News photos have revealed the unfortunate act that led to the disfiguring of a Congolese boy after a brutal attack by chimpanzees.
Dunia Sibomana is considered to be lucky after a group of chimpanzees jumped out of some trees and attacked him and two other boys while they were playing close to a preserve in their native Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Unfortunately, Dunia survived but his lips had been ripped off with one cheek torn apart, leaving him with severe muscle damage.
Following the attack which occurred two years ago, killing Dunia's four-year-old brother and his young cousin, Dunia has been the target of bullies making him shy and withdrawn.
Dunia's disfiguration now makes it hard for him to eat, swallow or communicate.
The 8-yr-old is now set to undergo a rare and complicated surgery at a Long Island hospital which will use tissue and muscles collected from his forearm to be used to recreate both of his lips.
An associate professor of dentistry at Stony Brook Children's Hospital, Dr Leon Klempner, hopes that Dunia would finally be able to open and close his mouth, eat and talk normally.
Dr. Leon Klempner spoke about the surgery saying:
"As you can imagine, not having any lips, the food can just come right out.
"He drools all the time and can't pronounce different words.
"We're feeling very optimistic. We're hoping after the surgery he'll reintegrate into society and perhaps go back to school or have some semblance of a normal life."
We sincerely hope that Dunia will have a semblance of full recovery.