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tv   Our World Building My New Face  BBC News  September 26, 2021 3:30am-4:01am BST

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china has welcomed healthy huawei executive who spent three years under house arrest in canada while fighting extradition to the us. before meng wanzhou touched down, tear canadian men who have been held by beijing were greeted by prime ministerjustin trudeau on arrival home in canada. generations will be held on sunday. the frontrunner to succeed angela merkel took part in a town hall meeting near berlin. and the volcanic eruption on la palma has led to the closure of the airport on the closure of the airport on the spanish island. the authorities said the accumulation of ash made it impossible to operate. clean—up work is under way. it mainly handles tourist flights and connections to other islands in the canaries.
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the labour party leader keir starmer has had to ease back on some of his plans to change the voting rules for future leadership elections. the remaining proposals are still likely to spark a confrontation with the left wing of his party. iain watson's report contains some flashing images. it's nice to see everyone. it wasn't an ideal start to his party conference. keir starmer wanted to attack the conservatives. this government is letting people down so badly. but under attack from some in his own party, he was forced to ditch plans to reduce the role of the rank and file in future leadership elections, and further rows could overshadow more positive policies aimed at the wider public. the focus was supposed to be on workers�* rights, not his members�* rights. the deputy leader gave a crowd—pleasing speech, including a promise to ban zero—hours contracts. some things are not negotiable. so labour in power will give all workers rights
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from day one in theirjob — sick pay, holiday pay, parental leave and protection against unfair dismissal. but most of the action took place not on the conference floor, but behind closed doors. keir starmer�*s just come out of a crunch meeting where he's had to discuss his party reforms, he's had tojunk some of his ideas, but a significant number will still go ahead to the conference tomorrow, and that's sure to infuriate his party's left wing. under keir starmer�*s plans, in any future leadership contest candidates would need the backing of 20% of labour mps, rather than 10% now. this might sound very procedural, but it's also highly political. if the rules had been in place during the last leadership election, there would have been only one candidate. and in the previous contest, this ex—leader would never have gone through to the leadership ballot in the first place. tonight, jeremy corbyn urged members not to embrace keir starmer�*s reforms, and said they sent the wrong signal to voters. if you're somebody who's
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about to lose yourjob because furlough's come to an end, if you're on a zero—hours contract, are you really very interested in a party that's more interested in talking about how it might or might not elect leaders the future? but right now the current leader knows he's got to make a bigger impression with the public. if he can see off the left he could come across as decisive. but in the process he'll also be highlighting his party's divisions. iain watson, bbc news, brighton. now on bbc news, our world. rodwell nkomazana was asleep outside church, in rural zimbabwe, when he was attacked by a hyena.
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against the odds, he survived. immediately, when i arrived, they exposed these wounds, and here was a young man with, i mean literally, no face. he is now headed to south africa for life—changing surgery. when i saw the first photographs of how horrendous the injury was, i decided that i would do whatever i could to help him. our world has been given exclusive access to follow rodwell�*s journey to recovery. a rare moment of rest and play for rodwell and his mother, shamiso. it's just four months since rodwell was attacked. rodwell was living with his grandmother, in rural zimbabwe, when early in may, they attended an all—night prayer vigil.
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it was here, under this tree, that rodwell was attacked.
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rodwell�*s injuries were so severe, it seemed unlikely he would survive. rodwell lives in a remote part of zimbabwe. it was nearly two days before he reached a referral hospital in the country's capital, harare. you could see that the entire upper lip was missing,
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and we could see the teeth, so this is someone who, i mean, when people look at out there, you would think that they are smiling, because you are seeing the teeth all the time. dr wayne manana is one of zimbabwe's top facial surgeons. he treated rodwell when he arrived. immediately when i arrived, they exposed these wounds, and here was a young man with, i mean literally, no face. one of the first things that we know very well, and that is grilled and taught, is the face carries the identity of a person, and when you lose the face, you have sort have lost your identity, so the face is like the first thing that someone looks at, even when you go to get national identity particulars, like passports or even a very basic thing like getting
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a selfie with your phone, we take it for granted. so we all came together, and we didn't waste time, we took him to theatre, and the priority on the first surgery was to preserve life, and we did that by ensuring that the airway is secure, by ensuring that there are no infections, because we were also worried, we were concerned that the bacteria or the germs inside the mouth of the hyena, we didn't know how poisonous or dangerous it is. the spotted hyena is known to attack humans, but this was the first time it had happened in rodwell�*s village. as human populations grow, conflict with wildlife is an increasing concern. hyenas are very common.
