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'UK's Shortest Family' Prepare For Second Baby | BORN DIFFERENT8m13s

'UK's Shortest Family' Prepare For Second Baby | BORN DIFFERENT

‘BRITAIN’S shortest family’ are set to welcome their second child into the world. Laura and Nathan Phillips, who reside in Sunderland, are expecting the birth of their new baby boy in September 2018. Laura, who stands at 4ft 1, and Nathan, 3ft 11, were both born with a different form of dwarfism – Laura has Achondroplasia and Nathan, Pseudoachondroplasia. Four years ago, Laura gave birth to Nathan Junior, their first child. Miraculously, Nathan Jr was born as a ‘double-dwarf’ – he has both of his parent’s dwarfism, which is an extremely rare occurrence. Nathan Jr was only given hours to live and at the time, he was the only ‘double-dwarf’ living in the UK. Despite the odds, he is thriving now and is due to start his school life in the same month that his baby brother is born. And now, Laura and Nathan are anxiously waiting to find out whether their unborn son will also carry both of their types of dwarfism – and become the second ‘double-dwarf’ of the family.

The Woman Who Is Burning From The Inside Out8m21s

The Woman Who Is Burning From The Inside Out

A WOMAN suffering with a rare condition which makes her body burn from the inside out is raising awareness of the ‘suicide disease.' After crushing her hand in a car door, Kayla Hansen from Arizona, was worried she might have to take some days off from her job as a restaurant manager - but it changed her life forever. The seemingly small accident triggered chronic regional pain syndrome, or CRPS, a condition described as more painful than childbirth and limb amputation - and with no known cure. There are four stages of the syndrome and Kayla has stage four, “the absolute worse your CRPS can get”. In just two years, Kayla went from having CRPS in her right arm and hand to her entire body – even her scalp. It’s rare for sufferers of CRPS to display outward physical signs but in Kayla’s case, she doesn’t just feel the sensation of burning, her skin blisters and burns. Her symptoms are so severe that many doctors have said Kayla’s is the worst case of CRPS they have ever seen.

My Identical Twin Brother Is Now My Sister | MY TRANS LIFE7m42s

My Identical Twin Brother Is Now My Sister | MY TRANS LIFE

IDENTICAL twin Branden Miguel has revealed how he found the strength to come out as gay after watching his sibling, Jada, transition to a woman. Branden Miguel and Jada Tahiry, 27, are originally from New Orleans and were born as brothers. But since Jada’s transition, they are now brother and sister. Jada, who now lives in The Bronx, New York, told Barcroft Media: “We are an hour and 27 minutes apart, but we are always going to be the same person.” The pair have always had an incredibly close relationship, and prior to Jada’s transition, gained some notoriety through their online comedy videos, performing as ‘Your Favorite Twinz,’.

I Quit The City To Build My Hobbit House | HOMES ON THE EDGE9m28s

I Quit The City To Build My Hobbit House | HOMES ON THE EDGE

GOING off-grid is something many dream of, but one former Londoner has actually followed through on his dream of living in a self-built house in the woods. Kris Harbour, 31, gave up his job, house, a flat he owned, and a busy social life to move onto a plot of land in the welsh countryside, which he bought on Ebay. Once there, using recycled, natural, and found materials, he began building his own round cobwood house from scratch, in which he now lives full-time. Kris told Barcroft Media: “The idea of working for two thirds of your life and having very little time to socialise and do hobbies, it just doesn’t sit right.

We Teach Our Kids To Pole Dance7m20s

We Teach Our Kids To Pole Dance

A pole dancing couple are not only practicing with their kids, but performing as a five-piece. Jake Night and Lindsey Teall had both performed as exotic dancers when they met and fell in love, but they had no idea that they would pass on their talents to their three children, aged ten, five and three. With a pole set up in the living room, the close-knit family can practice their pole tricks anytime they like, as well as prepare for their performances as a quintet. While Jake and Lindsey have no concerns about their children pole dancing, classifying it as a ‘sport’, and denying it is sexual, they’ve received a torrent of abuse online for their lifestyle choice.

