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The twins 'made of glass': 17-month-old sisters defy the odds after doctors gave them a 'zero per cent chance of survival' because of a rare disease that caused them to endure fractures in the WOMB

A mother has revealed how her seventeen-month-old twins have defied the odds after doctors gave them a zero per cent chance of surviving.

Claire Mowforth, 34, was told her babies had osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), or brittle born disease, while she was still pregnant.

Scans showed the youngsters endured broken bones in the womb, with doctors warning the mother-of-three and her husband Phil, 35, the twins would not make it.  

Against all odds, Amelia-Grace and Hope-Elizabeth Mowforth were born on April 4 last year - but had 15 broken bones each.

With Amelia having five fractured ribs and Hope weighing just 2lb (0.9kg), doctors maintained their chances of survival were 'slim'.

The twins, from Hull, pulled through yet again and were home with their parents and sister Grace, seven, within four months. 

However, life is still 'hard', with the girls being at risk of fractures every time they sneeze, roll over or have their clothes changed. 

Speaking of her daughters' condition, Mrs Mowforth said: 'It's as though they are made of glass. 

'In the early days we were constantly questioning every cry, working out whether it was a normal baby cry or if they were in pain due to new fracture.

'We were almost scared to touch them because even the slightest movement can result in a broken bone. 

'Anything from a sneeze or cough, to an awkward role or fall can cause fractures'.

Mrs Mowforth and her husband, a network operation manager, were thrilled when she became pregnant with twins. The couple had tried for years to conceive again via IVF.

However, their joy was short-lived when a 13 week scan showed the babies shared a placenta. This is unusual and can result in complications.

Doctors decided to keep an eye on the twins with extra scans. A 16 week ultrasound then suggested the girls may have bowed legs. 

The family were referred to a hospital in London, where medics discovered the girls had actually suffered multiple fractures in the womb. 

The twins were diagnosed with OI type III and reportedly given a 'zero chance of survival'.  

Type III OI can cause life-threatening breathing difficulties, according to KidsHealth. Other symptoms include rib cage deformities, a curved spine, brittle teeth and an unusually short stature.  

Mrs Mowforth, a former support worker, said: 'We tried to remain positive but we were told the condition they had could be lethal.

'Thoughts of funerals crossed our mind which was unbearable.' 

With Mrs Mowforth's due date approaching, the couple were referred to Hull Royal Infirmary.

Doctors explained that due to the twins' condition, their bones were likely to break during the birth and they would need to be taken to the neonatal intensive care unit immediately.

'We managed to make it to 35 weeks,' Mrs Mowforth said. 'The girls were born on April 4 2018.'

Amelia weighed 5lbs and Hope just 2lbs. 

'They were such tiny little things and so fragile,' Mrs Mowforth said. 'They were taken straight to NICU and placed on breathing devices.'

Amelia was born with five fractured ribs, which is thought to have been caused by labour. 

Although she recovered and was home two weeks later, her sister was less lucky. 

'Amelia came home first, we really struggled to juggle our time between home and hospital - at times it really tested our relationship,' Mrs Mowforth said.

Hope stopped breathing at two weeks old. She was later diagnosed with heart failure, high blood pressure and chronic lung disease.

After being treated with 'heart medication' and drugs to reduce her blood pressure, Hope went home for the first time at four months old. 

Repeated infections and lung complications landed Hope back in hospital regularly. She went home for good just before Christmas last year. 

'Life is good, hard but good,' Mrs Mowforth said. 

'We had to learn different methods for handling but even just placing limbs in clothing caused a fracture on Hope.

'Another fracture happened whilst carrying out normal blood pressure check. 

'Seeing the girls suffering fractures is heartbreaking, we're constantly on edge with every movement.

'We still have family members today who are too afraid to hold them, which is very upsetting.'

Despite all they have endured, the girls are doing well. 'Every day they amaze us,' Mrs Mowforth said. 

'At six months Amelia was able to roll over and at 10 she was able to get herself into the sitting position. Hope struggled more. She's now able to roll over on her tummy.

'They've overcome so much, and really are our little miracles.'

The twins will have rods placed in their legs to help strengthen and straighten their limbs when they are around three years old.

They will also undergo infusions of the drug pamidronate every three months to prevent bone mass loss.   

The family have been provided with medical and sensory equipment by the charity Nice 2b Nice. Find out more here.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7443137/Twins-17-months-defy-odds-doctors-gave-0-chance-survival.html

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Acid Attack Survivor Is First UK Patient To Regain Sight Thanks To Incredible New Surgery

A man who was left blind after surviving an acid attack 24 years ago has had his sight restored thanks to a pioneering stem cell treatment, which he received via the NHS.

James O'Brien was just 18 when he was blinded in his right eye after someone threw acid in his face in a random attack.

The ammonia burned the surface of his eye, leaving him unable to see, but at the age of 44, he has become the first NHS patient to undergo a stem cell procedure.

The surgery used cells from his left eye, which is healthy, and after treatment over the last 18 months, he is now able to see again.

Medics at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London have spent 20 years developing the technique and say they want to operate on one patient a month.

Mr O'Brien, who is married with two children, told MailOnline: "Being able to see with both eyes - it's a small thing that means the world. Basically I went from near-blindness in that eye to being able to see everything.

"It is like getting full sight back, I can see so much more. Before I couldn't even see the ophthalmic chart, the chart with all the letters on, now I can see the third line down and it's going to get much better."

He added: "It's a massive bonus to be able to see out of both eyes, to see my children out of my right eye. I'd never seen them out of that eye before."

The procedure was shown on regional show Inside Out London this evening (9 September), and is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Stem cells are simple cells that have the ability to develop into almost any type of specialised cell in the body, meaning they can be used to replace damaged ones.

The cells taken from Mr O'Brien's left eye were grown for months in a lab in Italy, where the firm with the NHS contract and expertise to perform this stage of the treatment is based.

Surgeons then took scar tissue from Mr O'Brien's right eye and put in the stem cells from his left.

After waiting for about a year for the tissue to set in his eye, they then put in a cornea, which is key in vision and the focusing of light. The cornea was donated from a deceased person.

The whole procedure for one eye costs about £92,000 ($114k) and has been approved for all eligible patients on the NHS.

http://www.ladbible.com/news/news-acid-attack-survivor-regains-sight-after-pioneering-new-surgery-20190909

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Footy star whose wife died in a devastating car accident leaving behind the couple's young daughter reveals how he managed to turn his life around from the depths of despair

A professional rugby union player has opened up about his intense struggle to recover after his wife was killed in a car accident - leaving behind the couple's young daughter.

Chris Eaton, 35, was preparing for a game with the Western Force in Sydney in 2013 when he was given the tragic news.

His wife Hannah, 25, had been driving to her parents' home in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand - where their four-year-old daughter Layla had been staying for Easter - when she fell asleep behind the wheel.

