Andrew Wardle, 44, (pictured left with his long-term girlfriend Fedra Fabian, 28) has spent the past four years undergoing surgery to have a bionic penis fitted. Now he has completed the final stage, having a penile implant pump (inset) inserted and can finally have sex in just six weeks. As a test run, the caterer, from Manchester, will have an erection for the next 10 days before his implant is deflated. Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Mr Wardle (pictured centre after undergoing the final operation last Friday) said: 'I'm very excited that I can move on now. But I think having sex for the first time is more of a big deal for everyone else than it is for me. I've spent 44 years without a penis and I've coped with not having sex for all that time. It will take me a while to get in the swing of things'. As a child (pictured right), Mr Wardle became 'very adept' at hiding his condition in school changing rooms.
Father takes 10,000 snaps to remember his life: 40-year-old lost 10 years of memories including his wedding day and the births of his two children following bike crash
Father-of-two Nick McMahon, 40, from Dinnington in Tyne and Wear has taken thousands of photos to remember his life with his family (left) after losing his ability to make new memories in a devastating motorbike crash in 2011. Mr McMahon, a keen motorcyclist (inset) ended up in hospital (right) after crashing his sports bike and damaging his frontal lobe, a part of the brain which plays a key role in memory, emotions and language.
Bride had her leg amputated SIX DAYS after her wedding in life-saving surgery to beat a flesh-eating bug - but vows she will dance again with her new husband
Yelena Gorelik Cabañas, 36, from Pennsylvania contracted necrotizing fasciitis and had to have her leg amputated to save her life, just six days after she walked down the aisle with Alfredo. However, even after 18 separate surgeries, she's remaining positive and is using the thought of dancing again with her new husband as an incentive to get better.
Earlier this month, the High Court rejected a legal challenge by the British Homeopathic Association following the decision by the NHS to no longer routinely fund homeopathy. NHS England has recommended that local health authorities stop paying for it on the basis that there is ‘no clear evidence to support its use’. But these four people insist it has changed their lives...
Doctors stunned as seven-month-old girl who wasn't expected to survive childbirth is deemed strong enough to leave hospital
When Skylar Rodriguez was born three months early last November in North Carolina, the doctors braced her parents for the worst. She is one of just 150 people in the world with MPS7. Infants born with the condition are not expected to survive a day but Skylar is seven months old. The only drug for MPS7 was approved days before her birth. Last week the manufacturer offered her the drug for free, but it's not clear for how long.
Ditch pricey protein powders! Why EGGS are the secret to getting your summer body - and how many you should eat to stay lean
Whether they're poached, baked, scrambled or boiled, the humble egg is a go-to dish for thousands of Australians. But while many might think if they're looking to build lean muscle, then protein powders, supplements or balls are the key, in fact it could be that merely eating an egg or two (left, Tiffiny Hall, right, eggs) for breakfast, lunch or dinner is the way to hone your summer body. Leading dietitian and author, Sharon Natoli, recently explained that including eggs as part of your daily training diet is an easy and versatile way to help the body to recover from a gruelling training regime.
Rock star’s wife says fighting cancer has made her feel ‘empowered’ – as she praises her ‘superhero’ NHS surgeon following an operation to ‘symmetrise’ her breasts
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Jules Peters, wife of The Alarm frontman Mike (inset), was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2016, and since showing off her radiotherapy burns last year (right) her story has helped thousands of women battling the disease. Jules from, Dyserth, Wales, says she's now looking forward to getting a 3D nipple tattoo, which will be another step to restoring her femininity.
‘No one else should be told go home and die’: Mother with pancreatic cancer meets lawmakers on Capitol Hill with desperate plea for more funding of the ‘silent killer’
Camille Moses, 58 (pictured), is among the nine percent of all people who survive past five years after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Her first doctor told her the disease would killer her in eight months. But her boyfriend, Peter Catallo (left of right) and daughter (far right) urged her to get a second opinion. She went from her home in Hollywood, Florida to the University of Miami where she was treated with an aggressive chemotherapy (right). Now, she has been cancer free for more than five years and advocates tirelessly for more research on the disease so that more sufferers get the second chance she has.
