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'I just want her to have that confidence in herself because she is beautiful'

Brianne's mother is calling for more understanding of people with facial disfigurements like hers Credit: ITV News

A mother from Wiltshire says there needs to be more understanding and acceptance of people with facial disfigurements after her daughter was born with a rare condition.

One year old Brianne Carter was born with a cleft lip and palate and her skull didn't develop properly in the womb. Her mother says stares and comments from strangers have, on occasion, left her feeling scared to leave the house with her.

Brianne is just a toddler but one day she will be aware that she looks different Credit: ITV News

At 17 months old, Brianne is too young to be affected by the stares and comments of strangers but her mother says she's aware this is likely to change in the future.

I hope that she's going to be a strong confident child that says to the world, 'I am who I am, if you don't like me, look away'.

I just want her to have that confidence in herself because she is beautiful and if she looks different, everyone looks different.

– Stephanie Carter, Brianne's mother
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Brianne has craniofrontonasal dysplasia, a very rare inherited disorder characterized by abnormalities of the head and face, hands and feet. There were only three other people diagnosed with it last year.

Families can get help and support from Headlines, a charity set up to help people with the condition.