A girl from Slough, Berkshire, was born with a unique facial feature that made her stand out. The attention she got wasn’t pleasant or affirming, leading to her parents choosing to get her surgery to correct it.
Before Connie Lloyd was born in Slough, Berkshire, a 26-week scan showed an unexplained shadow on her nose. However, when she was welcomed in September 2008, she looked healthy without any apparent issues.
By the time she was a day old, Zara Green and Tom Lloyd noticed that she had a pronounced red mark on the tip of her tiny nose. The couple initially assumed it was a pressure mark left behind from the delivery.
However, two weeks later, the mark had darkened and become lumpy, but they were told it was a common birthmark. When she was a month old, the spot had grown by one and a half inches in diameter.
Green recalled how amazed they were when they saw their daughter’s nose and that she looked different, but they still knew it was little Connie. The couple’s general practitioner referred them to the Great Ormond Street Hospital, where they saw a specialist.
Their daughter was diagnosed with a benign tumor called haemangioma. The little girl had to struggle with having a bright red “clown’s nose” – something she didn’t choose – fully evident when she was four weeks old, and the birthmark was growing internally too.
Green’s daughter found it difficult to look different and only wished to look more likе her mother. Her parents didn’t know that without the mark, Connie was destined to grow up to be a gorgeous young girl years later.
How Connie Changed Her Looks?
Connie endured being teased, taunted, and called names from birth because of her condition. Green dreaded her child being chosen to play Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer in a Christmas play because of Connie’s rare condition that didn’t have a cure.
The tumor’s growth left her parents “constantly worried” because doctors said she could bleed to dеаth if she cut or grazed the mark. Tom and his partner found treatments that stopped the tumor from growing more prominent, but nothing could eliminate it.
In 2011, Connie became the eighth baby in the United Kingdom (UK) to try using Propranolol to stop the tumor from growing larger. The prescribed medicine was usually used for people who had heart conditions.
When the little girl was 18 months old, she told her mother she didn’t likе her nose, which was difficult for Green to hear. The parent wanted to do more for her child, and her daughter’s adverse reactions at preschool eventually pushed her to act.
She and Tom started looking for second opinions and options for removing the birthmark. Connie’s mother noted how the other children in her daughter’s playgroup because curious about her condition and would prod it, which the little girl found “very upsetting.”
During a final class picture, the school photographer even asked Green if they could airbrush out their daughter’s birthmark! The parent found the request offensive because Connie was who she was, and they loved every bit of her.
When the child’s mother realized her daughter would spend all her school years going through that torture, she knew they had to do something soon. She and her partner searched until they found Dr. Iain Hutchison, a surgeon specializing in treating facial disfigurements.
In March 2011, he operated on little Connie to remove the tumor and left her with a small scar, despite the procedure not being recommended for children under ten. Green confessed that before having surgery, her baby had been shy around people who commented on her nose and pointed to it. The little girl even turned her head because of how self-conscious she was.
Visiting Hutchison was also a nightmare for the family and their child, and her mother would hide her in the car to prevent people from making mean comments. Tom’s partner said waiting for hours for Connie’s surgery to conclude felt likе the most extended wait ever.
However, the results were fantastic when the little girl returned saying she had a “nose was likе her mom’s.” Connie was doing well and had attracted a large group of friends, leaving her parents feeling proud!
However, the student [Connie Lloyd] brushed the nasty comments off…