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Fiancee of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi could also have been victim

The fiancee of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have escaped being a second victim of the killing, according to Turkish police.

Investigators said the writer's killers were most likely unaware his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, was waiting for him outside the Saudi consulate, where he was killed on October 2 last year.

The 59-year-old had gone into the consulate in Istanbul to collect divorce papers for his upcoming wedding to Ms Cengiz.

She was left waiting outside for him and his remains have never been found. Turkish police now think if she had entered the embassy she too would have been murdered.

Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed by a 17-man hit squad of Saudi operatives.

Turkish police believe his dismembered body may have been disposed of in a cooking furnace on the grounds of the Saudi consul's nearby residence and burned, according to Turkey's state-run news agency, Anadolu.  

Police believe Khashoggi's dismembered body could have been carried from the consulate where he was murdered to the consul general's residence nearby where his remains were burnt. 

The consulate had two wells and a gas and wood floor furnace that could reach heat of over 1,000 degrees, destroying any DNA traces, Anadolu said today, quoting a report by the Turkish police. 

After making numerous contradictory statements about Khashoggi's fate, Riyadh said he had been killed and his body dismembered when negotiations to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia failed.

Police believe information obtained in the investigation indicated that the dismembered remains of Khashoggi may have been burned, Anadolu said.

Despite Turkey's investigation looking at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, the consul's residence and several other locations, Khashoggi's remains have not been found.

Khashoggi's killing has severely strained ties between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, although Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has good ties with the Saudi monarch, King Salman.

Erdogan has said Khashoggi's killing was ordered by the highest level of Saudi leadership and has repeatedly called on Saudi officials to identify a 'local cooperator' involved in the killing. Riyadh has rejected accusations that the crown prince was involved.

Footage from the police report shown on Turkish televisions showed a man believed to be a Khashoggi impersonator walking alongside a man police say is the 'local cooperator' in the case. The identity of the man was not immediately clear.

Last week a UN human rights expert said Khashoggi was murdered in a 'brutal and premeditated killing' carried out by Saudi officials.

Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, made her assessment after visiting Turkey.

Callamard also said that Saudi Arabia undermined Turkey's efforts to investigate the death and that the killing was carried out 'by officials of the State of Saudi Arabia'.

Turkish officials have been frustrated by what they say is a lack of cooperation by Riyadh and have called for an international inquiry.

After denying Khashoggi was killed in the consulate for several weeks, Saudi Arabia indicted 11 people in the killing and is seeking the death penalty against five of them.

Turkey says Saudi Arabia must reveal the identity of a person who is thought to have disposed of the journalist's body and hold all involved accountable.

Khashoggi's killing provoked widespread revulsion and tarnished the image of Crown Prince bin Salman, previously admired in the West for pushing deep changes including tax reform, infrastructure projects and allowing women to drive. 

US intelligence agencies believe the crown prince ordered an operation to kill Khashoggi. 

CCTV footage emerged in December allegedly showing Jamal Khashoggi's body parts being carried into Saudi Arabia's consul residence in bags and suitcases on the day he was murdered.

The images feature three men carrying five suitcases and two large black bags into the home of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul, Turkey.

The residence lies a short distance from the Saudi consulate where Khashoggi was butchered in a killing that has tested Riyadh's relations with the West.

Saudi Arabia has also repeatedly rejected Turkish demands to extradite suspects connected to the murder of the journalist, a critic of the crown prince. 

The journalist had decided to leave his native Saudi Arabia for the US in September 2017, but was lured to the embassy in Istanbul on in October this year to collect papers for his upcoming marriage. 

Listening devices planted inside the building by Turkish intelligence captured the 'kill squad' planning the murder in the days before and carrying it out.

A report by the Washington Post, to which Khashoggi was a contributing columnist, says that when he arrived at the consulate a member of the team asked 'whether he would take tea'.

The paper reports that there was an 'edge' in Khashoggi's voice when he accepted the drink that betrayed his sense of unease.

Shortly afterwards, a member of the Saudi 'kill squad' chillingly told the journalist he would be 'going back to Saudi Arabia', before injecting him with a lethal dose of sedative. 

Khashoggi's final gasps for air are audible on the tape recordings, officials told the Washington Post.

They added that there was nothing to suggest that the team had any intent to take Khashoggi alive.

Further reports quoting those who have listened to the recordings claim Khashoggi's last words were to tell his killers 'I can't breathe'.

Just moments after his gasps faded, the silence on the tape gives way to the sound of an electric saw, consistent with reports that Khashoggi's body was dismembered. His remains have never been found. 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6705267/Jamal-Khashoggis-fiancee-narrowly-missed-killed-alongside-journalist.html

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'Mother and daughter' roll around on the floor in bitter street fight in front of jeering crowd of baseball bat-wielding neighbours

A shocking video captures the moment a 'mother and daughter' fight each other in the middle of a housing estate in front of horrified children. 

The battling pair were filmed on an estate in Grangetown, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, as a neighbour armed with a baseball bat jeers them on.  

Footage shows one woman, in black-striped grey joggers and a grey t-shirt, run over to a house on the estate where a woman in wellies is seen smoking.

The woman in the black-stripped joggers shouts and tries to budge past a neighbour in the front garden who is standing in front of the woman in wellies. 

As the woman in wellies finishes her cigarette, she shoves the neighbour out of her way and confronts the woman shouting at her.

In dramatic footage, the woman in striped jogging trousers launches into the other woman and the pair begin throwing punches at each other

Go on Trish' can be heard as the woman in wellies knocks the other woman to the ground and punches her repeatedly in the head.

A man then comes over and lifts the woman in wellies off the other woman, and places her on the ground. 

A woman wearing a red hoodie is then seen kicking out at the woman lying on the ground while the pair continue to scrap before someone can be heard saying: 'Let them get on with it'.

Larger crowds begin to gather, including two young children, before a man with a baseball bat appears on the scene.

The neighbour in the red jacket approaches the baseball-wielding man as he swipes the bat through the air.  

A man is then seen appearing to try and break the fight up by bending down, which led to Facebook users to suggest the man is wearing a 'thong.'

After a few scraps and kicks, which leads to the fight being taken onto a footpath, the pair are eventually broken up.

They continue to shout at each before one woman is taken into a house and the other taken into a car.       

Zara Davison posted the footage on her Facebook page on September 5 and has since racked up more than 358,000 views. 

The post has also received more than 1,500 comments, most of which are outraged this took place in front of children.

Emma 'rosey' Robertson said: 'Disgusting behaviour this in front of kids. Wouldn't even dare. Not something kids need to see at all!'

In response to Emma's comment, Vicki Hammond added: 'That's mother and daughter fighting, she's hitting her own f****** kid. They need help honestly.'

Natalie Kristina Tillson-Hill said: 'Going on like that in front of kids and everyone's buzzing, yeah cause that's really clever.'

Melanie Gibson commented: 'And this is the wonderful world we're living in right there, what chance do the kids have if grown adults are behaving like that.' 

However others appeared to be drawn to one of the men who appeared to be wearing a 'thong.'

Taking a screengrab of the clip, Andrew Simon Cope said: 'Is he wearing a thong?' 

Nicky Marshall also noticed the lingerie and commented: 'Watch this. I'm sure he's wearing a thong'. 

Cleveland Police say they received a report of an ongoing fight, but no crime was reported.

A spokeswoman said: 'Police received a report of an on-going fight in the street on Eglington Road in Grangetown at around 11am on Saturday 31 August.

'Officers attended, however, no one came forward with any injuries and no crime has been reported at this time.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7468617/Mother-daughter-roll-floor-bitter-street-fight-jeering-crowd

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Policewoman jumped in river to try and save drowning baby thrown off bridge

A policewoman who raced to save a baby allegedly thrown from a bridge into a river later tweeted about her "worst shift" ever.

Constable Jessica Voiels, 24, was one of the first to arrive at the scene to try to rescue Zakari Bennett-Eko.

The 11-month-old had allegedly been thrown into the water. His father Zak Bennett-Eko, 22, has been charged with murder.

The baby died despite frantic efforts of emergency crews to save his life.

Miss Voiels took to Twitter to describe the horrific incident at the River Irwell in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, saying "Had my worst shift yesterday. I can't see many things being as bad as that in the future."

The police officer's mother Julie McCormick later said her daughter had leapt into the water on Wednesday afternoon in an attempt to save the child.

Mrs McCormick said: "She jumped into the river to try to save the baby. It is awful.

"Her sergeant sent her a text saying not many people go through that in a lifetime.

"People have been texting her saying that they hope she is OK. They are so proud of her and she has handled it really well."

However, Greater Manchester Police denied any officers had entered the water, saying it would have been unsafe to do so. On her Twitter feed Miss Voiels, who describes herself as a "response cop in Bury," received messages of support from colleagues and friends.

Inspector Jim Jones posted a tweet praising the officer, who graduated from Liverpool University with a criminology degree.

"Many cops will never deal with that in 30 years," he wrote. "Proud of you." The baby was rescued from the water by firefighters before being rushed to hospital by ambulance. Yesterday Bennett-Eko was remanded in custody at Manchester Magistrates' Court. He is due to appear before a judge on Monday.

