The man with a hole in his face: Body Bizarre episode 3
Donnie Fritts lying in bed in 2003 after surgery to remove part of his face due to aggressive face cancer. WHEN Sharon Fritts married her husband Donnie she promised to stick by him through thick and thin. But within a few years those vows were to be tested as Donnie developed an aggressive form of cancer on his face. In early 2003 Donnie was told by doctors to make a choice: his face or his life. He decided to have an operation that would remove the ultra-rare cancer—called ameloblastic carcinoma -- along with much of his face. The 12-hour surgery was a success but left Donnie, a former carpenter, with a gaping hole in the middle of his face. He no longer had a nose, upper lip and palate and part of his forehead was missing. There was some joy in 2011 as a top team of surgeons gave Donnie a prosthetic to make it look like he had a normal face. But sadly their joy was short-lived as Donnie developed a life-threatening infection. He battled back to health but was forced to wait for a new prosthetic. Sharon is determined to stand by the man she loves until a solution can be found. She said: "Donnie is an amazing man. He's so funny and has kept his sense of humor throughout. I still see the man I saw when we walked down the aisle."
Flying lion: buffalo launches predator into the air
THIS lion was flipped five metres into the air by a buffalo in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. The buffalo bull was conducting a daring rescue mission in a bid to save his friend from certain death. Two young lions had been silently stalking the buffalo for about 45 minutes when one finally made its move. But the predator was so focused on bringing down his prey that it left itself open to a surprise attack. The astonishing images were captured by Ian Matheson, 52, during an early morning game drive with his son Oliver, 16, and two of Oliver's friends in the Mjejane Reserve on the border of the Kruger Park. Amazingly all of the animals walked away from the encounter with no major injuries, except perhaps some bruised egos on the lion's part.
Videographer: Oliver Matheson / Ian Matheson
Producer: Thomas Midlane
Editor: Joshua Douglas
In Slovenia they have a unique way of training their goalkeepers for the heat of battle. Marko Lapornik recorded this video back in April 2009 but it has only recently gained traction. It shows his local soccer club, NK Gorišnica, using a canon to test their goalkeeper's quick reflexes and hand-eye coordination. Surely it's a recipe for success. Credit: Marko Lapornik
Stephanie Roche, a striker who has played for the Republic of Ireland, scored one of the goals of the season recently. She not only brought the ball under control from a tricky situation with a defender nearby, but then managed to keep it up a bit longer to smash home a volley that left the goalkeeper no chance. Her team, Peamount United, beat the Wexford Youths Womens AFC by 6-1. The video of Roche’s goal has gone viral. Credit: Eileen Gleeson.
A LONE lioness shows her awesome power by bringing down a young giraffe single-handedly. The rare sight was captured on video by game ranger Jone Fick at the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa. With terrifying speed and deadly precision the lioness brought down the year-old calf in front of its distraught mother in broad daylight. The event was unusual as lionesses normally hunt in packs at night.
Footage: Jone Fick
Producer: Jack McKay
Editor: Joshua Douglas