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So sad, Glasgow teen died after forgetting to take asthma inhaler to work, shattered mum says

A SHATTERED mum told how her asthmatic 19-year-old daughter collapsed and died — after forgetting to take her inhaler to work.

Elaine Reid, 44, revealed chef Lauren suffered a heart attack triggered by her breathing condition during a shift in a Glasgow pub.

Loved ones then had to make the harrowing decision to turn off Rangers-mad Lauren’s life support — as she lay in a hospital bed wearing a Gers top and scarf of her tragic idol Fernando Ricksen.

Fighting back tears, Elaine told how one moment of forgetfulness in the family home doomed her “best pal”.

The mum-of-two, from the city’s Dennistoun, said Lauren had struggled with asthma since birth, adding: “She’d take her inhaler everywhere she went. This was the first time she didn’t.

“She called me and told me she had forgotten it and that she was panicking.

“I put the phone down and she just keeled over. I got a taxi to try to get to her. I could hear sirens while we drove — they were for my daughter. And by the time I found the pub there were three ambulances outside.”

Lauren suffered the asthma attack while working at cocktail bar Gin71. She had stepped outside to get some air after feeling dizzy.

Lauren then fell to the ground and was rushed to the nearby Royal Infirmary.

Without medication at hand, it led to her heart stopping for 35 minutes — and she never recovered.

Elaine recalled: “Medics took a scan of Lauren’s brain and I was told there did not seem to be any activity.

“They checked again the next day but she was gone. I’d lost my baby girl.”

Elaine recalled how Ibrox season ticket holder Lauren started going to games at the age of six.

And she’d followed Dutch ace Ricksen’s six-year battle with motor neurone disease before he died aged 43 in September.

She said: “Fernando was her hero. She loved his toughness. His bravery was a real inspiration to her.

“So when she was in the hospital we played Fernando by ABBA for her and put her Rangers top and Ricksen scarf on. She was wearing them at the end.”

Elaine also explained how her caring daughter helped nurse her when she was fighting bowel cancer six years ago.

She said: “Lauren was my rock during my treatment. I’d never have made it without her.”

Elaine also pleaded with others not to make the same mistake that cost the life of her beloved girl Lauren.

She added: “If you have asthma, please, take your inhaler with you everywhere you go.”

Rangers 'serve proceedings' to collect £2.8m from Hummel for unpaid kit sales

Lauren’s dad John, 48, brother Marc, 21, and gran Helen, 61, have also been left devastated by her death.

The family hope Gers fans will pay tribute during today’s clash with Livingston by clapping in the 19th minute.

Elaine said: “A minute’s applause at Ibrox would mean everything to us.”

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Dad Accidentally Buys A Life-Size 6-Meter-Long Dinosaur Statue For His 4-Year-Old Son

On the small British island of Guern, in the middle of the English Channel, a father gave his four-year-old son a dinosaur. Problem: the dimensions of the “toy,” which the father did not check when ordering on the net. Yes, the child dreamed of a big animal, but in this case, the beast is… more than 6 meters long!

For months, Theo had told his father, André Bisson, that he wanted to have the biggest Carnotaurus there is. The 4-year-old boy fell in love with Carnotauruses after he had watched the Disney classic Dinosaur. The Carnotaurus was a dangerous predator with arms shorter than T-rex’s and “bull” horns (hence the Taurus in the name), which lived in Patagonia for about 70 million years in the middle Cretaceous period. The father immediately did his research on the net. Finally, his wife saw an advertisement for a nearby amusement park offering one of their decorative statues: a Carnotaurus, just like Theo had wanted.

The opportunity was too excellent. André Bisson immediately spent 1,000 pounds (about 1,200 euros) to acquire the animal without even asking the sender for details on its dimensions. While he was expecting an object at most 3 meters long, the 2-ton monster measured 6.5 by 2.5 meters high. The dinosaur was not only life-size, but weighed almost as much as a real one. The delivery company even had to exchange its usual trucks for a trailer and a crane to transport the animal.

Without any fear, the child seems to have made the animal his best friend. Chaz (the name given by the boy) will stay in his garden until Theo doesn’t want him anymore, which will most likely be never.

https://www.boredpanda.com/parenting-carnotaurus-statue-chaz-andre-bisson/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

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Eeee, Indonesia boy lays eggs and have laid 20 EGGs in 2 years-first person in earth that lays eggs

Akmal, 14, claims to have been regularly laying eggs since 2016 – with the breakfast favourites emerging from his bum.

He has been repeatedly hospitalised due to his alleged ailment, even laying two of the eggs in front of the doctors.

Medics have been left scratching their heads by his bizarre egg-laying habits, and have said its “impossible” for eggs to form inside humans.

Eggs laid by Akmal have been cracked open and revealed to either be all yoke or all white.

Doctors suspected “the eggs were shoved [into Akmal’s rectum]” – but admitted they have not found proof that was the case.

Akmal, from Gowa, Indonesia, has even been x-rayed and doctors found an egg sitting in his bum.

 

His dad Rusli told local media: "In two years he laid 18 eggs and 2 today, so in total there have been 20. I cracked the first egg and its content was all yellow, no white.

"A month later I cracked another one, and its content was all white and no yellow.”

Doctors have now quarantined the boy for a week to study him at Syekh Yusuf Hospital in Gowa.

They will wait to see if the eggs naturally form inside Akmal – making sure he cannot get his hands on any to insert into himself.

His dad said: "He never swallowed eggs whole, why would he do that?

"I am an imam in my village, so there’s no voodoo. I only believe in the Lord.”

Muhammad Taslim, a spokesman for the hospital, said: "Our suspicion is that the eggs were deliberately shoved into Akmal’s rectum.

"But we did not see it directly.

"Scientifically chicken eggs cannot form inside the human body. It’s impossible, especially in the digestive system.”

Taslim said studies last year suggested the eggs the boy was laying were actually chicken eggs.

Hospital officials now wait to see if they have a medical miracle on their hands – or just a very strange lad with an egg obsession.

Daily Star Online previously revealed a woman who claimed to give birth to a frog in Zimbabwe.

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/weird-news/human-laying-eggs-chicken-indonesia-16850703

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Heartbreaking moment distraught mother says a final goodbye to the 13-week-old son she'd wanted for 20 years - after a cardiac arrest left him severely brain damaged

A devastated mother has shared a photo showing the heartbreaking moment she had to walk her ill son to their final goodbye.

Tammy Ireson, 39, from King’s Lynn, Norfolk, switched off Wilber’s life support when he was just 13-weeks-old, after a cardiac arrest left him severely brain-damaged. 

She has since decided to share the heart-wrenching picture to help other parents experiencing loss see that even when ‘you feel this level of grief and anguish, you will survive it and somehow find a way to get through each day.’ 

‘For the first time since Wilber‘s birth, I was able to take him for a walk,' said Tammy, speaking of the devastating moment where she can be seen in tears. 'But as I moved down the corridor with Wilber in my arms, I realised that was our first and last ever walk together and I broke down. That’s the moment Mark captured the picture of us.' 

Now, Tammy has an elephant teddy with a recording of Wilber’s heartbeat inside, as well as some of his ashes, which she takes on holidays, outings and sets a place for at special meal times, ensuring Wilber is still a part of her family’s daily life.

The little boy was born with a rare gene mutation that caused central-core disease - which affects muscles used for movement, and also resulted in Wilber suffering severe arthrogryposis - stiffness in his joints. 

He was unable to move or breath unaided and needed around-the-clock care after his birth in May 2018.

‘After the 20-week scan when doctors first realised something was wrong, they asked me repeatedly if I wanted to terminate my pregnancy but I said no every time,' explained Tammy.

‘I loved him so much already and believed he deserved a shot at life. His prognosis looked poor and I didn’t want him to suffer, but I also held onto hope that I’d be able to bring him home one day.’

