Ana Rodarte was born with neurofibromatosis which in some cases can cause facial disfigurement.
This Los Angeles Times piece by Thomas Curwen is powerful but it’s too bad they made the web presentation of it so difficult to navigate and read. I recommend the audio slideshow first to get an overview, then read the story.
Audio slideshow: Ana’s story.
In part one we see how Ana has lived her life: Isolated by her appearance, she yearned for a place in the world.
In part two, Dr. Munish Batra, a plastic surgeon, changed her life: Step by surgical step, a life is transformed.