Ellie Simmonds explores drug for Dwarfism

Ellie Simmonds sitting near a poolside
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Paralympian Ellie Simmonds fronts a new BBC documentary next week which takes an in-depth look on a new drug which could add inches to children born with dwarfism.

The five-time gold medal-winner speaks to families whose lives have been affected by Achondroplasia which could potentially see an end to the condition.

In Ellie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism? The swimmer takes a balanced view of a drug which may be able to help children with the deficiency increase their growth.

 "This is a subject close to my heart,” Simmonds said during filming.

"Growing up these drugs weren’t available to me and had they been, I don’t know what my parents would have done.

"But I wouldn’t change myself. I love who I am and I am glad that I have dwarfism because I think my body is strong and beautiful."

Cameras followed Ellie across the UK and America where she explores the pro and cons of the controversial treatment and speaks to those taking part in the new drug’s trail stages.

She also meets others with her same condition who are proud of their condition and would not take the drug if they were offered.

Jack Bootle, BBC’s head of Commissioning, Science and Natural History, said: "Ellie isn’t just a brilliant athlete, she’s also a charismatic and passionate speaker and I’m delighted we are showing this documentary on the BBC.

"It promises to be a fascinating film that confronts a modern medical dilemma head-on."

Ellie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism? Is on BBC Two, Tuesday April 5 at 9pm and available afterwards on BBC iPlayer.