NEW HYDE PARK - Doctors at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park are marveling over the rapid recovery of a Brentwood teen who recently had a rare throat tumor removed.

Dr. Lee Smith and Dr. David Zeltsman performed a nine-hour operation on 13-year-old Elizabeth Petitfrere, who had a 95 percent blockage in her larynx and windpipe due to a benign tumor.

They were able to completely remove the tumor and put her airway back together.

Petitfrere attended a luncheon today at the medical center where she is now able to breathe freely and eat normally; something she has not been able to do for months.

"It's such a joy to see her breathing and eating so well so quickly after surgery," said Smith.

For more on Elizabeth's surgery, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.