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She Had Surgery To Fix Her Deformity And Now She Looks Great

Written by Beatriz Sanchez
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Ellie Jones was born with a rare condition that made her jawbones stop growing when she was 8-years-old. Not only was this a problem in terms of aesthetics, but it also prevented her teeth to line up and made it difficult to eat.

  • There’s not a specific name for this condition
  • But doctors seem to think it’s more common than people know
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However, it wasn’t until she was 14-years-old that she discovered she had it. Her orthodontist, Joy Hickman, broke the news to her when she went to have her braces fitted.

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Over the next six years, Joy worked with maxillofacial surgeon, Emma Woolley, to help Ellie’s jaw catch up with the rest of her face and make it more functional.

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Ellie had her first operation at 16, where she had her jaw cut horizontally and vertically, in an attempt to align her mandible with the maxable.

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She was then put on liquid diet for a month. What’s worse, the surgery left her so sore that she was unable to talk, and had to use a notepad to communicate.

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Talking became easier as the months went by, but she had a lisp for a long time due to how swollen her moth was.

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After a couple of months, Ellie’s doctors allowed her to start eating soft foods. She was on a soft diet for about four months while her jaw was still too damaged to bite down on things. ‘I did lose quite a lot of weight,’ she told the Daily Post.

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