Her vehicle collided head-on with a 4WD, killing her instantly.

Mrs Eaton, who had just graduated with a bachelor of midwifery and was about to start a new job, died just hours before her husband was due to take the field.

Eaton said he struggled to go on without his wife but his desire to support his daughter Layla kept him motivated despite his heartbreak.

'It became my main driver. As much as it was for her, it was also what I needed to get myself out of bed, if you know what I mean? Because I had her, it kept me going,' he told the New Zealand Herald. 

Eaton was trying to live up to the promise he had made to Layla at his wife's funeral.  

'I'll always be the dad that will play Barbies with you, darling; I'll brush your hair and take you to ballet. I'll also take you to rugby,' he said during the service. 

Eaton was so devastated by his wife's death that he stopped playing rugby. 

'I just remember having so much to deal with. You're trying to make sure you function somewhat, though I didn't sleep for maybe three or four days. I don't think I ate in that period of time. I was just grinding it out,' he said.

'Once all that stuff came to an end, that's when mentally things start to hit the fan a bit. There're so many people around you and everyone's willing to help and eventually life goes back to normal for everyone and you're left sitting at home by yourself. That's when the really tough stuff starts to happen.'

The turning point in his life came when he competed in a Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament and performed well. 

The martial arts competition reignited the spark in him, leading to his return to the sport he loved the most.

Eaton said he began playing the best rugby in a long time as he couldn't care less about the results.

Sport became an escape from his grief. 

He met Yahna a year after the death of his wife, and the pair later married.

Eaton said he wanted to initially keep Yahna - who he married in New Zealand in August - and Layla separate as he wanted to be absolutely sure of his commitment to another woman before introducing her to his daughter.

He is now living in Russia playing for local club RC Kuban.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7445717/Rugby-star-Chris-Eaton-opens-tragic-death-wife-car-accident.html

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Mother Sells Twin Babies For RM26,500 To Buy A New Phone And Pay Off Credit Card

There are many ways to get a new phone. Putting aside set amounts of money per month, various telco plans, you name it. There are tons of options available, and you should always remember to live within your means. Selling your own children should never be one of the way you get your hands on a new phone.

A 20-year-old mother from Cixi City, Zhejiang Province, China was prepared to do the unthinkable when she found herself desperate for cash to pay off her card debts and buy a new phone.

According to Guanghua Daily, the young mother, who goes by the surname of Ma, was pregnant with twins and could not ask her parents for help as they were infuriated by her surprise pregnancy. Ma couldn’t even go to Wu Nan, the father of her babies, for financial help as he was drowning in debt accumulated from gambling his money away.

A week after she gave birth to twin baby boys, Ma sold one son for 45,000 yuan (RM26,500) while the other twin was marketed for 20,000 yuan (RM11,735). She allegedly made enough money to not only pay off her card debts but to also buy a new phone for herself!

However, she wasn’t the only one looking to benefit from the sale of her children. When Wu heard about the sale, he came crawling back to Ma, demanding money to pay off his gambling debts.

Fortunately, the police were able to track down these irresponsible parents and arrested them accordingly. When they detained the couple, it was discovered that all the money made from trafficking their own children had already been spent. Ma reportedly said of the heinous sale,

“I am penniless and full of debts. I have to do this.”

The authorities also managed to trace the two couples who reportedly bought the twin brothers. Thankfully, the two baby brothers have since been reconciled and are now placed under the custody of Ma’s parents.

If you’re not ready to have a child, don’t go through with it. These poor young souls don’t deserve to be treated this way. 

https://www.worldofbuzz.com/mother-sells-twin-babies-for-rm26500-to-buy-a-new-phone-and-pay-off-credit-card/

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Toddler lucky to be alive after falling from car and crawling into oncoming traffic

A one-year-old girl miraculously survived falling from a moving car and crawling along the road into oncoming traffic

Terrifying video footage shows the moment the toddler bounced off the concrete after tumbling from a 4x4 in Southern India on Saturday.

In CCTV footage, the tot can be seen falling from her parents' jeep - only sustaining minor head injuries - and then crawling along the road on her hands and knees.

She fell into the dark and unlit road from the passenger side of the vehicle as it traveled through on a road in the Munnar region.

The unidentified toddler sustained minor head injuries but managed to escape suffering any long-term damage.

She was reunited with her parents after being spotted crawling in the road by a bystander.

The police were called and an alert was sent out to all police stations in the region after the toddler was rescued and given medical treatment.

Sub-inspector of the region, Santosh KM, said when her parents realised the baby was missing they approached the police and the family were reunited.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/toddler-lucky-alive-after-falling-19915566

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Thieves ransack newlywed's wedding and steal groom's dad's car

A newlywed couple have been left devastated after thieves ransacked their wedding venue just hours after they tied the knot.

Bride Jaime Prince, 31, and her groom Paul Kirwan, 29, had "the wind knocked out of their sails" after receiving the “devastating” news the morning after their wedding.

The couple got married at a ceremony in Selby on Saturday, September 7, before heading to The Barns in Faxfleet, East Yorkshire, for their reception.

It was “a really lovely day” and both Jaime and Paul were “elated” until the owners of The Barns got in touch with them the morning after.

Jaime said: “We left the venue just after midnight and then the next morning we got a phone call from the people at The Barns.

They had got up and found three barns had been broken into.”

Thieves had pinched all of the couple’s gifts and cards from a cast iron post box they had been using to store cash from their guests that would go towards their honeymoon in Southeast Asia.

A BMW X5 belonging to Paul’s father was also taken, along with the couple’s marriage certificate inside.

“We had woken up elated about the amazing day,” said Jaime. “We were looking forward to the next phase and then this knocked the wind out of our sails.

“Nobody was thinking about the wedding anymore, they were thinking about everything they had lost.

“We asked people to give us some cash towards our honeymoon and that was what was in that post box. It was a cast iron box that was locked and we left it there and they took the whole thing.

“We estimate there was definitely more than £1,000 in there.”

There was also terrible news for Jaime’s step-brother who had played a gig at the reception with his band.

As well as taking the couple’s wedding gifts, the thieves had helped themselves to stealing all of the band's instruments as well.

Jaime said: “It was my step-brother's band and the instruments were of sentimental value. They were devastated.

“It was not a paid gig, it was something they were doing because they were family and friends. It was a double blow.”

Jaime says that she has been informed that the stolen vehicle has been located in a lock-up in Hull.

She is appealing for anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the other stolen items to come forward.

She said: “We heard they have found the car in a lock up in Hull which is why we are reaching out. We don’t know what is in the car yet. It is likely they have taken all the instruments out of the car.

Humberside Police are currently looking into a suspected burglary at the venue near Goole.

A spokesman said: “We’re investigating a suspected burglary and the theft of a car from a venue near Goole.

