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The story of a tetraplegic coming to terms with the changed relationship with his daughter; the former pilot and burns victim undergoing the latest of many bouts of reconstructive surgery and a couple in a bedside vigil over their daughter in a Birmingham Critical Care Unit.

In Sussex, military plastic surgeon Tania operates on a young patient who lost her legs to bacterial meningitis at the age of 17.

The film shows the range of different ways in which the NHS helps people live as normal a life as possible, from rehab to nutrition appointments, gender reassignment to nipple tattooing.

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1 hour

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Tue 14 May 2013 01:20

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TV blog: We only had one chance

TV blog: We only had one chance

“For many of the stories we didn't know quite what would happen on that day.”


Read executive producer Magnus Temple’s post on the BBC TV blog




Role Contributor
Executive ProducerAmy Flanagan
Executive ProducerMagnus Temple
Series EditorZac Beattie

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