Woman born without a nose and mouth celebrates graduation

Cassidy Hooper was born with a congenital birth defect (Picture: WBTV)

Cassidy Hooper was born with a very rare congenital disorder that meant her eyes and nose never developed.

But she never wanted that to hold her back. Her mantra throughout life has been ‘I don’t need it to be easy, I just need possible.’

And last week, she graduated from college with a degree in Associate of Arts.

Now 22, Cassidy, from Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., went to a school for blind children and had a pretty hectic life full of activities.

She was on her high school’s track team, helped out as an usher at concerts and worked with charities.

At the age of 17, she had the last of 12 surgeries to create a new nose for her, using bones from her ribs.

After her surgeries, she went on to study at Central Piedmont Community College.

On Thursday, she got to walk across the stage in her gown and cap to collect her degree.

Cassidy has now graduated from college (Picture: WBTV)

She told WBTV: ‘I got out there and I realized, wait a minute, this is actually happening?!

‘Am I dreaming or am I awake?! It just shocked me at how fast the time went.’

Now Cassidy is looking towards a career in radio broadcasting, something she has wanted to do for years, but she is also considering working in worship ministry.

This summer she’s planning to work with her high school in Raleigh.

Go Cassidy!


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