“It happened in Faxfleet overnight between Saturday 7 and Sunday, September 8. A black BMW X5 car was taken.

“If you have any information please contact us quoting log 170 of 8/9/19.”

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/thieves-ransack-wedding-venue-newlyweds-3301663

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Dad's tragic birthday post to daughter killed by evil mum

The grieving dad of two daughters who were murdered by evil mum Louise Porton has paid a heartbreaking tribute to one of them.

The heartbroken father was allowed to give them a beautiful send off in the West Midlands last week.

Twisted Louise Porton, who was jailed for killing Lexi Draper, three, and Scarlett Vaughan , who was just 16 months old, is locked up at HMP Foston Hall in Derbyshire.

Dad Chris Draper posted on his public Facebook page after arriving home from the funeral to say he was glad people now know they were loved.

According to  The Sun  , he said: "Happy birthday ANGEL daddy will come see you later daddy's big girl I miss you so much wish you was here with your family celebrating it with all your cousins, aunties and most of all your sister.

"I hope you have a big party up there and know this daddy is watching out for you and we all miss you so much hope this reaches you my chunky monkey love you forever your daddy (sic)."

The father posted the message on social media alongside a picture of Scarlett smiling

He added that Lexi would protect her little sister and stay by her side 'forever'. He said: "My girls am home now. Today your family lay u to rest even though you shouldn't be there but your daddy babies.

"Sent you away in style and the whole of Walsall and Bloxwhich knows who you are and to some people you are loved and babies, nobody will ever take that from especially from me my family and new friends.

"Gave you the send of you deserved, all eyes on you and you'll be missed but never forgotten.

"Sleep tight babies, daddy got you, DADDY WILL ALWAYS HAVE YOUR BACK, sleep tight love your daddy."

The killer will not be eligible for parole until she has served 32 years, and last month a relative told Mirror Online she wished Porton was given the death penalty.

Lexi died on January 15 last year, little more than two weeks before Scarlett was killed on February 1.

Following Scarlett's death she delayed calling 999 and even filled her car up with petrol while her toddler daughter lay dead in the back seat.

As Lexi was ill in hospital Porton took topless photos of herself in a toilet and arranged to perform sex acts on a man in return for money.

Birmingham Crown Court heard Porton had an X-rated lifestyle, which involved offering men sex in exchange for money, and she saw her kids as a "burden".

Sentencing Porton, Judge Justice Amanda Yip said: "There is only one sentence that is a mandatory life sentence.

"As with Lexi you tried to pass her death off as an unexpected natural death. You pretended you were driving to hospital.

"The truth is both children died because you deliberately obstructed their airways.

"Text messages and internet searches done on your mobile phone reveal a degree of pre-meditation. I am sure you were responsible for the events that Led to Lexi’s admission to hospital.

"Your internet searching was sinister. You delayed calling for an ambulance until you were sure she was dead.

"The murder of any child by a mother involves the process of abuse of trust. They ought to have relied on their mother to look after them.

"It is not a case of a young mother doing something in the heat of the moment. The evidence shows calculated decisions. In between the deaths you carried on as normal."

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/dads-tragic-birthday-post-daughter-16891959

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Mayonnaise ingredients help couple conceive after three devastating miscarriages

A couple who suffered three miscarriages have revealed the secret behind their miracle family - after a doctor helped them conceive using the same ingredients as mayonnaise.

Lucy Rose and husband Craig, from Warwick, were heartbroken when they lost three pregnancies and had a failed round of IVF after desperately trying to start their dream family.

They tried every old wives' tale in the book to conceive, but were devastated when tests revealed Lucy was suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome as well as having high levels of natural killer cells that meant her body was killing off embryos.

But after deciding to try a second round of private IVF treatment, Lucy, 32, came across an unusual form of treatment which involves an intralipid drip of eggs and soybean oil the same ingredients used in a jar of mayo - infused into her bloodstream in a bid to suppress the killer cells.

Willing to try any treatment, the couple agreed to treatment with the so-called 'Mayo doctor' - and their first miracle baby , Sienna, was born 18 months ago.

And the pair have further reason to celebrate - because after having successful treatment with the mayo-drip with their first born, they then went on to conceive naturally.

They are expecting their second baby to complete the family next month.

Lucy, a teacher, was determined to share her story to break the silence of miscarriages and give hope to other couples facing infertility.

She said: "My husband and I have always wanted children and we hoped it would happen on our honeymoon in July 2014.

"As the months passed and only one line appeared on the test, I knew in my gut something was wrong.

"Living through three miscarriages before we embarked upon our IVF journey was exceptionally traumatic.

"I was signed off work as I fell into a black hole of depression; I felt hopeless.

"I heard about the 'mayo doctor' and we thought we might as well give it a go - and I'm so glad we did!

"I would never have thought such a simple thing could be the key to our miracle family.

"Funnily enough, I love mayonnaise it is my go to sauce however Dr George made it very clear that he isn't pumping a condiment into my body."

Dr George Ndukwe developed the treatment nearly 10 years ago - and claims to have helped dozens of women struggling with infertility to conceive.

The treatment, where women's bodies are pumped with intralipids - a mixture of egg yolk and soybean oil - is believed to restrain a mother's so-called Natural Killer Cells.

It's believed that this can make her more likely to sustain a full-term pregnancy once IVF treatment is started.

Lucy was put on the contraceptive pill to prevent cysts which previously delayed her from starting the IVF process and she had two intralipid infusion drips prior to treatment to dampen down the natural killer cell levels.

At £4000 a cycle plus £235 per drip, the treatment, known as Immune Therapy, isn't cheap, but Lucy claims it was worth every penny.

She said: "It was the only option left for us to go private as I required specialist help which isn't available on the NHS.

"I think the first drip helped my second pregnancy as my body now knows what to do.

"Dr George continued to treat me with the same medication and intralipid up until I was 12 weeks pregnant as a precaution with baby number two.

"Before I tried the treatment, our lives had become an endless cycle of 32 days, we'd get to the middle of the month, I'd jump out of bed in the morning to do an ovulation test and we'd follow the rules by having sex every other day to ensure good quality sperm.

"Sex loses it romance when everything becomes about timing and then have the agonising two-week wait which is enough to mess with anyone's head.

"I'm embarrassed to admit that I even once read that you were more likely to conceive if you slept in complete darkness every night and so I made sure there wasn't the slightest chink of light in the bedroom to give us the very best chance.

"After a year of trying, we went to our local hospital for further tests and I was diagnosed with PCOS which was a complete shock to me as I didn't have any symptoms and regular periods.

Sadly, Lucy miscarried three times before reaching 12 weeks and further tests revealed she has a high level of natural killer cells causing recurrent miscarriages.

The couple received one round of IVF on the NHS but unfortunately it was unsuccessful and after thorough research, they went to Zita West Clinic in London for private IVF treatment.

