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Cosmetic surgery helps disabled west end star regain body image

Wheelchair-bound Actress and Producer on Her Boob Job, Lipo, Tummy Tuck and Botox

London - 17 March 2008 - Natasha Wood leads an amazing life - currently starring in an autobiographical West End show (all proceeds of which go to charity), she's had a long career working as an actress and producer and lived in both New York and L.A. where she hobnobbed with stars such as Will Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio. Natasha was also born with an incurable genetic disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which means she's wheelchair-bound and too weak to even lift a pint of milk.

Her condition has clearly not stopped her from living life to the full: in recent years she met with cosmetic surgeon Graeme Perks to have liposuction and a mini-tummy tuck to relieve discomfort in that area, and was so pleased with the results that eventually she also opted for a boob job. Since then, like many of her female contemporaries in showbiz, she admits to the odd jab of Botox and even had her lips enhanced.

According to 37-year-old Natasha;

"Graeme gave me back a positive image of my body. With my new and improved look I felt much more confident in my daily life. People sometimes imagine me to be this quiet girl in a wheelchair instead of the bawdy, silly, sassy, crazy chick I really am."

Natasha spent her childhood working in her parents' lingerie store in Nottingham before becoming an actress and then excelling at the BBC behind the scenes as a producer. After a fourteen year career and travelling the world, she resigned her New York post and drove across America in a modified car to Hollywood, where set began the journey that has led her via the Edinburgh Festival to the West End.

According to Natasha's surgeon Graeme Perks, a Nottingham-based member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS);

"Natasha's attitude, confidence, determination and incredible outlook on life are an inspiration - she's also a fantastic example of how plastic surgery can have a positive impact on quality of life."

Natasha's one-woman show, Rolling With Laughter (www.rollingwithlaughter.com) will be performed on Sunday 30 March, at Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, and all funds raised will aid The Jennifer Trust for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (www.jtsma.org.uk). To purchase tickets please visit www.seetickets.com or call the Box Office (24 hours): 0870 890 0143.

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About the BAAPS

The BAAPS (www.baaps.org.uk), based at the Royal College of Surgeons, is a not-for-profit organisation, established for the advancement of education and practice of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for public benefit. Members undergo thorough background screening before they can join. Information about specific procedures and surgeons' contact details can be found on the web site, or by contacting their advice line at 020 7405 2234. Further materials can be posted to members of the public seeking specialised information.

For all media enquiries, please contact Jennifer McGarrigle on 020 7549 2863 or email jmcgarrigle@wavelengthgroup.com

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