A man who is allergic to the sun has been presented with a prosthetic mask of his own face, allowing him to finally step out in daylight.

British man Alex, 25, suffers from a one-in-a-million condition called Xeroderma pigmentosum, a genetic disorder in which they are 10,000 times more sensitive to UV rays than the average person, and it causes severe burns on skin after just minutes of sun exposure.

But in a BBC documentary later this week, viewers will see remarkable footage of him being given his own false face, meaning he can finally head out in public without fear of burning.




Prosthetic-makers captured a complete likeness of Alex by using a special camera, and the thousands of photos were then used to print as a 3D model.

This was then placed into a plaster cast to make the final mask which is made of silicone and allows no UV rays to penetrate it – leaving Alex finally free to talk a walk outside during a sunny day.

Viewers will see the emotional moment that he is handed the mask, alongside his overwhelmed mother, Anna.


Alex is almost rendered speechless and says: “I didn’t think it would be possible.”

Mum Anna says: “Oh my god. It might work. I haven’t actually seen Alex outside in the daylight without this [mask] since he was three months old. It’s like, oh please god, 25 years of waiting.”

She adds: “I’m blown away, I’m glad you tried something that hasn’t been done before.

“Even in my wildest dreams I wouldn’t have dreamed it up."

*Inventing The Impossible: The Big Life Fix airs Thursdays at 8pm on BBC Two

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