An Indian known to villagers as the Elephant Man has been offered a life changing operation he hopes will find him a wife. Lalit Ram has such severe facial deformities he has been told by local priests he has almost no chance of persuading a woman to marry him. Horrific facial tumours caused by neurofibromatosis left the 26-year-old farmer's son a virtual recluse, rarely leaving his house due to taunts from neighbours. Some call him after the Hindu elephant god, Ganeshji, others are more cruel. But after learning of the traumatic case a leading plastic surgeon in India's capital Delhi has offered to operate for free. Lalit first noticed lumps on his face as a young child but his poor family were unable to afford treatment. As his features grew more extreme and Lalit's appearance drew more stares from villagers he befriended a buffalo that became his best friend and pet. After hearing of Lalit's condition one of India's most renowned plastic surgeons, Dr Vivek Kumar of the respected Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi, offered to treat him for free. The highly complex operation is fraught with danger but Dr Kumar believes it is possible to correct most features to enable him to lead a normal life. Admitting he had once tried to commit suicide by eating rat poison, Lalit said the thought of surgery had brightened his moods - and even led him to dream of the perfect wife.
Daredevil leaps over waterfall in death-defying stunt
TWO extreme sports professionals take a leap of faith as they plunge headfirst down a 75ft waterfall. White water kayaker Ben Marr and skier Rory Bushfield executed the death-defying stunt at the Mamquam Falls in Squamish, Canada. Bushfield performed a "gainer" - a backwards somersault while still moving forward - from the top of the falls while Marr descended it in his kayak. However, the stunt was not without it's dangers - only a few days before their descent a young Vancouver man drowned after leaping into the waterfall.
Credit: Videographer / Director: Ben Marr / Substantial Media House, Producer: Tom Midlane, Editor: Ian Phillips / Joshua Douglas.
The goal of finding a treatment to cure or halt dementia by 2025 is "within our grasp", Prime Minister David Cameron has said, as he announced a doubling in UK funding for research into the disease.
Plastic surgery sisters: Dad performed our breast surgeries
SISTERS Charm and Brittani Niccole have both been given boob jobs - by their plastic surgeon dad. Brittani, 25, first had breast surgery for her 18th birthday and three years later her dad gave her a new nose for her 21st birthday. Charm's first surgery was at the tender age of ten, when dad, Michael, fixed her protruding belly button. And last month the marketing manager, 25, from Orange County, LA, had her first boob job taking her from a B to a full C. The pair also go for regular skin peels and Botox jabs from dad - and have recommended many of their friends to him for surgery.
Videographer / Director: Rupert Thorpe
Producer: Jack McKay
Editor: Ben Churcher / Ian Philips
Lizzie Velasquez was once cruelly called the 'World's Ugliest Woman' but now she's starting an inspirational tour to spread a positive message against bullying. Lizzie is just four stone and has almost zero per cent body fat but her appearance is due to a genetic condition called Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome which causes premature ageing and decreased fat under the skin. In her talks, Lizzie tells the story of how she discovered a video of herself on You Tube at the age of 15 which had been cruelly labelled 'The Most Ugly Woman in the World'. Amazingly instead of causing her to hide away, it became the defining moment which helped Lizzie become a speaker to help other bullying victims. Now, she is setting off on a tour to give talks to teenagers and adults across America and reveals her next ambition is to set up an anti-bullying business. "I want to create an anti-bullying company something to help kids and adults and teenagers," she said.
The pilot of this Emirates 777 had to make the quick decision to abort the landing and take a loop around after the high winds proved to be too much for the plane. Thanks for David Goodship for the video.