Time Magazine cover girl: New nose, new life

Published On: Feb 26 2013 12:03:08 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 26 2013 12:16:52 PM EST

Aesha Mohammadzai made headlines around the globe when her photograph was featured on the cover of Time magazine in 2010.

Her nose and ears were cut off when she tried to leave an abusive marriage.

The 19-year-old girl became a symbol of the oppression of women in Afghanistan after fleeing the war-torn country. Three years later and she has a new face and life.

---Photograph courtesy of Dan Martland: ITV

Doctors placed an inflatable silicone shell under the skin of her forehead and gradually filled it with fluid in order to expand her skin and provide them with extra tissue for her new nose.

They have also taken tissue from her forearm and transplanted it to her face to form the inner lining and lower part of the nose.

Aesha told The Daily Mail.

"Every day I was abused by my husband and his family - mentally and physically. Then one day it became unbearable so I ran away.

'They caught me and put me in jail for five months. When I came out the judge sent me back to my husband. That night they took me to the mountains.

They tied my hands and my feet. They said my punishment was to cut my nose and ears. And then they started to do it.'

Aesha now lives in America and has found a family who has taken her in and treats her as one of their own. Her surgeries have been paid for by a charity out of New York called "Women for Afghan Women". The organization has also helped pay for her education.

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