In the last week of November, El Mundo published two articles by journalist Pedro Simón about a young girl, Nadia Nerea, who was reported to be suffering from a rare illness called trichothiodystrophy. In the first, [on November 26][simon1], Mr. Simón wrote that "36% of her cells have aged and, if [her parents] don't get the money for a new operation before that reaches 46%, she will die within a year". He also reported Nadia's father, Fernando Blanco, was suffering from terminal cancer but had chosen to forego his own operation to help his daughter, that he had taken the girl around the world in search of a cure, that one of the specialist consultants operated out of a cave in deepest Afghanistan, that Al Gore had spent an hour on the phone with Mr. Blanco before concluding that he was...

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