Heidi Plamping, 42, of Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, had been trying to calm down her cat, Storm (right inset), who had been freaked by a large dog. As three-year-old Storm clambered on to her head for refuge, her claws caught Ms Plamping's skin ten times, drawing blood. When Ms Plamping's woke up with a black eye (left inset and centre), and swollen eyes and hands three days later, she initially thought it been caused by dust mites due to having sensitive skin. But her face worsened over the next few days, to the point where it was covered in rashes. Ms Plamping had to go to hospital every day for four days to receive a drip of antibiotics, and doctors warned her cat scratches can be very serious. (Pictured right, six days after being scratched. Left, Ms Plamping with Storm).
Jessica Cox, 36 (left and right), from Phoenix, Arizona, was born with no arms. Doctors have not been able to understand why she didn't develop arms in her mother's womb. It's not been confirmed, but it's believed that Cox was likely born with amelia, a rare condition in which one or more limbs doesn't form. In 2005, Cox began training to fly airplanes with dual controls, with one foot on the yoke and the other on the throttle. Cox became certified in October 2008 by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly an Ercoupe, a light aircraft with a single engine.
ABC foreign correspondent describes contemplating taking his own life years after losing his father and grandfather to suicide
James Longman (pictured), 32, is a successful journalist whose work takes him to dangerous corners of the world. But on the Life After Suicide podcast (inset), he revealed that after losing both his father and grandfather to suicide, Longman wondered if he was 'destined' to take his own life - and once came very close, before reaching out to a friend and learning to speak out about the depression that he sometimes suffers.
Woman, 28, who was napping in the backseat of her friend's car was paralyzed in a horrific crash that left her unable to eat or drink for months
Tammy Le, 28 (left and right), from San Jose, California, was napping in the back seat of a friend's car when they swerved after another driver cut them off in April 2008. The then-17-year-old was rushed to the hospital where doctors discovered two vertebrae were shattered and her spine required reconstruction. Doctors told Le she was paralyzed from the accident and would be a quadriplegic for the rest of her life. Le has since regained some movement in her arms and hands and wants her recovery to inspire others to not give up hope.
Thousands of men desperate for a full, bushy hipster beard are smearing hair-loss drug on their FACE as part of bizarre new trend... but is it safe?
Minoxidil (pictured inset top), marketed under the brand name Regaine in the UK, works by helping the blood flow to hair follicles - the part of the skin which grows a hair by packing old cells together. Recent clinical studies have shown that 60 per cent of men who use minoxidil on their heads experience visible regrowth of hair. But in support forums across the internet, men with dreams of looking like Jason Mamoa are using minoxidil as an off-label medicine for beard growth. Adam Siddals (left. before using the drug and right, now heavily-bearded), 27, one of the group's founders, documented his minoxidil journey through YouTube videos that have amassed millions of views. The business analyst, from Derby, started using the product on his face in April 2016 at the age of 24, after being teased for his lack of facial hair. Pictured inset bottom right: Gabriel Baba from Geneva, Switzerland, is one of 55,000 members of a Minoxidil beard-growth support group on Facebook to grow facial hair using the drug.
‘Your country needs YOU!’: Sperm banks in the UK and Australia target men with adverts that make donating seem manly and heroic because they can't offer money
Researchers from City, University of London, and Cardiff University collected images of adverts used by fertility clinics in the UK and Australia over recent years to pick out masculine stereotypes. Images include suggestions that donating sperm is noble like joining the military (top left, a British National Sperm Bank advert), heroic (top right, Aberdeen Fertility Clinic), that it could make someone a 'good man' (bottom left, Sperm Donors Australia) or is comparable to the masculinity of a typically male job like a firefighter (bottom right, Australian firm MedicineX).
Ohio girl, 7, left hallucinating with seizures and memory loss after contracting rare paralyzing condition from an invisible mosquito bite
First-grader Lauren Zehner (right) spent six days in hospital after she was bitten and was left unable to recognize her own parents for a short time. She was diagnosed with a rare condition called La Crosse encephalitis and received the treatment required for her to recover. Now her family (left) is warning other parents about it, and calling on their home state of Ohio to test mosquitoes for La Crosse.
Briton who was once world's fattest man is moving back to the UK from America so he can claim benefits again after redoubling in size back to 35st despite gastric band surgery
Paul Mason, 59, who was from Ipswich, Suffolk, was 70 stone (980lb, 445kg) at his heaviest and once branded himself the heaviest person on the planet. He moved to Massachusetts in the US in 2014, where he ballooned in size from 19 stone (121kg) to 35 stone (222kg) despite having gastric band surgery. After being charged with stealing from supermarket Walmart and splitting from his fiancee, Mr Mason said he plans to return to Britain with his US visa about to expire. He wrote on his Facebook page last night: 'I need to return to the UK where I will be eligible for the assistance I need to get my life back on track.' In recent months Mr Mason has piled the weight back on, gorging on pizza and crisps all night following the split from fiancée Rebecca Mountain last year.
