Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - Bosnian Patient Available For Post-Surgical Interviews

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Vildana Briga, 32, who sustained severe head injuries in the Bosnian War and underwent a successful partial facial reconstruction on Dec. 17 at Broward Health Medical Center, is feeling great and ready to speak with media. Dr. Zoran Potparic, who performed the surgery, will also be available.


Who:               Vildana Briga, of Sarajevo, suffered life threatening wounds at the age of 11 in August 1992 when a bomb exploded in her front yard, killing her 17-month-old brother and grandmother. In the past 20 years, Briga has had more than 20 surgeries, many to her extremities and face.

            Dr. Zoran Potparic, a Broward Health plastic surgeon and Bosnian War refugee from Sarajevo, performed an orbital and forehead reconstruction on Briga after learning of her situation. 

What:              Briga had surgery on Dec. 17. She was discharged on Dec. 19. Briga and Dr. Potparic will speak about her surgery, recovery and expectations for a soft tissue follow-up surgery in approximately six months.

When:             Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 

      -       Dr. Potparic will be available for comment between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
-       Briga will be available for comment between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

*Please call Jennifer Smith at (352) 246-4497 to schedule interview times in advance.

When:          Interviews with Dr. Potparic will be held at his office:
                      1116 E. Broward Blvd.,
                      Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
                      (954) 779-2777

Interviews with Briga will be held at her hotel in downtown Fort Lauderdale or other agreed upon locations.

For more information, including surgical images and b-roll, visit

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