The child's mother, Emma Blood, 22, issued a tribute to her son, describing him as a "cheeky chappie" who had everyone wrapped around his little finger.

She said: "On Wednesday afternoon my life changed forever. "Zakari was my life for 11 months and will be the heart of our family for many years to come. He was a cheeky little chappie with a smile that melted hearts. He was the youngest of five generations of our family and was loved beyond belief.

Zakari wrapped everyone around his little finger. He was a happy and content baby with a gorgeous little smile and a head full of curls. Everyone that met him fell in love with him instantly.

"It's hard to comprehend that I will not get to see my baby grow up to be the handsome decent man I knew he would become."

Zakari was rescued by fire crews around 100 yards from the bridge and paramedics tried to revive him.

Police initially said he was in a critical condition but his mother was told he was dead when she arrived at A&E.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12267720

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Heart implant approved in Britain for the first time saves baby's life after defect left him struggling to breathe

A SIX-WEEK-OLD baby is fighting for life, desperate for a heart transplant after a rare defect caused him to have two cardiac arrests.

Little Charlie Douthewaite is the youngest patient waiting for a heart transplant and has already endured nine surgeries and more than 20 blood transfusions.

Tracie Wright, 30, and Steven Douthewaite, 32, were given the devastating news their baby was suffering from a rare heart defect at their 20-week scan.

After considering an abortion, the parents-of-three were adamant that their son deserved a chance at life.

Charlie was fitted with a shunt to control blood flow in his heart when he was just three days old.

But four days later Charlie suffered his first cardiac arrest and has been on life support ever since.

Despite several surgeries to mend his tiny heart Tracie and Steven were told Charlie needs a new heart three weeks ago.

Tracie, of Fenham, Newcastle, said: “When we found out Charlie had hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) at his 20-week scan we were absolutely devastated.

“We had never even heard of it before so we didn't know what to think.

“We were in total shock, especially after having two other pregnancies without any complications.

“We thought about a termination but we were adamant that Charlie deserved a chance to live and a chance to fight.

“Charlie is such a little fighter, we are so proud of him. He has endured more in such a short time than most adults could.”

After Charlie’s first cardiac arrest it took medics half an hour to bring him back.

Tracie has shared pictures of her tiny boy covered in tubes and surrounded by medical equipment in the hope it raises awareness about the importance of organ donation.

“Finding out Charlie would need a new heart was horrendous. I just didn't want to believe it. It's sickening to think another baby will have to lose their life to keep our baby alive,” she said.

“But whoever that baby is will be giving the most amazing gift, the gift of life to our Charlie.

“Charlie is our whole world and no words could ever describe how incredibly grateful we would be to the family who agrees to let him have their baby's heart.”

HLHS is a congenital heart disease that affects the normal flow of blood through the heart and the formation of the left side of the heart.

It is a congenital heart defect, meaning it is present at birth.

Shortly after receiving Charlie's devastating diagnosis, Tracie developed obstetric cholestasis – a pregnancy related liver condition that can be toxic to babies if they are taken to full term.

At 38 weeks, Tracie's was induced and Charlie was born via emergency caesarean on October 2 at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle.

Despite looking “perfect” Charlie's condition was so severe that he had a hole in his heart between two chambers and underdeveloped valves that were small and leaking.

He will not be allowed home until he has a new heart.

Tracie travels a two hour round trip to Charlie’s bedside everyday while her and Steven try to keep things normal for their other children Ryan, seven, and Jamie, 10.

“Going through labour was so scary, I was absolutely terrified. Charlie's heart rate kept dropping with my contractions so I had to have an emergency caesarean.

“When he came, he had to be taken away straight away. It was nice hearing him cry and knowing he was here and alive but awful not being able to hold him. That's all any mother wants to do.

"Steven and I didn't get to hold him for the first time until the morning before he went in for his first surgery.

“He was absolutely stunning. He's so beautiful, you never would imagine there was anything wrong with him. Outside he's perfect, it's just his heart that is broken.”

Anthony Clarkson, assistant director of organ donation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “Sadly there is a shortage of donated organs and around three people die a day in need of a transplant.

“Hearts need to be matched by size and a very young child like Charlie will only be able to receive a heart from a child whose family agree to donate.

“We urge everyone to please join the NHS Organ Donor Register and then tell your family you want to donate. A few words can make an extraordinary difference.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/4901869/six-week-old-baby-is-fighting-for-life-waiting-for-heart-transplant-after-his-heart-stopped-twice-due-to-rare-condition/

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Wife of British former headteacher, 65, says the end was 'dignified and calm, exactly as he wanted' after he paid £10,000 to die at Swiss Dignitas clinic following terminal motor neurone disease diagnosis just four years ago

The wife of a terminally ill British headteacher who ended his life at the Dignitas in Switzerland yesterday said his death was 'dignified and calm, exactly as he wanted'.

Richard Selley, from Perth in Scotland, ended his life at the clinic in Switzerland yesterday, with wife Elaine and brother Peter at his bedside.

The 65-year-old paid around £10,000 and died at lunchtime. 

Shortly after, Mrs Selley wrote on her family's blog Moments with MND that her husband 'had taken control of his own destiny' after choosing to pass away at the Swiss clinic.

She said: 'At Dignitas, in a clinically clean room, well appointed but devoid of any personal touches, we could feel all the love that has been shared with us over the years.

'The end was dignified and calm, exactly as Richard wanted. He had taken control of his own destiny.' 

Mrs Selley thanked friends and the staff at Dignitas for their 'exceptional' work and support over the past few months.

She also said that she will 'continue to fight for the human right of those who are terminally ill to choose how and when they die in Scotland.'

She said: 'The experience of travelling to Switzerland will never leave me. It was traumatic. 

'No one should ever need to make that journey from a supposedly humane and compassionate country like Scotland.'

Before his death Mr Selley made a final plea to politicians to legalise assisted deaths in the UK.

He said the law change would be 'too late' for him but would enable other terminally ill people to 'die peacefully'. 

He said the cost of attending the clinic in Switzerland is about £10,000 which he said he is 'fortunate' to be able to afford, unlike other suffers of similar conditions. 

The ex-headteacher of Loretto junior school in Musselburgh, East Lothian, begged politicians in Scotland and in Westminster to help others facing similar decisions.

He said: 'Since my diagnosis with MND four years ago, I have lost the ability to walk, talk and swallow. I have also lost most of the power in my arms.

'Despite these losses I have tried very hard to remain positive and my palliative care has been outstanding.

'However, as I enter the final stage of my journey, I don't wish to suffer for much longer so I am seeking an assisted death with Dignitas.

'Despite what some people think, Dignitas do not let people simply fly to Zurich, knock on their door and ask to die.

'I have already had to compose letters, write a life story and obtain medical records that prove that I am terminally ill.

'This has been stressful, particularly as my GP was advised to refuse my request for an up-to-date medical report.' 

MND is an incurable neurological condition that attacks the nerves that control movement. 

It is a rare condition that mainly affects people in their 60s and 70s. 

Writing on his and Mrs Selley's blog earlier this week, Mr Selley said he had 'shed some tears' after making the decision,

He penned: 'Throughout this month, I have known that I will die on September 6. That has been a surreal experience, not dissimilar, perhaps, to that faced by someone waiting in a condemned cell.

'I will end my life in a few days' time, and I have to admit, those moments have rarely been out of my mind recently, I have shed some tears, but my overriding emotion has been one of relief.

'As I have said my goodbyes to family and friends, or read their farewell messages, I have felt profoundly sad, but feelings such as anger and despair left me long ago. 

'Elaine will be at my side in Switzerland, and although parting from each other will be unbearable, she knows that I cannot battle with this awful disease any longer.'

Mrs Selley, 57, was until recently head of private Glenalmond College, Perthshire. The couple, who have been married for eight years and have five children between them, live in the grounds.

Mrs Selley said in July that she was 'angry' at the fact she could have faced prosecution for helping her husband. 

She said: 'It is the toughest thing I have had to do. You never, for one minute, think you will be talking publicly to the nation about your husband dying.

There needs to be a change in the law that allows people like Richard to die in peace at home, surrounded by family and loved ones. 

'It's awful to have to go abroad and he's going early I think. If the law was different in Scotland, he probably would still be with us another few months.'

Mrs Selley said her husband came to the decision to end his life when he could no longer eat unassisted. 

She said: 'March was the cut-off point for Richard when he couldn't get a spoon into his mouth for breakfast. At that point he said 'I've had enough'.' 

Mr Selley has previously said his earliest suspicions that he had MND were triggered by watching The Theory Of Everything, a biopic about the life of Professor Stephen Hawking.

Only three months after seeing the film, he was diagnosed with the terminal illness and his ability to speak, walk and eat began to deteriorate.

The average life expectancy after diagnosis is about 14 months but the former economics teacher has now lived with the illness for years.

Holyrood has twice considered bills aims at introducing assisted suicide, with these having brought forward by independent MSP Margo MacDonald, who suffered from Parkinson's disease and died in 2014. 

Green MSP Patrick Harvie also brought forward a bill on the same subject after her death.

