(WAVE) A woman left disfigured after being misdiagnosed with a cancerous tumor and mistreated with radiation will receive life-changing surgery.
Lessya Sennik-Kotelevskaya was left with a crater in her face after receiving targeted radiation treatments she didn't need. Part of her jawbone and cheek deteriorated as a result.
The Russian-born mother, who prefers her maiden name Sennik, has a six-year-old but lost a child before her son was born due to unnecessary medical procedures.
More than 10 years ago Sennik was accidentally hit in the face during a basketball game in Kazakhstan and the swelling was misdiagnosed as cancer.
Sennik was 19 when she lost her home, husband and boutique business following the misdiagnosis.
Her cousin, Oleg Sennik, spent decades searching for his childhood friend and relative. He finally tracked her down online Kazakhstan and flew her to Louisville where he's lived for several years.
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