In 2001 Amalia Mendoza was in a car accident on a rural Colombia road which resulted in the loss of most of her face including her hair, both eyes, nose, and sections of her skull. After years of frustration, one of Amalia's daughters brought her to America to seek the help of David Trainer, a specialist in facial prosthetics, in the hopes he could give Mendoza her identity back.
Amalia Mendoza has new metal implants in her skull cleaned by her daughter Rocio Villa, left, and a nurse at the surgeon's office. The metal implants, fitted with magnets at the end, are where her prosthetic face will soon be attached. Greg Kahn/Staff