Why I Ran Away From The Amish5m59s

Why I Ran Away From The Amish

AN EX-MEMBER of the Amish community has opened up about why she left the religious group. Misty Griffin currently happily resides in Pasadena, California with her husband, however she had an incredibly strict and difficult childhood where her parents enforced an Amish-style life. After Misty attempted to run away from home, the family moved into an Amish community. But after three years of living as an Amish woman, Misty was molested by the bishop of the community. After enduring months of abuse, she made the decision to leave after living in the community for three years.

Meet The Mini Bruce Lee | Kick-Ass Kids4m05s

Meet The Mini Bruce Lee | Kick-Ass Kids

A MARTIAL artist is perfectly imitating the lightning fast fighting techniques of Bruce Lee - and he’s just eight years old. Child prodigy Ryusei Imai amazed his parents when they saw him start to swing his kid-sized nunchucks in time with his idol on screen when he was only four years old. Now, Ryusei, from Nara City, Japan, is throwing fists and high kicks like a mini master. One handed press ups, walking on his fists, pull ups and forward flips are just some of the moves in Ryusei’s repertoire - as in order to achieve speed, agility and control akin to that of the iconic fighter, Ryusei must train like few other eight-year-olds. “I’ve watched his movies since I was one year old and tried to be like him. I made a lot of mistakes at the start, like I couldn’t get the exact timing. Sometimes I was too fast, sometimes too slow, but I’m getting better and better. Now I can imitate his moves along with the movies,” Ryusei told Barcroft TV.

Our Fire Tower House In The Sky: HOMES ON THE EDGE10m36s

Our Fire Tower House In The Sky: HOMES ON THE EDGE

LEAVING the busy city life behind and returning to nature has been a “magical” experience according to a couple who gave it all up to live in a custom house 40ft off the ground in rural Oregon. Dabney Tompkins, 61, and Alan Colley, 70, swapped high-paying jobs, expensive cars, and lively social lives in Dallas, Texas to live on 160 acres in a custom-built fire lookout tower. The couple initially moved from their large house in Dallas to a condo in Portland, and built the fire lookout property as a weekend getaway location in 2010. But in May 2014 the pair decided to try living in the house full-time and now say they couldn’t imagine going back.

Quad Amputee Is Contour Queen | SHAKE MY BEAUTY7m15s

Quad Amputee Is Contour Queen | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

A quadruple amputee is embracing her difference through the power of spoken word. Hannah Olateju, 18, from London, had all four of her limbs amputated after contracting meningitis, followed by gangrene, at just two and a half years old. After hiding behind dark clothes for years, Hannah’s confidence began to transform after a trip to Jamaica helped her to embrace her body. Now she shares her journey with 50,000 followers on Instagram and is using spoken word to share her personal journey with body confidence.

Gymnast With Down Syndrome Defies Doctors | BORN DIFFERENT10m30s

Gymnast With Down Syndrome Defies Doctors | BORN DIFFERENT

A 26-year-old woman with Down Syndrome – who didn’t start walking until she was two - has succeeded in the world of gymnastics and is now hoping for more success as a model. When doctors told Ray and Lisa Werner their daughter had Down syndrome, they were shocked - there had been no complications or warnings during the pregnancy. Doctors went on to tell the couple, from Oakland, California, that their daughter would have low muscle tone and be unable to excel at any physical activity, which has since been proven wrong as their daughter Chelsea now competes – and wins – in gymnastics competitions and, more recently, has taken to the catwalk as a model. Chelsea Werner is proof that determination and hard work go a long way.

10-Year-Old Motorcyclist Racing The Pros | KICK-ASS KIDS5m20s

10-Year-Old Motorcyclist Racing The Pros | KICK-ASS KIDS

A ten-year-old motorcycle racer is thrashing adults in competition while reaching speeds of 130mph. Kayla Yaakov, from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, developed a passion for racing at the age of five after she saw videos of her dad competing. After some persuasion, doting dad Dave took her to her first racing track and she started competing just a couple of months later. Now aged ten, Kayla has won countless races and titles and has set her heart on a professional career.

