Ellie Jones was able to regain her self-assurance after having a facial abnormality that caused her jaw to stop developing at the age of eight surgically fixed by a team of medical professionals.
She was born with a disease that prevented the bones of her lower face from developing normally, which caused them to be far smaller than they ought to have been.
Ellie was aware that she required dental care; however, she was unaware that the misalignment of her teeth was the result of a congenital facial issue that had been present from birth.
When she went to get braces at the age of 14, her orthodontist, Joy Hickman, saw something was wrong.
Joy’s transformation took place over the course of the subsequent six years as a result of her collaboration with maxillofacial surgeon Emma Woolley at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Rhyl, Wales.
Ellie’s appearance as well as her perspective on life in general.
At the age of 16, she had her first procedure. “It was incredibly painful but had to be done in order to solve the situation,” Ellie, who is now 20 years old, said.
“I was on a liquid diet for about a month, which was incredibly difficult, and I couldn’t speak properly – I had to use a notebook to communicate.” “I was on a liquid diet for about a month, which was really difficult.”
“After what seemed like an eternity, I was finally able to mutter a few words, but owing to the swelling in my mouth, I had a lisp for a long,” she said.
Her jaws were sliced both horizontally and vertically during the primary operation, and she had further surgery on her chin about one year after the first procedure.
However, in spite of the discomfort caused by the procedures, she reports that she could not be happier with the results: “I was primarily just relieved; for the first time in a long time, I felt like I could be myself.”
I used to be timid, but nowadays I have a lot of self-assurance. It has altered the course of my whole life.
Ellie, age 20, who works in a shop and lives at home with her parents, Simon and Natalie, and her sister Chloe, age 21, has a new ambition to become a photographer.
According to her surgeon, Emma, “a lot of individuals don’t truly realize they have a jaw abnormality and simply accept that they have difficulty biting.”
If it is not treated while the patient is young, it may lead to significant issues in later life.