Living with Papilloma: Jacob's Story
Jacob Marshall is 19 years old and he has already had more than 36 surgeries. And it's likely he will need many more.
Marshall suffers from a rare condition called recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, a disease that affects only three to five people out of 100,000. Small benign growths grow and re-grow on Jacob's larynx, in and around his vocal folds. When the growths get too large, they begin to affect his ability to speak and breathe.