Mother, 35, reveals how she needed half of her SKULL removed after a brain aneurysm ruptured while lifting weights at the gym
Lisa Ross (pictured left) thought she just had a migraine while bending down to pick up weights during a body-pump class on March 2 2017. With the pain soon becoming agonising, the now 35-year-old was rushed to A&E, where doctors detected a brain aneurysm behind her right eye had ruptured. Mrs Ross, of Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire, went under the knife to stop the brain bleed, only for the swelling to trigger a stroke just two days later. In an effort to save her life, doctors were forced to remove part of Mrs Ross' skull to ease the swelling. Pictured right in intensive care
Baby girl with a cancerous tumour that engulfs her mouth is being flown from Malaysia to London for treatment
Ainul Mardhiah Ahmad Safiuddin has reportedly been receiving chemotherapy since she was just three months old but it has done little to prevent the growth engulfing her jaw (pictured left). Pictured right as a newborn, Ainul seemed healthy until the mass suddenly developed. The now nine-month-old is thought to have an extragonadal germ-cell tumour, which occurs when cells that ordinarily form sperm and eggs get misplaced in the womb. She is due to travel from her home in the state constituency of Ayer Molek, in south-western Malacca State, Malaysia, to London for an MRI scan and subsequent treatment.
Scientists say decision to cap testosterone in female athletes in the wake of the Caster Semenya debate is fair because 'women with very high levels of the hormone have fitness more comparable to men'
Limiting the testosterone levels of professional female athletes is fair because the hormone can give them man-like strength, according to scientists. Experts have backed up a ruling from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAFS) requiring women to keep their testosterone within set limits. The ruling came in a case about South African runner Caster Semenya (pictured), who lives as a woman but was born intersex, making her biologically both male and female. Female athletes are already more likely to have high testosterone, researchers said, and a biological spike could further add to its performance-enhancing benefits.
Mom donates kidney to firefighter who came to the rescue when her 1-year-old daughter had a shock seizure
Becca Bundy's daughter had a seizure at home in Bearsville, Minnesota in 2016. Bill Cox responded to their 911 call, and his kindness moved Becca. When they met again in 2018 and she heard he needed a kidney, she didn't think twice. Bill was born with just one kidney, it was failing, and his prospects for survival on dialysis were bleak. They underwent surgery in February 2019, and both are now doing well.
A thigh-skimming mini dress showed off the toned legs that are the result of Cat Deeley’s exercise regimen recently. The 42-year-old presenter has tried spinning classes, but said they were not for her. Instead, the mother-of-two keeps in shape by walking her dog each morning. Here's how you can replicate her body success.
Mother's race against time to find her son a new heart as doctors warn it’s likely he will die before he turns two because of his crippling condition
Grayson Heagren (right), who is 13 months old, was diagnosed with the heart condition dilated cardiomyopathy at two months old (inset, in hospital after diagnosis). The youngster, from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, was put on the heart transplant list on Christmas Eve last year with his heart function at only 14 per cent. Full-time mother-of-four Shannon Heagren, 24 (pictured with Grayson left), has been told her son is unlikely to live beyond two years because of the strain his heart is under as he gets older. Grayson is frequently in hospital fighting off infections as his other organs are under strain - meaning his family live in constant fear of his heart failing at any time.
The TV presenter is currently training for a 10K run, hits the gym three times per-week and is lactose-intolerant. She also suffered with postnatal depression. Here, she tells us all about her heath and well-being.
Is this proof just one tube of NHS wonder cream really can reverse sun damage and stop skin cancer? Yes, say experts, who want MORE patients to be treated — and early — to cut risks...
Lavinia Newlands, from Amberley, West Sussex, is one of thousands to have dangerous sun damage - including the general type (1), more severe damage (2) and pre-cancerous changes (3), but a single treatment of Daylight PDT could be the answer. It is based on a principle known as daylight photodynamic therapy (daylight PDT). It contains aminolevulinic acid (ALA), which harnesses the body’s immune system to kill the pre-cancerous cells, and is activated by sunlight. There may be tingling for a few days and some crusting, which peaks within a week and clears within a fortnight.
Professor who helped expose the Mid-Staffs hospital scandal claims 33 trusts have excess deaths - three times more than the NHS claims
Official data last week named the 11 health service-ran organisations across England that recorded excess deaths in 2018. But Professor Sir Brian Jarman, who helped expose the Mid-Staffordshire hospital scandal, has claimed the true figure is much higher. He recalculated the NHS Digital data for MailOnline and found a further 22 trusts ran by the health service fall into the excess deaths category. His analysis suggests 8,210 more patients died than expected at the trusts - more than double the NHS projection of 3,600.
