Noviana Malewa is still undergoing treatment after a beheading attempt in Sulawesi last year.
Noviana Malewa, who was 15 at the time, and three of her friends, Theresia Morangke, Alfita Poliwo, Yarni Sambue, were walking along a path on October 29th, 2005, on their way to a private Christian school in Poso, Sulawesi, when they were set upon by a gang of men who may or may not have been Islamic militants, wielding machetes. Noviana's three schoolmates were beheaded while Noviana suffered a massive slash that ran from her cheek to her neck. Some contemporary reports.
Recently Novi has undergone treatment for her injuries paid for by Voice of the Martyrs in the US. Taken from her hiding place in Sulawesi to Surabaya, East Java, she underwent surgery to relieve the painful symptoms she experienced and heal the scarring.
Due to the attack Noviana suffered nerve damage and a dislocated jaw, and she had problems with her right eye winking spontaneously, as well as the involuntary twitching of the right corner of her lip. She was also treated for the severe and sudden pain she sometimes felt in her head.
After the surgery, Noviana continues to receive follow-up treatment. She has to massage her face daily to stimulate nerve growth, and expose her scarring to infra-red beam treatment for five minutes. Neuro-medicine therapy and skin salves must also be administered on a daily basis. The plastic surgeon was able to reduce much of the ugly scarring, serving to boost Noviana's spirits.