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if you look, the way people in rural areas, the way they stay, they stay very close to the wild areas, we are encroaching in their habitat, so we seem to be getting close to where they stay, so when they start looking for food, they come close to the communities. it maybe they have the opportunity of finding somebody sleeping, because that would be the best hunting place for it. if you are quiet, you are sleeping, and then it can decide on what to do on you. the surgeons in harare had saved rodwell�*s life, but his face had severe injuries. he had lost his nose, one eye and his upper lip.
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zimbabwe did not have the resources needed to try and reconstruct his face. with the help of donors who offered to pay for the trip, rodwell travelled to south africa. on this little clip we are seeing, waving bye—bye to everyone. very, very emotional i think for him and the staff. maqshuda kajee is one of the medical team who travelled to harare to collect him. i received a call on the 14th of may from a colleague of mine who was asking for assistance for rodwell. she sent me really graphic photographs saying that he was attacked on the 7th of may and he needed treatment in south africa, and that's where i got involved. there was lack of resources in zimbabwe for his treatment and for him to stand an optimal chance of leading a normal life, with reconstruction, rehabilitative therapy,
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he had to come to south africa — there was just no doubt about that. rodwell and his mother arrived injohannesburg at the end ofjune to begin his reconstructive surgery. so when he arrived, i remember him coming out of the ambulance, and he was lying on the stretcher with a little hoodie on, and he had a little ipad, and as they sort of wheeled him into the hospital, he was watching spongebob on the ipad, which is a very childlike thing to do, to kind ofjust ignore all of the adults in the room, and just what is ipad, so i remember thinking —
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and it was all bandaged — but he was still laughing at this little ipad, and ijust remember thinking many an adult would not handle tons of people around him with as much grace as a 9—year—old. i think that was when rodwell sort of revealed his character, and that he was a remarkable little soul that was just going to take everything in his stride and still approach everything with that sort of childlike innocence and excitement. are you ready for me? a team of more than 20 specialists, all of them working for free, started the slow process of rebuilding rodwell�*s face. this was a very heart—wrenching story. when i saw the first photographs of how horrendous the injury was, so ijust thought i could see where i could help, and do whatever i can, so i was very happy to offer my services pro bono and i think the rest of the team felt the same way. bye — bye. so the big procedures involved firstly identifying the big
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injuries, correcting all the fractures on the face, on the upper and lowerjaws, the orbit in which the left eye was housed originally, placing prosthetics into the nose or what would eventually become a nose on his left eye, and placing a large, what we call, a free flap to reconstruct the defect that was in place of his upper lip, so we had to use a piece of his thigh to reconstruct that part of his face. in august, two months after arriving in south africa, rodwell was discharged from hospital, but it's a long road to recovery. rodwell lost his left eye in the attack. he is now on his way for an appointment with an ocularist. you can see the pictures of all these people, they have had problems with their eyes, and everybody that you see here is wearing a prosthesis. all of these people, rodwell.
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gavin donald'sjob is to make rodwell a new eye. today he is making a template for the prosthesis. rodwell, when i put this cream, it's going to feel a little bit cold for you. it does take a bit of time to get this right, but if you consider the amount of time, the length of time you wear it, for spending a little while by us it is well worth it. this is going to give me the shape to manufacture rodwell�*s prosthesis. the aim of making these eye prosthetics is to try and match it as perfectly as what we can so that when you see the patient afterwards, you can't tell which eye it is. 0k, there we go. perfect, rodwell, you are a champion, you are very good. you really surprised me.
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let's trim off the excess. there we go. this is what i put in your eye. this is the shape of your eye, you see, and you were so good. and then i put it in here. it comes out here so when you come to me next time, i am going to have something that is going to look like this but it is going to be for you. it's only going to fit you. but you were a very good boy, i'm very proud of you. good young man. thank you. thank you so much.
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what we will be doing is we'll be designing and planning of this nasal prosthesis and ultimately in his case, what it's going to mean is we will take some impressions of the implants that are currently in his face, and we'll make a substructure, made of chrome cobalt, and onto that we will use magnets to locate his nose so that he just needs to place it there and the magnets
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will lock the two together. this impression will then be used to make a plaster model of his face so that allows us to then bolder up the structure that we intend to make for him in back. rodwell has not been out in public since the attack, but on the way back, dr mia decides to take rodwell
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and shamiso on the train. it is an important moment for rodwell. we are very glad to see rodwell on the train, looking out of of the window, amongst other passengers on the train, and it gives you a sense of that this child will eventually integrate well, back into society, which is one of our major aims here. so today is all about that and establishing him feeling confident out in the world again. to boost rodwell�*s confidence further, his mother is taking him to meet to other young men who were attacked by hyenas. they also suffered life—changing facial injuries. hello. how are you? please to meet you.