It wasn’t meant to be however, with Wilber suffering a cardiac arrest that left him without oxygen for a prolonged time, irreparably damaging his brain 11 weeks after his birth. 

Before the life-changing turn, Tammy had been enjoying interacting with her little boy.

‘In the weeks since Wilber had arrived, we’d built a beautiful connection and I‘d gotten to know his strong personality,' she said. 'I loved him so much and I could feel how much he loved me back.’

Tammy had fallen pregnant out of the blue in October 2017, a month after being scheduled for a hysterectomy to relieve the pain of her endometriosis. 

The chronic condition affects 1 in 10 women, is a leading cause of infertility, and is caused when cells like the ones found in the womb move elsewhere, resulting in internal damage and scarring.

When Tammy realised she was expecting boyfriend Mark’s baby in October 2017, it was a miraculous bolt out of the blue.

‘We’d only been together for three months and I worried what Mark would say,’ she recalled. ‘I knew I’d be having this baby no matter what because it was a miracle I was pregnant in the first place. Luckily, Mark was fully supportive.’

The couple excitedly prepared for their new arrival and at their 20-week scan the sonographer realised the baby wasn’t opening his hands.

Tammy was referred for tests but refused an amniocentesis, knowing she‘d keep her baby regardless of any diagnosis.

‘At every appointment afterwards, I was asked if I wanted to terminate,’ Tammy explained. 'But I'd waited years to give my daughter Zilanne a sibling and the life inside me felt so precious.

‘Wilber didn't move much but I felt him rolling in response to me rubbing or patting my bump. The connection between us was strong from the start.  

Whilst doctors worked to identify Wilber’s condition, Tammy was hopeful she’d be able to bring him home and take care of him.

But Tammy’s pregnancy was fraught with problems and Wilber was delivered at 32 weeks following an emergency Caesarean Section when she developed pre-eclampsia. 

Wilber made no attempt to breathe and medics rushed him to NICU for life support.

‘We didn't know if he'd make it through the first night but he pulled through,' said Tammy. 

'The nurses advised me not to disturb him with too much physical contact but I could tell my touch brought him comfort. Wilber loved having his bum patted or being massaged.

‘As the days went by, he grew stronger and like any new mum, I got to know my son. I sang to him, cuddled him and cherished him.

‘He couldn’t move his arms or legs but after having some physiotherapy, he was able to make little movements and loved having his feet and back rubbed.

‘We bonded deeply and I felt so proud watching Wilber’s personality shine through.'

'He was so alert, cheeky, and even grumpy when he wanted to be, causing the doctors doing their rounds to circle back when he’d calmed down.

She added: ‘The nurses joked everybody knew when Wilber wanted something because he stared so intently at the nurses, they could feel the strength of his gaze across the room.’

Genetic tests finally revealed Wilber was suffering a RYR1 gene mutation, resulting in central core disease and arthrogryposis - stiffness of the joints.

It was so rare, Tammy set up an Instagram page, hoping to connect with other families dealing with the same condition. 

She also wanted to find out what the future might hold for Wilber, because even though his mobility was limited, his brain function was normal.

After 12 weeks in NICU, Tammy was determined to bring her son home but Wilber suffered a devastating cardiac arrest that left him severely brain-damaged.

Tammy, who was temporarily living in the hospital to be close to her son, arrived within minutes and watched despairingly as medics struggled to resuscitate him.

‘He did eventually come back but the moment he opened his eyes, I knew my little boy was gone,’ Tammy recalled. ‘His gaze was vacant and he no longer seemed to recognise me.

‘Wilber didn't respond to my touch anymore and it the connection between us vanished. I was devastated.’

Doctors advised Tammy to give Wilber time to recover from the brain injuries, but after two weeks, it was found the damage was irreversible.

Recognising how extensively Wilber’s body and mind was suffering due to his complex conditions, Tammy made the hard decision to withdraw her son's life support.

On the fated day, a team of medics helped the pair move to a private room to say goodbye - which is when the heartbreaking photo was taken. 

‘We’d agreed beforehand to take as many pictures as we could,' explained distraught Tammy. 'Even though those moments would be so painful to revisit, not having images of every precious last minute with our son would have been infinitely worse.’

Tammy held and comforted Wilber as his life support was withdrawn, taking pictures of their final cuddles, and sang to him and told him not to be scared.

Tammy held Wilber as he took his final breaths and afterwards she was able to spend nine days with her son thanks to a specially adapted cold ‘cuddle cot’ supplied by East Anglian Children’s Hospice.

After moving to the hospice with her son, specialist nurses helped Tammy take prints of Wilber’s hands and feet and saved a lock of his hair.

There, Tammy also took Wilber for a walk in a pushchair, sat on the swings with him in the hospice’s playground and posed for smiling pictures with her son, hiding the sheer agony she was going through.

It was the first time she’d been able to take pictures of Wilber’s face without tubes and wires covering it.

Those photos now take pride of place in an alcove in Tammy and Mark’s home which is dedicated to Wilber. On the shelves, candles burn every day in his memory.

‘Grief for a lost child doesn’t ever lessen but somehow we become strong enough to bear it,' said Tammy. ‘I miss Wilber so much and there isn’t an hour that passes when I don’t think about what our future with him might have looked like, but I’m so grateful for the 13 weeks and two days I felt my boy’s warmth.’

Now, Tammy is determined to give Zilanne and Wilber a sibling and is dedicating this year to falling pregnant.

‘Before I became pregnant with Wilber, I’d given up on my dream of having another baby and booked in for a hysterectomy,' she said. ' I’m so grateful to Wilber for helping me to realise I shouldn’t give up on that dream.

‘I’m hopeful I’ll be able to bring his little brother or sister into this world and raise them so they know all about their wonderful big brother.

‘I know the picture that recorded my distress so brutally might be upsetting for others to see, but I also know so many people who have experienced the same loss have found comfort knowing they are not the only ones who have felt this magnitude of grief.

She continued: ‘Through sharing this image and others of Wilber’s journey on social media, I’ve connected with many grieving parents and in discussing these experiences, we’ve survived them together.

‘Death is still a taboo subject in society but even more so when it concerns the loss of a child. I am doing my small part to break that taboo so those who lose a child might feel able to talk about their loss as well and find both support and comfort as a result.’

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8009817/Heartbreaking-photo-shows-moment-distraught-mother-said-final-goodbye-13-week-old-son.html

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Oh, Country singer Daniel Lee Martin 'commits suicide' after being accused of abusing a child

Country singer Daniel Lee Martin, who was accused of child sex crimes, has died by suicide, Fox News can confirm.

The musician and former reality show host was found dead at age 54 from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Florida home, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said in a statement to Fox News on Saturday.

Martin's body was found by officers when they arrived at his property to serve multiple arrest warrants that had been issued out of Tennessee.

The singer was accused of "three counts of sexual exploitation on a minor, three counts of aggravated sexual battery, one count of solicitation of a minor to commit rape of a child and two counts of committing an aggravated sexual battery," according to the statement.

Martin had threatened to harm himself prior to his death on Friday.

"Martin did not respond to attempts to make contact with him," the sheriff's statement continues. "The PSO SWAT team was called in to assist, as Martin previously made threats of harm against himself and others."

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Martin was arrested in late January on charges of lewd and lascivious exhibition and prohibition of certain acts in connection with obscenity.

The arrest came after a female victim claimed the singer exposed himself and masturbated in front of her in addition to showing her pornographic images during multiple sleepovers at his New Port Richey, Fla. home last November.

Martin was also accused of assaulting three children under the age of 13 between 2014 and 2018, the Tampa newspaper reported. The musician turned himself in and was scheduled for trial next month.

Martin broke out in the country music scene in the late 1990s and opened for stars Willie Nelson and Vince Gill, according to reports. He had also cohosted hunting show "Brotherhood Outdoors" in addition to releasing albums in 2003 and 2007.

