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Photo of Seriously Ill Youngster Launched Into Space to Raise Money For Treatment

Antonia Payne-Cheney, 20, suffers with several rare illnesses which mean her brain is being slowly squashed by the weight of her skull.

Without surgery, which isn’t funded on the NHS, the ligaments in her neck will weaken and no longer be able to support her head with fatal consequences.

Two of her friends launched Antonia’s picture in a high-altitude balloon, tracked it by GPS, then turned the event into a video. They hope their efforts will attract donors who will help fund the life-saving operation Antonia needs.

(Credit: SWNS)