Barbara Alves was working as a model when a flesh-eating disease ravaged her face. As part of a life saving operation, most of her jaw, teeth, lips and part of her cheek had to be removed.
In 2002, Prof Iain Hutchison, founder of Saving Faces, performed a 10 hour surgery to help rebuild her face. Barbara spoke to Best Magazine about her experience and the prejudices she dealt and still deals with.
[Reproduced from Best Magazine, 5th of August 2003.]