Leanne Smith (left), from Hull, feared her son Freddie (left and right) had a common sickness bug until he started to pass blood in his urine. He eventually had two emergency operations (pictured inset) after part of his intestine telescoped into another section, putting his life in danger. Mrs Smith found him lying upside down on his bed covered in thick, black vomit after she went into his bedroom to wake him up for nursery one morning last month. Terrified, she dialled 999 and an ambulance rushed Freddie to Hull Royal Infirmary's paediatric emergency department. Mrs Smith recalled the ordeal, which happened in November: 'He was limp and floppy. He was lifeless and it was terrifying.'
EXCLUSIVE: The sisters with childhood Alzheimer's: Inside the agonizing fight to save Abby and Belle from the disease which is slowly crushing their speech, movement and memories
A couple who tragically have two young daughters suffering from a devastating, rare disease nicknamed 'childhood Alzheimer's' is working with research agencies and doctors on a campaign to save lives. Pam and Chris Andrews were devastated when they were told that their beautiful daughter Belle, now seven, was suffering from the disease which affects just 200 people in America and 500 kids worldwide, killing a majority between 10 and 20 years old. As it is a very rare, genetic disease, there was a one in four chances that her toddler Abby would have it too, but Pam and her husband Chris refused to believe it could happen again.
Her swimsuit secret revealed! The diet behind Princess Mary's age-defying beach figure - so would YOU try it?
Princess Mary (pictured left, centre and right), 45, wowed at Palm Beach in Sydney (left) while on holiday with her family last week. Now sources claim the Princess decided to try something new after feeling 'sluggish' recently. The busy mum-of-four has taken on more Royal duties after Prince Henrik of Denmark stepped down due to health reasons in July. Here, FEMAIL takes a look at the diet which is reportedly leaving the Princess feeling amazing.
Former model who lost her breast after doctor's tumour blunder is awarded £100,000 in compensation following 'needless' procedure
Former model Diane Chambers who had a mastectomy after doctors over-estimated the size of a lump by nearly six times has been awarded £100,000 compensation. She went into debt over mounting bills for further medical treatment and therapy, and even contemplated suicide after having her breast removed when she should have been offered a less invasive lumpectomy. Miss Chambers said she was unable to work due to the pain and she has split from her partner because of stress of the operation.
Baby born with bubble boy disease has no immune system and must live in total isolation because 'even the common cold can kill him'
Sebastian Romero is 10 months old and suffers from SCID, meaning he has no immune system. He stays in isolation in his Texas home with his mother, only leaving for doctor's appointments. He received a bone marrow transplant in May and his mother (right) told Daily Mail Online that her son has went from having zero T cells to producing more than 400 of the infection-fighting cells. SCID is called bubble boy disease after David Vetter, another boy from Texas with SCID, lived in a plastic, germ-free bubble for 12 years in the 1980s.
Woman, 27, reveals her dramatic transformation in Christmas bikini photos from the last few years after adopting exercise regime that uses ORDINARY activities
Melbourne personal trainer, Sophie Allen, has gained over 150,000 followers on social media after recovering from a life-threatening condition and transforming her physique to get fitter than ever. Now, the 27-year-old has posted a raw comparison photo of her body over the past few Christmases - in order to show how far she's come (pictured left in 2014, centre in 2015 and right this Christmas). 'My physique has changed so much in the last four years,' Sophie wrote on Instagram.
Buttock-enlarging procedures rise five-fold in five years as women seek to emulate bootylicious celebrities - but was it worth one woman taking out a £4,000 loan to imitate the curvy stars?
EXCLUSIVE: According to the Manchester-based cosmetic surgeon Gary Ross, women are seeking larger backsides to emulate the likes of Iggy Azalea (far left), Amber Rose (middle left), Nicki Minaj (centre), Bella Hadid (middle right) and Emily Ratajowki (far right). According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, procedures that transfer fat from the stomach or thighs to the bottom increase by around 13 per cent each year in the UK.
'It's always the best photo - no stomach rolls, no cellulite': Paramedic, 21, who lost 25kgs in 12 months proudly strips down to display her figure - as she encourages Instagram stars to not be afraid to show their flaws
New Zealand based health and fitness role model, Riley Hemson, 21, (pictured main and inset) recently shared a candid and revealing photo of herself on social media as a way of celebrating her body. She told FEMAIL that though she's not at goal weight yet, she's happy to be healthy. She said she also believes it's important to influence people in healthy ways and stressed her message has always been one of self-love. 'With social media, we're always seeing the best photo - no rolls on stomachs, and no cellulite,' she said.