The dangers of using multiple acne products at any one time - and the five signs that you need to see a dermatologist
We all long for blemish-free skin, but many of us are plagued by pimples well after our teenage years. Acne affects more than 90 per cent of adolescents aged between 16 and 18 years and up to 20 per cent of adult women. So if you're finding yourself with breakouts into your 20s, 30s and beyond, what can you do? According to Sydney-based dermatologist Dr Natasha Cook, the first step is to examine your skincare routine.
Do YOU know what a 200-calorie snack looks like? Nutritionist reveals the best ways to banish those hunger pangs – and the best high protein options for weight loss
For something that so many of us do – and is an incredibly basic thing – snacking is somewhat of a minefield. So many times, I see clients – or even friends – tucking into something that will inevitably make them even hungrier in a few hours' time - or reverse the good work of the healthy eating regime they are on. Nailing the art of smart snacking is something that could really change your life. You'll have better energy, a smaller waistline (if that's your goal) and fewer mood swings. Given the fact we've become a nation of snackers, partly due to our busy work schedules and social lives, now's a really good time to familiarize yourself with the golden rules of snacking. Rob Hobson, Head of Nutrition at Healthspan, explains how he trains his clients to snack.
The prosthetic that can feel PAIN: Remarkable device wrapped in electronic skin could help amputees sense touch to avoid injury
Known as e-dermis, the thin layer of rubber and fabric fits over the fingertips (left image) a prosthetic hand and generates pulses of electricity that stimulate nerves in the upper arm. These small shocks fire from the fingertips when the electronic skin makes contact with sharp or round objects to simulate a real feeling of touch. Feeling pain is vital to a fully-functioning limb as the sensation helps us to protect our bodies by removing them from danger, according to the researchers at John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. The researchers tested a prototype e-dermis on an anonymous amputee who tried the device out while grasping different objects. The test subject and prosthesis were able to experience a natural reaction to both pain while grasping a pointed object (top right) and touch when feeling a round object (bottom right). The team also introduced automatic pain reflexes, in which the hand dropped objects that were too sharp without waiting for instructions from the brain, as would happen with a real hand. The participant said of his experience with the prosthetic: 'After many years, I felt my hand, as if a hollow shell got filled with life again.'
Midwife, 26, reveals how her hands and feet wouldn’t stop growing – because of a tumour wrapped around her brain that has left her infertile
Chloe Powell, a 26-year-old midwife from Bristol (left), developed acromegaly – a condition in which the body produces too much growth hormone – because of a benign brain tumour, which made her hands and feet grow uncontrollably (right), and her facial features swell up. She has now got back to normal life and will climb Mount Snowdon this weekend (inset, with sister Laura).
The growing crisis of aging inmates with dementia and cancer: Incredible photos capture prisoners who need round-the-clock care - and some who cannot even remember their crimes
Every state is grappling with prisoners aging, since inmate medical costs amount to $3 billion a year. Medical care for inmates over 65 costs $8,500 per year, compared to $950 for younger inmates. In California the rate of prisoners over 60 has soared from 1% in 1996 to 7% in 2016. Reuters visited two California prisons which are considering setting up specific units to care for dementia-stricken inmates.
'I understand my patients' pain': Paralyzed ER doctor who injured his spine in a bike accident says the horrific fall has made him a better physician
Dr Daniel Grossman (left) has returned to his job as an ER doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, months after a biking accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. He was out biking with his friend along the Cuyuna Mountain Bike Trail System in northern Minnesota, when he took a fall. After he was as airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Minneapolis, doctors discovered Grossman (left and right) had fractured a vertebrae in his thoracic spine. He was permanently paralyzed and would never walk again. He spent four months in and out of hospitals recovering, but he was itching to return to the ER and vowed to be back at work within six months of his injury. While he may not be as efficient as he once was, Grossman says he has learned how to be a more personable doctor.
