to get the swelling checked, and was transferred to a bigger hospital for further investigation.

But her husband Albert Sales, who works on a neighbour’s farm, says he is unable to afford treatment or medicine to help his wife.

He has now made a plea for help, saying in a video: ‘I want to ask kind people for donations so we can finally send my wife to a hospital.

‘We only earn enough for ourselves and our one-year-old baby so I can’t afford her medical bills.’

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