HAPPY DAYS: Jamie Cochran relaxes with her fiance, Glen Barling, at Alstonville
HAPPY DAYS: Jamie Cochran relaxes with her fiance, Glen Barling, at Alstonville

Jamie puts up with pain to be ?normal

By BREE PRICE

AFTER years of being called a sea monster, Jamie Cochran hopes the people who once taunted her about her looks will regret their words.

Jamie, who was born with Sotos Syndrome, a condition characterised by elongated features, was discharged from the Royal Brisbane Hospital yesterday after undergoing craniofacial surgery to make her look more 'normal'.

The 20-year-old Alstonville resident said she knew the operation would leave her in pain, but had no regrets.

"I'm in some pain, but it was definitely worth it. When I went to school people treated me differently," she said.

"Hopefully they'll regret what they said."

Jamie is now eagerly planning the celebrations for her 21st birthday on December 20, as well as her wedding to fiance Glen Barling next May.

"I love my family very much and I'd like to have a big party with them," she said.

But she said the thing she was looking forward to most was being able to eat KFC.

Jamie is on a diet of liquids and pureed foods until the wiring in her jaw can be removed in about five weeks.

"I can't wait to go to KFC and eat a chicken burger. It's the first thing I'm going to do," she said.

"When I was in hospital Glen came to dinner in the cafeteria and ate in front of me. He had no idea how much I wanted his dinner."

Jamie's mum, Shirley, said her daughter had amazed doctors with her quick recovery, leaving hospital five days early.

"She has coped with the pain really so well. After the operation I was expecting to see this poor thing, I was nearly in tears before I went into the room, but she was sitting up in bed, bright as a button," she said.

But Glen said he knew his fiance would be strong.

"I knew she was a fighter. I think she's got some of her mum's genes," he said.



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