Harrowing pictures of woman's botched nose job that left her with a silicone implant protruding between her eyes
The unnamed woman (pictured left and inset with the implant showing) opted for a cheap rhinoplasty operation at a clinic that later refused to help her, local reports state. It has been reported that the woman's clinics 'took no responsibility' for what had happened after her harrowing pictures were shared. It was also unclear whether the patient, from Hat Yai in the south of the country, planned to take legal action. Following the procedure intended to give her a more pronounced nose, the woman began suffering from infections. (pictured right after the implant was removed)
Mother reveals her boy, 10, is a 'ticking time-bomb' and could die if he blows a balloon up or gets too excited
Zach Kilkenny (pictured left and right), from Doncaster, suffers from moyamoya - which restricts blood flow to the brain. The rare condition strikes one in a million. And as a result, blowing up a balloon at a gathering, riding a bike or even going on a rollercoaster could trigger a potentially deadly stroke. His mother, Jane, has to force him to constantly drink water because otherwise the dehydration could restrict his blood flow. Mrs Kilkenny, 46, is worried for what the future holds for her son. She said: 'You wouldn’t wish this on your worst enemy.' (pictured inset outside the restaurant in Barcelona where he had his first stroke in 2014 with his mother Jane, father, Mark, 44, and older brothers, Max, 25, Alex, 18 and Jamie, 16)
EXCLUSIVE: Premature baby born the size of a Coke can at just 22 WEEKS makes it home in time for Christmas
Eliora Schneider was born at 21 weeks and six days gestation weighing just 13.6oz – the size of a can of coke – in the summer of this year. It means she is one of the most premature babies ever to survive. Now despite massive odds, Eliora – or Ellie as she is affectionately known – is home in Kansas City, Missouri, with her parents Robin and Joel and her brother Elijah, two. Pictured: Ellie (left) moments after she was born in mid-June; (right) with her family this week; (inset) the day she was allowed to go home in early December.
The VERY unusual kitchen ingredient one nutritionist eats to help her skin - and she swears it's the key to a glowing complexion
Australian nutritionist and best-selling health book author Jessica Sepel (pictured left and right) takes a holistic approach not only to nutrition but also to how she cares for her skin. She revealed a number of her top natural tricks for creating radiant skin, and shares some of her best secrets including the unusual kitchen ingredient she swears by for glowing skin (pictured inset).
'These are the real superheroes': Adorable photos show children with cancer, missing limbs and crippling diseases transformed into Justice League characters
Utah-based photographer Josh Rossi, 32, took photos of children aged two to nine suffering from different forms of cancers, severe autism, a double amputation and a half a heart transforming them into superheroes form the Justice League. Superheroes include Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Batman.
Simon Cowell saved my spine! Teenage dance sensation reveals how Britain's Got Talent judge paid for her £175,000 life-saving back surgery
She wowed millions of viewers – and moved many to tears – with her heartfelt performances on Britain's Got Talent. Despite suffering from the spine deformity scoliosis, plucky Julia Carlile (left after surgery and inset on BGT) was determined not to let the agony of her condition overshadow her dancing prowess, and she helped her team MerseyGirls earn standing ovations from the judges, including Simon Cowell (inset). And the drama did not end when the cameras stopped rolling. As The Mail on Sunday revealed earlier this year, the 15-year-old schoolgirl from the Wirral had been desperate to win the ITV show and the £250,000 top prize to fund an experimental operation to straighten out her spine. Although MerseyGirls did not win the competition, Cowell was so touched by Julia's bravery that he paid for her £175,000 surgery.
Baby girl gets to hear for Christmas - Watch the pure joy on her face the first time her hearing aid is turned on
Maggie, of South Carolina grinned and gaped when she heard her mother's voice for the first time Wednesday. She has two right-ear hearing defects, but got her first hearing aid just in time for Christmas.