Lucy adds: "I would go to the clinic every month to sit there for an hour with the intrapalid drip which I enjoyed as it gave me the opportunity to meet other women with similar stories to me.

"During our journey, I felt like the whole world was grey, I went through more heartbreak as I suffered with vanishing twin syndrome - Sienna's twin disappeared and the fetal tissue was absorbed by us both.

"But as soon as Sienna came along all the colour came back and I was happy again. I didn't think I could get any happier but now we have another miracle baby on the way.

"Sadly, miscarriage isn't spoken about and seen by some, as a 'taboo' and many people didn't know how to react when we told them.

"Miscarriage is inexplicably painful; it's a distinctive type of pain which can make it somewhat uncomfortable to know how to react and support those living through it.

"That said, I don't believe there is any reasonable excuse for those who love you not to support you in the best way that they can, luckily we have amazing friends and family who helped us get through it."

Dr George Ndukwe said: "The balance between two large groups of immune cells known as T-helper cells (TH1 and TH2) has been found to be very important in recurrent embryo implantation failure.

"TH2 group produce baby friendly chemicals called cytokines - a category of signalling molecules that mediate and regulate immunity, inflammation - whereas the TH1 produce pro-inflammatory anti pregnancy cytokines associated with recurrent implantation failure.

"You therefore need TH2 dominance for successful implantation. If investigations show TH1 dominance Intralipid can be used to restore TH2 dominance and thus improve the chance of successful implantation and pregnancy. "

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mayonnaise-ingredients-help-couple-conceive-19927816

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Farmer, 78, suffocated after getting stuck in a 20ft grain silo

A respected farmer died from suffocation after he became completely submerged in grain in a 20ft deep silo, an inquest heard.

John Edwards, 78, sank into the grain after he climbed into the brick store bin while helping to load lorries with grain.

His wife Susan raised the alarm after finding he was missing at 5.45pm on February 14 this year at Rishangles Lodge farm in Hestley Green near Eye, Suffolk.

Farm worker Christopher Zagni climbed on a catwalk over the silo and saw a patch of cloth on the top of the grain which turned out to be Mr Edwards' shirt collar.

Mr Zagni desperately dug him out with his hands and tried to clear his airway, but he was pronounced dead by paramedics at 7.17pm.

Suffolk senior coroner Nigel Parsley said it was not known why Mr Edwards had climbed into the silo.

Mr Parsley said safety features, including metal railings on the gantry and a metal grate inside, made it 'virtually impossible' for Mr Edwards to have fallen in.

The inquest at Suffolk Coroner's Court in Ipswich heard how he would have been already dead when his body was spotted.

Pathologist Katie Dickinson said she believed he was found 'some time' after he had died and there was 'no chance of resuscitation'.

His medical cause of death was given as traumatic asphyxiation caused by a large weight of grain compressing his chest.

A jury returned a conclusion that the death of Mr Edwards who lived and worked on the farm for 66 years was accidental.

Mrs Edwards told the inquest that her husband was 'perfectly OK' when she last saw him doing a crossword, while eating a chocolate éclair - his favourite lunch.

She described him as 'a very hard working farmer who had recently retired.'

Mrs Edwards said in a statement: 'He very much enjoyed his farm, his family and his new sports car. He also enjoyed a joke and was in high spirits before his death.

'He was well liked and respected in the community and that was reflected at his funeral. I think this paints a picture of a happy family man who enjoyed life to the full.'

Mr Edwards' family added after the hearing: 'Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported us since the tragic death of John. His passing has been a great loss to his family, friends and community.

'We would like to take this opportunity to thank the professionals involved over the last few months.

'We wish to move on form the vents of John's sudden death to remember our beloved husband, father and brother in peace.' 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7446953/Farmer-78-suffocated-getting-stuck-20ft-grain-silo.html

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First picture of boy, 17, who stabbed schoolgirl to death

A 17-year-old boy who murdered a "kind" and "extremely popular" schoolgirl has been named and unmasked.

Aspiring police officer and A-level student Ellie Gould, 17, was stabbed multiple times by Thomas Griffiths in her home in Calne, Wiltshire.

The killer, who had initially denied seeing Ellie that day or in the days before her death, was named and pictured after he pleaded guilty to murder and a judge lifted reporting restrictions.

Griffiths, of Derry Hill, was arrested seven miles away shortly after Ellie, a talented showjumper and sixth form pupil at Hardenhuish School in Chippenham, was discovered dead at home just after 3pm on May 3.

Wiltshire Police said it wasn't a random attack and Ellie and her killer knew each other.

Griffiths, wearing a white shirt and dark blue suit, spoke only to confirm his name and reply "guilty" when the murder charge was read to him at at Bristol Crown Court on Thursday morning.

Judge Peter Blair QC, the Recorder of Bristol, told the court that Griffiths had admitted an "extremely grave crime".

The judge said it was "appropriate, reasonable and proportionate" for him to lift reporting restrictions that prevented the media from identifying Griffiths.

Griffiths was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on November 8.

Ellie's family previously described the keen horse rider as "a kind, caring young lady with a wonderful, fun personality" and who loved animals, school and summer holidays in Devon.

She had just turned 17 and was studying for A-levels, and and her dad Matthew, 50, was teaching her how to drive.

Ellie's father and mother, Carole, 48, owned a kitchen fitting business.

She is also survived by her 19-year-old brother Ben.

Before a private funeral service was held in July, the family told how Ellie was looking forward to a bright future and considering a career as a police officer.

They said: “We talked about visits to university open days and apprenticeships within the police force – she wondered if she could get into the mounted police with her riding skills.

“Whilst she was excited about the next step in her life she also said, 'But I don’t want the sixth form to end as I love it so much'.

“Ellie had a lovely relationship with her older brother growing up, they rarely argued as she was fun loving and a joy to be around.

“We would like Ellie to be remembered as a kind, caring young lady with a wonderful fun personality.

“Ellie’s favourite charity was Riding for the Disabled who run activities for disabled children and adults and we ask that any donations in Ellie’s memory are made to this charity so that they can continue with their fantastic work. ??

“This is what Ellie would have wanted."

After Thursday's hearing, Det Chief Insp Jim Taylor, of Wiltshire Police, said: “Ellie was murdered as a result of a violent attack.

“Ellie was in her first year of sixth form and was looking forward to the next steps in her education.

"Her parents have told me that she was considering a career in the police and had been looking into attending university.

"The options available to Ellie were endless but her hopes and dreams will now sadly never be realised.

“On the day Ellie was murdered, officers were able to quickly identify and arrest Griffiths.

"Although he initially denied having seen Ellie that day, or in the days before her death, he has today pleaded guilty to her murder.

“While I am pleased that Ellie’s family will not have to endure a lengthy trial process in court which would have caused them further distress, I know just how difficult this whole period has been for them.