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/country-singer-daniel-lee-martin-dead-suicide-child-sex-abuse-charges

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Former Mayoral Candidate Accused Of Drugging New Mom With Cupcake, Attempting To Kidnap Baby

Posing as a photographer, Juliette Parker, a former Colorado Springs, Colorado, mayoral candidate, made an enticing offer that many new moms couldn't pass up. In a Facebook group for new moms, Parker advertised free newborn photography sessions to moms with "a new baby that's less than 14 days old or are at least 37 weeks pregnant" and even offered to drive to their home. All they had to do was post images of their baby in the comments so Parker could scout potential candidates. 

Although Parker, 38, claimed she wanted to "build up her portfolio," local police came to believe that Parker may have had more sinister motives — they say Parker wanted to abduct an infant, flee the state, and raise the child as her own. 

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department arrested Parker and her 16-year-old daughter for attempted kidnapping and assault at their home in Spanaway, Washington, on Friday. Parker previously ran to be the Colorado Springs mayor last year, campaigning on tackling homelessness and affordable housing, the Gazette reported. According to Ballotpedia, Parker came in second, garnering over 11,000 votes. 

After losing the race, Parker and her daughter moved back to Washington to commence an elaborate kidnapping scheme under the guise of being professional photographers, police say. 

"On social media, anybody can look like a professional photographer or pretend to be anyone they want to be. But if it's too good to be true, it is," Ed Troyer, a Pierce County Sheriff detective told the Post. "It's crazy that it's gotten to the point of baby-stealing now."

Police have accused the mother and daughter of using the free photography sessions in a ploy to go "baby-shopping" before picking a victim for their kidnapping plot, the Washington Post reported.

According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, the new mom first became suspicious of Parker after her odd behavior during their photography sessions. She claims Parker took selfies with the baby and wiped her fingerprints off surfaces that she had touched in the home, which police say were part of the kidnapping plot. 

"That way, when she shows up somewhere else, she's got a bunch of pictures of her with the same baby," Troyer told the Post. "She's establishing a timeline: 'Here's me and the baby a week ago. Here we are two weeks ago.' We believe that's the reason."

Then, in their third and final photography session, Parker's daughter offered the unnamed mom a cupcake, claiming she and her mother ran a bakery together. 

The mother said the cupcake made her feel "numb and drowsy." She said she believed she had been drugged and immediately called local authorities. Adding to her suspicions, she discovered her house keys were missing after kicking the pair out of her home. 

Soon, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department arrested Parker and her daughter for the alleged kidnapping scheme.

"Our detectives have worked tirelessly on this case, conducting multiple interviews and obtaining several search warrants. This detailed investigation identified additional victims and garnered evidence that indicates that the suspect was planning to steal a newborn baby to raise as her own," the Pierce County Sheriff's Department wrote in a statement on Facebook

Since Parker's daughter is a minor, authorities declined to detail her daughter's involvement in the scheme. However, the daughter is said to have given the unnamed mom the cupcake that the mom believes was drugged. A toxicology report has been ordered to see if they can connect the cupcake with the woman's illness, Troyer told the Post. 

After local authorities called for other potential victims to come forward, at least a dozen women have reported being contacted by Parker since her arrest, the Washington Post reported. 

One mother, who delivered her baby on the day of Parker's arrest, said Parker offered to photograph her baby once she was born and had met with the former mayoral candidate. Victoria Morris confirmed some of Parker's odd behavior to KOMO News

"She seemed off, but not like something that was alarming that I would have sent her away," Morris said. "But she did do some odd things when she was here. When she came in the front door she used her sleeve to open the door and she came in and she wouldn't even sit in an actual chair. She sat on the floor."

Morris said she was mortified when she saw local news about Parker's arrest and was fearful at how close she had become to being a victim in her "babynapping" plot. Morris even messaged Parker after giving birth and sent photos of her newborn daughter, Jocelyn, to the accused kidnapper. 

"It just kind of broke me," Morris told KOMO News. "Because somebody you trusted, somebody who really worked their way into my life and really trusted them."

Parker was released on $50,000 bail and is set to be arraigned on Tuesday. Her daughter's case will be sent to juvenile court, according to the Washington Post.

Business Insider could not determine whether or not Parker has attained a lawyer and she could not be reached for comment. 

https://www.insider.com/juliette-parker-mayoral-candidate-allegedly-drugs-mom-abducts-baby-2020-2

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Oh, Tamra Judge's ex Simon Barney reveals he has stage 3 throat cancer

Tamra Judge's ex husband Simon Barney is battling stage three throat cancer. 

The 55-year-old appeared in the early seasons of Real Housewives of Orange County before his marriage to Judge collapsed and the ugly split tore their family apart.  

He began an aggressive dual treatment of radiation and chemotherapy to target the cancer in January, receiving chemo every three weeks, with radiation five days a week for seven weeks, according to People magazine.

The outlet reported that the former reality TV star first experienced symptoms in May, noticed salivary glands on one side were swollen. 

Doctors initially thought the cause was infection but an ultrasound and biopsy led to his cancer diagnosis. 

By the time of diagnosis the cancer had spread to his throat, tonsils and lymph nodes, leaving the disease too spread for surgery. 

Along with his fiance of nine years, Catushia Ienna, he first shared the news with his ex-wife Judge and their children. 

Judge and Barney share daughters Sidney, 21, and Sophia, 14, as well as son Spencer, 19, they were married for 13 years and split in 2011. 

After their split Sidney chose to live with Barney, while Spencer has lived with Judge and Sophia splits her time between the two. 

Despite the fractured family relationships prior to the diagnosis, the revelation has brought Judge back into Sidney's life and Barney back into Spencer's. 

Judge, 52, also spoke to the magazine on the news of his cancer diagnosis , saying she 'couldn't believe it,' and her mind went to the worst. 

'My first thought was, "I don’t want to take my kids to their dad’s funeral," and immediately, any ill feelings between the two of us just vanished,' the mother-of-four said. 

Adding: 'At the end of the day, none of that matters. All we have to do is rally together to make it through this.'

Her ex-husband found a bright side in his family coming together through this ordeal saying 'It’s kind of like a new beginning for me and my family. It’s really brought everyone closer together.'

He also said: 'When I told Tamra, she said she cried for like, two or three days. Things changed with our relationship from there, in a good way. We’re getting along in ways we haven’t in years. And she’s become close with my fiancé. And that shift carried across the board with my kids, too.'

'That’s what I’ve always wanted,’ he added. 'My fiancée, the same thing, she’s always wanted that with my ex-wife, for the kids. The kids would prefer it if we all got along. And they see that now, and it’s had such a powerful effect.' 

Barney said despite being a private person he wanted to share the news himself before someone else could. 

'I’m a private person, despite what my time on reality television might say,' he said. 'But I wanted to speak before someone else does and uses their words, not mine.'

Adding: 'And to speak out about it so others can see how I’ve taken this fight on with optimism, and the good this has ultimately brought my life.' 

The aggressive form of treatment has taken a told on the father-of-three, leaving him barely able to eat, with slight hair loss and a buzzing in his ears. 

'The process is the real bad part, it basically attacks all of your organs...It's been killing me,' he said. 'I was ready to end it the other day, the symptoms were so bad. It's almost worse than the cancer.'

A few days after his once a week chemo treatment the steroids to ease pain wear off 'I just curl up in a ball for the whole weekend in my bed, and then pray that the truck gets off me. Because I was run over by one,' he said. 

Treatments that are meant to help him heal, such as a shot to increase white blood cell count, Barney said is 'a 9 out of 10 pain. It's a lot of pain.'

Due to the nature of his cancer, in his throat, lymph nodes and tonsils, swallowing even water is a painful task. 

'You have an appetite but you can’t eat anything because your taste buds are gone, or they taste and smell like chemo — this metallic, disgusting taste and smell,' he says. 'My throat is swollen and bleeding which makes it difficult to swallow even water.'