'We made the decision that cancer would not take his hair away from him': Mom shares heart-wrenching photo of nurse shaving her toddler's head days after he was diagnosed with leukemia
Nichole Brooks, from Dallas, Texas, shared a photo of her son, Wyatt, having his head shaved by a nurse after he was diagnosed with cancer (left). After returning from a trip to the beach on June 2, Nichole saw that Wyatt's body was covered in bruises, he had a full-body rash and had bloodshot eyes. After a series of tests, doctors confirmed that Wyatt had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the blood. The family immediately checked into Children's Medical Center of Dallas and began treatment. It was the latest of a series of health struggles for the toddler, who was born with Down syndrome and heart defects. In a Facebook post, Nichole wrote that she would rather shave her son's head herself than have him gradually lose it to cancer. After the cut, Nichole said that Wyatt, who communicates primarily via American Sign Language smiled and signed the word for 'beautiful'.
Feeling down? Listening to this bizarre 'brain orgasm' video of a woman licking an ear can boost your mood AND lower your heart rate, claim scientist
New research suggests 'brain orgasms' brought about by so-called ASMR videos are more than simply gratifying - they may also be good for your health. In one of the first studies into the health benefits of ASMR clips, which number more than 13 million on YouTube, scientists found the strange videos carry health benefits. Researchers at the University of Sheffield report that the clips are as relaxing to ASMR fans as traditional stress-reduction techniques like music and mindfulness. Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) are relaxing 'brain tingles' experienced by some people in response to specific sights, sounds and textures. The genre has exploded onto YouTube, with popular videos showcasing hair brushing (bottom left), light touching of furry microphones (top left), towel folding, soap carving, and even licking ear-shaped microphones (right image). Some of the clips, which people watch to relax, relieve stress or sleep better, have garnered millions, but little research has been done into the effects they have on the body and brain.
Mother-of-two became the 'most ill person in the UK' as she battled sepsis: 40-year-old spent two weeks in a coma and has had both legs amputated
Ruth Quilietti-Bird, from Musselburgh, East Lothian, had both her legs amputated (right) after spending a fortnight in a coma battling the violent immune reaction. Doctors battled to keep her alive as her sepsis caused her respiratory system and kidneys to fail, while her heart and liver were left on the brink. The art teacher's devastated husband Mark, 37, was even told to prepare for her death, as she had a 'do not resuscitate notice' placed on her records. But now, after defying expectations and overcoming her sepsis, Mrs Quilietti-Bird is recovering in hospital and has been given new prosthetic legs (pictured left, before her sepsis, with her husband Mark, 37, and daughters Lucia, seven, and Isabella, five)
A 32-year-old woman in Russia visited a doctor after a small lump near her eye (top left) got bigger, moved around her face (top right) and caused her lip to swell up (bottom left) – medics found the swelling was caused by a living parasitic worm (bottom right) which had been living in her face for two weeks, and they removed it with surgery.
Girl, 2, has such severe psoriasis her skin is 'lobster red' and she is shunned by strangers over fears she is contagious
Two-year-old Maisie Buchanan (right), from Falkirk, was hospitalised last year and diagnosed with a severe form of psoriasis which makes her entire body go bright red and gives her scaly, dry patches of skin (left). Her parents Leslie and Alistair (inset) say they are often approached by strangers in the street who blame their daughter's skin on bad parenting.
Girl, 3, hailed hero after she retraced her steps home to get help for her mom who suffered a seizure while walking the dog
Savannah Lavely, three (left, with her mother, and right, with her parents) from Warren, Michigan, is being credited as a hero for saving her mother, Jessa Lavely, after she suffered a seizure on Saturday.Lavely was walking the family dog with Savannah when she started to feel ill. About a block-and-a-half away from their house in Warren, Michigan, Lavely suffered a seizure and fell to the ground. Pictured: Savannah with her parentsSavannah quickly ran back home, retracing her steps and crossing streets, until she made her way to the front door. The three-year-old was captured by her home's surveillance footage (left and right) banging on the door and trying to get it and got her grandparents to come help,. Lavely (pictured with her husband Savannah) said she was shocked because the couple never taught Savannah where they live or how to get home.
