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FOP has featured in a number of documentaries, awareness videos, television shows and news segments over the years.

A big thank you to everyone who shares their story, helping to raise awareness and understanding of FOP.

If you know of any video about FOP that is not listed here, please do let us know so we can add it to our library.

Click on any of the images to launch the videos.  The link will take you to an external website, usually YouTube.  These links have been created in good faith, however FOP Friends cannot be held responsible for external content.  If you should find a broken link or have concerns about the content of any of the videos, please get in touch.  Many thanks.

This Morning: Nicky and Isla

April 2023

Nicky and Isla sat on the famous couch to talk about living with FOP.  Nicky shares her diagnosis story and their journey as a family so far.  However, Isla steals the show, talking about her horse riding and how she is raising money to support the research into a treatment and a cure for FOP.

Watch Nicky and Isla


ITV News: ‘I haven’t hugged my son in years’

February 2023

Listen to Avi, Rachel and Oliver, along with their families, about the impact FOP has had on their lives.  Avi and his mum talk honestly about how FOP has impacted their mental wellbeing, Rachel talks about the vital role her carers play, and Oliver shares his hobby of miniature train driving.

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Rare Disease International: What is a rare disease?

February 2023

A short video, suitable for children, which gives an internationally endorsed description of Rare Diseases. It has been developed by RDI with a global panel of experts and in collaboration with the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases (WHO ICD)

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STOPFOP 2023: Trial Update Webinar

January 2023

We hosted a webinar with Professors Alex Bullock (University of Oxford), Marelise Eekhoff (Amsterdam University Medical Centre), and Richard Keen (Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, London).  Professor Alex Bullock and Professor Marelise Eekhoff explain the research behind the trial and the progress so far, with Professor Richard Keen updating patients on what enrollment on the trial would entail.

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Born Different: The Woman who’s Turning to Stone

September 2021

Rachel Winnard shares an insight into her life with FOP.  Follow a day in Rachel’s life as she talks about the challenges she faces as a result of her FOP, and laugh with her as she sees the funny side of things.

Born Different


In Pursuit of a Cure: AJ’s Story

August 2020

Meet AJ who lives with FOP.  He talks about his hobbies and his FOP, and why a cure for FOP is so important to him and how In Pursuit of a Cure could make a huge difference to his life.

AJ’s Story

In Pursuit of a Cure: Sienna’s Story

August 2020

Listen to Sienna talk about living with FOP, and meet her family, who talk about why In Pursuit of a Cure is so important for their daughter and everyone else affected by FOP.

Sienna’s Story

In Pursuit of a Cure: An Introduction to Gene Therapy 

August 2020

In case you missed the webinar, here is a recording which gives an introduction to gene therapy; one of the new ways researchers are approaching the quest to find a treatment and a cure for FOP.

An Introduction to Gene Therapy

The Balancing Act

August 2020

Professor Richard Keen (RNOH) and Nancy Sando, Michigan USA, talk about FOP and the challenges living with FOP creates.  The segment is sponsored by Keros Pharmaceuticals who are researching into a treatment for FOP.

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STOPFOP: Webinar Update

July 2020

The webinar from the STOPFOP team, explaining about the trial, in preparation for its reopening after the delay due to Covid-19 pandemic.

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ECHO: Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva by Edward Hsaio, MD, PhD.

June 2020

Tutorial on Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva by Edward Hsiao MD, PhD Associate Professor of Medicine at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Health.

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A Message from our Friends

May 2020

A message from some of our doctors, researchers, families, and supporters, in celebration of our community.  We were not able to meet in person for our biennial Conference and Family Gathering in May 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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For a Chance – Nadine 

April 2020

Nadine, who is living with FOP, shares her story.  Most interesting, is how she has excelled as a scientist and is now a researcher, looking into effective treatments for FOP.

