Cassidy Hooper, 16, from North Carolina was born with a rare condition that perplexed doctors. She was born without a nose and eyes, even though all other organs were functioning well with no known medical problem.
She is now all set to undergo a surgery that will give her a real nose. The surgery will be spread over two weeks where she will undergo three surgeries at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte.
Doctors have built a nose from the cartilage and bone taken from the skull and this process has been going on for the past five years.
Doctors are unable to pinpoint the reason for this birth defect. It could just be that the nose and eyes did not develop in the first two weeks of pregnancy.
Cassidy goes to Governor Morehead School, a school for the blind. She is in the fifth grade and aspires to become a radio broadcaster. She recently did her own radio broadcast for an hour at a local radio station and is extremely proud of herself.
Cassidy is looking forward to the surgery that will enable her smell and breathe through her own nose.