Woman born with severe facial deformity gets 'happy ending' wedding

An English woman born with a severe facial deformity found her “happy ending” when she got married last week.

Cody Hall’s birthmark, thought to be a haemangioma, was so severe it distorted the left side of her face, and doctors said there was nothing they could do until she was six, according to Yahoo Lifestyle.  

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Her determined family found a surgeon in the U.S. who would operate on Hall. They launched an appeal to raise about $303,462 so their one-year-old daughter could receive her first treatment at Roosevelt Hospital in New York.

Hall received 18 more operations over the next 14 years, including facelifts, rhinoplasty, skin grafts, liposuction, dermabrasion, eye surgery and laser surgery.

COLLECT - Cody Hall with her mum Theresa when she was a child.  See NTI story NTIFACE.  A brave woman who stole the hearts of the nation when she was born with a severe facial deformity has got married - proudly telling guests: "There is a happy ending."  Cody Hall's birthmark was so large it distorted the left side of her face and doctors told her distraught family there was nothing they could do until she was six.  Her parents refused to be defeated and researched their daughter's condition before finding out about a surgeon in America who operated on children with severe facial deformities.  They launched an appeal which raised £230,000, and Cody was sent to Roosevelt Hospital in New York for her first treatment in 1993, when she was just one.  Cody had a further 18 operations over the next 14 years, including facelifts, rhinoplasty, skin grafts, liposuction, dermabrasion, eye surgery and laser surgery.  Last Friday (10/11), Cody, now aged 25, tied the knot with Lewis Holt, 27, at St Michael's Church in Great Oakley, Northants.

Doctors in England said they couldn't do anything about Hall's birthmark until she was six.  (SWNS)

Growing up, Hall said she struggled sometimes with being different. "When I started at secondary school I did get a lot of people asking questions and in the street there would be people staring,” she told SWNS. “All the attention would sometimes get me upset and I would come home and say I didn't like it. But over the years people have realized I am who I am.”

Hall met her now-husband Lewis eight years ago while undergoing one of her surgeries. The two were engaged earlier this year, and finally wed just last week.

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Hall met her now-husband Lewis eight years ago while undergoing one of her surgeries.  (SWNS)

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"It was an emotional day and there were some tears, especially when I saw Lewis at the altar, but only tears of joy,” she said. "I just want to show people that there is a happy ending."