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Today's Most: Successful surgery rebuilds man's skull

(Source: Caters News Agency) (Source: Caters News Agency)
(Source: Caters News Agency) (Source: Caters News Agency)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - TODAY'S MOST... Incredible before-and-after: A man is recovering from surgery that rebuilt his skull.

Elvis Lingurar is a 24-year-old construction worker in Romania. He fell at work last year and shattered his skull and doctors were forced to remove the left side of it to save his life.

Now doctors performed another surgery to replace that part of the skull.

The surgery was paid for entirely by the public. Lingurar couldn't afford the surgery which cost about $1,350 because he wasn't able to work after he was injured. He says he started begging on the street to try to raise the money. But his story went public in March, and people who heard and read about it donated all the money he needed.

"I feel much better now; I thank God for the second chance he has given to me. I also want to thank all the people for their help, and not to forget the doctors for their help for this surgery," he said.

Lingurar also told Caters News Agency "I didn't look in the mirror immediately after. Three days after a nurse came to change my bandages and I asked her to take a picture on me on a phone so I could send it to my family. When I saw myself I was very happy to finally be back to normal.

Lingurar hopes to get back to work soon.

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