However, these both failed to get enough support to proceed through the Scottish Parliament. 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7436475/British-former-headteacher-65-dies-Swiss-Dignitas-clinic-wife-brother.html

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Son, 21, is jailed for just THREE YEARS despite beating his 90-year-old father to death in a rage after he refused to give his mother £10 for cigarettes

A 21-year-old has been jailed for more than three years after beating his 90-year-old father to death because his mother asked the son for £10 for cigarettes. 

Michael Burns left his father William with a fractured cheekbone, eye socket and ribs after punching him repeatedly in the doorway of the family home in Netherton, Merseyside.

The attack took place moments after William and his wife Diane, 58, had returned from church on March 24. 

Mr Burns was rushed to hospital three days later, when officers found him slumped on the living room floor. 

He died in hospital after catching pneumonia on April 6. 

Burns pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Liverpool Crown Court before being sentenced.

The court heard that he has autistic spectrum disorder and is now a father to a two-month-old child.

Mrs Burns had called up to Burns in his bedroom to ask for £10 on the day of the attack, prosecutor Anya Horwood told the court. 

Burns shouted: 'I’m sick of this, I’m always giving you money.' 

The defendant then came downstairs and ran towards his father, who was standing near the front door, with clenched fists.  

'He began to punch his father to the face and side of body,' said Ms Horwood.

The attack ended at the family home when Mrs Burns intervened, the court heard.

Mr Burns was seen by a doctor at home the following day but was only sent to hospital after a neighbour called the police on March 27.

They arrived to find Mr Burns collapsed on the floor of the living room. 

When Burns was arrested he told officers he had 'just flipped' and admitted hitting his father on previous occasions, although none of them resulted in serious injury, the court heard. 

Lloyd Morgan, defending, said Burns had autistic spectrum disorder.

'He is a young man wracked with guilt, shame and horror that his actions have killed the father he loved and have caused his mother such pain and despair,' he said. 

'No matter what sentence is passed upon him today, he will be suffering a sentence for the rest of his life - the knowledge he took the life of his father.'

The court heard that Mrs Burns had written a statement in which she spoke of the loss of her husband but also of her 'heartbreak' at the thought of losing her son.

Honorary Recorder of Liverpool Judge Andrew Menary QC said: 'I recognise that your mother is desperate about the predicament in which you are now placed.

'I’m satisfied that you do not represent a significant risk to others in the future and are not therefore to be regarded as dangerous.'

But the judge said he could not 'ignore the level of violence used' against Mr Burns, whom he described as slight of build, small and 'particularly frail'.

The court heard that Burns, from Salford, was now a father to a two-month-old child and had the support of his partner and wider family.

He shook in the dock as he awaited his sentence.

A number of family members in the public gallery were in tears as he was jailed.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7436065/Son-21-jailed-just-THREE-YEARS-despite-beating-90-year-old-father-death.html

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Mother who chose to raise her child in war-torn Syria reveals that the constant fear of death taught her to 'feel every minute' of her life so deeply'

A mum who raised her child in a conflict zone revealed that she's still struggling to sleep due to the 'trauma' she faced in war-torn Syria

Award-winning journalist Waad al-Kateab appeared on This Morning where she opened up about her film 'For Sama', documenting her life raising her daughter, now four, in a country ravaged by civil war.   

The mother-of-two confessed that after living through the 'brutal battles' of the ongoing Syrian Civil War, she has learned to live life 'minute by minute' . 

Revealing she's been suffering with post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of her tumultuous situation, she said: 'We're trying to sleep as much as we can. 

'To be honest in any trauma situation you feel there are many problems. Everything you've seen in the film is still happening right now.

'Thousands of mothers and thousands of children are going though the same thing.' 

Waad admitted that she has learned to 'feel every minute' of her life so deeply', because she could never be certain of her survival while living in Syria. 

She said:  'Under those circumstances you can't feel like you will survive and think about the next step. You just live everyday minute by minute

Something you can learn from this situation you need to feel every minute so deeply - the love, even the sadness sometimes - and think about how to spend the last minute of your life with passion and feeling. 

'In that situation you can't think of more than the day itself.'

As for whether becoming a mother changed her, the journalist says 'everything' became more 'extreme' after having a child.  

She said: 'Everything when I was a mum was more extreme, with everything.  The happiness was more, and the fear was much, much more. 

'It was all mixed with how I was trying to be strong for myself and her and my husband and my hope that I would stay alive, but I knew that maybe not.' 

The family traveled to Turkey after fleeing the country while Waad was pregnant and eventually returned to Aleppo, when Sama was seven-months-old . 

When quizzed on their return, she confessed that after living through 'horrors' with people in the city, she felt she and her husband had to be there to help people as a journalist and doctor, respectively. 

She said: 'We just felt we need to be there, we lived with these people for five years during the extremes of the revolution, through the horror and many, many situations. 

'We felt we could not leave them alone.' 

She went on to explain that although she sometimes doubted her choices, she feels she was 'fighting' for a better life for her daughter. 

She said: 'Every mother around the world has that. Am I doing the right thing for her? Am I doing good for her? and the feeling was much more in these circumstances.' 

'[I thought] I'm Syrian, I'm in Syria. This is my home, this is where I should be and fight for a good future for her. 

 'All the circumstances, these brutal battles happening, if we do not stand up for our people we will not have the life we deserve.  

 'I feel like I have some life inside me, I’m bringing life to a place where people are dying. It gives me hope and strength that we are stronger than what they’re trying to do.' 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7451895/Mother-raised-child-war-torn-Syria-confessed-sleep-trauma.html

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Health care worker, 32, is found dead inside her home hours after sending her shattered family a baffling final text - as murder probe is launched and man is questioned by police

A woman found dead in a Perth home has been identified as a 32-year-old healthcare worker, as her shattered family reveal the baffling final text she sent.

A murder investigation is underway after Jessica Bairnsfather-Scott's body was found at a home on May Drive in Nollamara, in the north of the city, on Sunday morning.

A man known to Ms Bairnsfather-Scott was being questioned by police on Sunday night.

  

'There is no known ongoing risk to the public at this stage,' a police statement read. 

Earlier that day, Ms Bairnsfather-Scott's family said she had texted them photos showing a car crash, but when they tried to call her she didn't answer, according to Nine News

The woman's family later broke into the home through the roof, finding her body. 

A neighbour reported hearing screaming coming from the home on Friday night, but police were not called. 

Ms Bairnsfather-Scott's sister Alison Gibson told Nine: 'Just check on someone. Like look how close these houses are, they are literally wall to wall.

She was always smiling, she always made everyone happy around her. She was really kind, the life of the party,' Ms Gibson said.

'We are a really close family.'

The family stayed outside the family for 16 hours as police investigated.  

Distraught relatives were seen comforting each other outside the home on Sunday. 

'We are shattered. We are a really close family. She was so loved,' one said.

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Baby beats cancer after mum donates part of her liver

A mother saved the life of her baby daughter who had been diagnosed with cancer, by donating her own liver. Despite a one in 200 chance of not making it through the operation, Sophie Barr, 25, says she ‘didn’t think twice’ about putting herself forward when she found out her daughter needed a transplant. At just three and a half months old, doctors found a tumour in baby Patricia’s liver.

She began chemotherapy in January, but her condition deteriorated and she ended up in intensive care. Parents Sophie and Andrew, 38, were told the best course of action would be a transplant, and Patricia was put on an emergency donor list at Leeds Children’s Hospital. After an agonising wait for the family, a suitable liver was found in March – but doctors cancelled the operation in the theatre because it turned out to be damaged.

However, test results came through the same day showing Sophie, from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, was a suitable match. She immediately agreed to donate 20 per cent of her liver. She said: ‘You don’t think about the risk to yourself, you just think that you could save your child’s life. I didn’t even think twice about it. I would do it again.’

Days later she underwent the six-hour surgery. She said: ‘I was put under anaesthetic at St James’s Hospital then part of my liver was transferred to Leeds Children’s Hospital to be given to Patricia.

‘Her operation began a couple of hours after mine. I couldn’t see her for three days but I think it was hardest on Andrew as he had us both in surgery at the same time.’ Patricia underwent her last round of chemotherapy in April – and a few months later her family were told she will need no further treatment. The youngster, who celebrated her first birthday last Tuesday, is now ‘loving life’. Sophie added: ‘We saw a difference in Patricia a week after her transplant. She was a different baby. ‘Our hope is she can go on now and live a normal, happy, healthy life.’

https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/15/baby-beats-cancer-mum-donates-part-liver-10748285/

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4 Children Who Were Missing for 6 Weeks Found Dead Hours After Mom’s Body Was Discovered

Just hours after the body of 32-year-old Casei Jones was found near Brantley County in Georgia, police have located the remains of her four young children.

During a press conference on Monday, Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods confirmed that detectives had discovered Cameron Bowers, 10, Preston Bowers, 5, Mercalli Jones, 2, and Aiyana Jones, 1.

The children and their mother were last seen alive in Ocala, Florida about six weeks ago.

