Meet The Teen Who Dies If He Falls Asleep

A teenager who suffers from an extremely rare condition means if he falls asleep unassisted - he dies. Liam Derbyshire was born with Ondine’s Curse, officially known as Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome, which causes respiratory arrest due to a patient’s lungs not functioning when they are asleep. The condition, which affects less than 1,500 worldwide, means the 17-year-old has to be plugged into a life support machine and watched by a carer every night to keep him alive.