The family of a young girl suffering from a rare condition in which her body tissue turns to bone are raising money for research into the disorder.
Five-year-old Jasmine Sanderson, from Hartlepool in County Durham, has Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP), also known as Stone Man Syndrome.
The condition affects an estimated one in every million people, and causes the body’s ligaments, muscles and tendons to gradually turn into bone.
At the moment there is no cure for the disorder, but Jasmine’s parents are hoping research will help their daughter.
Her mother, Kelly, said:
Around £120,000 is now required by February next year to continue research into the condition.
Professor Paul Wordsworth of Oxford University, an expert in FOP, said: