Saturday, 25. May 2013 - 10:05
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A disfigured Croatian woman who was told she was too ugly to go to school and wouldn’t live beyond the age of 20 has finished high school at the age of 44.
Ana Orkic from Zagreb suffers from facial paralysis and when she was seven years old teachers told her parents her face would disturb the other children and she would have problems assimilating.
Doctors then told her she would probably be dead by the age of 20.
"I was very disappointed when they did not let me go to school, but I learned with my brother, and my friends let me help them with their homework," she said to the news website Tportal.
At the age of 37 Ana was finally allowed to start primary school and completed her high school just seven years later.
Now she says she is still discriminated against but won’t give up.
"I’ve been offered a job as a cook with a local health institute - despite them first rejecting me because of my face - and now I want to help people with similar problems," she said.
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