My Giant 150lbs Leg10m25s

My Giant 150lbs Leg

HOPE for a woman with one of the most severe cases of Lymphedema in the world has come in the form of a new therapy that will help reduce her massive leg swelling. Janice Greene, 53, has had Lymphedema all her life – a condition caused by blockage in the lymphatic system, resulting in lymph fluid collecting under the skin causing swelling. But in recent years, the swelling in Janice’s right leg reached such a level, the leg weighed 150 pounds by itself, prompting an expert in Lymphedema to claim Janice as one of the most severe cases in the US he’s ever seen.

I’m A Beauty Queen Despite My Scaly Skin: SHAKE MY BEAUTY7m49s

I’m A Beauty Queen Despite My Scaly Skin: SHAKE MY BEAUTY

DESPITE being born with an incredibly rare condition that makes her skin crack and shed, Bailey Pretak is redefining beauty standards - by becoming a beauty queen. Bailey, 31, has battled lamellar ichthyosis all her life, a genetic disorder that affects just one in 200,000 people worldwide and has no cure. Ichthyosis prevents the skin from separating cells at a normal rate, causing a dry and scaly appearance to the outer layer. This means Bailey, who resides in Wilcox, Pennsylvania, must exfoliate and moisturise her face, hands and feet on a daily basis, or her skin will peel and leave her in pain. Bailey was bullied as a child and called names like ‘scaly Bailey’ and ‘the contagious girl’. But despite the hardship she faced when growing up, Bailey has reached a point of happiness in her life, winning beauty pageants and leading motivational speeches for those in need.

The Little Girl With No Legs And Big Dreams | Born Different6m30s

The Little Girl With No Legs And Big Dreams | Born Different

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD double amputee is showing that her differences won't hold her back. Daisy-May Demetre, from Birmingham, UK was born with a condition called fibular hemimelia, a birth defect where part or all of the fibular bone in the leg is missing. In Daisy’s case she had one tiny fibular bone in one leg and on the other side it was completely missing. With Daisy's balance and mobility affected, Alex and Claire (Daisy’s mum) decided the best option was for their daughter to have below the knee amputations on both legs. After her operation, Daisy was fitted with prosthetic legs, and learnt to walk, run, jump - and more in them. Alex set up an Instagram account for Daisy, and following the attention she received they applied to Zebedee Management, a modelling agency for diverse models.

The 12-Year-Old Made of Elastic | KICK-ASS KIDS7m46s

The 12-Year-Old Made of Elastic | KICK-ASS KIDS

A tiny contortionist is amazing audiences with her foot archery skills in the world’s only kids circus. Lila Woodard, 12, joined Le PeTiT CiRqUe at nine and, according to her coach, is a “child prodigy”. Nicknamed Elastic Lila, the 4’7” spitfire has performed all over America and even performed at the Noble Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway last year. Nimble Lila now trains up to 30 hours a week in gymnastics, contortion, aerial arts foot archery and ballet.