Woods explained they were able to locate the missing children after interviewing their father, who led them to the bodies. Woods, however, did not disclose where the bodies were found. A cause of death has also not been revealed to the public.

“As a father, as a parent, it breaks my heart,” Woods said. “As a sheriff, it angers me.”

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On Sunday, Casei’s husband Michael Jones, 38, was stopped after a traffic incident. It was then that police found the remains of Casei in the very car he was driving, Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.

Arrested on charges of driving with a suspended/revoked license, weaving over a roadway and being a fugitive of justice, per CNN, Michael is wanted on suspicion of second degree homicide.

“Casei Jones’ husband, Michael Waye Jones Jr. (DOB: 5/1/1981), has also been located in Georgia and is currently being questioned in connection to Casei’s death,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “At this time, a warrant has been issued for his arrest for 2nd Degree Homicide.”

It was not clear if Jones had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

Casei’s family grew worried after not hearing from her for several weeks and reported her and her children missing on Saturday, authorities said, after which authorities said they were all considered endangered.

Casei’s mother, Nikki Jones, pleaded for Casei’s safe return in an emotional interview with WOFL.

“I’ve never ever been so scared,” Nikki told the station. “They don’t know where she’s at. They went to the house and she’s gone. The house is empty.”

Nikki said she contacted police over the weekend after not seeing the family for so long. Authorities enlisted the help of the public in the search and shared a photo of Casei’s 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.

Nikki spoke through tears about her daughter to WOFL.

“Casei’s my baby. She was my last one. I don’t want nothing to happen to her,” she told the station, calling her grandchildren “my whole world.”

“Just like my kids — I don’t know what I would do without any of them,” she added. “I want them home. I want them home safe. And if anybody knows anything please, please. I’m begging mothers all over the world, if you see my daughter and my grandkids to please be a mother and call the police.”

https://people.com/crime/fla-mom-and-her-4-slain-kids-were-allegedly-in-dads-van-for-weeks-as-he-faces-murder-charges/

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Alabama cop, 40, who was also dad of two girls, is shot in the face and killed during a gunfight with a wanted felon

An Alabama police officer from Tuscaloosa was shot dead while pursuing a wanted felon.

Dornell Cousette, a 40-year-old who served 13 years with the department was killed during a gunfight between the suspect and the officer. 

'Heroes come in many different forms,' said Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox. 'Tonight, one of our heroes has died in the line of duty.' 

Tuscaloosa Interim Police Chief Mitt Tubbs said Cousette received a tip a wanted suspect wanted on outstanding warrants for failure to appear on felony crimes was at his home.

When Cousette arrived, he saw the suspect on the front porch at which point the suspect ran inside.

As the officer followed the suspect, gunshots rang out and both the unidentified suspect and officer were wounded. 

Cousette was fatally shot in the face and died a short time later on the way to hospital. 

The 20-year-old suspect left the home after the shooting and also ended up in a nearby hospital where he was arrested.

The suspect had been previously arrested in 2017 on charges of robbery and assault.  

Cousette was a veteran of the U.S. Army and joined the police force in 2006. 

He is the fourth police officer to be shot to death in the line of duty in Alabama this year.

'It's terribly difficult,'' Chief Tubbs said. 'Every time you hear the phone ring, you just hope it's not this call. And unfortunately today it was this call.'

'We are a family, and it's very difficult to take,'' he said.

 

Cousette had two daughters and was engaged to be married.

'He was a great officer. Everybody loved him,' Tubbs said. 'You can tell by the number of people who arrived at the hospital when we got the news. He was well thought of throughout the department and he was a hero. He was a hero.' 

'Alabama has already lost three police officers to hostile fire during 2019 - the greatest amount due to gunfire in a single year in our state since 2009,' Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall told AL.com

'The violence that law enforcement faces is a significant issue, but it is also a reflection of a rise in violent crime being felt across the nation.' 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7471881/Alabama-cop-40-dad-two-girls-shot-killed-gunfight.html

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Nurse, 51, has both legs and her left arm amputated after a chesty cough turned out to be deadly sepsis

A nurse has revealed how she lost both of her legs and an arm after a chesty cough turned into sepsis.

Jayne Carpenter, 51, began coughing up phlegm in April 2016 and within a few days she was short of breath and struggling to walk.

But despite getting increasingly ill she didn't go to the doctors because she 'didn't want to make a fuss'.

When she finally visited her GP at 9am on the morning of May 1 she was advised to go to A&E but they had no idea she had the early stages of deadly sepsis.

By 11am, Mrs Carpenter, from Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, was diagnosed with pneumonia and severe sepsis and rushed to intensive care.

Her body had overreacted to the flu and started stacking its own organs and tissues. 

By midnight, she slipped into a coma when her organs started to fail due to septic shock.  

Her blood pressure had dropped to a dangerously low level because of the sepsis - a violent immune response to an infection. 

She'd developed small blood clots in her blood vessels, which prevented blood flowing to her fingers, hands, arms and legs. 

She spent the next nine weeks in a coma in hospital fighting for her life. Her husband Rob, 55, was told his wife would die unless she had a multiple amputations.

In total, she lost her left arm below the elbow, both of her legs and four of fingers on her right hand.

Mrs Carpenter said: 'It's been completely devastating and life-changing. Getting sepsis is something you never predict will happen to you. It turned my world upside down.

'I haven't let it defeat me but I do get my dark moments. I'd had quite bad cough and was coughing up dark coloured phlegm.

'I was getting worse and I just thought it was a virus. The following day I woke up and felt short of breath and couldn't walk anywhere.

'I thought it was a cough, as a nurse I thought it was something fairly trivial so didn't want to make a fuss.' 

Mrs Carpenter's life was turned upside down following her amputations as they robbed her of the ability to perform simple daily tasks.

The former nurse was plunged into depression and regularly considered suicide. 

But after battling through the last three years of recovery, she is now fundraising for a new set of artificial limbs that will give her more range of movement. 

While she says she is grateful for her current prosthetics, which were provided by the NHS, she claims they restrict her movements.

She said: 'Three years on and I've really struggled, I thought my life couldn't improve beyond what it's like at the moment.

'There were three points this year where I got close to ending my own life, it's been horrendous.

It's like a grieving process, I've grieved for the life I once had and the ability to do so many of the small things you take for granted such as being able to go for a swim.

'I can't put my own jewellery on, I rely on my husband to put my shoes on, it takes away my femininity.

'I try and do as much as I can but have to ask Robert to do lots of things, he's been a real rock.' 

Despite vaccinations being available, there are still around 700 reported cases of pneumonia in the under-fives in the UK every year. 

The disease claims the lives of around 30,000 people in the UK each year.

At least 46,000 people die every year in the UK as a result of sepsis, which occurs when the body reacts to an infection by attacking its own organs and tissues.

When someone has sepsis, the clotting mechanism begins to work overtime. Tiny blood clots form throughout the blood system, making it difficult for blood to get to the body’s organs and tissues. 

Mrs Carpenter revealed after the surgery she didn't feel good enough for her husband and told him to leave her. 'I told my husband, you can walk away,' she said.

'But he replied, "I married you not for your arms or legs but because I love you". We try to live life as normally as possible but life is not always the same as before.

'I divide my life into two parts; before and after I got sepsis. I lost half my life.'

Mrs Carpenter is now raising £265,000 on GoFundMe for ossiointergration surgery, which will see a pair of state-of-art prosthetic's fitted on each of her legs.

She said: 'It will completely and utterly change my life without a shadow of a doubt.

'It'll give my freedom and independence back. My life was stripped away and I just need to regain some of the normality that sepsis took away from me.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7455671/Nurse-51-legs-left-arm-amputated-cough-turned-deadly-sepsis.html

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Botched bowel surgery left father disfigured and in agony for years

When Paul Hurley began suffering from stomach pains he thought he must have picked up a bug or an infection. The father-of-one was surprised when doctors told him he would need bowel surgery but reasoned that it was a routine operation, and that he would be back on his feet in no time at all. But, after needing further treatment, the formerly healthy 50-year-old was left disfigured and in chronic pain.

He still suffers both physically and mentally from the trauma of the botched procedure six years on and says his life will never be the same.

“I went in for what should have been a straightforward operation and came out looking like I’d been butchered,” he told i. “I ended up in a coma, almost died, and now have horrific scars and post traumatic stress disorder because of what happened to me.

“To this day I still don’t really know what went wrong or why.”

Paul was rushed in for an emergency surgery at Croydon Hospital in Surrey in November 2013 after developing diverticulitis, an inflammation of the large intestine. He’d been suffering from stomach pain for two days when he went to a walk-in surgery and was given an X-ray and scan.

“It showed that my large intestine had perforated which could have led to sepsis if left untreated so I was taken to hospital straight away,” Paul recalled. “They didn’t know what had caused it but told me I’d have to use a colostomy bag for a while afterwards which could be reversed if I wanted it.

“They removed around eight inches of infected bowel but the stoma – the entrance created to attach to the colostomy bag on my abdomen – was too high which I wasn’t happy with.”

Paul said he struggled to wear clothing like jeans or trousers because they would cut across the stoma, which made him feel uncomfortable and self conscious. So when he was given the opportunity to have it removed and his bowel connected back together, he agreed.

