When Cody Hall was born, it was clear that not everything had gone according to plan. The infant had a severe facial deformity in the form of a wide-spread birth mark and large swelling on the left side of her face.
The doctors told her parents that she had haemangioma, which was luckily a non-life-threatening condition. However, they said that because of how serious her case was they would be unable to operate until she was six-years-old.
Cody’s parents refused to believe that, knowing she would have a difficult life because she didn’t “fit in” to society’s idea of normal.
They began researching the condition and contacting doctors across the country and begged them to help. Finally, they found a surgeon who specialized on serious children’s operations.
They started a fundraiser and managed to collect the $303,462 required for the surgery soon after Cody’s first birthday.
Over the next 14 years, she would have another 18 operations, and the transformation has been stunning.