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Dr. William Dobbin. Courtesy photo.




Helping “L”
Mystery woman to be revealed at Woman of Strength gala

10/22/15
By Ryan Lessard news@hippopress.com



A local woman who was badly injured from years of domestic abuse, currently referred to only as “L,” will be revealed with a whole new look at the upcoming Woman of Strength fundraising gala in Manchester. The mystery woman is undergoing what has been dubbed “Operation Transformation,” as medical specialists, personal trainers and aestheticians have donated their time and services toward her rehabilitation.

“We decided to find one person, one woman, to be representative of an entire population,” said Patty Flanagan, the office manager for Dr. William Dobbin, an oral surgeon in Manchester. 
Flanagan has been organizing the masquerade gala, which is happening Nov. 13. The proceeds will go toward the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Dobbin decided he wanted to help a victim of domestic abuse after he heard a sobering statistic.
“Last year alone, in our state, 1,136 women left their abusive situations with the children in tow. … They got to safe shelter but there weren’t beds for them, so they were turned away,” Flanagan said.
Flanagan put out feelers through counselors and ministers to find candidates to whom they would donate their services. They had a number of applicants, but when they saw L, they knew they had found the one. L, a mother of three, had been in an abusive relationship with her husband for over 20 years and left him five years ago.
“When we [met] her, she had no teeth on her upper arch,” Flanagan said. “She was very self-conscious of it. She’s a young, very pretty woman.”
She started going to Dobbin about eight years ago and has since received free services from other healthcare providers such as Dr. Daniel Sterling, a plastic surgeon, who recently did reconstructive surgery on her nose, which suffered seven nasal fractures. Her eye doctor, Dr. Randy Williams, also offered to donate his services. 
Dobbin installed dental implants for L and has been doing check-ups to make sure everything heals well. Next, Dr. Bryan Hoertdoerfer will install teeth attached to the dental implants.
So far, Flanagan says, the swelling from the plastic surgery has gone down.
Doctors aren’t the only ones involved in the operation. Flanagan says Not So Plain Jane’s has donated its full-service spa to L’s disposal, and she’s been seeing fitness trainer Danielle Rheault of Fortitude Health & Training as well.
“There’s a whole group of people that are working for this cause,” Flanagan said.
Flanagan doesn’t know how Operation Transformation will change or grow in the coming months and years, but she hopes several more women will get the help L is now getting.
The gala, which is sponsored by area hospitals, costs $100 a ticket. The room at the Manchester Country Club holds 300, and as of press time there were only about 60 seats left. The event starts at 6 p.m. For more information, visit operationtransformationnh.org or call Patty Flanagan at 645-6600. 





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