“I went in for that operation in February 2014 and, when I came round, I just had a small scar where the stoma had been closed over and bruising so I thought everything was fine,” Paul said. “But a few days later, I became very ill and vomited continuously. I couldn’t even keep water down.”

Paul had a nasogastric tube fitted into his nose so doctors could direct fluids straight to his stomach and keep him hydrated.

“It took seven attempts for them to get it in because I couldn’t stop retching which was very distressing,” Paul remembered. “Nobody seemed to know why I was being sick. Then the pain started – it was excrutiating. I was doubled up in a foetal position it was so bad.”

A CT scan and other tests showed that contents from his bowel had aspirated into his abdomen, possibly caused by a perforation.

“I don’t know what had happened as nobody would explain anything to me,” he said.

Paul had to have a third operation to have part of his small intestine removed too and claimed the hospital should have sent a sample of it to a pathology laboratory for testing but didn’t.

“Why that didn’t happen I don’t know but things continued to go downhill for me from then on,” he added.

The procurement manager had to be put into an induced coma for several hours after the operation and was in intensive care and high dependancy for days afterwards.

“When I came round and saw what they had done to me I was really scared,” he said. “I had a huge gaping wound up my belly measuring 26cm long by 7cm wide, which they hadn’t closed over properly because they apparently wanted everything to settle down first. I was shocked when I looked at it.

“I looked like something out of a horror movie and would never have signed up for any of that had I know what was going to happen.”

Paul developed other complications including fluid on the lungs and sepsis as well as an infection of his wound and ended up in hospital for 76 days in total.

“My father Bernard came to visit me regularly but I didn’t want my daughter, Demi, to see me in that state as she was only 15 and would have been terrified,” he explained. “I couldn’t believe that what should have been a fairly straightforward operation had left me fighting for my life.

“I wasn’t in any fit state to ask questions but whenever my father asked the doctors why things kept going wrong they would just brush him off.

A healthy 73kg when he first went into hospital, Paul weighed just 55kg when he was finally discharged. His ordeal had left him in constant pain and he needed several painkillers a day.

“I had an awful scar all the way from my rib cage down to my groin and my belly button was in the wrong place. I had adhesional pain from my organs sticking to my abdominal wall too and it hurt to bend over.”

Paul says he also suffered from memory loss, which he believes was brought on by brain damage caused by the sepsis he suffered.

“I couldn’t remember important events I’d shared with my daughter like birthdays and days out,” he said. “It was heartbreaking. My ex-partner, Demi’s mother, would show me photographs but I just couldn’t remember.”

Suffering from post traumatic stress, depression and a hernia as a result of his botched surgery, Paul decided to take legal action against the hospital.

Paul contacted medical negligence and personal injury law firm Fletchers Solicitors to pursue a claim against Croydon Health Services NHS Trust earlier this year, and was advised to settle out of court and accept compensation, though the trust did not admit liability in the settlement.

“At least it means I will be able to pay for corrective surgery to repair my belly button and the hernia. I want to have both done privately as I no longer trust the NHS,” he explained.

Paul says he has been left “grossly disfigured” by what happened and has lost his confidence as a result

“I used to be fit and active before this,” he said. “I used to go to the gym three times a week and take part in arm wrestling competitions, even a powerlifting competition once, and played Badminton for Surrey but I can’t do any of those things any more.

“I am like a recluse now and only go out to work and back. I have been traumatised by this and am still in continuous pain.”

Hannah Smale, part of the legal team at Fletchers Solicitors said: “I am delighted that Paul achieved a fair settlement for the injuries he suffered, as they have had a significant impact on his life. He is keen for lessons to be learnt from his case, and that patient safety is improved within Croydon Health Services NHS Trust.”

Dr Nnenna Osuji, Medical Director at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, said: “We are very sorry for any additional stress or illness Mr Hurley experienced following his necessary surgery. We always strive to deliver the highest standards of care and the safety of our services is monitored continuously to ensure we meet these standards.”?

The Trust added that it did not admit liability and that the case with Paul was settled through mediation.

https://inews.co.uk/news/real-life/botched-bowel-surgery-left-father-grossly-disfigured-and-in-constant-agony-for-six-years/

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Mother whose twin sons weighed less than 3lb when they were born premature shares her heartache after one died at four months when his lungs collapsed

A mother, whose twin sons weighed less than 3lb when they were born premature, shared her heartache after one died at four months from collapsed lungs.

Katie Filewood, 37, from North Leeds, and her husband, Jonathan, had been trying to conceive for several years, via IVF, when at 35, Katie was thrilled to find out she was expecting twins.

However at 15 weeks Katie and Jonathan received some devastating news about one of their sons Archie - who they were told had a complete AVSD (a large hole in his heart).

The twins were both born prematurely at 29 weeks, with Archie only weighing 1lb 7 and Jack just 2lb 8. However, while Jack was discharged after seven weeks little Archie had to stay in hospital.

Doctors did all they could to save Archie, including operations, but his lungs were too weak, and at just four months old he passed away in Katie's arms. 

Katie, who will be running the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October, in aid of the British Lung Foundation and in memory of Archie, explains her heartbreak when she found out how ill he was. 

'We learnt that Archie had a complete AVSD (a large hole in his heart) and that he would need major surgery at some stage during the first few months of his life to correct it. 

'We also found out that he had fluid on his lungs, that his placenta didn't seem to be working properly resulting in him being very small, and that he had polyhydramnios (excessive fluid) surrounding him. 

'Additionally, the consultants felt that Archie would almost certainly be born with Down's Syndrome.' 

Despite many obstacles, Archie, alongside his brother Jack, made it to 29 weeks and it was at this stage of the pregnancy that Katie was advised by their consultant that if they carried on with the pregnancy Archie would not survive.

'We felt that both of our boys were absolutely meant to be here and so I had a c-section the following afternoon (1st June 2018),' Katie reveals.

When they were born Archie weighed just 1lb 7 and Jack just 2lb 8, both severely premature.. Jack was discharged from hospital after seven weeks and although Archie surprised everyone by coming out crying and kicking, stronger than they thought he would be, they were never able to take him home with them. 

'I always wished that I would be able to take both of our boys home together. I imagined that we would decorate the house with "welcome home Archie and Jack" bunting, and that we would celebrate the boys coming home with our family,' Katie tells Femail. 

'It broke my heart that Archie couldn't come home with his brother and it still breaks my heart now. When Jack came home we still made sure we left the house by 8am every morning so that we could all be together with Archie every day. 

'It was a really sad mix of emotions not feeling able to celebrate Jack coming home and at the same time trying to come to terms with Archie still requiring so much support. At the end of the day they are twins and they were supposed to be together.'

Katie said that her friends and family rallied around them when they heard the news: 'We were lucky that our families supported us and helped us as much as they could. Friends and family went out of their way to try and communicate their support to us. You really learn who is truly there for you when it counts.'

After undergoing surgery that would hopefully improve Archie's condition, both of Archie's lungs unexpectedly collapsed, leaving him fighting for his life. 

'I will never forget the phone call that we received in the middle of the night and the immediate gut wrenching feeling that perhaps we had already lost our boy.

'During the following weeks there were many terrifying moments where we believed we were about to witness Archie die. I remember breaking down on one particularly bad day and saying to the nurse in charge that I can't live without him – I needed him to be okay,' Katie says.

Over the next few weeks Archie's condition slowly improved, however his lungs continued to malfunction and these occurrences became more and more frequent as time went on. 

'The cardiologist explained that they would be unable to perform the major heart surgery that Archie so desperately needed  - because his lungs were just too weak. Without the operation Archie would not survive so this new information felt crushing and was a lot to take in.'

On the 29th October Katie and Jonathan were informed that Archie would never get better and would soon pass away.

'Later that day I held Archie in my arms whilst he died. I wish with every fibre of my being that Archie had survived and that he could be our cheeky happy boy.'

'On the day that Archie died I desperately wanted to protect him. I wanted him to feel safe and for him to feel how loved he is. I can't find the words to describe how it felt to lose Archie. 

'I felt I'd failed him and I couldn't imagine what the rest of our lives would be like without him. We were devastated lost and empty. I still wanted to take care of him and I couldn't bear to leave him.'

Katie admitted that even though Jack is still too young, he turned one in June, to understand, they do talk about Archie a lot as a family and mention him to Jack. 

As Jack gets older we will explain to him that he is a twin and that this is a really special thing. 

'We want to make sure that Jack knows how loved he is and how special he is in his own right, but that also he has a twin brother who died and Archie will always be a part of our family - even though he can't be here with us.' 

This October will mark the first anniversary of Archie's death which is why Katie has chosen to run the Royal Parks Half marathon for the British Lung Foundation, as part of 'Team Breathe', in order to raise awareness of lung disease and the charity's work.

'If Archie had survived, he would undoubtedly have required oxygen for the first year or two of his life and may have experienced ongoing issues related to his lung disease.

 

'We met many premature babies on the neonatal unit, who also had lung disease, and I hope to help fund part of the British Lung Foundation's future research into the long-term implications of this illness and the best ways to treat it.'

