NEW YORK - A 1-year-old girl with a large, rare growth on her neck is set for surgery that her New York City family hopes will change her future.

The Daily News reported Saturday on Sandy Diaz' situation. She was born in June 2015 with a softball-sized mass called a lymphatic malformation engulfing her neck.

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It's not malignant, but it has required Sandy to use a breathing tube and could cause infections or other problems. Her mother, Maricela Benitez, says Sandy doesn't yet crawl or walk.

The mass kept growing despite attempts to eliminate it. Benitez and her husband, construction worker Herry Diaz, felt desperate.

Now surgery to remove it is scheduled Wednesday.

The surgeon, Dr. Milton Waner of Lenox Hill Hospital, says many children look normal and function likewise after the procedure.