Jonathan Bryan (pictured left with his mother Chantal, 41), 12, from Chippenham, Wiltshire, was born with severe cerebral palsy that left him unable to walk or speak and caused 'profound and multiple learning disabilities'. Despite being written off as unteachable, Chantal refused to give up and taught him how to communicate by flicking his eyes towards letters on a board (centre). Jonathan (pictured top right as a baby) was born at 36 weeks, four days after his mother's uterus separated from the placenta when she was in a car crash. Proceeds of the book, which has a foreword by his literary hero and War Horse author Sir Michael Morpurgo (pictured bottom right), will go to Jonathan's charity Teach Us Too, which aims to make sure all children are taught to read and write.
The harrowing image that should serve as a warning: Scan reveals teenager's fractured skull after he was knocked off his bike while not wearing a helmet and almost died in the arms of an off-duty policewoman
Vicki Riley is issuing the warning after her 13-year-old son, Jack, (pictured together right) was knocked off his bike and nearly died in the arms of an off-duty policewoman near his home. The teenager was riding with friends when he was involved in the accident earlier this month, in which he landed head first and was knocked unconscious. Jack (a picture of his skull after his surgery inset), of Hemsworth in West Yorkshire, sustained an incredibly serious skull fracture as a result of not wearing his helmet. He was taken to hospital by helicopter and rushed into theatre for surgery, where doctors spent five hours fixing the break. Now recovering at home, Ms Riley has released a horrific scan (left) showing the extent of his injuries, to shock other parents into action.
Meet the pint-sized baseball fan throwing out first pitches at every MLB stadium in America: Hailey Dawson, 8, who's pitching with a ROBOTIC HAND made by a 3D printer after being born with a rare syndrome
Hailey Dawson, an 8-year-old from Las Vegas (top right, with her parents and brother), was born with Poland Syndrome, a rare disorder in which people are born with missing or underdeveloped muscles on one side of the body. She does not have a right pectoral muscle, which led to the underdevelopment of her right hand, which is missing three fingers (bottom right). That hasn't slowed her down, however, and her mother contacted the engineering team at UNLV to create a robotic hand - which she's using to throw out pitches at every Major League ballpark across the country
'This is our reality, we wanted to show every side of it': Mother of girl, 5, who passed away from a rare terminal brain tumor explains why she chose to share her daughter's final moments
Casey Dagget, from Fairport, New York, is opening up about her decision to share a heartbreaking photo of the final moments of her five-year-old daughter, Zoey, before she passed away from cancer on July 4 (left). 'I shared it because even though it’s a painful moment it’s a beautiful moment in our eyes,' she said. Zoey (right) was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) in July 2016 after she took a fall at park and was limping afterward. She underwent immunotherapy treatment that originally shrunk the cancerous cells, but they soon returned. No other drugs worked and Zoey's symptoms started to worsen in June 2017. Casey said the family spent their daughter's final day watching her favorite movies and singing different songs. She hopes the photo gives hope to other fighting the same disease.
The startling pregnancy side effect not many women know about: Mum-to-be shares amazing photo of the physical change that left her in shock
The list of possible pregnancy side effects are endless. From excess sweating to black belly buttons, enlarged breasts, a sore tailbone, and even moving teeth, it varies for every pregnant woman, and certainly doesn't end there. It turns out hairy bellies can also pop up - which is exactly what journalist, Monique Bowley (right and stomach, left), is experiencing. The hairy surprise came along as early as her first trimester, but hasn't yet shifted, some 25 weeks later.
Horrific video shows mosquitoes trying to reach human skin through a net - so how DO you repel them? Two experts offer their top tips
Horrifying video has captured mosquitoes trying to reach and bite human skin through a net. The clip, filmed by a biologist from the University of Melbourne in Australia, shows the insects repeatedly trying to pierce the net with their proboscises, or mouths. According to the CDC, 2018 is set to be the worst yet for illnesses transmitted from mosquito bites, so how can you repel those pesky bugs? Daily Mail Online spoke to two experts about what you can do to protect yourself. They recommend using repellents with ingredients approved by the EPA including DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, picaridin and IR3535. Gadgets such as sonic devices and 'bug-repellent' bracelets are ineffective. For clothing, they say to wear loose long sleeves and long pants with socks that you can tuck the pants into.
