Nikki Christou, an 11-year-old girl from London, suffers from a rare health condition called AVM (arteriovenous malformation). Her condition causes her severe facial disfigurement, as well as life-threatening nose bleeds and bad pain. She has been making beauty videos on her YouTube channel since she was 8-years-old and has gained two million views and 35,000 subscribers.
At the age of 6, Nikki was diagnosed with her condition when she saw veins popping up on the right side of her face. At first, she thought it was something like a cold that would eventually just go away. But, as her condition worsened, she realized she would need operations and treatments, as well as having to be home-schooled and quit a lot of the sports clubs she really enjoyed being a part of.
At the age of seven, Nikki had her first procedure. Since then, she has had 20 major operations and has taken 300 visits to the hospital.
Nikki does not let her medical condition get the best of her and for an 11-year-old, her maturity level is out of this world. She believes that no one is perfect and does not let any negative comments get under her skin. In her video below, Nikki says, “If you believe in yourself, really try hard and block out all the negativity in your life, you will lead a happy life.”
Nikki and her parents, George and Tanya, set up a charity donation page for a charity they started called AVM Butterfly to support research for the condition. They have already raised over £55,000 towards the cause.
In addition to that, in 2013, Nikki received the WellChild bravery award by Prince Harry after being nominated by a consultant pediatric dermatologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Nikki also won a National Diana Award for her fundraising efforts that year.
Nikki is so brave and inspiring. We can all learn a little something from this little girl’s strength and wisdom.
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