Boy, 14, has a 10-pound tumor the size of a basketball taking over his FACE and needs life-saving surgery before it suffocates him
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Emanuel Zayas, 14, is in Miami on a medical visa from Cuba to undergo life-saving surgery to remove the 10-pound benign tumor on his face that formed due to a rare genetic disorder. The tumor is made of bone that has been growing from his upper jaw for the last three years and has affected the way he eats, sees and talks. Lead surgeon Dr Robert Marx told Daily Mail Online that if they do not operate the tumor will continue to grow and suffocate him or fracture his neck.
From James Bond playing poker after a cardiac arrest to a dramatic collapse in Four Weddings and A Funeral, the inaccurate portrayal of heart attacks in movies is endangering the public, warn experts
EXCLUSIVE The British public will be overindulging in food, drink and cardiac misinformation this Christmas as people watch movies that could affect their chances of surviving a heart attack, the British Heart Foundation warns. In Casino Royale, a sweaty James Bond self-defibrillates, with the help of a Bond girl (top left), after going into cardiac arrest when poisoned. After a miraculous recovery (top right), 007 resumes his interrupted poker game without any sign of the common brain injury complication. During a groom's speech in Four Weddings & a Funeral, Simon Callow's character Gareth dramatically grasps at his chest while suffering out-of-the-blue chest pain before falling to the ground (bottom left). Hugh Grant's character Charles rushes over to help (bottom right).
Mother-of-two, 34, claims she was left blind, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and covered in a rash 'after having the FLU JAB' and fears she may never recover
Jennifer Whitney (left: before having the shot), from Mukilteo, Washington, had the vaccine due to the insistence of her boss - despite being concerned about any side effects. However, the same boss was forced to 'let her go' because she ended up taking too much time off to cope with the repercussions of the shot (right: she was left with a rash). Tests revealed she had developed multiple sclerosis, which has no cure, and she was left blind for ten months as well as unable to have another child. The mother-of-two's naturopath claimed it was all down to her flu vaccine - despite an array of evidence claiming the shot is completely safe. Mrs Whitney's case comes amid warnings of the worst flu outbreak in 50 years, which has prompted officials to urge the population to get vaccinated. (Mrs Whitney is pictured inset hooked up to an IV drip in hospital)
Mother-of-eight describes the constant heartbreak of adopting and fostering dying 'hospice babies' to love and care for them until their death
Cori Salchert, 51, (left) and her husband Mark have adopted and fostered seven dying babies within the last four years to care for them until they die. The couple from Wisconsin have eight biological children, including daughter Mary Elizabeth, 19, (right) and is currently caring for their adopted son Charlie, three, who sufferers from irreversible brain damage.
Woman gets her STOMACH removed to prevent developing the same cancer that killed her mother and grandfather
Heather Huus, 32, is a mother from North Dakota who had a gastrectomy last year after a genetic test found she carried a gene that put her at an 83 percent risk of getting stomach cancer. She told Daily Mail Online that she made the decision because she didn't want her daughter Paige, five, to see her die of cancer like she did her mother. Now Heather cannot feel when she's hungry or full and has to snack every three hours, which caused her to lose 130 pounds.
The girl, 6, who is a walking miracle: Youngster was once paralysed from the head down but defied medics to take her first steps for a sweet treat and now loves to dance with her younger sister
The family of Amy Parr (inset and right with her little sister Mia), from Kent, were told the youngster, now six, would unlikely live past her first birthday as a cold kill her. If she did survive, doctors warned she would be confined to a wheelchair. Yet, on Christmas Day 2013, the youngster took her first few steps towards her grandfather when she saw him holding chocolate (left).
'I believe this is the real me': Retail worker spends £20,000 on shoes, clothes and wigs in bid to look like a DOLL (and says it helps her to 'escape' chronic pain condition)
Jade Smith, 21, from Wallington, Surrey, has splashed the huge sum on doll-like outfits, shoes, accessories, wigs, key chains and toys - as well as a £20 monthly 'glitter budget' - to help her cope with the pain her fibromyalgia. The retail worker, who goes by 'Princess Jadette' on social media (pictured right, in her bedroom and inset, with one of her many cuddly toys), said: 'The toys and the clothes do help with it because it makes me forget for even just a little while the pain that I am experiencing.'
