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Amalia Mendoza returns to Naples

Rocio Villa, left, and her brother Antonio Garcia, right, look at an old prosthetic made by David Trainer, right, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics. 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. Greg Kahn/Staff

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Rocio Villa, left, and her brother Antonio Garcia, right, look at an old prosthetic made by David Trainer, right, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics. 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. Greg Kahn/Staff

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  • David Trainer, right, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics, puts the finishing touches on a new prosthetic face for Amalia Mendoza, left, on June 9, 2010. 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. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • David Trainer, left, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics, is thanked by Rocio Villa, center, Amalia Mendoza, center right, and Antonio Garcia, right, after their return to the Naples, Fla. office. 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. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • David Trainer, left, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics, left, is thanked by Amalia Mendoza, right, for making her a new prosthetic face. 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. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Rocio Villa helps Amalia Mendoza feel her eyelashes on her new prosthetic place made by David Trainer, left, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics. 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. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • 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.
  • David Trainer, left, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics, left, waits for the oven to solidify the silicon for a new face for Amalia Mendoza. 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. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Rocio Villa, center, thanks David Trainer, left, a maxillo-facial prosthetist at the Center for Custom Prosthetics, for 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. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • David Trainer, left, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics, left, shares a laugh with Amalia Mendoza, center, after he received a gift from the family. 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. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • A camera crew from Event Horizon Film Inc., films as David Trainer, left, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics, works on creating a new face for Amalia Mendoza, center. 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. The film about Mendoza is being pitched to Discovery Health. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • David Trainer, left, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics, is thanked by Rocio Villa, center, Amalia Mendoza, center right, and Antonio Garcia, right, after their return to the Naples, Fla. office. 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. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Rocio Villa, smiles as she watches David Trainer, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics, work on creating a new face for her mother, Amalia Mendoza. 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. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • David Trainer, left, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics, left, 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.
  • Rocio Villa, left, and her brother Antonio Garcia, right, look at an old prosthetic made by David Trainer, right, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics. 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. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Amalia Mendoza, right, thanks David Trainer, left, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics, after her return to the Naples, Fla. office. 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. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • David Trainer, left, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics, left, is thanked by Amalia Mendoza, right, for making her a new prosthetic face. 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. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • David Trainer, left, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics, left, is thanked by Amalia Mendoza, right, for making her a new prosthetic face. 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. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • David Trainer, left, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics, left, 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. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • David Trainer, left, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics, works on polishing the eye for Amalia Mendoza's new face. In August 2008, Mendoza came from Colombia to have Trainer make her a new face, which changed her life. Mendoza returned to Trainer to make her a fresh prosthetic using the same mold as before. This time the procedure took two days. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Amalia Mendoza, right, led by her daughter Rocio Villa, center, says goodbye to David Trainer, left, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics, after he made her a new prosthetic face. 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. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • David Trainer, left, a maxillo-facial prosthetist for the Center for Custom Prosthetics, left, is thanked by Amalia Mendoza, right, for making her a new prosthetic face. 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. Greg Kahn/Staff

Amalia Mendoza, who just two years ago was given a new lease on life by having a prosthetic face made, returned to see the man that changed her life.

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