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hello, rodwell. we've both been through the same experience as rodwell. obviously way back, more than five years back. i remember, i was attacked on the 12th ofjune 2011. it is tough being young and going through something like this. i remember being so young and just kind of wanting to recluse into my family's arms, you know. how old were you when it happened? i was 12. even closer to his age than i was. i was 15. and he is nine. i think his situation is more severe than i think both of ours. for me, as a 12—year—old boy, i had not actually gone through puberty yet and there was still so much ahead of me and had no idea what was out there in the big bad world
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and i actually learned so much from my attack, and i matured so much, and it made me who i am today, completely. this is basically my road of recovery. and it is actually kind of nice to look at it now, because you can reflect on where you came from and where you are now. you see progress. you forget quite quickly. words get lost, and all the feelings. i know in the evenings, you go to sleep and you close your eyes, you go back to that day. does it happen? yes. what do you do? what do you do when
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you close your eyes, and when you are tired, and you always see that thing happening again? but i have learned to do it. i opened my eyes and i would say to myself, "we are not there any more." we have moved on, we have come so far, but it is as if the devil wants to take you back there again and again and again. look for the good things every single day, and every day there is some mercy, every day something good will happen but you have to be open to see it.
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it has been two weeks since rodwell�*s last visit to the ocularist, gavin. he's now back to get his new eye fitted. look here, it is for you, this one. you see? we put colour, the same as your colour. we can put for you. today, we have got this new nose that we are going
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to be fitting on and we're going to connect it onto those implants that you have placed already. ok, are we ready? applause. so the fit is excellent and that is exactly what we wanted and we have sealed off the defect quite nicely. from a colour point of view, because all the grafted tissue comes from different parts of his body, they all have different colours but we still have to fine tune that. we still need little parts of the nose to match
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we stain little parts of the nose to match the different parts of the flap that come from different parts of his body. we're 99% there. the last bit is just cosmetic. it's just to make sure that it blends in with different parts of his flap. try to breathe through your nose. we are going to be removing the tracheotomy tube. this will allow him to breathe entirely from his nose. and this little track that' opened up here in the last few months, will now start to close. so in other words, he'll start breathing entirely through his nose and mouth. he has come such a long way since we first got you. how do you feel? are you ok? soon, rodwell and shamiso will return to zimbabwe. rodwell still needs more surgery and his future is uncertain but shamiso
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is hopeful. it will amplify the inner man in himself and understand at the end of the day, there are more important things in life. i hope it isjust such a beautiful success story where he is able to say one day that lots of people gave me a second chance, they believed in me. i would hope that this . journey he has been on, of reconstruction, of healing, will be a platform or a - foundation for him to build on. and for him to set goals for the rest of his life. l the situation we are in now, can only get better, and as long as you focus on the positives and not all the negatives in it,
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it is going to be an amazing outcome. hello, there. part two of the weekend looks sunnier generally than what we had on saturday because more of a breeze around to break up the cloud, so a dry and a largely warm day for most places but there will be rain arriving in the west later on. now this cold front will herald a change — behind it, much cooler air,
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ahead of it we've got that warm and muggy air mass. through sunday night and monday, that cold front spreads across the country bringing a band of rain, squally winds, and opens the floodgates for something much cooler, much more autumnal for the upcoming week. now this weekend, we're looking at balmy temperatures into the low 20s for many of us. to next week, we're generally around the mid to high teens. a bit closer to where they should be for the time of year but at times even a little below average. so, for sunday, we start off on a dry note with variable cloud, some good spells of sunshine around. chance of one or two showers across the midlands and the southeast — otherwise, most places dry and then we start to see this cold front pushing into northern ireland and then western scotland, bringing some heavy rain and strong winds, so temperatures here — mid to high teens, eastern scotland, much of england and wales — another very warm day for the time of year. now, through sunday night, that band of cloud and rain slowly edges its way eastwards — some heavy rain on it, some squally winds, too. but for much of eastern england it should stay dry throughout the night, and feeling very mild again. but behind this rain band, it will be turning cooler with some blustery showers.
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so for monday morning, it could be pretty atrocious for the morning commute with this band of pretty heavy rain spreading eastwards — strong and squally winds — eventually, the rain band will clear the east coast into the north sea, so monday afternoon doesn't look too bad — bright with some sunshine — many showers, though, across western areas, some of which will be quite heavy and blustery, and it will be cooler — temperatures 13 to 18 degrees, a little bit closer to the seasonal average. into tuesday, we could see this other feature running up from the southwest around our area of low pressure, so although it could could start fine and dry across much of scotland and england and wales, it will turn cloudier and wetter across northern areas through the day. this rain could be quite heavy and persistent, winds quite strong — particularly close to the coast. it will be dry through the daylight hours across eastern areas — 18 or 19 degrees before the rain spreads in from the west. and then the upcoming week remains very unsettled, very autumnal — strong winds at times with spells of rain, followed by sunshine and blustery showers.
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