Oliver Mulford had the rare condition sarcoidosis since he was a toddler and at that time he was only the 19th person in the UK to be diagnosed with it. Despite these difficulties he had represented England at under-18 level in pool and had dreams of working with animals.
However, a combination of sarcoidosis and chronic juvenile arthritis left the 23-year-old standing just 4ft 8ins tall. He had suffered two bouts of meningitis and underwent trial drug treatment which turned his lethargy, caused by the 1 in 10,000 people condition, into a teenager full of energy.
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