UK researchers have discovered Jo Cameron's, now 71, remarkable abilities are apparently down to a previously unreported genetic mutation.
Melissa Whiteley, an 18-year-old engineering student from Hanford in Stoke-on-Trent, fell ill at Christmas and died in hospital a month later.
Demand for nurses was 19 per cent higher between July and September 2017 than the same period two years ago.
They also found a second gene, which had previously been written off as “junk DNA” with no useful purpose.
It now appears this gene, which they dubbed “Faah-Out”, controls the Faah gene and in Ms Cameron switches it off.
“The implications for these findings are immense,” said Dr Devjit Srivastava, the Raigmore pain consultant who diagnosed her.
Ms Cameron said she would "be elated if any research into my own genetics could help other people who are suffering,”. »