Facial surgery patient Vincente Sobredo, of Uruguay, with (Credit: Newsday Photo / Jim Peppler)

Facial surgery patient Vincente Sobredo, of Uruguay, with his daughter-in-law Andrea Sobredo of Levittown, two days after Sobredo's surgery at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. (Newsday Photo / Jim Peppler) August 8, 2008

NUMC -- Facial Surgery

A patient has surgery to reconstruct his face.

Facial surgery patient Vincente Sobredo, of Uruguay, with
(Credit: Newsday Photo / Jim Peppler)

Facial surgery patient Vincente Sobredo, of Uruguay, with his daughter-in-law Andrea Sobredo of Levittown, two days after Sobredo's surgery at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. (Newsday Photo / Jim Peppler) August 8, 2008

Andrea Sobredo, of Levittown, with her mother-in-law, Maria
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Andrea Sobredo, of Levittown, with her mother-in-law, Maria Alba Sobredo of Uruguay, and her husband, Carlos Sobredo, comfort one another after a successful plastic surgery operation was performed on the face of Maria Sobredo's husband, Vincente Sobredo, at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. (Newsday Photo / Jim Peppler), August 6, 2008

Andrea Sobredo, of Levittown, with her mother-in-law, Maria
(Credit: Newsday Photo / Jim Peppler)

Andrea Sobredo, of Levittown, with her mother-in-law, Maria Alba Sobredo of Uruguay, comfort one another after a successful plastic surgery operation was performed on the face of Maria Sobredo's husband, Vincente Sobredo, at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. (Newsday Photo / Jim Peppler), August 6, 2008

Vincente Sobredo, 71, of Uruguay as he has
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Vincente Sobredo, 71, of Uruguay as he has facial surgery performed on an injury at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. (Newsday Photo / Jim Peppler), August 6, 2008

Vincente Sobredo, 71, of Uruguay, as he has
(Credit: Newsday Photo / Jim Peppler)

Vincente Sobredo, 71, of Uruguay, as he has facial surgery performed on an injury at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. (Newsday Photo / Jim Peppler), August 6, 2008

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Vincente Sobredo, 71, of Uruguay, as he has
(Credit: Newsday Photo / Jim Peppler)

Vincente Sobredo, 71, of Uruguay, as he has facial surgery performed on an injury at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. (Newsday Photo / Jim Peppler), August 6, 2008

Vincente Sobredo, 71, of Uruguay has facial surgery
(Credit: Newsday Photo / Jim Peppler)

Vincente Sobredo, 71, of Uruguay has facial surgery at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. (Newsday Photo / Jim Peppler), August 6, 2008

Nurses paint Vincente Sobredo's face with the antiseptic
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Nurses paint Vincente Sobredo's face with the antiseptic Betadine to prepare for facial surgery at the Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. (Newsday Photo / Jim Peppler), August 6, 2008

Two doctors and their eight-member team of nurses
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Two doctors and their eight-member team of nurses and technicians operate on Vincente Sobredo, 71, of Uruguay, at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. (Newsday Photo / Jim Peppler), August 6, 2008

Vincente Sobredo, 71, of Uruguay, in the operating
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Vincente Sobredo, 71, of Uruguay, in the operating room for facial surgery at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. (Newsday Photo / Jim Peppler), August 6, 2008

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Respiratory anethesiologist Hein (Laura) Ngo gives medication to
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Respiratory anethesiologist Hein (Laura) Ngo gives medication to Vincente Sobredo to prepare him for surgery at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. (Newsday Photo / Jim Peppler), August 6, 2008

Nurse Lizbeth "Betsy" Farrell takes Vincente Sobredo, 71,
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Nurse Lizbeth "Betsy" Farrell takes Vincente Sobredo, 71, a retired attorney from Uruguay, to the operating room for facial surgery at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. A week earlier, Sobredo had fallen down the steps of his son's Levittown home. (Newsday Photo / Jim Peppler), August 6, 2008