"They should have been enjoying the school holidays with their daughter, but instead, they are coming to terms with the fact she has been cruelly taken away from them in unthinkable circumstances.

“From what they have told me, Ellie was an extremely popular, fun-loving, kind, gentle and caring girl.

"Her tragic death has shocked the community of Calne, as well as the many young people and teaching staff at Hardenhuish School, where Ellie was studying.

“Nothing will ever fill the void that Ellie’s death will leave in the lives of all those who knew her, but I hope that this outcome, and the upcoming sentencing, provides them with some comfort and enables them to concentrate on remembering Ellie and the many happy memories they have of her. My thoughts, and those of all at Wiltshire Police, remain with them.

“Finally, I’d like to thank all the officers and police staff involved in this investigation – their hard work enabled us to secure an early charge and put this individual before the courts today.”

Lisa Percy, headteacher of Hardenhuish School, where Ellie studied, also paid tribute to her.

She said: “The whole community at Hardenhuish was completely devastated by the death of Ellie back in May.

Ellie was an extremely popular student in our lower sixth form, who was preparing for her A-Levels the following year.

"She was popular, friendly and very talented, and understandably her death has hugely impacted on our school.

"Her close knit group of friends have shown strength beyond their young years in the months that have followed Ellie’s death, and have supported one another extraordinarily well.

"We continue to support our students with the help of partner agencies who have been invaluable to our school during such an unprecedented time.

“Our thoughts continue to remain with Ellie’s family at this time.”

Friends have found a number of ways to pay tribute to Ellie.

One is running the Chippenham Half Marathon in her memory on September 8 and has raised more than £3,600 for the Riding for the Disabled Association, which Ellie had supported.

The charity helps 25,000 disabled children and adults through activities such as riding and carriage driving.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-thomas-griffiths-ellie-gould-19027859

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Student in critical condition after 41-day fasting

LAGOS-(MaraviPost)-A Nigerian student who is a student of Ebonyi State University (EBSU) has been reported to have been hospitalized after allegedly engaging in fasting and praying for 41 days.

The identified as Ikechukwu Oke was said to have been hospitalized by his schoolmate. His mate revealed that he engaged in the 41-day fast because of the challenges his family has been facing lately.

The mate also identified as Christian Nwaokpa told reporters that;

“He is from Ebiaji in Ezza North LGA. It is his nature.

As it stands now, men of goodwill and ambassadors are on the way conveying him to the Accident and Emergency Ward in Federal Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki.”

http://www.maravipost.com/nigerian-university-student-oke-in-critical-condition-after-41-day-fasting/

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Parents thought children died in 2004 tsunami, reunited with them 10 years later

The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami that struck Indonesia was one of the biggest natural disasters in history. That year on Dec. 26, one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded triggered devastating tsunamis across Asia, destroying communities and claiming unprecedented casualties in its wake.

At least 230,000 people across 14 countries died in the tsunami, and thousands of others went missing.

The epicenter of the earthquake was the province of Aceh, Indonesia, which was hit the worst with 170,000 casualties.

Many families were caught in the chaos, including a woman named Jamaliah, her husband, Septi Rangkuti, and their two young children. When the tsunami suddenly struck their home in West Aceh District on Dec. 26, 2004, they couldn’t outrun the waves and were swept into the water—and had to improvise to survive.

The father grabbed a wooden board that was floating by, along with his two children, Raudhatul Jannah, then 4, and Arif Pratama Rangkuti, then 7. They all held on for dear life.

But as the tsunami waves ravaged on, the family became separated. The two children were suddenly out of their parents’ sight.

As the tsunami later subsided, Jamaliah and Septi desperately searched for their children—but there was no sign of them anywhere.

The parents continued to look, but as time went on, the tragic resignation set in. They believed their children were just two of the thousands of casualties of the tsunami.

A decade passed. Jamaliah and Septi accepted their fate and tried to move on. They never expected a miracle.

One day in 2014, Jamaliah’s brother spotted a girl on the street walking home from school—and there was something familiar about her.

She had striking features and bore a strong resemblance to his long-lost niece. She also seemed to be about 14, the age Raudhatul would now be.

It seemed impossible—but he couldn’t ignore the similarities. So he inquired about the girl.

Jamaliah’s brother learned the girl was swept to the neighboring Banyak Island in the tsunami 10 years ago. A fisherman rescued her and brought her to his mother, who has raised her ever since—80 miles away from where she was separated from her family.

The uncle was stunned. It defied all odds, but it was really true. It was Raudhatul.

He told Jamaliah—and the family finally made an unlikely, tearful reunion in June 2014, 10 years after the deadliest natural disaster.

Jamaliah couldn’t hold back her emotions when she finally saw the girl.

“My heart beat so fast when I saw her,” she told AFP. “I hugged her and she hugged me back and felt so comfortable in my arms.”

The mom knew the girl was her long-lost daughter the moment she set eyes on her. “If anyone is in doubt, I’m ready for DNA tests,” she said, according to news.com.au.

Jamaliah called it “a miracle from God.”

“My husband and I are very happy,” she added. “I am so grateful to God for reuniting us with our child after 10 years of being separated.”

The family says they will continue to have a close relationship with the foster parents who saved Raudhatul.

It was a life-changing discovery for the parents, who not only had their daughter back but had renewed hope they might find their son as well. Raudhatul informed them that he made it to the same island that she did.

Sure enough, the media attention the family received made it possible to reunite with Arif as well. It turned out their long-lost son had been living as a street orphan for years, sleeping in outdoor markets and abandoned shops.

A decade after a devastating tragedy, hope had finally returned.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/parents-thought-children-died-in-2004-tsunami-reunited-with-them-10-years-later_3048403.html

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Mum died of drugs overdose while her young children played just a few feet away

A mum died after taking a cocktail of drugs while her children played just a few feet away.

Taylor Parsons was found seemingly asleep on her sofa by Clair McKune on the morning of February 8, 2019.

The neighbour and friend, who had noticed Taylor's car was still parked in the street, had been let into the house by one of Taylor's children, 

She took the two of them to one side before looking for the mum, who she found on the sofa in her dressing gown.

Realising the 25-year-old was not simply asleep, Clair called 999 and performed CPR on advice of the paramedics.

Despite her best efforts Taylor could not be revived.

The night before her death the mum had told Clair that she was going to take her "sleepers" and go to bed.

An inquest into her death at Plymouth Coroners' Court found the Torquay woman had had a number of different substances in her body at the time of her death, including two drugs prescribed to her.

A pathologist report suggested that the combined effect of all these drugs had acted together to target the central nervous system, making it increasingly hard for her to breathe.

Taylor had been prescribed drugs for depression, anxiety and back pain she had suffered following childbirth.

In the months running up to her death she had missed five meetings with the Torbay Depression and Anxiety Service, either because she had to cancel or the service did.

