Feels No Pain

January 21st, 2005 | researchmaterial

Like any other toddler, Ben Whittaker has had his fair share of bumps and bruises. The difference is he doesn’t feel any pain.

The 17-month-old from Royston, Yorkshire, is only the 33rd person ever to be diagnosed with the condition.

After a series of tests at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Ben was diagnosed as having congenital indifference to pain, an incredibly rare condition. Experts have suggested it could be caused by the failure of a substance called betaendorphin, which occurs naturally in the body and modulates pain sensations…


One Response to “Feels No Pain”

  1. When this kid grows up he’d be great to have on your side in a fight.