But he still believes having a good mentality is the way to beat it, and praised his family for being supportive and offering to take him to treatments, but he doesn't want to be treated as a cancer patient. 

 'I stay strong and don’t let this take me down. Because if your attitude sucks — if you start believing, "Oh my God, cancer’s a death sentence" — then you’re done,' he said. 'I can survive this, at least mentally...I’m going to fight it with a smile and a laugh, and I’m going to beat it. It’s whatever my destiny is.' 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8017369/RHOCs-Simon-Barney-reveals-fighting-stage-3-throat-cancer-says-brought-family-together.html

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It has come to notice that brain eater has been kept for so long.

A inmate in Wakefield Prison is being held in the UK’s most secure cell, a glass box under a prison, and he has been described as so dangerous he will never be released.

Robert Maudsley, known as “the brain eater” by other prisoners, was in his early 20s when he committed his first murder. He was jailed, but continued to kill inside.

He is now locked in a one-of-a-kind dungeon beneath Wakefield Prison.

The cell has been likened to the glass cage that housed serial killer Hannibal Lecter in the film Silence of the Lambs.

18ft wide by 15ft deep, it has huge bulletproof glass windows so Maudsley can be kept under constant observation.

The only furniture in the cell is a table and a chair, both made of compressed cardboard, while his toilet and sink are bolted to the floor.

Maudsley's bed is a concrete slab and the door is made of solid steel, which opens into a cage just inside.

The cage is encased in thick, see-through, acrylic panels and has a small slit at the bottom, through which guards pass the serial killer his meals and other items he needs.

Maudsley is locked in the cell for 23 hours a day, only being freed for a daily hour of exercise.

He is escorted to the exercise yard by six guards and is never allowed any contact with other inmates.

In an interview Maudsley said he felt "tormented" by his solitary confinement.

He explained: "There is a lack of hope and I don't appear to have anything to look forward to.”

Starved of company, he wrote a letter to The Times, asking: "Why can't I have a budgie instead of the flies and cockroaches and spiders I currently have? I promise to love it and not eat it."

In March 2000, he wrote another letter asking for a cyanide pill so that he could end his life.

Maudsley suffered a traumatic childhood, and endured violent and sexual abuse until he left home. He blames his upbringing for his later acts.

He said in 1979, when on trial for a double murder: “If I had killed my parents in 1970, none of these people need have died.”

Working as a male prostitute in London in 1974, Maudsley met Robert Farrell. Farrell paid him for sex, and then showed him pictures of children he had sexually abused.

Maudsley strangled Farrell, and he was later that year sentenced to sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation that he should never be released.

In 1977, Maudsley and fellow Broadmoor inmate, David Cheeseman, barricaded themselves in a cell with convicted child molester, David Francis.

For nine hours they tortured Francis in the most brutal way, eventually killing him.

Inside the prison, Maudsley became known as "Spoons" because Francis’s body was reportedly found with a spoon sticking out of the skull and part of the brain missing.

After the murder, Maudsley was then moved to the maximum security Wakefield Prison in Yorkshire but a year after he murdered Francis he killed again.

On July 29, 1978, he garrotted and stabbed wife killer, Salney Darwood, in his cell and hid the body under the bed.

Maudsley then stalked the prison wing for his next victim and attacked Bill Roberts, who had been jailed for sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl.

He stabbed Roberts to death before hacking at his skull with a makeshift dagger.

When Maudsley was certain Roberts was dead he calmly walked up to a prison guard and told him there would be two less mouths to feed at dinner that night.

Now deemed too dangerous to remain amongst the general prison population, work began on constructing the special cell for Maudsley in the bowels of Wakefield Prison.

He has been in that room since 1983, and is not expected to leave it alive.

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/britains-worst-criminal-the-brain-21503834

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Oh, Dad 'amused and horrified' when girl left note saying why she hadn't eaten her sandwich

A father was left 'amused and horrified' when he returned home to find his daughter had left him a note in her lunchbox - because she hates hummus.

Pete Simson, of Bristol, had made daughter Pearl a sandwich to bring to school and asked her what she thought about the packed lunch after she had returned school one afternoon last week.

To his surprise, seven-year-old Pearl told Pete that she had left a note inside the lunchbox, in which she wrote "I NOT ETTINg my sandwish because I hate hummas."

The 37-year-old proud dad told Bristol Live: "Well clearly, she wasn’t a fan on the sandwich I made her.

"I asked her if she liked her packed lunch and she told me there was a note in the lunchbox.

"I thought it might be a thank you or something but as soon as I saw the dishevelled sarnie in there I knew something was amiss.

"The dark brown pencil it was written with should have been a clue, it was a foreboding colour."

Pete had mixed feelings when he received the note as he was amused that Pearl had gone to the trouble to write the note.

But he was also horrified that his daughter 'must have been Hank Marvin (slang for starving)'.

He added: "This is a very Pearl thing to do - she is what a casual observer might describe as 'sassy'.

"To her mother it's the sign of a strong woman but to me it's plain insolence.

"I should add my own mother made the worst sandwiches on crumbly bread when I was a kid, but I made damn sure I ate them.

"I suppose it’s nice I’m following in a family tradition.

"Pearl also hates sourdough, with that and the 'hummas' she’ll never be a middle-class icon."

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dad-amused-horrified-girl-left-21506558

 

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Oh, Transgender woman jailed after going berserk and attacking people

A transgender woman who once shoved a policeman onto Tube tracks has been jailed for 12 weeks for spitting at another officer in her latest rampage.

Paris Valeta Bregazzi, 32, stormed into a department store in Kensington and smashed a china display before fleeing the shop and attacking a driver on the main road.

Picking up objects from the street she threw them at a car waiting at the traffic lights, causing two dents. The owner got out of the vehicle and confronted her but she said she did not care.

She then entered a pharmacy and picked up two shopping baskets and threw them at a shopper while screaming they should get their hair braided.

In 2018 she was handed a suspended sentence for pushing PC Sam Chegwin onto a Tube line the previous July and jailed weeks later for kneeing PC Florina Russ in the chest.

She has previous convictions including assault, harassment and shoplifting designer frocks and handbags dating back to 2007.

Jailing Bregazzi for a total of 12 weeks District Judge Michael Snow said: 'You have 90 sets of criminal convictions.

'You are a woman of significant violence. You regularly hit and hurt other people.

'At the time you committed this offence you were subject to supervision.

'Whilst under the influence of drugs - which makes things worse, not better - you damaged property, used baskets as a weapon to throw at the first lady and pushed her against the wall.

'Even more frighteningly, you pushed a woman into the middle of the road. You could have caused her significant danger.

'Finally, you assaulted a sergeant by spitting at him.

'These crimes are so serious only custody can be justified.

Bregazzi, appearing by video link, grinned as the sentence was passed and interrupted the judge to ask: 'So when is my release date, then?'

Judge Snow replied: 'About six weeks.

'Comply with the courts or you'll be back in more trouble.'

Matt Barrowcliffe, prosecuting, said: 'The defendant entered a store on Brompton Road.

'She threw over a table causing china to smash on the floor. The defendant left the store and walked towards the entrance.

'The defendant picked up something from the seats outside and threw them at a car. This caused two dents.

'The driver got out but she responded that she doesn't care. She then went inside a pharmacy, picked up two shopping baskets and threw them at members of the public, shouting at them to get their hair braided.'

'The defendant followed her outside and pushed her to a wall by her shoulders.

'The defendant then shoved another victim, pushing her using her hips and shoulder. She knocked the victim on the floor and into the road.

'When the defendant was taken to the police station she spat at the custody sergeant and was subsequently arrested for assaulting an emergency worker.'

Lesley Hayes, defending, said: 'There is evidence of remorse in this case.

'And what's particularly telling is what you heard from the mental health team, that Miss Bregazzi was suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

'She appears to have made efforts, positive efforts, to come off the crystal meth. What could have been the beginning of a turning point has catapulted her back to court.

