Everest: Jamie McAnsh climbs to base camp on crutches

A man on crutches has reached Everest base camp – eight years after waking up paralysed. Jamie McAnsh, from Cwmbran, Torfaen, has complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) which causes persistent severe and debilitating pain. But after an 11-day trek, Jamie has realised his childhood dream and reached base camp at 5,364m (17,600ft). “There were timesContinue reading “Everest: Jamie McAnsh climbs to base camp on crutches”

Mali nonuplets in perfect health on first birthday

The world’s only nonuplets – nine babies born at the same time – are “in perfect health” as they celebrate their first birthday, their father has told the BBC. “They’re all crawling now. Some are sitting up and can even walk if they hold on to something,” said Abdelkader Arby, an officer in the MalianContinue reading “Mali nonuplets in perfect health on first birthday”

Antytila: Ed Sheeran collaboration written on front line

Ukrainian group Antytila have teamed up with Ed Sheeran, releasing a new song partly filmed and recorded while serving in the war against Russia. Antytila are one of the biggest musical acts in Ukraine but stopped working to join the military. Proceeds from the song, released on Monday, will go to help the people ofContinue reading “Antytila: Ed Sheeran collaboration written on front line”

Jacky Hunt-Broersma: The cancer survivor who ran 104 marathons in 104 days

A woman who took up running after she lost her left leg to cancer has passed the Guinness World Record for most consecutive marathons. Jacky Hunt-Broersma, 46, has run 26.2-miles every day since mid-January, normally taking around five hours. On Saturday, she completed her 104th consecutive marathon in as many days – an achievement sheContinue reading “Jacky Hunt-Broersma: The cancer survivor who ran 104 marathons in 104 days”

Parkinson’s disease symptoms ‘reversed’ by mini implant, trial suggests

A hospital in Bristol is believed to be the first in the world to implant a device into a brain to reverse the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Southmead Hospital surgeons used a tiny deep brain stimulation (DBS) device to override abnormal brain-cell firing patterns caused by Parkinson’s. Tony Howells, the first person to receive theContinue reading “Parkinson’s disease symptoms ‘reversed’ by mini implant, trial suggests”

The teen reviewing public transport for wheelchair users

A 16-year-old boy has set off across Ireland to see how accessible it is for wheelchair users to travel. James Casserly, who has cerebral palsy, has set himself the challenge to travel to all 32 counties on public transport. He reviews everything from wheelchair ramp availability to disabled toilet provisions in all the places heContinue reading “The teen reviewing public transport for wheelchair users”

Puducherry prison uses dance therapy to rehabilitate inmates

Prisoners in the central jail in the Indian union territory of Puducherry briefly forget their worries when they start dancing. The “dance therapy” is part of a rehabilitation programme offered to them by prison authorities. It’s an unconventional option – many Indian prisons are grim, overcrowded and violent spaces that offer few opportunities for inmatesContinue reading “Puducherry prison uses dance therapy to rehabilitate inmates”

Young brothers found in Amazon after nearly four weeks

Two young indigenous boys rescued after almost four weeks lost in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest have been found and taken to hospital. Glauco and Gleison Ferreira, eight and six, got lost trying to catch small birds in the jungle near Manicoré, Amazonas state, on 18 February. A local tree cutter found them by chance on Tuesday.Continue reading “Young brothers found in Amazon after nearly four weeks”

Revolutionary heart-thymus combined transplant success

US doctors say a young boy called Easton has made medical history by becoming the first person in the world to receive a combined heart and thymus transplant. The pioneering procedure was done to save his life, but could also revolutionise the field of organ transplantation, they hope. The donated thymus tissue should help stopContinue reading “Revolutionary heart-thymus combined transplant success”

Deaf dog learns sign language after losing hearing

A deaf rescue dog is learning canine sign language before he heads to a new home. Rocco found himself in care for a second time in just a few years after one of his new loving owners died and the other had health issues.When RPSCA staff found the Staffordshire bull terrier had lost his hearingContinue reading “Deaf dog learns sign language after losing hearing”