Kate's spot on - forest bathing CAN make you live longer: The Duchess is embracing the new wellness trend for immersing yourself in trees and greenery, and scientists say she's right
Landscape architects Adam White and Andree Davies are the two professionals behind the Royal Horticultural Society's Back To Nature Garden – co-designed by the Duchess of Cambridge. They invited The Mail on Sunday for an exclusive preview ahead of the grand opening. Pictured: Kate helps Adam White and Andree Davies create their Back To Nature Garden.
'It has this healing effect': Woman, 27, claims she got rid of her severe period pain for good by smearing menstrual blood on her skin
A 26-year-old woman has claimed how she relieved her severe period pain by rubbing menstrual blood on her face during a ritual meditation. Yazmina Jade Adler, from Melbourne, said she was suffering from excruciating cramps but was advised by doctors to 'go on the pill'. She said she stumbled across the unusual remedy when she met a shamanic womb woman who encouraged her to 'connect' to her blood. Appearing on SBS's show Medicine or Myth? , which premiers on Monday night, Yazmina claimed she noticed instantly her cramps were gone when she started meditating in a sacred space about a year ago.
'Please don't let us die': Three cystic fibrosis sufferers beg the NHS to fund 'wonder drug' Orkambi that still isn't available a year after Theresa May promised to take action
EXCLUSIVE: Hannah Chew née Lindley (centre), 23, Shiloh Howells (left), nine, and Lorcán Maguire (right), two, could potentially have their lives extended from Orkambi. The drug, which slows lung deterioration, received its European licence three-and-a-half years ago, in which time over 200 people have died from the cruel condition. However, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has been unable to reach an agreement with its manufacturer. The Goverment-run body and NHS England have been in a deadlock with US firm Vertex over the drug, which costs an estimated £104,000 per patient per year.
I got my cancer all-clear aged eight but, 15 years later, the physical and mental toll is never-ending
SERENA LIPSCOMB, now 23, was five years old and living in Essex with her mother Melanie and father Ian when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. She was given the all-clear aged eight, but Serena reveals how she is still impacted both mentally and physically by the toll it took on her small body all those years ago. Pictured left: Serena today. Right: Aged five with mother Melanie.
The so-called healthy smoothies that contain EIGHT TIMES more sugar than a Krispy Kreme doughnut (so, just how much of the sweet stuff is in YOUR favourite?)
MailOnline analysed the labels of popular smoothies on UK shop shelves. A 750ml bottle, which could be drank over a day, can contain almost 100g, the equivalent of around 20 teaspoons. Labels are unclear for consumers and portion sizes are ignored, experts said. Action for Sugar said the results were shocking and it's best to opt for whole fruit instead. (From L to R: Asda Strawberry and Banana and Innocent Pomegranate Magic, containing 97.5g of sugar, Naked Green Machine containing 82.5g of sugar, and Tesco Glorious Green, containing 72.75g - all per 750ml).
Heartbroken parents of two terminally-ill children launch legal action in desperation for life-saving drugs on the NHS which 'slowed their disease down' on trial
Oliver, eight, and Amelia Carroll, six, of Poynton, Cheshire (pictured left), suffer from fatal neuro-degenerative condition Batten disease. There is no cure for the condition, meaning Oliver and Amelia are unlikely to live past the age of 12. Their plight captured the hearts of the nation in 2016 after a striking image emerged of Oliver being cradled by Prince Harry in hospital (see right). Oliver and Amelia currently receive access to a specialist treatment as part of a trial, but the pharmaceutical company has said it cannot fund the drug indefinitely. Health regulators have decided that the drug cannot be used on the NHS, leaving mother, Lucy, and father, Mike, devastated.
Brazilian butt-lift surgeons warned fat must ONLY be injected under the skin and never into muscle or the procedure could kill patients
The increasingly popular cosmetic surgery is a growing concern among experts due to an 'alarming' number of deaths, including Miami mother Danea Plasencia, 29, last week (pictured). By injecting the fat into the muscle - rather than just beneath the skin - the fat cells are able to enter the bloodstream, the study by Boston researchers found. They could cause a blockage to the arteries in the lungs, which is life-threatening due to reducing blood flow. Although they suggest there is a 'safe' way to administer the injections, British experts are not convinced.
