#DisabledAndCute – the inspiring hashtag that’s winning hearts and changing minds

Keah Brown is disabled. And cute. She tells This Is Medtech how her social media campaign to improve the portrayal of people with disabilities went viral.  

It all started with a tweet. Keah, a journalist and writer with almost 50,000 Twitter followers, has cerebral palsy. She decided to post an empowering message for people with disability, creating the hashtag #DisabledAndCute. What happened next was mind-blowing!

Sometimes all you need is a bear

A few years ago, 12-year-old Campbell Remess came up with a brilliant way to help sick kids in hospital.

At the time, Campbell, or “Bumble” as most people call him, asked his mum Sonya if he could buy toys for all the children in the local hospital to cheer them up. “I told him that would be an expense we couldn't afford ‒ we have nine children ‒ so he decided to make them,” Sonya tells This Is Medtech.  

Rebuilding broken bones

Sports injuries, car accidents and disease – there are lots of reasons why bones can break. Now researchers are dreaming up new ways to heal and protect people of all ages

When a 13-year-old child limped into the offices of Professor Denis Dufrane in Belgium, the teenager’s sporting future looked bleak. After two years living with a bone defect, the young patient could not put their weight on their leg – dramatically limiting their ability to run and do all of the other things that adolescents do.

This MS patient welcomes an uphill climb

Avid mountaineer Ginty Telfer-Wilkes refuses to let multiple sclerosis get in the way of her sky-high pursuits. 

Since being diagnosed with the neurological condition last year, Ginty has made it her personal mission to show the world that people with multiple sclerosis (MS) can live life to the full. For her, this means that hiking and climbing in the Scottish highlands near her home are still very much on the cards.

Knocking asthma out of the ring

Usually people don’t associate asthma with professional athletes, but 11-year-old kickboxing champion Nathan Kelly, aka Nate the Great, smashes that stereotype to pieces.

Asthma is a condition that causes the air passages leading to and from the lungs to become inflamed and constricted. Despite being only five when he was diagnosed, Nathan has become a five-time National Kickboxing Champion in Ireland as well as a World Champion twice.

Karl: 1 - Crohn’s: 0

It’s been an uphill struggle, but sports enthusiast Karl Tucker refuses to let Inflammatory Bowel Disease take over his life. 

He’s come a long way since being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease two years ago, when “there were days when I was unable to dress and wash myself,” recalls the 25-year-old, who’s a team leader at a special needs school.

Meet the Sri Lankan midwives bringing miracles to families

In the small island nation of Sri Lanka, a midwifery training program founded in the 1880s by a revered native entrepreneur has evolved into a community health program that has taken maternal and infant mortality rates close to rich-country levels, for a tiny fraction of the money.

Lying off the tip of India, Sri Lanka has a population of 20 million, 72 percent of whom live in rural areas where qualified medical workers are scarce. The country’s thousands of midwives fill the gap, providing services far beyond the original mission of delivering babies.

A shout out to kids & their kidneys

Not many kids will know that today is World Kidney Day, but Lily Letchford does. She’s been raising funds for research into children’s kidney disease since she was six.

“World Kidney Day supports those with kidney problems like me. It is annoying living with it because I am away from school. Although school can be stressful it’s nice to be there every day, but with my condition I can't be. All those people with the same as me, I know what you're going through,” says the 10-year-old.