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Doctor helps teen girl who has rare condition which leaves her looking like 50-year-old

By Mason White 11:47 AM June 26, 2013
Zara Hartshorn before and after facelift 

By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) After suffering from a rare skin condition, a teenager has gotten a new lease in life.

The teenager suffered from a rare genetic condition that makes her skin age quickly.

At 16-years-old, the teenager looked like she was 50-years-old. Now, she will be able to show off her new younger looks thanks to a special facelift surgery. Zara Hartshorn, 16, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom, has endured years of cruel taunts and even physical attacks because of her appearance. The bullying became so severe that her mother had to pull her out of school.

The young girl inherited the condition known as lipodystrophy, which makes skin look wrinkled, from her mother, Tracey Gibson, who also suffers from the disease. The mother and daughter went public about the condition, which plagued their family. After learning about their unique situation, a top surgeon in the U.S. offered to perform cosmetic surgery on the teen for free.

The surgery proved be a success. With her new looks, Hartshorn is feeling much more confident and was able to start a relationship with her new boyfriend Ricky Andrews, 22, who is a painter and decorator. She is even thinking about going to college. This is a remarkable change for the teenager, who was constantly mistaken for a grown woman.

One of the many incidents that the girl endured while growing up, was on her way to school, she was left in tears after she tried paying student fair, but the bus driver laughed at her and demanded full payment as an adult. Instead of arguing with the driver and embarrassing herself in front of all the passengers, the young girl got off the bus.

But now, thanks to Dr. Abhimanyu Garg, Hartshorn feels good about her looks. She is ready to leave the past behind, forgive her tormentors and live a fulfilling life.
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