Katie aims to raise at least £1000 for the foundation and would love to raise more. This is her first half marathon and she hopes to complete the run in under two hours.  

'Running for the British lung foundation means the world to me because ultimately Archie died because his lungs were just too weak for him to get better. I am running the royal parks half marathon to mark the first anniversary since Archie died and to raise awareness of lung disease and prematurity,'

Talking about how the memory of Jack's brother will live on forever, she said: 'I will remember Archie as being my gorgeous little boy with those huge brown eyes that melted all the nurses hearts. Jack also has those gorgeous big eyes and I see a flash of Archie every time I look at him. 

'Archie was already such a little character even though he was still so tiny. He loved to see what was going on around him and he was always so alert with such knowing eyes. Archie will always be our little boy and Jacks twin brother and we will love and miss him forever.   

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7406869/Mother-shares-heartache-one-twins-died-four-months-lungs-collapsed.html

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'I thought I'd be ready': Father mourns son's sudden death 10 years after attack put him in coma

Ken and Sue Diviney and their son, Ryan, were spending Labor Day weekend at their peaceful cabin in West Virginia.

The family often retreated there to enjoy some fresh air.

At 29 years old, Ryan depended on his parents to interpret his needs. In 2009, a savage beating left him in a minimally conscious coma. He could breathe on his own but was unable to communicate or move his body. 

That morning, Sue woke Ryan up to do muscle-building exercises with his dad. After, the three of them sat on the front porch, chatting and basking in the warm summer sun.

They watched Ryan's favorite college football team win, the West Virginia Mountaineers. When they played "Country Roads" after the game, the entire crowd sang along. Ryan loved when they did that. 

“It was such a great day,” Ken recounted.

But around 6 p.m., Ken looked over at his son and felt that something was off. He took Ryan’s blood pressure and discovered it was in the 165 range.

Knowing an ambulance would take too long, Ken decided to drive Ryan to the hospital, and Sue followed in the truck. He kept a close eye on Ryan through a makeshift mirror, his eyes darting between the road and Ryan, back at the road and to Ryan again.

All of a sudden, he saw his son sit upright with a heavy breath in and then drop.

“I looked back and I knew he was dead,” Ken said with a deep sigh. 

Still driving, Ken started giving Ryan CPR with one hand as he tried to find a place to pull over. 

But it was too late.

The Divineys spent a decade fighting for Ryan’s life. And Ken thought he’d be ready – he'd watched his son die and be revived three times before. 

“This is so hard,” Ken said a few days after his son's death. “It was a great day until that. A lot of great days …”

In 2009, Ryan was a sophomore in his fall semester at West Virginia University when he was attacked by a group of men outside a convenience store.

Ryan was sucker-punched in the head by a student. As he lay on the ground, another teen kicked his head as if he were punting a football, The Washington Post reported a witness saying.

Ryan barely survived and never fully recovered.

Although he was able to breathe on his own without life support, the attack left him in a minimally conscious coma – what some refer to a vegetative state – for the rest of his life.

His father left his job at a sports consulting company to be his primary caretaker.

The news of the attack devastated the community, who Ken said rushed to the family’s aid and donated whatever was needed to make Ryan’s care more comfortable.

The entire basement of the house was remodeled to accommodate Ryan's needs, including a giant bathroom that fit his chair, which was done free of charge by local companies. 

“There were times when my knees buckled and just people were there,” Ken said. “Whatever we needed, and we couldn’t get through any other means, people did it. And they loved doing it for him.”

Every day for almost 10 years, Ken woke his son up around 6 a.m. to start their routine of exercises: passive cycling for the legs and hands, vibration machines, audio stimulation and more.

He made sure Ryan was never bored – Ken spoke to him all day, took him outside when it was nice and made sure someone was always there with him. 

At the end of the day, Ken would give Ryan a shower and put him to bed. 

The family’s decision to do this every day, to care for their son while he fought to recover, was actually made by Ryan himself.

Three months before the attack, Ken said, they had a conversation while soaking in the hot tub about people who were living in comatose conditions.

“If anything like that ever happens to me, you do everything you can for me,” Ken recalled Ryan saying.

“And we did. Relentlessly.”

Ken says most people would describe his son as the all-American boy.

Ryan loved watching sports, but his favorite to play was baseball, and he was one of the hardest hitters anyone had ever seen.

“I would throw buckets and buckets of balls for him to hit,” Ken recalled. At one point, Ryan began hitting the balls so hard that Ken was afraid to stand on the mound.

To honor his athletic legacy, Ryan’s high school baseball team retired his jersey, something Ken had never heard of any high school doing before.

As a sophomore, he was picked as one of Virginia’s top 50 college prospects. However, Ryan earned his spot at WVU with a partial academic scholarship to major in pre-law with his sights set on being a senator or judge. He received the presidential award for his 4.0 GPA after the first semester of his freshman year.

He had a 3.81 GPA the night of the attack.

But Ken says it’s not just Ryan’s academic and athletic achievements that has made him a proud father. He loved the way Ryan inspired his younger sister, Kari, who applied to WVU after visiting Ryan on campus. She received her acceptance letter when her brother was in the ICU.

“I’m doing everything to remember my brother,” Ken remembers his daughter saying

Ryan was a shining example for Kari, but his reach extended beyond the family as well.

Ken recalled receiving numerous letters after his son’s attack detailing the small things he did for people every day. Even 10 years later, Ken is still hearing new stories about his son – whether it was defending an unpopular kid at school or being there for a friend whose father was terminally ill.  

At Ryan's funeral, his school friend Tommy Meier recalled in his eulogy how the two met. Their friendship was solidified in the eighth grade when Ryan stood up to bullies who said they wanted to beat up his best friend. 

"From that day on, I felt secure and fearless whenever I was with you," Meier wrote. "You brought out the best in me."

The medical bed in Ryan's room sits empty. And there's no longer a need for the exercise machine at the other end of his room. But his presence is still everywhere in the Virginia home.

The first game of the NFL season was marked by Ryan's favorite spread, a concoction of nachos, cheese, chili and smokies loaded with brown sugar. Before the attack, the family would sit on the couch around the ottoman to share the family delicacy while watching football games.

But no double dipping, Ken said. That was Ryan’s rule

According to the family’s Facebook page, where they kept the community updated with his condition, services to celebrate Ryan’s life were held Sept. 6 and 7.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked for attendees to donate to the making of their documentary “Storming,” which followed the daily lives of Ken and Sue Diviney as they cared for Ryan for a decade.

Ken said he's grateful for the community's help. He'll pay forward their kindness and donate Ryan's equipment – it's what Ryan would've wanted. 

“There’s a lesson to be learned here,” Ken said. “Treat people well. We’re all interconnected.”

Ken wants to take everything Ryan has taught him, before and after the attack, and apply that to his next venture in life. 

He’s not sure what that will be yet, or when there will be better days ahead. But he knows that whatever he’ll do, it will involve sharing his story in Ryan's name.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/09/14/ryan-diviney-former-wvu-student-dies-after-10-years-coma/2309193001/

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Tomer Frankfurter, 18, was on a two-month tour of the US from Israel when the tragedy occurred in Yosemite National Park, last summer

The final moments of an Israeli traveler who plunged more than 800 feet to his death while attempting to take a selfie on a Yosemite cliff have been revealed.

Tomer Frankfurter, 18, was on a two-month tour of the US from Israel when the tragedy occurred in Yosemite National Park, California, last summer.

Along with a group of tourists, Frankfurter had been trekking the revered 5.4 mile Mist Trail route through the stunning Nevada Falls cliffs on September 4, and decided he wanted to capture a memorable photo of the trip.

Handing his cell phone to a woman in the group, Frankfurter is then said to have started climbing over the cliff edge as other hikers tried to persuade the teenager to come back because it wasn’t safe.

However, Frankfurter continued over the rock-face and, suspending himself with his arms, he dangled himself above the falls below.

For a few moments everything went as planned for Frankfurter, who posed for pictures with the rest of the group watching on.

However, suddenly the teen’s grip began to slip and he called out ‘I need help’ in desperation.

According to reports, a number of tourists ran over and tried to hoist Frankfurter back to safety, grabbing on to his arms and wrists.

But as it was a warm summer afternoon, Frankfurter began to tire and his would-be rescuers were struggling to get a firm grip on his arms, which were slippery with sweat.

Slowly, the adventurer, from Jerusalem, began to slip from their grasp. Then suddenly, he fell – plunging 820 ft to the ground below.

‘Frankfurter fell in a tragic accident, in circumstances that he was entirely in control of until the point of the fall,’ wrote Jesse McGahey, the Yosemite ranger who filed the report on the investigation into the death.

‘The witnesses that attempted to render aid were heroic in their actions,’ McGahey said. ‘But once Frankfurter descended to hang from the edge of the cliff face, there was nothing they could have done to prevent his fall with the equipment available.’

Frankfurter’s death came as an addition to the fast-growing number of young people who’ve died as part of the so-called ‘Selfie Epidemic’, in search of the most impressive photos for Instagram or Facebook.

