David Trainer, left, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics, works on creating a new face for Amalia Mendoza, right. In August 2008, Mendoza came to the U.S. from Colombia to have Trainer make her a prosthetic face, which changed her life. Mendoza returned to Trainer in June to make her a fresh prosthetic using the same mold as before. This time the procedure took two days. The old prosthetic had become discolored from sunlight.

Photo by GREG KAHN

David Trainer, left, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics, works on creating a new face for Amalia Mendoza, right. In August 2008, Mendoza came to the U.S. from Colombia to have Trainer make her a prosthetic face, which changed her life. Mendoza returned to Trainer in June to make her a fresh prosthetic using the same mold as before. This time the procedure took two days. The old prosthetic had become discolored from sunlight.

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