Just nine days before her death her GP had noted that she was studying a GCSE course and that she was concerned it would interfere with her looking after her children.

The doctor offered to up the doses of her medication, but she declined.

At a different point however, Taylor had impersonated her mother in a bid to get painkillers

Just a few days before her death the young mum had spoken to her grandmother, who said she was "a bit low".

During the inquest Clair McKune revealed that Taylor had supplemented her sleeping medication with Valium she bought from street dealers.

She said: "A couple of times I had to go and wake her.

"She suffered back pain from the birth of her youngest child".

Despite her struggles with medication and pain, Taylor had kept her house in order and was by all accounts a very good mother.

Det Sgt Andy Penhalligan, who carried out the investigation into her death, described the house as "very clean, very tidy... the two young children were very well cared for with all the equipment and toys you would expect".

When asked by assistant coroner Michael Bird if it was true that one description of the property was that it was "immaculate", Det Sgt Penhalligan replied "yes sir".

Police found a snapbag of pills which Taylor had not been prescribed.

Det Sgt Penhalligan suggested they had been "street bought".

He confirmed there was nothing at the property to suggest her death was intentional

Mr Bird said: "This was a very tragic set of circumstances. A young mum, with two children who she was devoted to, who had her struggles, doing something she shouldn't do and knew she shouldn't do.

"A sad and sorry situation like this turned into tragedy and children lose a devoted mum. You have my condolences for your loss."

He confirmed Taylor's cause of death as mixed drug toxicity and recorded a verdict of drug-related death.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mum-died-drugs-overdose-young-19391629

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Paedophile' football coach killed himself by deliberately crashing into tree

A former youth football coach and scout facing historic child sex abuse charges took his own life, a coroner has ruled. Michael ‘Kit’ Carson, 75, crashed his car off the A1303 and hit a tree while on his way to Peterborough Crown Court, where his trial would begin that day. He was facing 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, all of which he denied. The allegations involved 11 boys under the age of 16, and took place between 1978 and 2009. Cambridgeshire assistant coroner Simon Milburn has now recorded a conclusion of suicide at an inquest in Huntingdon, stating that Carson steered deliberately into the tree and ‘intended to take his own life’.

Carson’s wife Pauline said in a written statement that her husband had been ‘concerned because he was running late’ on the morning of January 7. He had wrongly believed the trial to be starting on January 9, and had called his barrister at about 9am to discuss where to meet two days later, the inquest heard.

Mrs Carson said her husband was then ‘stressed and confused’ when he learned he needed to go to court that morning instead. The inquest heard the barrister did not want Carson to be stressed and told him to take his time, but the route he took to Peterborough was described as being not the ‘most logical’. He died at the scene in Bottisham, near Cambridge, with his cause of death confirmed as a traumatic brain injury.

The coroner stated that there was no evidence whatsoever of Carson, of St Bartholomew’s Court, Cambridge, taking ‘avoiding action’ before he crashed into the tree. He said there was also no evidence to suggest the former coach was travelling at excess speed, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or had experienced a medical emergency. There were no mechanical faults in the vehicle, and collision investigator PC Sean Redman said there was no evidence of skidding. PC Redman also said the weather was calm and overcast that morning and described visibility as good. Carson, who worked as a football coach and scout for youth teams at Norwich City, Peterborough United and Cambridge United, was on bail at the time of his death.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/09/paedophile-football-coach-killed-deliberately-crashing-tree-10711355/

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Aides Say Grandma ‘Fell Out of a Chair,’ but Family’s Hidden Cam Footage Tells Another Story

Black eyes, bruises, and split lips are the products of bar brawls, not nursing homes, aren’t they?

Nearly 2 million Americans are living in nursing homes. But are they all receiving expert, compassionate care? The short answer is no.

One in three U.S. care homes was flagged for abusive behavior toward its residents in a 2013 Families for Better Care report that has impacted the lives of thousands. Minnie Graham, a 97-year-old great-great-grandmother living just outside Dallas, Texas, was one such victim.

Graham suffered from dementia and had been living at Winters Park nursing home in Garland, Texas, for roughly 12 months. Her family began noticing suspicious bruises on Graham’s face; two black eyes followed.

“They said she fell out of her wheel chair,” Graham’s granddaughter Shirley Ballard told CBS News. “She was a fine Christian woman and very loving. She would do anything for anybody.”

Graham’s family suspected foul play. Wishing to confirm their suspicions, they placed a clock with a tiny hidden camera in Graham’s bedroom at the nursing home and left it recording; this is not illegal, says ABC 13. The footage they accrued left Graham’s family stunned.

In their footage, the family witnessed their usually gentle elderly relative resisting her aides’ assistance in changing her clothes; the nursing aides, rather than exercising patience, mocked the elderly woman, pulled her by the hair and arms, slapped her, and called her names.

“I just don’t know how people can be so heartless and careless,” Ballard told Fox 4 News. “Clearly it hurt when they pulled her by the arm; clearly it hurts when you yank someone by the hair.”

Minnie Graham died within weeks of the footage being collected. She “just gave up on life,” her family said, with regret.

“She didn’t want to live anymore,” Ballard explained, “and then to be treated like that in her last days …”

The elderly woman’s heartbroken family turned their efforts toward advocacy for better care in nursing homes. They shared their shocking footage with Brian Lee, executive director of non-profit elder advocacy group Families for Better Care.

“That should never happen to people ever, in nursing homes, anywhere,” Lee responded in an interview with CBS News. “You’ve got to be able to have a good vetting process to be able to determine which people, the caregivers, are going to treat the residents with dignity and respect.

“You’ve got to hire the right people, and nursing homes need to hold themselves accountable and step up and start providing better care.”

Nursing home abuse is not a new phenomenon. In 2012, the family of 96-year-old Erytha Mayberry hid a camera in her room, suspecting that their elderly relative was being abused. “We didn’t like what we saw, of course,” said Mayberry’s daughter Doris Racher, according to ABC 13.

The family witnessed Mayberry’s aides shoving latex gloves into the elderly woman’s mouth and pressing on her chest. She died soon afterward, and one aide was sent to jail.

In response to growing concern, Families for Better Care ranked state services from grades A to F based on their staffing, inspections, deficiencies, and complaints. Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Michigan, Nevada, Illinois, and Iowa were sadly ranked F.

“We’re at the bottom of the barrel,” Amanda Fredriksen, associate state director for Outreach and Advocacy for AARP Texas, admitted to KVUE. Texas issues the lowest fines nationally for nursing home violations; “It sends the wrong message,” Fredriksen said.

Alaska, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Oregon, Maine, Utah, Idaho, South Dakota, and North Dakota, on the other hand, scored an A. Only seven states, however, provided their nursing home residents with more than one hour of professional nursing care each day.

According to Fox 4 News, both of Minnie Graham’s allegedly abusive nursing aides at Winters Park in Garland were arrested. However, their employment resumés remained active and both continued to work in the field.