Doctors use keyhole surgery to repair the bulging spine of a spina bifida baby while he was still in the WOMB during a three-hour operation in UK first
Medics at King's College Hospital led the procedure to correct the defect in a baby being carried by a woman who was 27-weeks pregnant. Sherrie Sharp, 29, refused to abort her son, Jaxson, when she discovered he had the defect at her 20-week scan. Instead, she opted for the pioneering procedure, which took three hours to repair her unborn son's bulging spine. Ms Sharp told the BBC: 'I wanted to do the best for my baby, I wanted him to have a better life and there's nothing wrong with that.'
Mother gives birth AND starts the menopause weeks apart: 34-year-old who was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 35 weeks pregnant goes through 'the change' after having radiotherapy
Sima Davarian thought she had piles when she saw bright red blood in the toilet while 35 weeks pregnant. But a hospital examination revealed a small lump in the then 34-year-old's rectum, with a biopsy confirming she had stage-three cancer. Just five days after her devastating diagnosis, Mrs Davarian, of Plymouth, gave birth to her daughter Mathilda on September 7 2015 via C-section. She was given a few weeks to recover before having chemo (seen right), radiotherapy and surgery to remove her colon, leaving the English teacher with a stoma bag. Although cancer-free, radiotherapy triggered an early menopause, leaving the mother-of-one unable to have any more children. Mrs Davarian is pictured left the day before her C-section, and in the inset with her now three-year-old daughter and husband Michael, 43, on their way to the Canary Islands.
Parents told to take their children to the dentist as soon as their first tooth appears as study reveals only 3% go before they turn one
The NHS advises parents to take children to the dentist as soon as a milk tooth appears. However, data analysis by the University of Birmingham found the majority are failing to do so. One of the lowest rates of dental attendance was in West Berkshire, where under one per cent of children aged one had seen the dentist. But deprivation in the area is ranked low, compared to South Tyneside, one of the most deprived local authorities in England. The authority recorded the highest rate of attendance in children aged under one - 12.3 per cent.
Woman left paralysed from the waist down after being hit by a drunk driver reveals she walked down the aisle at her own wedding after surgery to remove shards of bone that shattered in her spinal canal
Erin Rollins, 33, of Chicago, was driving in November 2014 when she was involved in a collision that paramedics said she was lucky to survive (pictured inset, in hospital after). The shards cut holes into her bowel, causing internal bleeding which needed emergency surgery, and paralysis from the waist down. Over the next few years, she had to re-learn how to walk with the loving support of her husband, Dennis, 39, and endure a total of eight surgeries (pictured right, on their wedding day in October 2016). Despite her life and health being permanently damaged (pictured, left, with the assistance of a wheelchair), Mrs Rollins forgave the drunk driver on the day of her sentencing, hugging her in court.
US women's tennis star Nicole Gibbs, 26, withdraws from French Open after her DENTIST spotted a rare form of cancer in her mouth
US women's tennis star Nicole Gibbs, 26 (left and right), went to the dentist one month ago and he found a growth on the roof of her mouth. She said it had been there for years, but he encouraged her to get it biopsied. Results showed she had salivary gland cancer, a rare form of cancer that forms in the tissues of the glands that make saliva. Gibbs is undergoing surgery on Friday and will likely not need further treatment. She was forced to withdraw from the French Open but hopes to return to the court in June to compete in qualifiers for Wimbledon.
Blake Mompher, five, from Prospect, Ohio, was diagnosed with spina bifida before he was born. Spina bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the spinal cord doesn't form properly, which can cause walking and mobility problems. Blake was practicing walking in fall 2018 but had a setback after he was hospitalized with two separate infections in November and December. He began practicing again three weeks ago and used a walker at his preschool graduation ceremony on Saturday (left). None of his classmates or their parents knew and Blake received a standing ovation as he received his diploma.
Girl, 5, suffers from rare disease triggered by the sun that could leave her unable to stand, swallow, and covered in rashes when she's not in the shade
Kaia Ettingoff, five (left and right), of Wayne, Pennsylvania, began getting rashes all over her body in summer 2016 at age two. After five months of doctors' visits and tests, she was diagnosed with juvenile dermatomyositis in January 2018. JDM is a rare autoimmune disorder that's triggered by the sun and leaves sufferers with skin rashes and muscle inflammation. Kaia currently receives high doses of steroids, a small dose of chemotherapy and a treatment made from donated blood that contains healthy antibodies.
Man, 56, rushed to hospital after the fried chicken bone he accidentally swallowed perforated his small bowel... only for the SAME bone to rupture it again just two months later
When doctors at Kingston Hospital in London first treated the man, they didn't deem it necessary to remove the tiny bone and he was discharged. However, her returned two months later with sudden pains and a fever, when it was discovered that the same chicken bone had continued to injure his bowel. The patient underwent various surgeries while in hospital for 45 days, as the offending chicken bone caused a cascade of problems. (Pictured, the scans from the holes in the abdomen from the first hospital admission, left, and the second admission, right).