The baby that was conceived just 18 months after its mother: Woman, 26, gives birth to baby girl from a donated embryo that was frozen for 24 YEARS - the longest ever
Emma Wren (left and right) was conceived and fertilized 24 years ago in 1992, but the embryo was frozen instead of implanted. Tina, who was born in 1991, could not conceive naturally with her husband Benjamin because he has cystic fibrosis, which renders 98 percent of sufferers infertile. They were going to adopt and started fostering children but then they heard they could adopt an embryo and have the experience of pregnancy as well. The process is like adoption, but the baby grows inside the adoptive mother. In March this year, the frozen embryo was thawed then donated to Tina and Benjamin. After a normal 40-week pregnancy with no issues, Tina gave birth naturally to Emma on November 25. Emma was born weighing six pounds and eight ounces, and measuring 20 inches long. Emma comes from the longest-ever frozen embryo, after one in Virginia which was frozen for 19 years and a few months. Experts say this successful birth 'suggests the shelf life of an embryo could be infinite'. Pictured: Benjamin and Tina with Emma this month (left).
Revealed: How Davina McCall maintains THAT body at 50 (from relentless stomach crunches to a VERY strict sugar ban)
Davina McCall, 50, has been showcasing her enviable age-defying figure for the better part of a decade, ever since turning her attention from TV presenting to what is now her wildly successful fitness empire. And earlier this week she shared perhaps the most attention-grabbing snap of her rippling six-pack, toned arms and pert bottom yet - posing in a skimpy bikini and trainers in Australia, where she and her three children are visiting her sister. Here, FEMAIL breaks down exactly what goes into maintaining those honed muscles at 50.
Chinese baby is at risk of losing his blackened toe after his mother's HAIR became tangled around his digit and cut off his blood supply
WARNING, GRAPHIC CONTENT: The infant's digit became black (right) and swollen after the hair, which may have belonged to his mother, cut off the blood supply. It is believed that the strand of hair was trapped around his toe (left) for more than 10 hours before his father, surnamed Fan, spotted it. Doctors in Zhengzhou, capital of Central China's Henan Province, said necrosis has set in and the toe on the boy's left foot may need to be amputated. Local reports state flesh on the boy's toe had already grown around the strand of hair when he was brought in.
Grandmother, 70, who has thrown away 'all her pills', claims smoking cannabis for FIVE decades is the secret to her good health and allowed her to manage her ailments
Carol Francey (right), 70, from Vancouver, credits her marijuana habit for helping her to manage her arthritis, sciatica and insomnia, saying her medication used to slur her speech and affect her balance. Ms Francey, a former drugs and alcohol counselor, began campaigning for cannabis legislation (left) in Canada with the group 'Grannies for Green' after her son was held back a year at school for smoking marijuana and is encouraging other weed users to 'come out of the closet'.
Conjoined Nigerian twins can now live 'independent lives' after a successful operation, involving 22 specialists, to separate them
John and James, whose surname is unknown, were fused together at the upper part of their abdomen (left) before Indian doctors gave them a new lease of life. The pair made the 4,600-mile (7,500km) journey to a specialist hospital in Bangalore for the marathon operation that involved 22 specialists. Medics now claim the twins are ready to live 'independent lives' (right, with their unnamed parents) - despite spending the first six months of life attached to each other. The infants, who already defied medical expectations by surviving for so long, were classed as omphalopagus twins due to where they were attached.
Model who lost her leg to toxic shock syndrome from her tampon reveals she is going to lose the other one soon
Los Angeles-based model Lauren Wasser, 29, lost her right leg and toes on her left foot in 2012 after contracting toxic shock syndrome from a tampon, leading to gangrene in her feet (inset). She revealed she will 'inevitably' lose her other leg in the coming months because bone grows where her toes once were making it unbearable to walk. She now sports a golden prosthetic leg (right) as her modeling career has flourished and is an advocate, raising awareness about the dangers of tampons to women and young girls.
Grieving parents share heartbreaking photographs of them cuddling their stillborn daughter after she died in the womb from a mystery condition
Maria Grennan, 37, was almost a week over her due date with her first child when she noticed her baby was not moving. Doctors told the mother-to-be and her paramedic husband Stuart (pictured together left), 36, that their baby had died due to an unknown condition. Mrs Grennan gave birth to Maggie (pictured right and inset) on December 5 at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and the couple spent several days with their daughter in a special bereavement suite. But they claim their experience was made much more difficult because they could hear women giving birth to healthy babies in an adjourning room.