No one can imagine what it is like to be joined to another person, 24 hours a day. But although they are rare, conjoined twins occur once in approximately every 200,000 live births. Three out of four are stillborn, or die within the first 24 hours. And for the rest, comes the agonising decision for […]
In 1984, 18 year old Sarah Scantlin was run over by a drunk driver. The severe brain injuries left her in a coma for twenty years. Doctors had to remove the part of her brain that governs speech to save her life. The prognosis was that she would be in a vegetative state for the […]
This fascinating documentary tells the story of Peruvian baby Milagros and her family. Milagros was born with Sirenomelia or ‘Mermaid’s Syndrome’ giving her what looked like a fish tail and many medical complications. This is the story of her family as they prepare for an operation to separate her legs at a hospital in Lima, […]
Tia McCarthy is 7 years old and she has never eaten anything. She is fed through a tube into her stomach and she never gets hungry or thirsty. Her mother Sue is desperate for a solution to be found to this puzzling problem before it is too late. With medical opinion in Britain unable to […]
In August 1951, inhabitants of the picturesque French village of Pont-Saint-Esprit were suddenly tormented by terrifying hallucinations. People imagined lions and tigers were coming to eat them. A man jumped out of a window thinking he was a dragonfly. At least seven people died, dozens were taken to the local asylum in strait jackets and […]
Life is full of challenges – but some people face more than their fair share. Some grow up in a world where parents must padlock the fridge and cupboard doors to keep food away from their children. This compelling one-hour documentary follows four families – each with children living with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS).
Igor Pavlovets is an eight-year-old boy who was one of the first children conceived after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. His tiny body bears the cruel legacy of radiation. He’s the size of a three-year-old, his legs have no main bone, his feet are turned out in permanent fishtail and he has just one arm. […]