Is there such a thing as immunity to cancer or diabetes? Dr Jaime Guevara of Ecuador believes so. He discovered that people suffering from Laron Syndrome, a form of dwarfism, never appear to develop these life-threatening diseases. But could his amazing findings benefit everyone else?
As of 11 December, the Ebola virus has claimed 7,690 lives this year. From a couple of cases at the end of March, the outbreak's rapid spread has sowed seeds of panic all around the world. RTD goes to Liberia, the country hardest hit by the disease, to speak to those battling on the frontline against the terrifying illness.
Twenty-six-year-old Aleksey has been suffering from cystic fibrosis all his life. His genetic condition has deteriorated drastically and he now needs a lung transplant to survive. He hopes the surgery will enable him to lead a normal life, just like his healthy peers.
Tatyana has a brain tumour and does not yet know whether it is benign or malignant. What is certain, however, is that she needs surgery. Her family is worried about the outcome and prognosis, but are reassured that she’ll be operated on in Sklifosovsky Institute – Russia’s best-known hospital.
Ekaterina is a young mum with a toddler. She recently discovered that her heart could fail her at any moment. Her only hope is an organ transplant. The surgery is dangerous and carries many risks, but her family is optimistic. They have faith in the skills and expertise of Sklif’s doctors.
This is a game in which the stake is human life. These people play with death. While the grim reaper stands at the head of the dying person’s bed, waiting for their final breath, volunteers from the Dutch “Ambulance Wish Foundation” arrive. They are prepared to fulfil any last wish of the patient. Completely free of charge!