‘Today people are trying to prove that they did something,’ said Michael Ghiglieri, co-author of ‘Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite’, to Mercury News. ‘In the old days people went out to have an experience. Now they go out to record that they had that experience.’

A student at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Frankfurter was on a two month trip of the United States and had been staying with a family friend in Fresno.

The two visited Yosemite together but were separated into different tour groups prior to the fatal accident.

Friends of Frankfurter recalled how he said he wanted to replicate a photo he’d seen of a tourist in Brazil at Telegraph Rock, showing the individual hanging from a rocky platform and appearing to be thousands of feet above the ground.

In reality, the photo is actually an optical illusion, with the rock hanging just three-feet above a pathway below.

But no such trickery exists at the Nevada Falls.

‘I thought [Frankfurter] was joking,’ one witness told investigators, according to documents obtained exclusively by Mercury News. ‘I turned around because I couldn’t watch, but he was hanging off the rock. Then he started to struggle.’

Others reveal how they watched on in horror as the teenager clung on for dear life by the tips of his fingers.

‘I heard some of my friends screaming “come quickly, everyone, hurry!”’ one witness recalled.

‘Help! We need help! He’s falling!’ another person shouted out, as three hikers scrambled to pull Frankfurter back to safety.

‘People started running toward him,’ one witness said. ‘But he just couldn’t hang on anymore.’

As he fell, hikers turned away in horror, with screams and crying breaking out among members of the group.

Frankfurter died instantly on impact, investigators say. He landed on a rocky patch by the side of a river.

In an investigation conducted by the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, at least 259 people have died in selfie-related incidents, between 2011 and 2017.

The average age of the victims was 23, three-quarters of whom were male.

Most people will say, “I want the photo, but it’s too dangerous,”’ said Ghiglieri to Mercury News. ‘Some people — and it’s almost always guys — recognize it’s dangerous, but they don’t internalize it as dangerous. They perceive it like a Hollywood movie set. It’s a disconnect.’

The Vietnam veteran suggests the National park updates its safety warnings for a younger generation, but insists evening building miles of fencing wouldn’t stop social media enthusiasts, as ‘someone would climb over it.’

In the month after Frankfurter’s death, travel blogging newlyweds Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, died after falling from Taft Point in Yosemite.

A tri-pod and camera was found set-up where they fell.

‘A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs and skyscrapers, but did you know that wind gusts can be FATAL?? Is our life just worth one photo?’ Moorthy wrote just months before the fall, on their blog ‘Holidays and Happily Ever After’.

At least 1,004 people have died at Yosemite since 1851. 300 of them died falling from a great height.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6873253/Final-moments-teen-plunged-death-posing-photo-Yosemite-revealed.html

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British father is ROBBED while lying in the road with horrific injuries after being run over TWICE in Spain

A British dad is in hospital in Spain after he broke 26 bones when he was twice hit by a car on his way to the supermarket. Dean Millers, 29, was left fighting for his life, in a coma and on a ventilator after he popped to the shop to get juice and biscuits for his daughters. Partner Emily Clarke, 24, heard a huge smash, and ran out to the balcony to see Dean lying injured in the road. The construction worker had been hit by a car while using the zebra crossing, thrown through the air, and was then run over by another vehicle – before thieves stole his wallet. The dad-of-two was airlifted to hospital for life-saving surgery to repair two broken legs, 13 rib fractures, a smashed pelvis, broken nose and arm and fractured elbow.

He also lost his bottom teeth, broke his fingers, and suffered kidney damage, and Emily was only able to recognise him from his tattoos. He was put in an induced coma and on a ventilator – but five days later Emily was forced to leave him and return to England with their kids, Ava-Rae, three and Halleé-Rae, two.

She has since flown back and forth to sign consent form for endless operations – and fears Dean could be in hospital in Spain for months. Emily, from Gorton, Manchester, said: ‘All I could see was a man in the road and while I couldn’t tell it was Dean, I knew it was him. ‘The hotel phone started ringing and they asked if I could come down. It was absolutely awful. ‘When I first saw him after the operation I was only allowed to see him for two minutes. ‘It was horrible. At that stage I was still in disbelief that it was him. And when I saw him, he was a mess. I burst into tears. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. ‘I didn’t expect someone to survive it. It was horrendous.

It didn’t look like him at all but the only way I knew it was him was from the tattoos on his arm.’ The family, including grandma Pamela, 69, flew to Lloret de Mar to an all inclusive hotel resort on May 21, for Dean’s first ever holiday abroad.

He went to the supermarket at 6pm for Vimto and biscuits for the little ones and when Emily went to investigate the smashing sound she said she knew Dean had been hurt. He had been hit on the zebra crossing by a woman in a car – before a second car ran over him, she said. The first driver ran into a nearby police station and by the time Emily got to the scene, he was being looked after by emergency workers, and she was held back. Dean was airlifted to hospital in Girona while Emily followed in a taxi and waited for eight agonising hours with her three-year-old daughter for him to come out of surgery. The following day her dad came out to join her, and Emily remained by his bedside until she had to get her flight home on May 29, to bring her children back. Dean has since had two more operations to fix more broken bones, and came off the breathing machine this week, but can still barely move. Emily said: ‘Miraculously he has no brain or spinal injuries. ‘I had a chance to speak to him when I went back. He knows he is in Spain, he remembers being at the beach, but that’s about it.

‘It’s heartbreaking to have to leave him there, but I have to think of the kids. They need me.’ The family has travel insurance for Dean’s care, but it doesn’t cover Emily’s flights to see him to sign the forms, or her accommodation and transport while she’s there. She has launched a crowdfunding page asking for £3,000, and has so far raised £1,155.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/09/british-dad-left-fighting-life-hit-two-cars-way-supermarket-9875686/

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Ex-high school cheerleader acquitted of killing her baby 2 days after prom

LEBANON, Ohio (AP/CBS News) — A young Ohio woman acquitted of killing and burying her newborn in the backyard was sentenced Friday to three years’ probation on a corpse abuse charge.

Brooke Skylar Richardson, 20, apologized before a Warren County judge told her she showed a “grotesque disregard for life.”

Richardson, then 18, buried her newborn daughter in her family’s backyard in 2017.

Officials had claimed the former Ohio high school cheerleader killed her newborn daughter two days after attending her senior prom.

In questioning in 2017, Richardson described events of the baby’s birth.

“I could feel it and something needed to come out. I could feel it,” she told detectives.

Her defense said the baby she called “Annabelle” was stillborn.

“Life is precious, and it should be protected,” Judge Donald E. Oda II said. “I know in my heart that if you would have made different decisions in this case, Annabelle would be here today.”

Oda warned Richardson, a first-time offender, that he can send her to prison for up to a year if she violates probation.

“I just wanted to say how sorry I was,” Richardson told the judge before he sentenced her. She said she can “sometimes be selfish,” and she knows she hurt “so many” people.

“I’m forever sorry, I’m so sorry; I’m really, really sorry,” she said.

The baby’s paternal grandmother, Tracy Johnson, told the court about the pain of losing a baby she and her son Trey, the father, didn’t even know about until long after her death.

Prosecutors argued that she hid her unwanted pregnancy and killed the baby before burying it in her family’s backyard so that the high school cheerleader could get on with her “perfect life.”

However, medical experts who testified for both prosecution and defense agreed there was no physical proof the baby was alive.

A live birth had to be proved “beyond a reasonable doubt” if the jury was to convict on any of the three most serious charges: aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangering. She could have faced in prison if convicted of aggravated murder.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/national-news/ex-high-school-cheerleader-acquitted-of-killing-her-baby-2-days-after-prom/

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Killer convicted of the murder of Edinburgh bookkeeper Suzanne Pilley reveals plan to appeal in new podcast

Podcast-maker Sophie Ellis is recalling the first time she met David Gilroy, the man currently serving life for the murder of Suzanne Pilley.

The high-profile investigation into the disappearance of the 38-year-old bookkeeper, last seen on CCTV alighting from a bus on Princes Street on her way to work, was the focus of intensive police enquiries that culminated in the arrest and conviction of her ex-lover in 2012, despite her body never being found.

In Body of Proof, a new 10-part podcast examining the case, Gilroy, now 56, speaking for the first time since his conviction, maintains his innocence and insists he will “fight to his dying breath” to clear his name, while revealing he is preparing a fresh appeal against his sentence.

Body of Proof is an intriguing and at times gruelling five-hour listen, presented by TV documentary makers Sophie Ellis and Darrell Brown.

It’s the result of almost two years combing through evidence and attempting to answer what they describe as ‘a hundred unanswered questions’ about the case.

Recalling the genesis of the project, Ellis says, “Darrell and I are both television producers, Darrell specifically makes documentaries which focus on crime.

“Over a drink one evening he mentioned he’d received a letter from the step-mum of a man in prison for murder and that she was convinced of his innocence.

“He showed me the letter and I immediately Googled the case, reading as much as I could about David and Suzanne.”

That letter was from Gilroy’s stepmother, Linda Gilroy, a former Labour MP who has long protested his innocence.

Brown adds, “I was intrigued enough to send a speculative email just seeking a bit more information.