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Angel Perez, 60, of Millville, Jersey, was catching crabs last week off the Maurice River (right). The next day, the lower half of his right leg was in severe pain and swelling. Within hours, both arms and legs had swelled in size and blisters had formed all over his body. He was rushed to Cooper University Hospital (left) where he was diagnosed with Vibrio necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating bacteria found in warm coastal waters. His daughter says the infection has spread to all of her father's limbs and his blood, and his arms and legs have turned black in color (inset, leg). Doctors have put Perez on antibiotics and are waiting to see if responds. If he doesn't, they may have to amputate all of his limbs.
'My itchy skin turned out to be cancer': Woman who was diagnosed at 23 warns others that the warning signs can be more subtle than you think
Lauren Chiarello, 33 (left and right), from New York City, was experiencing severe itchy skin back in 2007. After visiting several doctors and undergoing a battery of tests, she discovered she had Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system that affects white blood cells. She underwent chemotherapy and was in remission by August 2008. However, in January 2009, she discovered her cancer had returned. This time, she underwent radiation, a stem-cell transplant and high-dose chemotherapy in order to treat the cancer. After being declared cancer-free in May 2009, she was inspired to become a fitness instructor, hosting classes that raise money for cancer research and in hopes of spreading information about the warning signs to look out for before it's too late.
'He would be out of his depth in a puddle if it ever rained again': Twitter users deliver their scathing verdict on the appointment of Matt Hancock as new Health and Social Care Secretary
Jeremy Hunt (right) last night became the new Foreign Secretary, spelling the end of the longest-serving Health Secretary. Former Culture Secretary Matt Hancock (left) took over the reign at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in the cabinet reshuffle. Social media erupted at the news, as Prime Minister Theresa May moved to steady the ship as she continues to fight for her political life. Mr Hunt's reign has seen him weather a series of political storms and also some of the worst performance statistics on record. Twitter users described Mr Hunt's promotion as the 'best birthday present' for the NHS, following its celebrations for its 70th year of existence last week. Others shared GIFs of nurses celebrating in a corridor, jokingly captioned with their relief of Mr Hunt's departure.
A sight to behold: Three-year-old girl born without an eye is the first in the UK to have one created from her own STOMACH FAT
Three-year-old Myah Hauxwell (left, pictured before recent surgery, and right, before she was given the prosthetic eyes), from Mansfield, Nottingham, was born with microphthalmia, or small eye syndrome, which has left her blind in one eye. Doctors fitted her with a prosthetic when the youngster was just one-year-old, however, the weight of it caused one side of her face to collapse. Worried the drooping may become permanent and cause Myah daily pain, medics fitted her with a second prosthetic made out of lightweight 1mm-thick stomach fat on June 27. Although the four-hour operation to fit the prosthetic (inset) was a success, Myah, who will always be partially blind, will require a new eye at least every two years as she continues to grow.
Saved by his mother's instinct: As a new sepsis campaign encourages people to be assertive about their concerns, one parent did just that...
When Oliver Leather (left with his mother Victoria, and right in hospital), from Cheltenham, cut his knee during pre-season rugby training, the 1cm gash on the inside of his left leg, caused by a player’s stud, looked like a run-of-the-mill sports injury. It later developed into a near-deadly case of sepsis. His mother, Victoria, recognised the symptoms as that of 'silent killer' sepsis
Can nodding off in separate bedrooms be good for your relationship? Sexologist reveals how to make a 'sleep break-up' work for you
Snoring, different snooze patterns, insomnia and blanket stealing... the pesky bedtime habits are causing disruption between the sheets. And so it's no wonder sleep-deprived couples are considering a night apart by disappearing into their own bedrooms so they can enjoy a good shut eye. Nearly 200,000 Australian couples are now sleeping in separate beds to get away from their partner's distracting habits, a new study has found. Sydney's sexologist Dr Nikki Goldstein said sleeping in separate bedrooms can be good for your relationship if you approach it the right way.
Bullock reportedly works out for an hour a day, six days a week, also packing in yoga, conditioning work and Pilates. Here's how you can replicate her shape.
