"MY EXTREME AFFLICTION" - A LOOK AT AMAZING MEDICAL
CONDITIONS AND UNBELIEVABLE ABILITIES - AIRS AS A
SPECIAL EDITION OF "20/20," SATURDAY, MARCH 10 ON ABC
"My Extreme Affliction" takes viewers into the lives of people with some of medicine's most extreme conditions or people who have unbelievable abilities. The series looks back on some favorite reports and brings viewers some new unimaginable conditions. "My Extreme Affliction," a two-hour Special Edition of "20/20," airs SATURDAY, MARCH 10 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
9:00-10:00 p.m., ET -- anchored by Elizabeth Vargas
Children of Hoarders: There are an estimated six million hoarders in the United States, and while they suffer tremendously from the effects of this mysterious and devastating mental illness, their families also suffer along with them. In fact children of hoarders often spend a lifetime feeling ashamed, trapped and traumatized by the condition of their home. In an eye-opening report, "20/20" looks at the children of hoarders, who come clean about the shame, resentment and lifelong secrets of growing up in such conditions. (OAD: 8/5/11)
Crazy for Cats: They are a mysterious breed - women who fill their homes with cats instead of kids. Why would they do that? Are they just crazy for cats, just crazy, or is there something else going on? Elizabeth Vargas takes us inside the homes of women whose passion for cats has driven them to extremes. (OAD: 1/13/09)
Alopecia: Imagine your favorite feature was taken away by a mysterious disease. That's what happened to Georgia Van Cuylenburg. Like 5 million other Americans, she suffers from Alopecia, a condition that produces sudden and unpredictable hair loss. What made this devastating loss even harder is that Georgia was a professional hair model. "20/20" follows her on a very personal journey to redefine beauty.
10:00-11:00 p.m., ET -- anchored by Barbara Walters:
Seven... going on 70: What happens to a family when a child's birth becomes a medical mystery? Barbara Walters reports on Kaylee Halko and Lindsay Ratcliffe, two vibrant young girls who suffer from a rapid aging disease called progeria, a fatal condition that currently affects 68 known children in the world. The disease causes children to age at 10 times the normal rate. It is incredibly rare - occurring in only one in 4-8 million births - and always fatal. On average, children die at the age of 13. Walters also interviews one of the oldest surviving children with progeria and explores the secrets of aging that her body may reveal. (OAD: 9/10/10)
David Sloan is executive producer.