Nadine’s Story

‘Dual Deprivation’ by Sandy Ayoub, Student Voice 2019 Runner Up, St. George’s, University of London

February 2020

Listen to Sandy Ayoub, a final year medical student, talk about her experience of rare disease teaching at medical school and how she learned about FOP.  Sandy took part in The Student Voice Essay prize last year, and was runner up with her essay entitled Dual Deprivation.  She looked into the impact of living with a rare disease on a patient’s mental wellbeing, and also the toll it took on the wellbeing of the patient’s carer.  Sandy worked with a family who were living with FOP, as well as FOP Friends.  Her essay was judged runner up in the competition.

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Read Sandy’s essay here: Dual Deprivation: understanding the psychological burden

For more information on the Find a Cure organisation, visit:

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Born Different: The Human Statue who’s Turning to Bone 

January 2020

Ashley Kurpriel shares her story and journey with FOP.  She tells a remarkable tale of how she doesn’t let anything stand in her way.

Watch Ashley

FOP and Me: Oliver’s Story 

December 2019

Listen to Oliver, at just 10 3/4, tell his own story of his journey with FOP and how he lives his life.

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Her Name was Carol Orzel 

December 2019

In February 2019, the Mütter Museum welcomed the skeleton of Carol Orzel to their permanent exhibitions. Carol’s last wish was to have her skeleton displayed in the Mutter Museum, next to her ‘friend’ Harry Eastlack.  Her one request: to have her jewellery and make-up displayed alongside her! 

Learn more about Carol:… 

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The Same but Different

November 2019

Produced by the IFOPA, this is a short animated video which explains FOP to children.  It tells the message of how we are all the same, but different.  It is ideal to share with schools, friends, or other groups of young people, to introduce FOP.

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Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva: Mechanism of Disease 

August 2019

Produced by the pharmaceutical company, Clementia (which was subsequently acquired by Ipsen), an explanatory video about FOP.

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Living Differently

April 2019

BBC3: Carli has a disease that is ‘turning her into stone.’ The incredibly rare condition known as Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP) has caused Carli’s muscles, tendons and ligaments to turn to bone, fusing her into a ‘frozen’ position. Carli’s hip has locked, forcing her to stand on one leg.

This intimate film shows how Carli battles with intense pain on a daily basis and has already lost significant mobility throughout her body. Despite slowly turning into a human statue, Carli is refusing to let the condition stop her from moving in with her boyfriend and living life to the full whilst she can.

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Trailer for the Tin Soldiers Documentary

November 2018

“Robbed of movement as children, but not their courage, their love, their hope …

Tin Soldiers is a film in the making that shines a light on the victims of a debilitating disease, the hunt to find a cure, and the search for those still locked in darkness.”

Tin Soldiers is an independent documentary film that embarks on an unprecedented search for the unidentified victims, as it gives voice to FOP warriors in the telling of their stories ‒ shining a light on a little-known condition in some of the world’s most under-served communities.

The Tin Soldiers project is the brainchild of Amanda Cali and Odette Schwegler.  Learn more about their inspiration and the project here: Tin Soldiers FOP Outreach Program

Watch the trailer here

FOP Awareness Video: Joshua Scoble’s Story


Listen to Joshua’s parents, Stacey and David Scoble, talk about their son’s diagnosis and their family’s journey.  Professor Kaplan also explains FOP.

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FOP Friends Conference and Family Gathering 2016 

May 2016

The official video from the UK’s 2nd biennial Conference and Family Gathering in Manchester, England.  Listen to the world’s specialists on FOP talk about the significance of the event for patients and families.  See the families meeting with others and building relationships that will offer them the support and friendship they will need as they continue with their journey with FOP.

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Inside Edition: How These People Found Love 

May 2016

Inside Edition meets two people, living with FOP, who tell the story of how they found love.  They share footage of their weddings and talk about how they adapt devices to allow them to maintain as much independence as possible.

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University of California, San Francisco Genetic Mysteries: FOP – When Bodies Turn to Bone

December 2013

Part of the “UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine presents Mini Medical School for the Public” series.

Dr. Joseph A. Kitterman, UCSF Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, explores FOP.

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What is FOP?

December 2012

Stephen Fry narrates this short cartoon, explaining FOP.

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