'She asks you to take into account that she is remorseful, has made efforts and is suffering with borderline personality disorder.'

In 2017 Bregazzi was heard angrily shouting at another passenger at Hanger Lane: 'You are just a black African slave, you are a n*****.'

When PC Sam Chegwin told her to 'calm down' and pushed her in the chest to keep her away from him, Bregazzi, who had recently had breast implants, dumped the officer down into the tracks.

PC Chegwin's head landed two inches from the live rail line but he scrambled back onto the platform and arrested Bregazzi, who told officers she had downed four bottles of Italian bubbly and taken drugs during a wild night out.

A train passed through minutes later and the officer was 'extremely fortunate' to not have been killed.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8012265/Transgender-woman-jailed-12-weeks-spitting-officer.html

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Prison teacher, 36, wrote letter to male inmate 'from her own children' saying 'thank you for making mummy happy' during affair that was exposed when her husband found 107 messages between the pair on a secret SIM card

The husband of a prison teacher exposed her affair with an inmate after finding 107 messages between the pair on a secret mobile phone SIM card, a court heard today.

Melissa Frost, 36, exchanged letters, phone calls and text messages with the prisoner while having a relationship with him at Wayland Prison near Thetford, Norfolk.

Her husband became suspicious that she was having an affair, possibly with a prison officer, and using a second mobile phone to contact her lover.

Norwich Crown Court heard how he searched their home and discovered the SIM card which he put into his own mobile phone, so he could read the messages sent and received by his wife.

The messages sent over two months in 2017 included expressions of 'loving and longing' between his wife and the inmate, saying how they were missing each other and hoping to be together soon, said prosecutor Martin Ivory.

The convict's named was not identified during court proceedings. 

Frost's husband immediately reported what he found to the prison's deputy governor who began an investigation in December 2017.

The mother-of-two made a 'full and frank confession' that she had been in a relationship with the inmate who was serving a five year and four month sentence for arson at the Category C jail.

Frost insisted that the pair had only indulged in kisses and cuddles, rather than full sexual activity.

Letters between them were recovered, along with evidence that he had called her from an official prison phone using his allocation of minutes for private calls, said Mr Ivory.

One of the letters was written in the names of Frost's two children, now aged five and seven, in which they thanked the inmate 'for making Mummy happy.'

The letters made clear that they were talking about having more sexual activity on the inmate's release from prison. 

Mr Ivory said that Frost worked as a supply teacher at the prison on a zero hours contract, and had become friendly with the prisoner in July 2017, and they later began 'conversing.'

He added: 'Just to make things crystal clear, it is not the case that the prisoner was using an illicit phone. The contact was over the prison phone.

He added: 'She felt she was in love with him at that time, but she was not quite sure of her feelings for him at the time of the interview.

'She denied any sexual conduct, but was aware of her responsibilities for security being as she was a prison key holder. She had not discussed what was going on with any other prisoner or prison staff.

'At the time this was going on, there were difficulties in her private life.'

Frost of North Walsham, Norfolk, admitted misconduct in a public office and wept in the dock as she was jailed for four months.

Judge Stephen Holt told her: 'This sort of offending goes to the heart of the prison system. It opens up a prison to the danger of blackmail and contraband entering the prison system, which causes so much damage.

'I and most people have considerable sympathy for you, but this court has to give a clear message that anyone working in the prison system must expect an immediate custodial sentence for this type of offence.'

Judge Holt said he considered the letter from Frost's children to the prisoner was an aggravating factor in the case.

The court heard that Frost had now lost her career as a teacher, but had got a new job and was in a new relationship.

David Stewart, defending, said she had made full admissions and suffered stress, worry and sleepless nights while waiting for the case to come to court.

He added: 'There is no suggestion of illicit substances or items being brought into the prison which would compromise security. She was going through a rough patch at home with her former husband.

'But bearing in mind the animosity when they separated, he clearly thinks a lot of her, and speaks of her affectionately, and praises her mothering skills.

'You have to ask what the defendant has done. She had a relationship, but it was not of a sexual nature.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8017319/Prison-teacher-wrote-inmate-childrens-names-saying-thank-making-mummy-happy.html

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Criminal who helped organise murder of hardman 'attacked in prison'

A Greater Manchester criminal who helped organise the murder of a Liverpool hardman has reportedly been attacked at a high security prison.

Steven Boyle, 37, was jailed for life for his part in the killing of 'Scouse John' Kinsella, who was shot dead by hitman Mark Fellows - the man who also murdered Salford's 'Mr Big' Paul Massey.

Mr Kinsella, a well-known criminal from Vauxhall, was the victim of a fallout between two rival Salford crime gangs.

Fellows cycled up behind Mr Kinsella and shot him in the back of the head on the morning of May 5, 2018. 

Heywood criminal Boyle was the 'spotter' and helped Fellows carry out the murder.

Boyle was told he would serve a minimum of 33 years. He was cleared of killing Mr Massey.

Fellows received a whole life sentence for the murders of Mr Kinsella and Mr Massey.

Both Fellows, from Warrington, Cheshire, and Boyle were acquitted of the attempted murder of Mr Kinsella's partner Wendy Owen.

It has now been reported that Boyle was attacked at HMP Wakefield by another prisoner last month

It is understood the reported incident, on January 20, was not linked to Mr Kinsella's murder.

A source suggested Boyle was attacked by another prisoner and retaliated. Boyle is thought to have been punched in the face. No weapons were involved.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said: "Two prisoners were treated for bruising at HMP Wakefield after an incident on 20 January."

Wakefield is home to some of the country's most notorious offenders.

Last year, Boyle's co-defendant Fellows was slashed with a razor blade at HMP Whitemoor.

Police said he suffered serious facial injuries. Fellows was moved to HMP Belmarsh after the attack.

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The World's Shortest Woman And Her Husband

So many things are happening in our world today that staying in your room you can bet with your life that those things don't happen whereas they do. Nature is been bent in somany people that you will begin to wonder who controls nature.

Who would have ever imagine that this size of human beings exist in the world. It was hard for Africans to accept the fact dwarfs exist and midgets. But this woman here is beyond dwarfs or midget. She is just small.

The shortest woman living in the world today is Jyoti Amge an Indian who was born 16 Dec 1993, she measured 62.8 cm at Nagpur, India, on 16 December 2011.

She was measured at the Wockhardt Superspeciality Hospital in Nagpur India on her 18th birthday which makes her eligible to take over this record from Bridgette Jordan. Jyoti Amge had previously held the title for the shortest teenager (female).

Unlike others who will feel ashamed of there size. Jyoti Amge was happy. Stating that this award makes her feel special and celebrated all over the world and that she is no longer afraid to move around.

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Bad ,Horrifying moment Bangkok receptionist is shot dead by her 'jealous' ex-husband

This is the chilling moment a jealous gunman casually walks into a Bangkok dental clinic and shoots dead his ex-wife.

Mother-of-one Khuntai Chatthai, 28, has been named locally as the victim of today's execution-style killing in the Thai capital.

Piercing screams rang out through the Century Plaza shopping complex as the suited killer unrelentingly peppered his receptionist former partner from point-blank range.

As the dead mother lay sprawled in a pool of her own blood, the gunman fled the scene of the slaughter - and remains at large. 

Police and paramedics descended on the mall in the heart of Bangkok just after 3pm local time and desperately tried to revive Chatthai.

A second person was taken to hospital with non-fatal injuries and are believed to be in stable condition.   

Police Major General Samroeng Suanthong said: 'The shooting seems to have been caused by the delusional jealousy of the gunman towards the dead person, who was his ex-wife. 

'This case is not that complicated, there are no other suspects or motives.'

Horrifying CCTV captured the moment Chatthai was caught unawares and shot dead by her bitter ex-husband.

