For most brides, feeling beautiful when they walk down the aisle is one of the most important aspects of their big day. And, for one woman, that was certainly the case.
Cody Hall was born with a severe facial deformity that left her wondering whether she’d ever get married at all.
But, last Friday the 25-year-old from Corby, Northamptonshire tied the knot with her partner Lewis Hall, 27, telling guests that “there is a happy ending.”
Cody’s birthmark, thought to be a haemangioma, 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.
Refusing to be defeated, her parents researched their daughter’s condition before discovering a surgeon in America who operated on children with severe facial deformities.
After launching an appeal, which raised £230,000, Cody was sent to Roosevelt Hospital in New York for her first treatment in 1993, when she was just one.
Cody went on to have a further 18 operations over the next 14 years, including facelifts, rhinoplasty, skin grafts, liposuction, dermabrasion, eye surgery and laser surgery.
Speaking about her experiences growing up, she said: “When I started at secondary school I did get a lot of people asking questions and in the street there would be people staring.
“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 realised I am who I am.
“I get people coming up to me in the street and saying ‘well done’ and that they are pleased for me.”
And eight years ago, Cody, who now works on a surgical ward at Kettering hospital, met her now husband Lewis, with the couple getting engaged earlier this year.
Describing her big day Cody said she couldn’t hold back the tears. “It was an emotional day and there were some tears, especially when I saw Lewis at the altar, but only tears of joy.
“I just want to show people that there is a happy ending.”
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