Imagine living with a disability so rare no one has heard of it. Anja Christoffersen was born with VACTERL Association, an acronym that stands for vertebral, anal, cardiac, tracheal, oesophageal, renal and limb. It’s a collection of birth defects that have caused Anja to have over 35 surgeries and 150 hospital admissions in her life, including emergency surgery on her food and air pipes, bowel and bladder when she was only an infant. In this eye opening chat Anja explains what it’s like being a young woman with bowel incontinence, why she was determined to break into the exclusive world of modelling, plus she gives Angus an important lesson on the female anatomy, much to Dylan’s amusement.
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Chris Blowes should not have survived the great white shark attack in 2015 that took his leg. He lost so much blood that he was in cardiac arrest by the time he got to hospital, and stayed in a coma for the next 10 days. In this chat with Angus O’Loughlin and Dylan Alcott he tells the harrowing...
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Despite her bubbly personality, Tayla Clement can’t smile. She was born with an incredibly rare condition called Moebius syndrome, that gave her facial...