It shows her working behind the counter with a colleague, both of whom are wearing suits and perched on stools.

As the gunman walks in, not making eye contact with the staff, both women seem to sit up and watch him closely.

He then reaches into his inside blazer pocket and draws a handgun.

Chatthai spots this and throws herself to the ground behind the counter, quickly followed by her colleague who also dives for cover.

But the shooter quickly rounds the desk and opens fire, relentlessly squeezing the trigger as his victims scream helplessly.

After unloading a full round of ammunition on his target from less than a metre away, the gunman pulls another magazine and reloads as his makes his escape. 

A team of about seven medics dressed in white later swooped in on the clinic and began trying to revive the victim with CPR 

Another photo shows the injured victim being treated for what appears to be a gunshot wound to the hand.  

Shoppers were still bustling throughout the building, but many stopped to watch in shock as emergency crews rushed to the dental clinic.

 A worker from the building said ''everybody panicked'' when they heard shots.

They added: 'I was on the same floor as the shooting and I heard screaming. There was a lot of panic, everybody was running away and did not know what to do. It's scary, I don't feel safe.'

Century Plaza is a popular mall near to the city's well-known Victory monument. 

Guns are easily obtainable in Thailand and disputes between lovers or family members often play out in bloody violence, drawing headlines over the deadly brawls. 

The shooting comes at a sensitive time for Thailand as just over a week ago a soldier went on a gun rampage at a shopping mall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, killing 30 people and injuring 60 others.

Sergeant Major Jakrapanth Thomma, 32, died after his bloodbath shooting spree which he live-streamed on Facebook. 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8015593/Woman-shot-dead-injured-gunman-opens-fire-shopping-mall-Bangkok.html

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A British father has brutally murdered a 14-month-old baby with bite marks and a brain hemorrhage

A 14-month-old girl died with a string of injuries including bleeding to a brain and possible bite marks on her hand and thigh.

The court was previously told that Hollie Ashurst sustained multiple areas of bruising and abrasions to the head and neck area, bleeding on the brain and in the eyes, a broken ankle and two possible bite marks.

Daniel Ashurst, 33, is accused of causing the injuries which led to the youngster's death in hospital on March 1 at the family home in Shevington, Wigan.

Once he had entered the witness box at Manchester Crown Court on Monday, Ashurst was asked by barrister Nina Grahame QC whether he 'deliberately' cause harmed his daughter on February 28, 2019.

Ashurst replied: "Absolutely not."

Miss Grahame said: "Prior to that, did you deliberately cause harm to your daughter?"

The defendant said: "I have never caused her any harm whatsoever."

He told Miss Grahame that he had never hit her, shook her roughly or bit her.

Ashurst said he and Hollie's mother, Leanne Thompson, were planning to get married and returned from a family holiday to Gran Canaria, Spain a fortnight earlier.

Asked to describe his daughter, he said: "She was a fantastic baby. She was brilliant, she was good as gold.

"You could do absolutely anything around her. She was very much loved."

Miss Grahame asked him how the baby responded to her parents.

Ashurst said: "It was a brilliant relationship. We both loved Hollie to bits."

The jury previously heard unemployed Ashurst's medical records revealed he was on medication for anxiety and depression.

A mental health worker had noted concerns about his ability to cope with Hollie once Ms Thompson returned to work, the court heard.

Ashurst told the court he had no worries about being home alone with Hollie.

He explained that taking his daughter out of the house helped his mental health issues.

"I adored her and I loved showing her off," he said. "I was forever putting pictures of her on Facebook."

Ashurst admitted he drank three of four cans of lager a night and took cocaine two or three times a week to help him relax.

He used cocaine on the evening before the fatal injuries were said to have happened, the court was told.

Ashurst said it had no effect on him the next day after he had had a "a good night's sleep".

The defendant initially told medics his daughter had tumbled down two stairs at the family home in Fleming Court on February 28.

In a defence statement made seven months later he instead claimed a series of unfortunate accidents had befallen his daughter.

The Crown say the latest account was invented in a bid to explain the injuries.

Ashurst denies murder and manslaughter.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dad-killed-baby-daughter-found-21516403

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A baby boy born with a swollen head is defying doctors who told his mother to abort her pregnancy

A four-week-old baby born with a swollen head the size of a football is defying doctors who told his mother to terminate her pregnancy because he wouldn't survive birth.

Lorenzo Pontone was diagnosed with severe hydrocephalus, a condition which causes fluid to build up in the skull, making the brain swell, at his mother Nikky Lewis's 20-week scan.

Ms Lewis, 28, and partner Fernando Pontone, 33, from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, were offered a termination right up to full term because there was a high chance Lorenzo would be born deaf, blind, unable to move and prone to seizures.

But stay-at-home mother Ms Lewis insisted on keeping little Lorenzo and he had to be delivered by C-section after 36 weeks because his head was growing so quickly.

And as well as needing a colostomy bag because he was born without an anus, an MRI scan taken after he was born showed he had far less brain matter than he should have, meaning he is only being kept alive by his brain stem.

However, he has since gone on to defy the odds by breathing on his own and is now able to close his eyes, whereas he couldn't after first being born.

Ms Lewis said she felt like his birth was 'meant to be' because she became pregnant while using contraception.

She said: 'I don't believe in termination and I was using contraception when I fell pregnant, so I felt like it was meant to be.

'While we considered it because doctors said it was the best thing to do, we decided to let nature take its course because he was half way there.

'As the pregnancy went on, the doctors told us he was at high risk of being stillborn or not surviving after birth - they said he would be blind, won't walk, will be deaf and have seizures.

'We couldn't understand how they could tell that from a scan.'

The hydrocephalus caused the ventricles (cavities) in Lorenzo’s brain to become severely enlarged, a condition known as severe ventriculomegaly.

This also caused part of his brain to rupture.

According to the Hydrocephalus Association, hydrocephalus affects around one in 1,000 babies, making it as widespread as Down's syndrome and more common than spina bifida or brain tumors.

It is caused when fluid becomes trapped in the brain and so builds up, raising pressure inside the skull, which squashes the surrounding brain tissue.

In some cases, this can cause the head to steadily grow in size, convulsions, and brain damage. It can be fatal if left untreated. 

And an MRI scan taken after he was born showed that it is only Lorenzo's brain stem, which controls basic body functions such as breathing and swallowing, which is keeping him alive.

But the fluid on his brain is now beginning to dissipate after doctors fitted a tube known as a shunt which drains the excess fluid into his abdomen. 

This means that the swelling on his head will reduce with time. 

Mr Pontone said: 'I'm so glad we didn't go through with a termination.

'We thought about it because we thought it could be difficult and didn't know if we'd be able to get through it but he's so tough.

'I wouldn't be able to cope with what he's been through.

'As soon as we saw him we fell in love with him. I couldn't stop shivering, we were crying our eyes out.

'We're so proud of him. Everything doctors said he wouldn't be able to do, he's done.'

Ms Lewis said it was 'very emotional' when their son finally cried after a ten-minute wait when he was born.

'We had a planned C-section at 36 weeks because Lorenzo's head was getting bigger and bigger so quickly,' she said.

'When he was born, he didn't cry at first and we were just waiting for it for what felt like about 10 minutes.

'We were so relieved when he did and it was very emotional. I thought he wasn't going to make it.

'At first, he couldn't blink and his eyes were constantly open so the doctors had to stitch the corners of his eyes.

'Now he can blink and open his eyes so he's proven a lot of doctors wrong.'

Ms Lewis and Mr Pontone don't know how the condition will affect their son long-term, but said the fact he has survived after birth is a miracle.

The little boy has been introduced to his siblings, Koby, 12, Lily, 10, Thomas, eight, Bella, five and Gino, 10 months.

Ms Lewis said: 'We're just taking it day by day and we'll figure it out when he reaches his milestones.

'He's brilliant, he's very demanding with food and his brothers and sisters just love him.