New York Has A Real Superhero Couple6m31s

New York Has A Real Superhero Couple

Life in the 21st century can be very hard. The money, the tempo, the stress can really get to us, and if that’s not enough, we always have the mass media to tell us about something terrifying that happened half a planet away from us. It seems like everyday it gets harder and harder to enjoy the little things in life and just genuinely relax. But sometimes, there are stories like this one that makes us feel grateful to be human, grateful to be kind and grateful to have the ability to help others. It is really easy to succumb to the pressure of society. It’s easier to not care at all about what is right and what is moral when you’re struggling for a piece of bread to get you through tomorrow. Having no shelter and living in 2018 BC without water and electricity is not something everyone can bear. It takes a lot of resilience and a bit of help from others to keep you on the right track. We often see movies where there is that one person in the city who is trying their best to keep these people’s spirits lifted. They protect them from harm and from the evils lurking on every corner, they give them food and warmth and act as a shadow that watches their every step. Each and everyone of us has grown up with one of these imaginary superheroes as idols. We all want to be like them but we have long accepted the fact that it can’t be done and it can never be real. After all, we don’t own a fortune our parents left us, nor do we have a cave where we can keep all of those fancy gadgets. We haven’t fallen to earth from outer space (that we know of) and we didn’t get bitten by a radioactive spider. We can’t just go and start jumping off of buildings and barging in other people’s homes unannounced. We just have to accept the fact that there are some rules of society and some laws that prevent us from going on this kind of an endeavor. Luckily for the people of New York , some residents have decided not to follow society’s rules and have actually become the real protectors of the city. Meet the world’s first real life superhero couple - who patrol New York's streets confronting criminals and helping the needy. When Victoria’s Secret manager Nicole Lund’s love interest Chris Pollak claimed he was a superhero, she had no idea he was being serious. Now the crime-fighting duo patrol side-by-side across New York, with Nicole, 27, dressed as her leather-clad alter ego ‘Nykita’, and Chris, 33, as action man ‘Dark Guardian’. Confronting drug dealers has seen the couple threatened with violence and even death threats but the pair are determined to carry on making the streets a safer place. What dо you think about this video? Make sure you tell us more in the comments down below. If you like what you see, don’t forget to share it with others who might like it as well. It just might be the highlight of their day! Enjoy!

Bearded Woman Proves Hairy Isn’t Scary | SHAKE MY BEAUTY5m20s

Bearded Woman Proves Hairy Isn’t Scary | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

A woman has grown out her facial beard after years of shaving every day and refusing to let anyone touch her face. Nova, 26, from Virginia Beach, first started growing facial hair when she was just 12-years-old and began shaving it off after she was bullied. She wasn’t diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), until she was 16-years-old. The condition causes a hormonal imbalance and can result in excess facial hair. The bearded beauty decided to grow out her luscious beard during No Shave November 2017 - and hasn’t looked back since. Finally embracing her hair growth, proud partner Ash loves Nova's new furry face.

My Birthmark Made Me A Meme | BORN DIFFERENT5m47s

My Birthmark Made Me A Meme | BORN DIFFERENT

A woman, whose birthmark made her a viral meme, has used her online fame to help others with facial differences. Crystal Hodges, 26, from California, was born with a port wine stain birthmark on her left cheek, which induces extra blood flow to the face and affects the symmetry of her face and jaw structure. Up until 2014, Crystal was at peace with her birthmark until one day she came home from college to find that she had gone viral as a meme on Facebook. The meme - titled ‘One Like = Beautiful’ - subjected her to brutal cyberbullying and it reached over 30 million views. Although the experience affected her confidence, Crystal decided to use her new online fame to expand her motivational speaking career to help other people with facial differences.

Quadruple Amputee Becomes National Trampoline Champion7m04s

Quadruple Amputee Becomes National Trampoline Champion

A QUADRUPLE amputee, who was given a less than 1% chance of survival, has overcome incredible odds to become a national trampoline champion. At the age of seven, Isabelle Weall, of Derby in the UK, suffered organ failure and a heart attack after contracting Meningitis, which resulted in her losing the lower part of her arms, and her legs to stop the infection spreading. But the 14-year-old’s resilient spirit has led to an incredible list of achievements, including becoming a national trampoline champion and winning awards for her inspirational story. Isabelle, who trains twice a week, told Barcroft Media: “At one point I did have a less than 1% chance of survival. With how well I’m doing now, it’s amazing that I took the 1%.”

