Amazing Lives

DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL – Monday 27 July, 8.30pm

Amazing Lives is a groundbreaking medical documentary series featuring the amazing human stories of people living with rare conditions and life-threatening illnesses. Each story takes us on a dramatic journey featuring cutting-edge new therapies and complex surgical procedures

EP4: CAN’T STOP GROWING: Joseph Merrick, ‘The Elephant Man’, suffered from Proteus Syndrome – a rare genetic disorder where parts of the body grow out of all proportion. We meet 4 year old sufferer Abigail Lider and her family as they travel to Maryland USA for a week of tests. They also travel to meet other Proteus sufferers learning to live with this incurable condition. In the UK 31 year old Mandy Sellars has a rare form of Proteus Syndrome which causes her legs to be giant while the rest of her body remains petite.

DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL – Monday 20 July, 8.30pm

Amazing Lives is a groundbreaking medical documentary series featuring the amazing human stories of people living with rare conditions and life-threatening illnesses. Each story takes us on a dramatic journey featuring cutting-edge new therapies and complex surgical procedures.

EP 3: AMAZING LIVES: Reconstruct My Face

Faces that would have been horribly scarred are being saved by surgeons using 21st century technology. Ian Smith’s lower jaw is rotting away because the radiotherapy that cured his cancer has killed healthy bone and tissue. Now a computer generated 3-d model of his jaw will help his surgeon rebuild the dying jaw. At the Royal London hospital, a new 3-D scanner is helping maxillae-facial consultant Simon Holmes save the faces of his trauma patients including teenager Steven whose face was ripped off by a falling wall and Esther who suffered horrific injuries in a motorbike accident.

DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL – Mondays from 6 July, 8.30pm

Amazing Lives is a groundbreaking medical documentary series featuring the amazing human stories of people living with rare conditions and life-threatening illnesses. Each story takes us on a dramatic journey featuring cutting-edge new therapies and complex surgical procedures.

EP1 – COMA MIRACLE: In a small South African town, patients locked in a vegetative state are miraculously being woken with a sleeping drug. Dr Wally Nel, the local GP who stumbled upon this phenomenon, has now helped hundreds of brain damaged patients and may be the verge of an extraordinary medical breakthrough. The film contains a television first when Diana, a woman locked in a barely conscious state speaks for the first time in three years. It also features Louis, the first patient woken by the drug seven years ago. A new brain scan reveals some startling results which suggest that the sleeping pill may actually trigger regeneration of brain cells.