A British musician is desperately looking forward to a cure for his hiccups - which have been going on for 15 months.
Christopher Sands is hoping that an operation will finally treat his hiccups, which he suffers every day, sometimes every two seconds for up to 12 hours at a time.
"They might stop for a bit and I can have a kip. But I've lost count of the sleepless nights and I can never eat enough to keep my energy up," The Sun quoted him, as saying.
The guitarist and professional backing singer's hiccups lastd for two weeks in September 2006, then returned permanently in February 2007.
Christopher, from Lincoln, reckons that he must have hiccuped 10 million times since then.
"I've tried everything to stop them. I must have drunk water a hundred different ways," he said.
"Sometimes if I hunch into a ball I can hold them off for a bit, but it freaks people out," he added.
Doctors have detected a faulty stomach valve and will operate to produce a new one within weeks at Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.