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TB Return of the Plague
In the southern African nation of Swaziland, around a quarter of all adults are now HIV positive. With so many now living with compromised immune systems, tuberculosis, which had been in decline for decades, has made a dramatic comeback. Now it has a foothold once more, new mutations are evolving fast, meaning the disease threatens the lives of the healthy as well as those with...
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Dying To Sleep
Dying to sleep is a documentary on a extremely rare condition where the individual suffering from the disease known as Fatal Familial Insomnia (FFI) can no longer fall asleep. The disease itself targets the thalamus which is responsible for a host of functions including regulating our sleep. FFI is a disease for which there is no current cure and death usually occurs between 7 and 36 months after the effects of FFI set in, on average this is about 50 years of...
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The Man Who Ate Himself To Death
This is the terribly tragic story of Ricky Naputi, who weighed in at 65 stone, classing him as one of the world's largest men. Ricky was a born and raised on the Pacific Island of Guam, although having always been overweight, it was throughout the last years of Ricky's life that he became completely bedridden due to the fact he could no longer support his own bodyweight, he had become a prisoner in his own room. Ricky and his wife of ten years Cheryl knew that if Ricky didn't find the help he needed that he...
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The Tiniest Girl in the World
Charlotte Garside is the tiniest girl in the world. When she was born she weighed less than 1 and a half pounds and was the size of a baby that was only 16 weeks old. Though only born four weeks prematurely, she came out tinier than a credit card in size. Charlotte has a form of primordial dwarfism though the specific condition she has is so rare doctors do not have a name for it. It is still unknown whether she falls into the category of MOPD type 1 or MOPD type 2. If she has the latter case then she may live to...
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Holding the Sun
In Holding the Sun we get to look into a Canadian family’s struggle to save their son from schizophrenia and cope with the consequences of the condition. The Millar family was torn apart when on May 30th, 1997, Ruth Millar’s son Aaron came calmly up behind her and stuck a sword through her heart. Earlier that morning Ruth wrote to her husband about Aaron’s schizophrenia. She said he was looking quite psychotic these days, not in a harmful way but simply because he lives in his own world. She explained that...
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The Real Sleeping Beauty
In 1984, when Sarah Scantlin was just eighteen years old, she was hit by a drunk driver and fell into a coma. Sarah had such severe brain injuries that doctors had to remove the part of her brain that enables speech. Though this kept her from dying, she still would not wake from her coma and had to be kept on life support. In 2005, after twenty years in her coma, Sarah miraculously woke up and began speaking. One of the first things Sarah did was ask the nurse for a manicure. In this documentary, filmed two years...
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The Boy They Call Fish
Minh Anh lives on a special ward of a Saigon hospital, where both patients and staff call him Ka - Vietnamese for fish - because of the scaly, itchy, peeling skin that covers his body. 8000 miles away, Brenda loves Minh Anh like a son, and every year for the last 15, she has travelled to Vietnam to see him. Their lives are worlds apart, but year after year, their extraordinary friendship gets stronger - for Minh Anh, there is someone to look out for his interests; for Brenda, a chance to relive memories of her...
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40 Year Old Child: A New Case
40 Year Old Child: A New Case - TLC revisits the Williams family in Billings, Montana, whose 8-year-old daughter Gabby suffers a mystery medical condition that slows her rate of aging. The Williams along with a handful of other families are facing the unknown when battling against this bizarre and inexplicable syndrome that affects the growth and overall development of their children, from blindness and deafness to the inability to walk, eat or even speak on their own. Following the everyday lives of these...
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Paralyzed: Guillain-Barre Syndrome
Explore the sheer fear and terror that Suzan Jennings and her family went through when they discovered she had one of the rarest illnesses on earth, Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS). Yet for the right price and proper treatment survival is good and in some cases a full recovery is quite possible. If you or anyone you know has been diagnosed with GBS this show is a must see! This video is copyrighted 2013. No parts of this video may be copied reproduced downloaded or quoted without the express permission of the owner...