Civil War 'bone pit' reveals how combat surgeons sawed off limbs to save the lives of a dozen soldiers in the battle of Bull Run
Scientists have found an unprecedented pit of bones containing limbs amputated by Civil War combat surgeons to save soldiers who were shot in the second battle of Bull Run in Virginia (left). Some of the bones from 11 amputated limbs still had bullets lodged in them (right). Military doctors of the time had to saw off limbs as quickly as possible to keep their patients from dying from shock or pain, and the newly-discovered bones reveal the tough decisions that surgeons had to make about who to operate on and the surprisingly clean, precise cuts they made in an unsanitary environment with limited tools (inset).
'Crashing into a TREE saved my life': Mother-of-two, 30, was diagnosed with a golf-ball sized brain tumour after writing off her car
Lauren Neville (pictured left before the incident with her nine-year-old daughter Lucy Dunn-Grimshaw and one-year-old son Ollie Burns), 30, from Burnley, Lancashire, whose 10 daily seizures were initially dismissed as depression, discovered she had a 6cm tumour (seen top centre) after having a fit behind the wheel (car seen bottom centre) last January. Despite undergoing gruelling six-hour surgery (pictured right after the operation) to remove 80 per cent of her tumour, Miss Neville's future is uncertain, with her struggling to remember events that happened just half-an-hour ago.
Logan Pergola, 15 (left, with his mother), of Land O'Lakes, Florida, was doing volunteer landscaping with his family on Saturday when he suddenly felt a sharp pain. A large, red grid-like mark had appeared on his forearm by his wrist (right) and within five minutes, the teen's arm went numb and he complained of feeling dizzy and of a burning pain in his arm. After some quick research, Andrea figured out her son had been stung by what is commonly referred to as a puss caterpillar (inset) or an asp caterpillar, which has venomous spines. Logan was rushed to Florida Hospital in Zephyrhillis where doctors administered treatment through an IV. Andrea created a Facebook post warning others about the venomous caterpillar and sharing photos of the insect and of Logan's rash.
Girl, 3, with an inoperable brain tumour has been given £250,000 by a mystery benefactor to pay towards experimental treatment in Mexico
Edie Molyneux (pictured left and right), from Tranmere, Wirral, was expected to die young because of the rare mass on her brain, known as a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). Her devastated parents, Ashleigh Stadling and Stephen (pictured with Edie inset), began desperately trying to raise £700,000 earlier this year for pioneering treatment in Mexico. They hoped it would boost her chances of survival. Already Spiderman-obsessed Edie has seen her tumour start to 'die' because of the breakthrough therapy, but doctors warn she needs more. And now her appeal fund has rocketed to £428,000 after an unnamed benefactor donated a quarter of a million pounds to her treatment fund.
Twin's heartbreak as identical sister, 16, dies from sepsis as she waited TWO HOURS for life-saving equipment to be flown from 150 miles away
Lucy Ellis (right), 16, was immediately rushed to Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport after going to her GP complaining of feeling unwell. The teenager, who represented Wales in gymnastics, later passed away in hospital, with her identical twin Sophie (pictured on the right with Lucy in the left image) fainting at the tragic news. Lucy's family are calling out for specialist blood-filtering equipment to be available in hospitals across the country.
Singer, 24, who collapsed and fell off a stage is told her fainting spells are caused by her brain overflowing out of her SKULL
Zosha Faith, 24, from Bournemouth, found out she has a Chiari malformation after collapsing off a stage at a music festival in 2015 where she was waiting to perform as a singer-songwriter (left). Ms Faith, who lives with her fiancee Jack Andrew (inset), must now have surgery to remove part of her skull. The condition is thought to affect more than one in every 1,000 people and means the brain is too large for the skull so puts pressure on the spinal cord – Ms Faith's condition has deteriorated to the point she often needs a crutch or wheelchair to get around (right).