Video: Grimsby woman Fiona Grigg appears on This Morning to talk about her rare facial deformity
A GRIMSBY woman with a rare facial deformity has paid tribute to the Grimsby and Cleethorpes public for their help and support over the years during an appearance on ITV's award winning magazine show This Morning.
Fiona Grigg, 38, of Compton Drive, is no stranger to readers of the Grimsby Telegraph, who have followed the story of her brave fight to manage the condition for a number of years.
As reported, she began having surgery on her face when she was just four-years-old, after being diagnosed with cavernous haemangioma – a condition where clusters of blood vessels break through the skin.
Within days of her being born, a pink patch began to develop on the right side of Fiona's tiny face, and by the time she was six weeks old the skin had thickened and become bright red.
Her parents were warned she may not survive and on New Year's Eve 1974, she was given the last rites.
However, the "fighter" was determined not to give up and now works as a senior healthcare assistant at Grimsby's Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital to "give something back" to the area.
Speaking to presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, alongside her husband Alistair and daughter Evie-May, Fiona spoke of her love for the "wonderful community of Grimsby and Cleethorpes" and recounted how she met Alistair at the Bags Ball at Cleethorpes Winter Gardens.
Fiona also thanked her parents, grandparents and brother for their continued support and determination to give her the most normal childhood possible, and the surgeons who have performed 73 operations on her face.
This Morning won the award for Best Factual Television Show in last night's National Television Awards.