Ellie Jones was born with a rare medical condition which caused her jawbones to stop growing at the age of 8, according to a story from The Daily Post.
This was not only an aesthetic problem, but it also prevented her teeth from lining up and made it difficult for her to eat.
The condition doesn’t have a specific name, but doctors think that it’s more common than it might seem.
Ellie didn’t discover she had the condition until the age of 14.
Her orthodonist broke the unfortunate news to her when she went to get her braces fitted.
In the six years that followed, Joy collaborated with Emma Woolley, a maxillofacial surgeon, to help Ellie’s jaw catch up with her face and make it more funcitonal.
Ellie’s first operation took place when she was 16. They cut her jaw horizontally and vertically, in an attempt to align the maxable with the mandible.
After the operation, she was put on a month-long liquid diet.
The operation unfortunately left her unable to talk, so she had to use a notepad to communicate.
As the months went by, talking for Ellie became easier, but due to her mouth’s immense swelling, she had a lisp for a long time.
After a couple of months, the doctors allowed Ellie to eat soft foods.
Her soft diet lasted for about 4 months, as her jaw was still too damaged to bite solid foods. She said
that she also lost quite a bit of weight during the liquid and soft food diet.