According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the Treacher Collins syndrome is a genetic disorder affecting 1 in every 50,000 people. It changes how bone and tissues of the face develop, generally affecting cheekbones, jaws, and chins in particular.
Treacher Collins syndrome results in facial abnormalities, but it does not affect a child’s intelligence.
One young man was abandoned by his parents 30 years ago for his facial abnormality.
Jono Lancaster explains:
“I was born with a genetic condition that affects my facial features. I have no cheekbones, and so my eyes dip down. I love my little ears, they don’t get cold at night. But I do need hearing aids.
“When I was born, [my birth parents] were in total shock. I was out of the hospital 36 hours after I was born. Social services found someone to look after me. The foster carer was a lady called Jean.”
“I kind of felt like I was on my own, and I felt like I was the only one out in the world that was like me. People are lucky enough to win the lottery or they become professional footballers, doctors, lawyers, but, why did I have to end up looking like this?”
Jono has now become a source of inspiration for children with the same syndrome. He even got married to a beautiful wife named Laura. Take a look at him now!
“We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.”