As the country’s nursing home population is only expected to increase, a solution is more imperative than ever.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/aides-say-grandma-fell-out-of-a-chair-but-familys-hidden-cam-footage-tells-another-story_3059246.html

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74-year old woman delivers twin baby girls after 54-years of marriage

Indian newspaper, The Hans India reported that the delivery was done in a private hospital in Guntur city on Thursday, September 5th. According to doctors, Yerramatti Raja Rao who hails from Nelapartipadu in East Godavari district married Mangayamma on March 22, 1962.

The marriage was fruitless for decades until Yerramatti read about a pregnant 55 year-old woman residing near her house. The woman became pregnant through IVF.

Mangayamma drew inspiration from the neighbour and along with her husband approached Ahalya Nursing Home in Guntur city.

They met IVF experts who collected Mangayamma’s husband sperm and tried in the IVF system.

The doctors efforts were fruitful. Since then, Mangayamma was under the supervision of doctors in the nursing home.

Dr.Umashankar performed the cesarean on the 74 year-old woman today and she delivered two baby girls.

Dr. Umashankar said: ” It is another world record. Yerramatti and her husband Mangamma are also happy”.

While the birth may be an Indian record, it is not a world record.

The world record holder, according to the Guinness Book of World Records was Anatolia Vertadella, a 101-year-old Italian woman.

She gave birth to a 9-pound baby in 2016 after a controversial ovary transplant widely criticised by medical professionals because of her advanced age.

In India, a woman, Daljinder Kaur believed to be at least 70 years old, gave birth to a son named Arman (meaning “wish” in Hindi) on April 19, 2016.

Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the Oldest mother to conceive naturally, set by British woman Dawn Brooke, who became the oldest natural mother when she gave birth to a son by Caesarian section at the age of 59 years.

She conceived accidentally, having managed to ovulate past her last period.

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Cancer sufferer who planned her own funeral completes Great North Run

A cancer sufferer who planned her own funeral after being told the disease was terminal has completed the Great North Run after making a miraculous recovery. Emma Burrow, 34, wrote goodbye letters to her family and made detailed arrangements for the modest service, including a lighthearted speech and picking out the music she wanted to be played. But fast forward four years and the NHS worker has since been given the all-clear and completed the famous half-marathon, raising around £4,000 for the Anthony Nolan Trust which helped save her life. Emma, from Darlington in County Durham, said: ‘In 2015 I did not have a future. I had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. ‘I can barely believe, looking back to that time, how far I have come. It’s simply amazing. I never, ever thought something like this would be possible.’

Emma was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 25 and entered palliative care in June 2015 after being told the disease was terminal. She endured rounds of chemotherapy and underwent two stem cell transplants as part of her treatment. Believing she had no future Emma decided she wanted to have a humanist service and to be cremated. She planned the songs to be played during the service, chose what she wanted her guests to wear and penned a lighthearted speech to be read out at her wake. But to everyone’s amazement she began to respond to treatment while in palliative care and was given the all-clear just three months later.

Now Emma and her best friend Leanne Pilkington, also 34, have raised thousands for the charity after taking part in Sunday’s race. She added: ‘I owe my life to the charity. It’s not just the money that’s important, it’s raising awareness. ‘Not everyone knows about the Anthony Nolan Trust or how easy it is to sign the onto the donor register. ‘They were the ones who found a donor for me, the stem cells, and then carried out the transplant and the after care. ‘I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for them.’

Emma praised the ‘amazing’ atmosphere at the UK’s biggest running event, which saw 57,000 people pounding the roads between Newcastle and South Shields. ‘The crowds were all cheering us. It really spurred both of us on,’ she said. ‘I am not quite fit enough to run, so we walked and we did it in three hours and five minutes. ‘We expected it to take us around five hours so it feels like a definite achievement.’

https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/09/cancer-sufferer-planned-funeral-completes-great-north-run-10708904/

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First mum in Britain to have 10 boys in a row finally gives birth to baby girl

After becoming the first mum in Britain to have 10 boys in a row, Alexis Brett had resigned herself to life in an all-male household.

But now the 39-year-old has a whole new a-gender… she has just given birth to her 11th child – a baby girl.

Cradling her new arrival last night, the proud mum said: “We’re over the moon.

“I’d been expecting to hear we were having another boy. But when I found out it was a girl, my face was a picture.

“I was shocked, but delighted. Now she’s here with us, it’s a fantastic feeling.”

And daughter Cameron has already had a remarkable effect on her brothers, who range in age from two to 17.

Dad David, 44, a train driver, said: “They’ve generally been much better behaved around her, trying to keep quiet in case they wake her up.

“They also want to help with holding and feeding her – it’s been great.”

The couple insist Cameron marks the completion of their family, which also includes Campbell, 17, Harrison, 16, Corey, 14, Lachlan, 11, Brodie, nine, Brahn, eight, Hunter, six, Mack, five, Blake, three, and Rothagaidh, two. 

“We’re definitely stopping now,’” laughs Alexis. “There’ll be no more. I said that last time, but this time I absolutely mean it. I love my family as it is now.

“Of course, we do get comments about the number of children we have – especially when I was pregnant again.

“But it doesn’t bother me what people think, we’re well used to it. Some people think we must be on benefits, but we’re not. David has a good job, which means we don’t even qualify for full child benefit.”

It was Christmas Eve, as the family were all getting over a sickness bug, that Alexis realised hers seemed to be lingering longer than everyone else’s – and took a home pregnancy test to confirm the news.

But this time the couple, from Dingwall in the Scottish Highlands, decided not to wait until the birth to find out the sex – and instead had a gender scan at a clinic 50 miles away in Elgin, Moray.

Alexis, who has spent more than eight of the last 18 years pregnant, said: “When the results came, Harrison opened the envelope, I was too nervous. We were amazed it was a girl.”

But only child Alexis is adamant she was not holding out for a daughter.

She said: “All my sons are special to me – if another boy had been on the way it wouldn’t have bothered me. We’re asked a lot if we had so many children because we were hoping for that elusive girl.

“I can honestly answer ‘no’. Cameron wasn’t planned, but I was happy all the same. Luckily all my pregnancies have had little or no drama.

I’d never planned to have a large family, but now I do, I love it.

“I always joked I wouldn’t have a clue what to do with a girl… that’s all changed. We’re having a lot of fun buying pink things for the first time.”

Alexis reckons she is “immune” to most birth control – and is now contemplating getting sterilised.

After Cameron’s birth 12 days ago, she plans to return to her new job as a part-time fitness instructor in a few weeks.

Her day usually begins at 5.30am, an hour after David goes off to work – she uses the “quiet” time for a coffee and a shower before the children start to emerge for nursery and school. Alexis does 49 laundry loads a week, and vacuums seven times a day.

