The first woman to receive a surgical cap at the U.N. General Assembly has completed her operation, which will likely be her last, her husband said.
The woman, who was not named, was born in Nigeria and came to the U, with her husband, in the summer of 2011, she told reporters Wednesday.
The cap was a small, plastic device inserted under the nose that allows a woman to breathe through her mouth to a specially equipped mask.
She was given a total of six months to live after undergoing four operations.
The hospital where she was treated said the cap has helped her stay alive, and she was also given a special prosthetic that can be used for some other surgeries.
The cap has been a boon for the U’s medical community.
For decades, women have been barred from getting surgery.
But under the Affordable Care Act, a woman could now receive a medical procedure without having to go through surgery.
That’s good news for the thousands of women in the U who are struggling to afford basic care.
“There is a lot of fear, but also joy,” said the Rev. Joanne Klimov, a Christian missionary and the founder of the Nigerian Evangelical Fellowship.
She said she and her husband were told the surgery would be an operation, but they felt “we were not going to die.”
“I’m glad to say that the surgery went well,” she said.
The woman’s husband, Dr. James Nwaba, said she was “absolutely thrilled.”
The couple is expected to leave for the Philippines, where they plan to celebrate her milestone.