A World Without Dwarfism

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Health-Medical Documentary hosted by Ellie Simmonds, published by BBC in 2022 - English narration

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Ellie Simmonds, five-time Paralympics gold medallist, is used to an environment where difference is celebrated. But now she’s investigating a controversial new drug that some people argue could bring an end to dwarfism. A pioneering drug is coming on the market that promises to make children with achondroplasia - Ellie’s form of dwarfism - grow closer to average height. A genetic condition, achondroplasia is the most common type of dwarfism in the UK, and the new treatment raises the question: if cutting-edge medicine can stop disability in its tracks, should we use it? Travelling around the UK and US, Ellie Simmonds explores all sides of this contentious debate, following currently available treatments for dwarfism, meeting families embarking on the drug trial, others who feel treatment would have positively impacted their lives, and those who are proud of their identity and question the aims of the drug. The road to acceptance and inclusion for disabled people has been hard won, and many feel these gains are in danger of being lost, while others see only positives with breakthroughs in modern treatments. Ellie draws on her own experiences and reflects on wider questions about the relationship between science and disability.

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  • Video Codec: x265 CABAC Main@L4
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 21 (~1633Kbps)
  • Video Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC (Apple)
  • Audio Bitrate: q91 VBR 48KHz (132/205Kbps avg/peak)
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Audio Gain: 3dB
  • Run-Time: 59 mins
  • Number Of Parts: 1
  • Part Size: 744 MB
  • Source: HDTV (1080i/h264 3739Kbps VBR 1.81GB)
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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