A woman born with a congenital facial deformity life has been transformed thanks to pioneering surgery.
Ellie Jones, 20, of Rhyl, says she’s relieved she can “finally be herself” after a team of maxillofacial doctors worked for years to reverse the congenital deformity, which was first detected when she was 14.
Ms Jones went under the knife for the first time at the age of 16 – a painful experience that left her unable to talk, let alone eat solid food.
But the procedures paid off, and now Ms Jones says she finally feels “normal”.
“I was shy but now I feel really confident. It’s changed my whole life,” she told the Daily Post.
Shop assistant Ellie, 20, who lives at home with dad Simon, mum Natalie and sister Chloe, 21, now dreams of being a photographer.
‘A lot of people don’t actually realise they have a jaw deformity and just accept that they have difficulties biting,’ her surgeon Emma said.
‘By not treating it at a young age, it can cause real difficulties later in life.
Laura F. Nixon