I can help you beat breast cancer: Angelina Jolie’s surgeon reveals the simple secrets of keeping your breasts healthy for life as she says 90 per cent of risk factors are in your hands
As a breast cancer surgeon, who has helped tens of thousands of women navigate breast health issues – including stars like Angelina Jolie and Sheryl Crow – I have seen that we can reduce our breast cancer risk in achievable and dramatic ways.That’s why I’ve written my book – Breasts: An Owner’s Manual. Rigorous science and first-hand experience back up everything I know to be true about breast cancer risk reduction and care. I’ve operated on breasts for 22 years and was Director of Patient Education at the Breast Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for seven years. In that time I delved into risk reduction and discovered all sorts of lifestyle game changers.
'I had no clue men could get breast cancer': Magician shares his solitary journey with the disease after finding a bump on his chest
The odds of a man getting breast cancer are one in 1,000. Retired magician Khevin Barnes (right) became that 'one' when he was diagnosed with the disease in 2014. The cancer rarely strikes men, and often proves deadly for them because it gets caught too late, but his wife, Gaga (left of right), told him to have the 'tiny bump' in his left breast tissue checked out. Within a month, Khevin was given a mastectomy (inset), but opted out of chemotherapy. Four years later, the 68-year-old is thriving in Arizona and proudly posing shirtless and writing to raise awareness about the cancer he once thought he couldn't get.
Enjoy bananas and nuts but DON'T eat dark chocolate: The foods you should eat for a good night's sleep - and the snacks to avoid at all costs
Everyone loves an after dinner snack, but there are a number of popular treats that are significantly impacting the quality of your sleep. Australian dietitian, Susie Burrell, revealed in a blog post that there are certain foods people should eat if they want to get a good night's rest and particular meals that they should avoid.
The fat kids of Europe: 35% of 11 year old boys are obese in 9 European countries, reveals EU-funded map (so how does the UK rank?)
EU-funded researchers created a map to show the worrying rates of childhood obesity across the continent. Rates of obesity in boys are highest in Greece, where more than a third of 11 year olds are either obese or overweight. Ireland, Denmark and the Netherlands have the lowest rates, ranging from between 13 and 15 per cent. Obesity in childhood can light the fuse for a lifetime of deadly ailments, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Britain's next favourite superfood? Mini European kiwi berries called Nergi fruit arrive in UK supermarkets for the first time – and they’re billed as helping to banish wrinkles
Nergi fruit (left and right on toast) will launch in three major supermarkets from September in the UK, including at M&S. They have been grown in Asia for 1,000 years but have only recently come to Europe. High in fibre, they contain just 52 calories per 100g and have lots of vitamin C and they are considered 'nutrient-dense'. But two nutritionists say that they cannot be classed as a 'superfood' because eating a lot of them won't give you miracle health benefits.
Cancer patient saved by 'seek and destroy' cells stuns doctors with recovery after being given just weeks to live
The first NHS cancer patient to benefit from a breakthrough procedure that primes the body’s immune system to ‘seek and destroy’ tumour cells has stunned doctors with his recovery after being given just weeks to live. Paul Field, 55, was diagnosed with melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, in December 2013 and had had numerous surgical and drug treatments – all of which failed to halt the spread of the disease. The married father-of-two from Flitwick, Bedfordshire, believed he had ‘run out of options’ when he was offered tumour-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapy last month.
Mother who was left a quadriplegic by a hitman hired by her first husband is desperately raising funds to survive after her family's business which paid for her 24/7 care was shuttered
It has been 21 years since Heather Grossman was shot in the neck. Her abusive first husband Ron Samuels hired a hitman to have her killed. She had just married her second husband John when shooting unfolded. Heather required 24-hour care, and said John provided it at first. But three years after the shooting, he turned violent. Now, Heather faces a new battle: her father was diagnosed with cancer and died months later, then the manufacturer family's sandal business shuttered. They are now desperately searching for funds to tide them over while they search for a new manufacturer.
Have an appointment for a scan? From X-rays, to MRIs and ultrasounds, expert reveals his guide on what they are used for and what they can discover
We can be overwhelmed when we see how complicated, large and noisy some of the equipment is. Many different types of examinations can be performed to investigate conditions and injuries. Sometimes more than one of the following medical imaging techniques is required to enable doctors to offer the best advice on treatment options. Here, in a piece for The Conversation, Giovanni Mandarano, associate professor in medical imaging at Deakin University, explains all there is to know about ultrasounds (top left), CT scans (top right), MRI scans (bottom left) and X-rays (bottom right).