Elite Matchmaker Helps The Rich Find Love - From $30,0008m37s

Elite Matchmaker Helps The Rich Find Love - From $30,000

A WOMAN is playing cupid to the wealthy elite, with her services costing from $30,000. Taylor Francois-Bodine runs a matchmaking service from her home in Washington, DC, and travels throughout the USA for her clients. Taylor began her career whilst working for a private senator on Capitol Hill when her successful matchmaking for colleagues inspired her to take it up professionally. She now counts doctors, lawyers and celebrities amongst her wealthy clients and claims that her success rate for clients finding love is 85-90%.

My Hardening Skin Is Turning Me Into A Doll | SHAKE MY BEAUTY5m37s

My Hardening Skin Is Turning Me Into A Doll | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

A young woman living with a skin-hardening condition has found confidence with her ‘Tragic Doll’ persona. At just nine-years-old Shirley Alvarez was diagnosed with systemic scleroderma, an autoimmune disease which hardens soft tissue throughout the body and can affect the entire body, including blood vessels. Within a matter of months, Shirley went from using a walker to being a full-time wheelchair user and had to quickly adapt to her new life. Shirley, from Queens, New York, created a new persona called the ‘Tragic Doll’ to express how it feels to live with scleroderma.

I’m 30 But Look 60 | BORN DIFFERENT5m50s

I’m 30 But Look 60 | BORN DIFFERENT

A NEWLYWED ageing at twice the normal rate is refusing to let her condition slow her down. At 30-years-old, Challi Muguira is one of the oldest surviving people with progeria in the world. Progeria is a rare genetic disorder characterised by premature ageing, growth delay, short stature, small face and hair loss. Challi, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has a rare form, which was so unusual that it took doctors 16 years to formally diagnose her. Her form of progeria is different from the classic form and she does not age at quite the same rate, but is still mistaken for someone who is decades older. After meeting her partner online, Challi tied the knot with the love of her life in November 2017.

World’s Tallest Policeman Is 7ft 6in3m16s

World’s Tallest Policeman Is 7ft 6in

A TRAFFIC COP who measures a massive 7ft 6in is the tallest policeman in India - and possibly the world. Jagdeep Singh, from Punjab is so big he has to have his uniform especially made by a personal tailor and imports his enormous size 19 shoes from abroad. The colossal constable has been dubbed ‘a monster’ on social media but has become a local celebrity, with locals constantly stopping him for selfies. Previously the world’s tallest traffic cop was believed to be Rajesh Kumar, from Haryana in India, who is two inches smaller than Singh, at 7ft 4in.

Meet The “Real Barbie Of Berlin” | HOOKED ON THE LOOK4m59s

Meet The “Real Barbie Of Berlin” | HOOKED ON THE LOOK

AN INSTAGRAM model believes she has the biggest breasts in Germany following surgery to fit her third set of implants. Paris Herms, known as the ‘Real Barbie of Berlin’, has forked out more than £35,000 on plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures to achieve her pneumatic doll-like appearance. While the 27-year-old German model loved her iconic namesake from playing with the dolls as a little girl, her cosmetic transformation began after she was bullied at school for being ‘ugly’. Paris’ grandma - with whom she still lives - paid for her first set of breast implants, and Paris has since had a nose job, facial fillers, and two more boob jobs taking her cup size up to an eye-popping 80 L. Paris currently has over 200,000 Instagram followers, and frequently posts lingerie-clad snaps from photoshoots, often garnering thousands of likes on the social networking site.

Breast Cancer Survivor Relaunches Modelling Career | SHAKE MY BEAUTY7m07s

Breast Cancer Survivor Relaunches Modelling Career | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

A MODEL who has undergone a double mastectomy has successfully relaunched her modelling career on a New York catwalk. Allyson Lynch, 30, started out as as a fit and catalogue model for alternative fashion brand Sourpuss clothing in 2014, but feared a breast cancer diagnosis would end her career before it could really take off. The young woman from Philadelphia found the lump during a routine breast exam when she was just 26 and elected to have a bilateral mastectomy for 'peace of mind.' Despite her fears, Allyson found that her experiences opened up even more doors for her modelling career and she hopes to encourage more survivors to embrace their new bodies.