“Despite it being a nerve-wracking evening, Nikki Christou said ” it was so amazing to be there. It was the best night of my life. The key thing I want people to know is there’s no such thing as ‘I can’t’, despite what you’re going through.”
We’d like to say an enormous congratulations to Nikki who won a Pride of Britain award this week! Here she is outside 10 Downing Street, where she met Prime Minister Theresa May.
Schoolgirl Nikki Christou was diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening condition which left her with a facial disfigurement at the age of just six.
But where many people would have shut themselves away from the world, the YouTube star has shared her story with millions of people online.
Nikki’s life changed forever when she and her parents noticed veins popping up on the right side of her face.
The 12-year-old was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation (AVM), where there are abnormal connections between arteries and veins.The condition causes intense pain, in most cases is incurable and leads to potentially fatal nosebleeds.
So far Nikki has undergone 28 operations and endured more than 300 hospital visits as doctors try to manage her condition.
She posts videos talking about her condition, gives make-up tips and offers advice to people struggling to cope with chronic illnesses.
To date, her channel has attracted four million views and she has 79,000 subscribers.