“What came back was a long letter from David’s step mum, essentially saying that everything I would read about the case wouldn’t tell me the full story.

“It was clear that there was something bigger to explore - regardless of whether the conviction itself was right.”

With Gilroy already serving his life term, the pair admit it was difficult to come to the case without preconceptions.

“We all like to think that our justice system and the police always get it right. The same goes for a jury.

“And in this case specifically, so much had been written about David that when we went to visit him for the first time in prison, we were both nervous because we didn’t doubt his guilt,” concedes Ellis.

Brown agrees, “It’s inevitable that when you first read the case details you assume there can be no alternative other than David’s guilt.

“Equally - when I’d read Linda’s letter I assumed there had to be some doubts.

“The only way to look properly at the case was to get rid of any preconceptions and look at everything with a clean slate.”

He qualifies that with, “The only preconception I suppose we had, was around the justice system.

“I presumed a trial would hear all of the information available and a jury would have everything at their disposal to make a decision.

“We learned that, for various reasons, the jury in this trial didn’t learn about everything they might have.”

From the outset, the Pilley family made it clear they had no wish to be involved as Ellis and Brown considered ‘over-looked evidence’ and spoke to people who knew both Pilley and Gilroy, attempting to put the pieces together.

“I wasn’t allowed into the prison on the first visit,” says Ellis, “so by the time my first visit with David came around, I had absorbed information from both the press and from Darrell’s first visit.”

“I was on high alert for any indication that he was trying too hard or ‘steering’ us in any way - was he being too self-assured, too self-deprecating?

“Was he being too measured in his answers to ensure he wasn’t caught out in a lie, or was he trying too hard to make us like him.

“But my first impressions were none of those things. He seemed likeable and nice. I was ready to actively dislike David, but my honest reaction was that, to my surprise, I liked him.”

Brown reflects, “I found him stand-off-ish, guarded and tricky, at first.

“Perhaps that was a sign he was sizing me up and nervous of the media.

“It’s fair to say that as we got to know David more we experienced some of the quirks in his character.

“He’s very detailed in his answers, sometimes to the point of covering his back or being pedantic - and we wrestled with whether that was a sign of someone constructing a web of lies, or someone trying their utmost to give a full and accurate account, perhaps scarred by being in prison.”

Listeners can decide for themselves as Gilroy pleads his case in an often distant delivery.

Reconstructing evidence, tallying witness statements and examining CCTV footage, Ellis and Brown accept the ‘balance of proof’ ebbed and flowed constantly.

“All the way through our interactions with David and our deep dive into the case, it’s been both frustrating and eye-opening,” says Ellis.

“There are two contradictory explanations for almost every piece of the puzzle. One sinister and one completely ordinary.”

“For example, the idea that David bought air fresheners on the day that Suzanne went missing was used to suggest he’d bought them to conceal the smell of a body.

“He maintains they were for the loo in his home.

“It made me wonder about how many innocent actions we all make every day, which could be used against if they were contextualised differently.

“In a case with no body and no forensics, it worried me that things had been presented so definitively.

“Throughout, we changed our stance many times.”

Brown adds, “There were moments early on where we felt 100% David was guilty.

“And moments when we uncovered something which made us 100% sure he was innocent.

“It’s fair to say that we didn’t always agree - or interpret evidence in the same way.

“But ultimately, the more we got into the case the more we realised not everything we’d read and been told could be accurate.

“It became a task of trying to verify the truth from various rumours, claims, and reports.”

Certain conflicts they discovered need to be re-examined, insist the pair.

“I think the CCTV evidence should be reconsidered,” says Ellis.

“This isn’t about nit-picking, or technicalities, it’s about assessing what standard of proof should we accept as standard; how do we want the system to work?, a question both Darrell and I had to do a lot of soul-searching about.”

She asks, “Is it preferable to put a potentially guilty person in prison without sufficient proof or, if there isn’t enough proof, should a potentially guilty person go free to maintain the confines of the justice system?”

Brown too believes that, almost a decade after the events, various aspects of the case are yet to be fully revealed.

“There’s a car, which police appealed for information about, that bugged us as reporters.

“That’s not to say we think it was involved - but we wanted to know more about what it was doing, and what the driver might have been able to add to the enquiry.

“And I’d want to know more about the end of the relationship between David and Suzanne.

“The jury heard a pretty one-sided version of how they broke up, and an account of David’s behaviour towards her - and we’d want to find out how much of that claim was true.”

What they did uncover surprised them, however.

“I’ve been consistently surprised by this case.

“Innocent or guilty, David Gilroy is a fascinating case in human psychology and what people are capable of...” says Brown, “Whether that’s keeping sane and strong as a victim of a miscarriage of justice, or maintaining a consistent web of lies rather than admit guilt and ending a family’s suffering”.

Accepting that their investigations have proved disturbing on numerous levels, Ellis reflects, “The most disturbing this about this case is the torment of Suzanne Pilley’s family.

“Regardless of David’s guilt, they cannot have any form of closure without knowing what happened to Suzanne and where she might be, and that is simply heartbreaking.

“Even if David were proved innocent, it wouldn’t change the Pilley’s need for knowledge about Suzanne’s whereabouts and the tragedy of that is incomprehensible to me.”

Ellis concludes, “We think it’s the only case where there is no forensic evidence, no confession, no witness and where the victim’s body hasn’t been found.”

“It’s a complex case and one that could only be explored properly in a podcast series that dedicates five hours to unpicking it.

“One conclusion we can speak about is that the case goes on - because there are lots of unanswered questions, not least where Suzanne’s remains are situated.

“It’s important that Suzanne’s story and the ongoing upset for her family is reflected too.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson talking on Body of Proof states, “David Gilroy was convicted of the murder of Suzanne Pilley following a thorough investigation by Lothian and Borders Police.

“Detective Superintendent Stuart Houston continues to lead the investigation to find Suzanne.

“We will pursue all possible lines of enquiry to locate her and bring her home to her family.”

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/whats-on/things-to-do/killer-convicted-of-the-murder-of-edinburgh-bookkeeper-suzanne-pilley-reveals-plan-to-appeal-in-new-podcast-1-4998631

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Young dad traumatised after being randomly stabbed in south London

south London mother has told of her son’s struggle to rebuild his life after he was stabbed in a random attack.

Brett Connolly, 26, was heading home after seeing a friend when he was brutally knifed outside a neighbour’s house in Rock Close, Mitcham.

He was rushed to hospital where doctors initially gave him a two per cent chance of survival, his mum told the Standard.

He has made a “miraculous” physical recovery since the stabbing on July 23 but is finding it harder and harder to cope psychologically, Felicity Connolly, 66, explained.

"Horrific doesn’t come close to describing what he’s been through,” she said.

He was stabbed through the cheek, down the back of his throat and again in his leg with a Rambo knife. He can’t speak properly at the moment because his voice box has been damaged, he can’t eat solid foods and he can’t work.

“There’s a long road ahead in terms of getting him physically back on track, but what we’re really focused on is getting him help to tackle his PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).”

Ms Connolly and her family are raising money to get private counselling for the dad-of-one, who is fighting to come to terms with what happened to him.

“The whole thing was such a shock. This is a close knit neighbourhood - we’ve never had any problems with violence. Brett just can’t make sense of it.”

“He’s never been affiliated with gangs or anything like that. He’s had a job ever since he left college and has always just been friendly and laid back with everyone.”

The 66-year-old said her son has been unable to get the urgent mental health support he needs due to long waiting times for specialist care.

“He has a five-year-old son, he has a partner, he wants to get better but there’s a three to four-month waiting list to the right psychological help on the NHS - that’s why we’re raising funds to get him seen privately.”

Mr Connolly was working as an air conditioning engineer before the summer attack.

Nerve damage and torn ligaments in his left foot caused by the stabbing mean he won’t be able to return to his job until January “at the earliest,” his mother explained.

She said: “His employer’s been amazing - really supportive. They’ve said he can come back as soon as he’s ready, but they can’t help him financially in the meantime.

“All he’s getting is £50 a week in sick pay, but he has a little boy to support.”

Mr Connolly is currently living with his mother, who has taken time off as a support worker for domestic abuse victims at Wimbledon CID to help care for her son.

“My job involves helping people who have suffered terrible violence, but I’m still coming to terms with violence in my own family,” she said.

“It’s made us all so anxious, but Brett’s the one who really needs a safe space where he can talk about what he’s suffered.

She offered praise to the NHS, saying she “could not thank the trauma team at St George’s hospital enough” for saving her youngest son’s life.

“They described Brett as a ‘miracle man’,” she said. 

“They thought that if he survived, he would either be brain damaged or paralysed, but he made it out of intensive care within a week.”

Mr Connolly is undergoing speech and language therapy and has a range of different aftercare procedures ahead of him, but he needs to be fit mentally to face the ongoing physical challenges. 

“He fought tooth and nail to survive that attack,” she said. “Now he needs the chance to start living again.”

Met Police confirmed that no arrests have yet been made in connection with the incident, but confirmed Mr Connolly was “not the intended target of the attack"

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/fundraiser-for-young-dad-left-traumatised-after-random-knife-attack-in-south-london-a4236286.html

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