According to research led by Tufts University in Massachusetts these lab-tested bandages could help heal persistent and difficult medical challenges. Chronic skin wounds from burns, diabetes, and other medical conditions can overwhelm the regenerative capabilities of the skin. Temperature and pH sensors in the bandage (right) are read by a microprocessor (left), which may trigger release of drug from the bandage.
'The first thought that crossed my mind was terror': Fathers of preemies open up about the reality of a baby arriving early - and how they overcame their fears
Almost one out of every 10 infants in the US is born prematurely, at least three weeks early. There is a lot of talk about the almost non-existent mental healthcare for parents of preemies. The conversation, rightly, focuses on mothers, but fathers too play a vital role. A 2017 study from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine found that fathers of premature babies are more stressed than mothers, especially once the infants are out of the hospital and being cared for at home. This can stem from anxiety over the baby's medical condition and helplessness and frustration over the inability to help the baby. Three men, Steve Michener (left), Chris Murphy (right) and Brody (Gilbert) are sharing their stories, explaining the fears they had for their newborns, how they learned to become parents to preemies and what advice they would offer fathers of babies born prematurely
Reporter uses his TEETH to pass a shorthand exam that tests his writing speed: 23-year-old is unable to use the muscles and joints in his arms, wrists and hands so uses his mouth instead
Alex McKenzie (left), an aspiring sports reporter, suffers from arthrogryposis, which has left his joints in fixed positions that he is unable to bend or flex. The 23-year-old feared he would never be able to learn shorthand - the art of quick note-taking, considered one of the most crucial skills needed by a reporter. But Mr McKenzie, a final year student at Nottingham Trent University, failed to let his condition hold him back in his pursuit of a glittering career. He first learned to hold a pen in his mouth at primary school, by gripping it with his molars. And the technique (right) has now helped Mr McKenzie, originally from Nottingham, obtain his 60 words per minute shorthand qualification.
No pain, no gain: Clinic co-ordinator, 23, whose severe underbite caused bullies to throw rocks at her and brand her a 'bulldog' is now turning heads after jaw-alignment surgery
As well as her underbite (right), Rebecca Hamilton (pictured left after surgery), 23, from Derry, Northern Ireland, inherited 'gapped teeth' from her father, which occurs when no adult teeth replace baby ones after they fall out. After years of constantly ugly'ugly' and barely being able to eat anything, Ms Hamilton underwent four-hour surgery in December 2016 to move her top jaw forward by 7mm and her bottom jaw back 8mm. Ms Hamilton, who recently got engaged to her school boyfriend Stephane (pictured inset), said: 'You have to love yourself! Never let anyone tell you how you should look and if your happy with how you are then don't change for anyone.'
Woman, 29, who cancelled dates with her boyfriend and took days off work because she suffered from red, painful skin, reveals a cream made with capers has rescued her face
EXCLUSIVE: Emma Scholz, an IT consultant from London, suffered with severe rosacea (right) for eight years before she tried a skin cream containing capers which she says has transformed her face (left) and her life. Ms Scholz was misdiagnosed with adult acne and used to have days when her skin was so bad she wouldn't go to work or would cancel dates with her partner, Florian (inset).
From hotels to flights to $2 million in funding: Scientists who approve drugs are receiving huge kick-backs AFTER - to dodge 'conflict of interest' rules
According to the Science investigation of 107 doctors who advised panels in the last four years, 40 took home more than $10,000 in rewards such as hotels, or to fund their next research project.
From newlywed to widow in just 10 months: Woman, 46, reveals her heartbreak after mistaking signs of meningitis for a common bug which turned into deadly sepsis
Michelle Jackson, 46, from Warrington, Cheshire, has told the heartbreaking story of how her 56-year-old husband Stuart (pictured right, together) died just 10 months after their wedding in St Lucia (left) after developing a rare complication of meningitis. What he thought was a cold actually developed into sepsis, leaving him in intensive care (inset) then tragically killing him after less than three weeks of illness.