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A 56-year-old man said he feels “more alive” after strangers helped raise enough funds for a transformative surgery on his neck that removed nearly 40 pounds of extra flesh. Keith Crowell’s saga began  13 years ago, after cuts from a shave at the barber didn’t heal correctly and resulted in massive keloids, Fox 6 Now reported.  

Crowell, of Milwaukee, had sought to have the keloids removed but was ultimately denied by insurers, Fox 6 New reported. A GoFundMe page raised nearly $27,000 and helped get him to New York to see a specialist for the two-part procedure, which included removal and radiation. The first part was completed in May, and he returned to New York this month for the final steps.

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“I feel a lot lighter,” Crowell told the news outlet, after the second procedure. “It’s a lot of weight off my shoulders. I’m energetic. I feel more of myself. I feel more alive.”

While the scars from the procedure may take time to fade, doctors said there is a 96 percent chance that the keloids will not return, Fox 6 Now reported.

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“My burden is over with,” Crowell, who works as a security guard at a casino and is now an advocate for others living with keloids, said. “I can sleep at night. I can eat.” 



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