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Born to be different. Series 2, Part 2.

Walsh, Stewart.
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Second in a two-part series following on from the first series filmed over five years in which six families allow access to their lives following the birth of a disabled baby. The children include Emily who has spina bifida, William who suffers from tuberous sclerosis, Shelbie who has a chromosome disorder, Zoe who needs continual bone surgery for arthrogryposis, Hamish who has acondroplasia (dwarfism), and Nathan with Down's syndrome. This part reintroduces us to the children as they approach seven. Nathan is progressing well but has a problem with his tongue as its protrusion interferes with his speech, ability to eat and general appearance; he undergoes surgery to drastically reduce it. Zoe's left foot has deteriorated and to avoid surgery or continual wheelchair use has to undergo a series of plaster castings of her leg to try to straighten it, she will also face surgery on her arms to give her movement in her elbows. William also has a life-limiting condition and has to have an urgent MRI scan to see if he needs immediate brain surgery. Shelbie has a very limited life-expectancy and her family spend a holiday at a children's hospice. Emily's spina bifida has damaged the nerves to her bladder and bowel, leaving her doubly incontinent - she undergoes surgery so that she doesn't have to wear nappies at school any longer. Hamish is doing very well, his family have moved to New Zealand and are considering surgery on his legs but New Zealand surgeons are more reluctant to perform the surgery than UK surgeons.


[Place of publication not identified] : Channel 4, 2007.

Physical description

1 DVD (60 min.) (VHS) : sound, color, PAL

Copyright note

Channel 4


Broadcast on 20 September, 2007

Creator/production credits

Produced by Joanna Ball.



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