Breaking a tooth saved my life, says mother, 34, who discovered she was ‘weeks from death’ from mouth cancer
Mother-of-four Lisa Epsom broke a tooth opening her son’s juice bottle
Went to the dentist, expecting to receive standard treatment to fix tooth
But dentist noticed a large, hard lump inside her mouth and ordered tests
These revealed she had a deadly, golf ball-sized tumour in her face
After major surgery to remove it, she had face re-built using her leg tissue
Has now been given the all clear but will ‘never look the same again’
When Lisa Epsom broke her tooth opening her son’s juice bottle, she thought it would just require a quick trip to the dentist.
In fact, it led to her losing half her face after the dentist discovered mouth cancer which was so advanced, she was just weeks from death.
After a 14-hour operation to remove the tumour, she said: ‘That Fruit Shoot bottle saved my life.
‘Had I not opened it with my teeth, I would not be here.
‘I’ve lost my looks and feel disfigured. People stare at me in the street but I’m alive and I can watch my kids grow up, so it’s a small price to pay.
‘Now I want others to be more aware of mouth cancer – because I had never even heard of it.’
Upon being diagnosed with cancer, Ms Epsom underwent tests to see how far the cancer had spread. She was devastated to learn she would need immediate surgery to remove a golf ball sized tumour under her nose and cheek
Her problems began in September 2013 while at home with her baby daughter Tiffany and young son Maison.
Ms Lisa, 34, recalls: ‘I opened a bottle of juice with my teeth and when I felt one break, I could have kicked myself for being so silly.
‘I was cross with myself because my teeth had been weak since my last pregnancy. I spat the tooth into the sink and made an appointment to see the dentist in three weeks’ time.’read more