English woman satisfied after years-long battle with deformity
December 6, 2010
Although 20-year-old Holly-Jo Jenkins has a nearly flawless appearance now, the beauty therapist from Bristol, England, has had to undergo numerous surgeries in her young life to repair a cleft lip and palate, The Daily Mail reports.
She began receiving reconstruction surgery on the facial deformity when she was just three months old. That was followed up with another procedure when she reached six months.
The work continued as she got older. When she was 11 years old she underwent dental work, and as a teenager she had surgeries to correct her nose and ears. All together she has had 11 surgeries, and despite some minimal scarring, Jenkins is pleased with the outcome.
"I have a couple of scars running parallel to my nose and lip and some around my nostrils, but finally I can look in the mirror and feel content," she told the news source.
According to Operation Smile, a group that performs facial reconstruction on children who cannot afford it, more than 200,000 children worldwide are born with cleft lip or palate each year.
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