She said: “It’s not easy with so many boys running around, but I like everything neat and tidy. I can’t stand mess.”

As she speaks, her youngest boy drops crumbs as he munches a Mini Roll – and out comes the dustpan.

David, diagnosed six years ago with early onset Parkinson’s, is a hands-on dad, sharing the housekeeping duties.

Despite his daily health battle, he says of his huge family: “I wouldn’t have it any other way. I always try to have time for each of our boys.

“Medication helps with the symptoms, which are thankfully still minor.

“It’s difficult to have a holiday as one group, that’s not happened for years.

“The seven-week school summer holidays can also be an endurance test – most of the time they’re just happy on their Xbox or Wii Switch.”

Just inside the front door of the family’s five-bedroom detached home, around 40 pairs of Adidas and Vans trainers, as well as school shoes and Hunter wellies of all sizes, are stacked neatly on a shoe rack.

They have to buy at least three pairs of shoes every few weeks. David said: “We don’t tend to do hand-me-downs, there’s no point. Being boys, their clothes never seem to last.”

Although the family have a seven-seater people carrier and a five-seater Range Rover, Alexis cannot drive.

So most weekends David takes the older boys out while Alexis stays home with the younger ones. If they want to go anywhere as a family, David does a double journey.

In between picking up toy cars and Lego – and putting down the toilet seat – Alexis’s one concession to femininity was previously limited to scented candles and flowers.

Now Cameron’s crib sits next to the “It’s a girl!” cards, draped in a bright floral blanket. It quickly becomes clear the having a girl around is proving a novelty, as a procession of boys peer in and poke at their new sister.

One pops a large white toy fur cat, complete with pink ribbon, at her feet.

Alexis said: “David and I sometimes look at each other to say, ‘What have we done?’ But when the boys come out with something funny and make us laugh, it makes it all worthwhile.”

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/first-mum-britain-10-boys-19832621

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Heartbroken Mom Calls for Kindness in Facebook Post After Her 3-year-old Ginger Bullied on a Bus

A mother in Southampton, United Kingdom, took to Facebook in the face of thoughtless cruelty to remind the world how much words can hurt following a hurtful experience she and her 3-year-old son had on a bus one day.

Lauren Russell shared in a heartbreaking social media post that she and her son Noah were out on a public bus one day when a young teenage boy decided that her son’s appearance was worth harassing him for.

Russell explained that she and Noah both have red hair, but the teen—who she explained couldn’t have been older than 13—singled out Noah to mock for his noticeably bright hair color. The bully told Noah that he should have been taken away by social services because of his “disgusting” hair color, turning to a friend and meanly jesting that he would kill his child if it was born a ginger.

Despite being young, Russell wrote that her son could already tell that the words being sent his way were unkind. He asked her why he couldn’t have blonde hair like his older brother, leaving her feeling heartbroken that kids could use words to cause such hurt without even thinking about the consequences.

“Today my heart broke in two,” she wrote. “Whilst travelling on a public bus number 12, I witnessed such cruel behaviour towards my 3 year old son from a very narrow minded boy who couldn’t be much older than 13.”

She continued in her post:

Unfortunately this hasn’t been the first time and I know it won’t be the last. He’s been targeted by people of all ages.

And what for? Because he has ginger hair. My beautiful boy was told social services should have taken him away because his hair colour is disgusting. The boy then turned to his friend and said if he ever had a ginger child he would kill it. Now my little boy is only 3 and was left very confused.. I feel devastated as I to have ginger hair and no all too well what it’s like to grow up being singled out/ the target of such bullies.

He hasn’t stopped asking me why people don’t like his hair. He asked me if I could change it for him so people will like it. He asked me if he could be like his brother who doesn’t have ginger hair. I can feel my heart breaking every time he asks me. My little boy looks so sad and I want to make it better.

The reason I am trying to go public with this is because I know these cruel bullies are in the minority. I want to show my little boy that there is more good in this world than bad. There are kind and caring non judgemental people who won’t ever single him out.

I ask you all to please share this and show my boy how beautiful he is. I want to show him the good in this world with the power of Facebook. It isn’t okay to bully somebody for their hair colour, not now. Not ever. Thankyou xxx

Red hair is a fairly rare trait but is not all that uncommon, with an estimate that just 2 percent of the world’s population boasts ginger hair coloring. That makes it the second-rarest complexion next to albinism.

Redheads are able to produce their own vitamin D, never get gray hair, and boast a handful of other neat and unique traits like a higher rate of left-handedness and a better ability to sense temperature changes. But their distinct features, like anyone with visible differences from the norm, can make them a target for bullies, as Russell’s son was.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Russell explained that her older son, Charlie, told his younger sibling that his hair was “beautiful.” And as the pair’s younger twin brothers got older, one of them has seen his fair baby hair grow in a stunning shade of red, just like older brother Noah.

The mother of four’s message to the world, though, was in part a cry of injustice in a world where certain people are singled out for cruelty; it was also a call for good people to make themselves heard and prove to her child that the world is, for the most part, a kind and loving place.

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Missing Indiana 10-Year-Old Found Strangled in Trash Bag Inside Shed, and Stepmother Is Arrested

"There is no rational answer for why anyone would kill a 10-year-old," Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum said

The Indiana 10-year-old girl who was reported missing by her stepmother on Saturday has been found dead — and police have arrested the stepmother on murder charges.

Amanda Carmack, 34, was taken into custody at 3 a.m. Wednesday shortly after investigators found the body of Skylea Carmack in a shed behind her Gas City home.

Police say Skylea was strangled. Her body was found in a plastic garbage bag.

She had been missing since Saturday. Police believe she was already dead when Carmack reported her missing around 9 p.m. that night.

“I believe [Amanda] contacted the father and said she couldn’t locate Skylea and the dad prompted her to call law enforcement,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum tells PEOPLE.

Slocum says investigators believe Skylea was killed between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

As to the motive, Slocum says, “our concern at law enforcement is who and how versus why.”

Adding: “There is no rational answer for why anyone would kill a 10-year-old. As a police officer, as time goes on, it was a possibility — but I held out hope. Our main focus was to find her alive and safe, and obviously that did not occur. I am sad and angry it happened on our watch.”

A statewide Silver Alert was issued when the girl disappeared Saturday.

At the time, police and her father thought the girl may have run away because she had done so in the past.

Skylea’s dad Kevin Carmack told FOX 59 that he believed his daughter ran away because she had been grounded.

“And it just went a little too far and she got stuck and now she’s just scared to come home cause she’s afraid now she is going to be in even more trouble,” he predicted.

Carmack said he wanted his daughter to know that, “We’re not even mad at this point; we are just worried about her being OK and just want her to come home.”

Carmack is facing charges of murder, domestic battery resulting in death and neglect of a dependent causing death.

https://people.com/crime/missing-indiana-10-year-old-found-strangled-shed-stepmother-arrested/

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