When Cody Hall was born, she had a birthmark that distorted the left side of her face. As she grew up, other children bullied her, calling her names and saying the cruelest things to her. But Cody endured all the pain and suffering. She also underwent a total of 18 operations over the span of 14 years. And now that she is a 25-year-old woman, she is happy to report about her happy ending. Now she walks down the aisle to marry the love of her life.
“I want to show people there is a happy ending,” she said.
When she was born with the facial deformity, Cody’s parents begged doctors to operate as soon as possible. But they said they could not do anything until she was at least six years old.
Because doctors told her family that she needed special treatment, they raised about $300,000 to send her to the United States where she could get surgery from the experts. While in the U.S. the surgeon worked on her face and helped her appear normal.
Despite her family’s best effort to help her, Cody faced severe ridicule and shaming from her peers in school. They would stare at her and say the most horrible things behind her back and even to her face.
But now Cody wants to tell everyone that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. She married her boyfriend of eight years last week. Lewis Holt, 27, saw the beauty in Cody from the beginning.
Cody was thought to have been born with a haemangioma birthmark that was so large it changed the shape of her face. Doctors told her family they could not do anything about it until she was older.
But her family knew there had to be some way forward. They found an American doctor willing to perform the surgery when she was just one year old. That was the first of 18 operations that would continue for the next 14 years. She endured numerous nose reconstructions and facelifts for more than a decade.
When Lewis Holt proposed last year, she felt like it was the dawning of a new chapter in her life.
“It was an emotional day and there were some tears, but only tears of joy. I just want to show people that there is a happy ending.”
And last Friday, the lovebirds made it official at St. Michael’s Church in Great Oakley, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom.
Now Cody has a job in the surgical ward at Kettering General Hospital. And she is overjoyed to know that her life is finally going in the direction she wants it to go.
She endured horrible bullying growing up.
“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 realized 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.”
What do you make of this young woman’s story?