Reproduced from The Guardian Health and Wellbeing Section on 27th of June 2000. Article by Angela Neustatter.
We value beauty so highly that living with disfigured features can be unbearable. Angela Neustatter talks to two people about how they cope - and about how a new charity is tackling the prejudice. The left-hand side of Henry de Lotbiniere's face is a wreck. What was once an angular cheek meeting chiselled jaw, is now concave. There is a protuberant flesh covered lump in the place where his eye used to be. When he lifts the dark forelock of hair which hangs low over his brow you see a crater-like hole where half his forehead has been removed.