'We've got a lot of learning to do because he'll be on medication for life.

'We'll have to learn how to change his colostomy bag and how to feed him, but it'll all be worth it.'

The couple have now set up a fundraising page because Mr Pontone has been forced to take a break from his job at a supermarket has to care for their other five children.

The couple take it in turns to stay at the hospital with Lorenzo.

Dad Fernando added: 'We just want to say don't always listen to what doctors say, because they're not always right.

'I have proof - he's here alive and kicking.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7964661/Baby-born-swollen-head-defies-doctors-told-mother-terminate-pregnancy.html

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Mya was born with bones so brittle that even the slightest sneeze, cough or giggle could cause a fracture

A baby girl has such brittle bones that her bones could break after even the slightest knock.

Little Mya Honca, now five months, was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta - also known as brittle bones - after medics spotted she had a fractured femur whilst she was in the womb.

Mother Emma Tomlinson, 37, and father Louis Honca, 32, of Hull, East Yorkshire, now have to handle their fragile newborn baby with great care - treating her like a 'china doll'.

Mother-of-three Ms Tomlinson said: 'Mya is so fragile - it's like she's made of china or glass.

'We have to be extra careful picking her up, changing her nappy or giving her a bath.

'She's so delicate even the slightest knock could result in a broken bone.

'Her dad even made a sticker for her baby carrier which reads: 'Please be careful removing me, I have brittle bones' to warn people to handle with care.'

She was told there was 'abnormalities' with her unborn baby at a routine 20-week scan in January 2019.

She said: 'I could tell from the expression on the sonographer's face that something was wrong.

'They took a look and told me my baby had bowed legs and a fractured femur.

'I turned down more invasive testing when I found out something was wrong and was offered it because to me it didn't matter.

'I knew my baby would be loved whatever the circumstances.

'But I was unsure whether she would survive or if the condition might kill her.

'It was a worrying time.'

The couple were keen to find out all they could about their unborn child and booked in for an early scan.

Ms Tomlinson- who also has 11-year-old son, Joshua, and three-year-old Marcus - said: 'We were very impatient and found out we were having a little girl during a private 16-week scan.

'My mum, Francis, has died the year before and when we started trying for another baby I hoped to have a girl to form that special mother-daughter relationship I'd had with my mum.

'We then went along to the routine 20-week scan thinking everything would be fine.

'My pregnancy had been smooth-sailing up to that point.

'No one mentioned any issues.

'I went into the room expecting it to be straight-forward as it had been with my boys before, but it soon felt like we were in a TV soap.

'All of a sudden the sonographer went quiet and told us: 'I've got some concerns, I need to get a second opinion' before leaving the room.

'It was so quiet, we were very tense and hugely anxious.

'My husband was there with me and we both just looked at each other and thought: 'What is going on?'

'The sonographer came back into the room - she hadn't been able to get the consultant to come up as they were busy so she made us an appointment to see the consultant in six days time.

'I asked her what the problem was and she told us, at that point, our little girl's femurs and thigh bones were measuring different sizes.

'Straight away we wanted to know more, but the only thing she could tell us was that it could be a number of conditions it could be - such as dwarfism.

'We left feeling incredibly down-trodden and both instantly turned to Google which was a bad idea as it made us think the worst.'

Ms Tomlinson and Louis were given more information when they met with a specialist at Hull Royal Infirmary in January 2019.

She said: 'When we saw the consultant she was really informative.

'She explained that the femur bones were bowing and she looked at our baby's whole anatomy.

'She said everything else looked fine at that stage.

'She referred us to the genetic team at Leeds General Infirmary to have an amnio test to get a clearer picture of what was wrong, but I refused to undergo it as it increased the risk of miscarriage and I didn't want a higher chance of losing our baby.

'The results of the test would have taken 10-15 weeks to come back too - so by the time we got them I could have been around 35-36 weeks gone.

'The consultant mentioned the different conditions it could potentially be such as skeletal dysplasia.

'She believed the bent bones were isolated to the femurs and that it could be encampomilia.

'There was no mention of brittle bones at that point.

'We weren't too concerned, we didn't know what to expect, but we kept holding on to the positive side.

'I went for a scan once every fortnight after that and saw a consultant every three or four weeks.

'I was then referred to Leeds and went to see the genetics team.

'There a medic picked up that the baby had a fractured femur and they became concerned that our baby had OI.

'We'd heard the condition batted around a little bit, but we knew very little about it.

'They looked at the bones from different angles and could see a very prominent break in the femur.

'We were then advised to go to Sheffield Children's Hospital as they are the experts in that field and have a specialist bone team.'

Medics prepared for the baby's arrival and little Mya was born during a planned c-section at 37 weeks on 13th May at 9.31am at Hull Royal Infirmary - weighing 5lbs 15oz.

Ms Tomlinson said: 'Because of the scan results, they wanted to ensure she was born via cesarean because it can be more traumatic to have a natural birth for a baby with soft bones.

'There was a care team in theatre - there to receive her - as soon as she arrived.

'She was born via c-section. Louis cut the cord and she was brought across to me so I could give her a quick kiss and then she was whisked away to the neonatal unit.

'I didn't get to see her for nine hours.

'She had to undergo assessments - they did full body scans and x-rays.

'A consultant from Sheffield came to the hospital to meet us, Mya and the specialist nurse.'

The family didn't receive an official diagnosis until three days after her birth - on 16th May.

Ms Tomlinson said: 'The registrar from the neo-natal unit came to see us and said they wanted to tell us as soon as possible that they'd spoken to the consultant and seen the x-rays.

'There was a fracture in utero and they were concerned she might have had a fractured radius on her right arm too.

'The consultant told us all about brittle bones and explained a bit about the condition.

'Mya looked like a typical baby.

'Babies with OI can typically have more bulbous foreheads, a bigger head overall and the chest be more bell-shaped but Mya didn't have any of those things.'

After a week on the neonatal transitional unit at Hull Royal Infirmary, Mya was able to go home with her family.

Ms Tomlinson said: 'She is like a china doll - she's so fragile.

'Any time you hold her, you could break a bone. If she sneezes, coughs or giggles she could break a bone - it's frightening.

'We can't wrap her in cotton wool though.

'She's beautiful - she's perfect to me.

'I don't want people to look at her and feel sorry for her. I want to raise awareness.

'There are so many people out there with OI leading amazing lives.

'Mya probably would not be advised to jump on trampoline, be on bouncy castle or do certain sports - but we're determined the condition won't hold her back.

'She has bone infusion treatment and will need it once every six weeks for the first year of her life and after that once every three months.

'That will be ongoing until she stops growing - into her teenage years.

'In adulthood, she'll have treatment once every six months or every year.

'When starts to walk - will need her legs rodded - metal to prevent fractures and able her to be more mobile.

'Whatever life throws at Mya we'll be there for her and we'll get through it.

'We're determined to give her an incredible life.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7645055/Baby-Mya-born-bones-brittle-slightest-sneeze-cause-fracture.html

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Team Of Doctors Attending To A Gorilla Giving Birth In A Zoo

A gorilla at the Philadelphia Zoo has given birth to a healthy baby after a difficult labor that required medical techniques typically used for delivering humans.

A keeper noticed 17-year-old Kira had gone into labor on Thursday. Gorilla labor is typically very quick, but by Friday, it had not progressed and she seemed unwell.

Concerned about the health of Kira and her baby, the zoo brought in a team comprised of both veterinarians and doctors more accustomed to treating humans - with incredible results.

The team included an ob/gyn, surgeons and anesthesiologists from hospitals affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University, as well as University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

A similar team was in place for a gorilla birth at the zoo last year, but the emergency response wasn't needed.

After one-and-a-half hours, the team delivered the male baby using forceps and an episiotomy, a procedure to enlarge the birth opening.

'It was an anxious and dramatic day at the zoo, but in the end a tremendously rewarding one,' said Andy Baker, the zoo's chief operating officer.

