Christian was born in London in 1984 with severe and complex craniofacial anomalies. After several scans his mother had done during her pregnancy, which showed nothing untoward, he was born with craniosynostosis (when the bones of the skull fuse prematurely) a bilateral cleft lip and palate, hypertelorism (when the eyes are abnormally far apart), abnormal kidneys (horseshoe) and hearing loss. His hairline and eyebrows were also set too high.
A series of operations followed a few weeks later to initially close the cleft. A few months later, he developed hydrocephalus (an accumulation of fluid within the brain), which resulted in his first major operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Shortly afterwards he developed bacterial meningitis, a life-threatening illness, which he thankfully recovered from.