MANOUSH: Ageing is like a disease, I view it as kind of a disease. MANOUSH: I’m Manoush and I’m a film actress.
Well my age, every part of me is a different age but the majority of me is over 40. MANOUSH: I think even as a teenager, I could never accept the concept of getting older one day. I always had that in my head; I never wanted to get older. COMM: Manoush has spent the majority of her life doing all she can to fight against ageing. MANOUSH: So, I had my breasts done, all in all six-times. I have my lips done quite obviously, upper-eyelids done. I got my face filled,
my cheeks filled, what else? You know what, I even lost count of all the things that I
have done to myself. All in all it’s like 40 plastic surgeries. I had another procedure that went wrong with my lower eyelid; you see its taped-up now. That needs some reconstructive surgery. I will never stop doing plastic surgery. All in all, on all operations and procedures
50,000. I mean in Pounds it would have been like 44,000-45,000. In euro or in dollars
it should be between 50,000 and 60,000. COMM: Thousands spent on cosmetic surgeries is one thing, but Manoush isn’t finished
there. Willing to try anything, she has reached out to a scientist who believes he may have
found the secret to eternal youth. MANOUSH: I’m really, really fascinated and interested in all things anti-ageing. So,
I read about Dr. Brouchkov in the media several times. He is a doctor at the university in
Moscow and he discovered three and a half million years old immortal bacteria in the
permafrost of Siberia. COMM: The immortal Siberian bacteria in question is called Bacillus F, and Anatoli Brouchkov
believes it could be used to slow or even halt the process of human ageing. DR. ANATOLI BROUCHKOV: So, it looks like some of the micro-organisms, they have some amazing mechanism of survival – which keeps them alive for millions and millions of years. Just imagine what if they have that, and what if we can use it. You see, we can prolong our life for thousands of years. You see the local people who live in the far north in that area, they actually consume the bacteria with the water because permafrost melts and then those microorganisms go into the water. Believe or not, but that area is famous for people who live longer in Siberia. MANOUSH: Dr. Brouchkov is taking this bacteria for years now. He has a fabulous skin like a young man. So, finally I decided to contact him. DR. ANATOLI BROUCHKOV: So, we have something alive on earth which lives millions of years, in our own hands. We shouldn’t miss this opportunity, that’s my strong belief. MANOUSH: He is doing me a big favour; he is doing science a favour. I’m happy to be able to be part of this. MANOUSH: So, here we go. That’s what it
is, that’s what he gave me. IVAN HRUSKA: It is what it is.
MANOUSH: That bacteria looks absolutely unspectacular. MANOUSH: My family is absolutely against it. They are going up and down the walls against it. My mother and my brothers didn’t even agree to go on camera. COMM: Receiving injections of a mysterious ancient bacteria brings unknown risks. Manoush’s friends are supportive but concerned. IVAN HRUSKA: Well, I know Manoush has done a lot of plastic surgery and a lot of different things. This is like a totally new level because we really have absolutely no idea at all what is going to happen. It’s like; it could
be like even some alien virus or something for all I know. I would never do something
like that ever but I’m not, don’t want to stop anyone from trying something like
that out either. SANDRINA BEIKE: I would definitely do it too. INTERVIEWER: You would do it? SANDRINA BEIKE: Yeah, I would do it. I will try it. MANOUSH: So, what we are doing now is we go into Dr. Patric John’s house. Patric is
a friend of mine. He is a doctor and he will be with me today when I start my experiment with a Russian bacteria. I’m feeling absolutely fine. I’m absolutely excited. I feel like
a child on Christmas morning. MANOUSH: I’m going to inject, I think, two millilitres in total and repeat it every month until it’s gone. Look at that needle. Oh boy! DR. PATRIC JOHN: What could go wrong? So, first of all, every injection poses the risk of infection; local infection or even general infection. Now, we are talking about bacteria. Bacteria can always cause a reaction of the immune system of course. That could be an allergic reaction, that could be even like
the most extreme reaction would be a toxic shock, which could pose a life-threatening
condition. So, I’m concerned and I really want to watch what’s happening here. COMM: Anatoli Brouchkov has tested an extract of the bacteria on mice and taken it himself – though he says as a food supplement. So, Manoush’s decision to inject is a new possibly riskier stage of the experiment. DR. ANATOLI BROUCHKOV: I didn’t recommend her any injections and I told her it was no injection, it was just consuming the extract of that bacteria. Well, what I can say is she is a very brave lady. DR. PATRIC JOHN: If there is no risk-takers, there is no progress and on the other side I know the risk that, I know what can happen but that’s life. It’s her decision. I mean she is a big girl. COMM: Patric will closely monitor Manoush’s progress, but legally he isn’t allowed to administer the bacteria. So, Manoush will
be giving herself the injections. MANOUSH: it’s right, right? So here we go… DR. PATRIC JOHN: Stop, stop, stop. Some disinfection first. MANOUSH: Oh okay.
DR. PATRIC JOHN: Easy, easy… MANOUSH: Okay.
DR. PATRIC JOHN: Easy. All the way in. MANOUSH: All the way in?
DR. PATRIC JOHN: Yup and slow. Slowly. MANOUSH: Slowly? Good! I’m really, really excited. I’m really happy, I’m really excited. We’ll see what’s going to happen. MANOUSH: I will keep injecting: one to two millilitres, each month until the bottle is empty which should be about 12-24 months. MANOUSH: It’s much too soon, it’s much
too early to say anything. What I can tell, I’m really well, I’m physically well,
I’m mentally well, I don’t regret a little bit. I don’t regret even a bit that I did
it. I would do it again and next month I will do it again. MANOUSH: First things first, I never had any adverse reactions, I never had any negative reactions; no infections. I never reacted
badly in any way to the bacteria. But I have more stamina, I can work out longer, I sleep better, but you know what, we have to find out if this is really an effect from the bacteria or if it’s a psychological effect. So, we will wait and see and I’ll take a video
next month. Thank you. Bye!