There have been several successful cesarean section deliveries for gorillas over the past few years, but assisted vaginal delivery isn't common, according to the zoo.

Kira was reunited with the baby by Saturday morning and has been continuously cradling and nursing him.

This is the first birth for Kira and third offspring for 32-year old Motuba, who is also father to baby Amani, a female born at the zoo last August.

Western lowland gorillas, which inhabit African forests, are listed as a critically endangered species.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4578520/Gorilla-gives-birth-help-doctors-treat-people.html

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'He don't look like my baby': 2 more infants switched at birth in Newfoundland in same year, same hospital

A Newfoundland couple has come forward with a second story about babies switched at birth at the Come By Chance hospital in the early 1960s.

Their story has a happier ending than the case of Clarence Hynes and Craig Avery, but both cases raise questions about how hospitals identify babies to ensure they go home with their birth parents.

Fifty-eight years ago, Muriel Stringer was a 19-year-old coming home in a taxi with a newborn baby, her husband and her mother.

Three days earlier, on Aug. 8, 1962, Stringer had given birth to a baby boy, named Kent.

It was a long taxi ride, about 40 kilometres on dirt roads, from the Walwyn Cottage Hospital in Come By Chance to Hodge's Cove, on the east coast of Trinity Bay.

They took a break partway home at a restaurant in Goobies. Muriel Stringer and her mom stayed in the car while her husband, Cecil, went inside.

My baby had dark hair … and a nose like me. The nose didn't look right to me. - Muriel Stringer

"Me and Mom were there talking and looking at the baby and I said, 'Mom, he don't look like my baby,'" Stringer told CBC News.

"My baby had dark hair, a lot of dark hair, and a nose like me. The nose didn't look right to me. And my mother said, 'Oh, that's probably because of the bonnet and the clothes on him.' So anyway, we come on home."

Stringer said her mother, Lilian Peddle, changed her mind when they undressed the baby.

"When she took the sweater off, she said, 'Oh my, it's not your baby.' There was a band on his arm and it was written, 'Baby Boy Adams.' He was only a day old, this baby. Mine was three days old," said Stringer.

They didn't have a phone so Cecil Stringer went to the Hodge's Cove Post Office.

"I phoned the hospital and the nurse answered. I told her what happened and first thing she said was, 'How come you didn't know your own baby?'" said Stringer. "But she checked and told me baby Stringer was there."

He called another taxi and left with Muriel's mother to bring the baby back to Come By Chance and pick up Kent.

"It was embarrassing," he said.

For Muriel Stringer it was the beginning of a long, anxious wait.

Oh, I was frightened to death. I was thinking, 'What if he didn't have his band on his arm?' It scared me," she said.

Cecil Stringer doesn't remember exactly what happened when he got to the hospital, but Muriel Stringer says at the time he told her the other baby's mother was on the steps of the hospital waiting when he got there.

"This lady had only had her baby that day. So she was frightened to death. You know, anything could have happened to a newborn baby."

At the hospital, a nurse said someone at the hospital had put the baby in the wrong crib, and when the Stringers were leaving, the nurse had just looked at the name on the crib.

"That was their explanation," said Cecil Stringer. "I don't know for sure if that's what happened."

Cecil and Muriel's mother collected Kent and headed home.

"Oh my, oh my, I was happy. Such a sweet boy. He still is," said Muriel.

The couple say they weren't angry about the switch — they say they were treated well at the Walwyn Hospital — but were grateful they got their baby back the same day.

The Stringers had five more children. One was born at home when a powerful winter storm closed the road out of Hodge's Cove. Four others were born, 

What's striking about the Stringer's story is that it's not unique.

The Stringer case happened in August, just months before Craig Avery and Clarence Hynes, born in the same hospital, were switched and sent home with the wrong families in December 1962.

And while the Stringers' switch was rectified quickly and happily, the story of Avery and Hynes is still playing out. They didn't learn about their mix-up until it was confirmed by DNA tests last year, and there has been no happy ending for them.

How many times did this sort of thing happen? - Craig Avery

They never met their birth parents, who died years ago. The two men, now in their mid-50s, say they're still struggling with the fallout of everything they thought they knew about their families being turned upside down.

Last year, Hynes and Avery launched lawsuits claiming negligence and suing Eastern Health for damages.

Avery says the Stringers' story leaves him with more questions.

"How many times did this sort of thing happen?" he asked.

In a statement of defence filed Feb. 11, Eastern Health says it's not responsible for what happened at the Come By Chance Cottage Hospital more than half a century ago.

"Neither Eastern Health nor any authority it replaced … ever assumed or was ever vested with the assets, liabilities rights or obligations of the Come By Chance cottage hospital," says the statement.

The health authority has asked for the action to be dismissed, with costs.

As for the Stringers, the health authority sent CBC News the following statement:

"Eastern Health has not been advised of another situation whereby a family went home from a cottage hospital with the wrong baby."

The Walwyn Cottage Hospital in Come By Chance closed in 1986. Babies are now born at facilities operated by the province's four regional health authorities. Eastern Health says it takes many steps to make sure babies go home with their birth families.

"Eastern Health has a number of stringent measures in place to ensure positive patient identification, including newborn babies," it told CBC in its statement.

http://news-af.feednews.com/news/detail/cd861976916498f54686524fcdd19f90?country=zw&language=en&share=1&client=

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Oh, Pregnant-mum-of-21 Sue Radford takes kids on Edinburgh city break ahead of their trip to Australia

The mum-of-21, from Morecambe, Lancs, and her family are visiting Edinburgh over half term to visit friends.

Taking to the family YouTube channel Sue, who is 31 weeks pregnant with her 22nd child, revealed the family’s holiday plans.

Showcasing her newly blonde hair, Sue said: “We’re going up to see our friends, we’ve got a journey of about two and a half- three hours.”

Setting off 50 minutes late, the Radfords took Noel’s minivan to make the journey from their home in Morecambe up to Scotland, stopping for McDonald’s along the way.

Upon their arrival, Sue reveals that the family would be staying in a hotel in the city centre.

She said: “Here we are in Edinburgh. We’re staying in a hotel, but it’s a four bedroom apartment that’s in the hotel which is perfect for us.

“I did not expect it to be this big actually.”

The family are expected to share more of their holiday updates on their vlog in the next coming days.

It comes just over a month after the family announced that they would be travelling to Australia for a month.

The holiday will go ahead once Tillie, 9, has the frame removed from her leg following an operation to lengthen it.

"The idea is we’re gonna fly to Brisbane and then we’ll do a road trip down to Sydney, stopping off at different places for a week at a time," said Noel.

And it looks like the family will also be visiting the Bonells - an Australian family of 18.

Sue previously spoke to Fabulous Digital about the "hard work" that goes into them taking a holiday.

She said: "The packing process is hard work, but if I put each child’s clothes into a bin bag and label whose it is, it makes it a lot easier when we get there.

"Then I can get the bags out and put them away, rather than rooting through, trying to figure out whose is whose.

"Normally we take about seven suitcases with us."

The couple famously don’t claim any benefits apart from Child Benefit and rely on Noel’s bakery business to make ends meet.

The Radfords are parents to Chris, 30, Sophie, 25, Chloe, 23, Jack, 22, Daniel, 20, Luke, 18, Millie, 17, Katie, 16, James, 15, Ellie, 14, Aimee, 13, Josh, 12, Max, 11, Tillie, nine, Oscar, seven, Casper, six, Hallie, three, Phoebe, two, Archie 18 months, and Bonnie, one.

Sadly, the couple's 17th child Alfie was still born on July 6, 2014.

They also have three grandchildren - who are Sophie's kids - Daisy, six, Ayprill, four, and Leo, two.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/10986039/pregnant-mum-of-21-sue-radford-is-taking-her-kids-on-another-family-holiday-ahead-of-their-trip-to-australia/

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