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Boy caught on camera helping his brother escape but pretends he was asleep when mum finds them

When Amy Werdekker went into her sons’ room, she was surprised to find them both dancing, instead of in their beds. Flynn, four, could get out of bed himself, but Arthur was only 22 months and still in a cot. She quizzed her older son about what happened but he insisted he had no idea because he had been asleep. Amy, who is also mum to 12-week-old Edie, went to check the camera on the monitor she has in the boys’ room and couldn’t help but laugh when she discovered what really happened. Cheeky Flynn hadn’t been asleep at all but had created an ingenious escape route to get Arthur out. Flynn climbed over the bar of the cot and placed a box inside for his little brother to stand on.

When Arthur seemed unsure about following his brothers precarious path over the top of the cot and onto his adjacent bed, Flynn had another plan. Instead Flynn laid out his teddies and blankets, encouraged Arthur to stand onto the box and then helped him jumped over the edge into the soft pile below. Amy, from Leicestershire, tells that she was confused when she first went into their room but the video made it all clear. She says: ‘Both boys seemed very pleased with themselves about their little escape routine and were playing, dancing and singing in their room when I went in to get them both ready for the day.

When I asked what had happened, Flynn denied all knowledge and said he was still asleep and so didn’t see. ‘We tried to ask Flynn a second time later on in the day about what had happened but he again denied all knowledge. ‘When we showed him the video footage from the camera monitor in their room, he just burst out laughing and said “It’s OK mummy, he didn’t get hurt because I put lots of blankets and teddies on the floor! I just wanted to play with him”‘

Amy adds that now Flynn knows about the camera, he hasn’t tried to assist with any further breakouts but he still does like to spend time with his little brother. She says: ‘I will quite often find that he has climbed into Arthur’s cot himself to read him stories in the morning.’

The great escape has also encouraged Arthur’s adventurous side. ‘Arthur is a fearless daredevil,’ Amy says. ‘I will always seem to catch him moving chairs to try and reach door handles and climbing to turn on light switches! It’s definitely true what they say about your second child… You need eyes in the back of your head!’

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A Barely 2-Year-Old Boy Receives a Medal on Behalf of His Dad, Who Died Fighting Against the Australian Bushfires

Recently Australia has been affected by some very large and unrelenting wildfires. While there has always been an annual fire season during the summer in Australia, this time the country suffered some of the worst droughts in decades and the one of the highest heatwaves this past December. These terrible bushfires have taken the lives of many, including some brave firefighters who battled these fires. We feel terribly sorry for the families who were affected by this, especially the children who lost their parents.

We at Bright Side would like to take a moment to offer our condolences to the families and honor the deeds of these fallen men, like this firefighter dad of one toddler.

As we welcomed the new year with high hopes, a toddler began his without his dad. On the 2nd of January, 2020, the barely 2-year-old Harvey Keaton, who had on a firefighter outfit and a pacifier in his mouth, received a medal to honor his dad. The New South Wales Rural Fire Service family witnessed the emotional sight of Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons pinning the medal to young Harvey’s chest. His dad, Geoffrey Keaton, was awarded the Commissioner’s Commendation for Bravery and a Commissioner’s Commendation for Service.

Geoffrey Keaton was one of the firefighters who lost his life in the line of duty as he fought against one of Australia’s deadliest wildfires. He was killed along with his colleague, Andrew O’Dwyer, when a falling tree hit their vehicle, causing it to overturn. Geoffrey was only 32 years old at the time.

This was just one of many instances of a kid losing their parent in the wake of the bushfires in Australia. As of the beginning of the year, a total of 27 people have died this fire season. Geoffrey’s colleague, Andrew O’Dwyer, also left a daughter, Charlotte. She wore her dad’s helmet and service medal at his funeral.

Australia’s wildfires have also taken the homes of so many, with over 2,000 homes in New South Wales alone either destroyed or damaged. That’s not even including the natural homes of the animals that have been affected. An estimated of half a billion animals were affected by the bushfires and some of them are in danger of extinction.

On top of Geoffrey Keaton’s coffin, there was a mug with the message, “Daddy I love you to the moon and back!” inscribed on it. Little Harvey might not have a full understanding of his dad’s sacrifice, but he will grow up to learn that his dad was a hero, especially in this desperate time of need. As will all the families of those that have lost their loved ones, who went in to fight against the fires.

Let’s take a moment to honor those who have sacrificed their very lives to stop the wildfires and thank those who have extended help in any way possible to those who are suffering.

If you could say anything to the families of these firefighters, what would you tell them? After seeing the effects of Australia’s bushfires, what do you think you could you do to help?

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Ex-drug dealer wants to turn life around after watching mum's funeral in prison

A man who spent a decade in prison for selling drugs is calling on the goodwill of the public this festive season, to give him a second chance. Corey, 50, who was homeless when he finished his prison sentence, is raising £5,000 so that he can train up to become an electrician and give back to those in need. He has been inspired to turn his life around after being made to watch his mum’s funeral from his prison cell in the U.S., saying she ‘always tried to steer him right’ and that he never wants to ‘experience the inside of jail again’. British born Corey had moved to Pennsylvania with his family at the age of 5, before getting involved with gangs and selling drug at the age of 16. He was caught in 2008 and sentenced to 10 years in a US prison. Talking about his experience, Corey said: ‘I was young when I got into it, and saw other people selling drugs, and thought I could make money that way. But since serving time in prison, I have cut ties with all those people and I intend to do things the right way now.’

When Corey’s sentence ended in 2018, he was deported back to the UK, with no chance of ever returning to the U.S., where he’d spent the past 45 years. When he arrived at London’s Heathrow airport, he had nowhere to go and slept in the airport. Describing the ordeal, he said: ‘My children and friends all live in the States and I was alone, with no-one to reach out to. I remember sleeping in the airport that day. ‘Being homeless and away from the people you love can be really tough. During my 10 years in prison, I only saw my children once or twice a year. This was really hard, especially at Christmas, and I massively regret not being there for them.’ Corey wanted to rebuild his life, but like many ex-offenders, he struggled to find work, having been out of his previous trade – construction – for so long. His problems were made worse by his living situation, as he was constantly moving around different homeless hostels. However, he has been referred to the charity Beam, a website that lets members of the public fund job training programmes for homeless people so that they can earn a living.

From homeless ex-offenders like Corey to care leavers, refugees, single mums and army veterans, Beam aims to give disadvantaged individuals a chance to turn their lives around. Today, Corey has launched a campaign to raise £5,000 so that he can complete his relevant NVQ qualifications to become an electrician. While in prison, Corey experienced the deaths of a number of friends and family members, including his grandfather and stepson, which gave him a whole new perspective on how precious life is. But the biggest loss of all was his mother. He said: ‘My mother died three years ago, and I wasn’t allowed to go to her funeral because I was in prison. ‘I had to watch it on a VCR tape in a room by myself. She’s been my biggest supporter from day one. ‘Her death really knocked me to the core and took everything out of me. I’m still trying to rebuild myself from that moment.

She’s always tried to steer me right. I’ll never want to experience the inside of jail again – I’m not going to do anything that’s going to jeopardise my freedom. I’m turning my life around because of her.’ Corey says he wants to use the skills he would acquire as an electrician to ‘give back to the community’ whether it be through free electrical work for charities or people in need. He added: ‘I want people to know that I will never take for granted this second chance I’ve been given, and I hope that by putting my skills to good use by helping others, I can show how grateful I am.’ Beam’s Founder and CEO Alex Stephany said: ‘Homelessness affects a diverse range of people from ex-offenders like Corey to care leavers, refugees, single mums and army veterans. ‘If we can help support people like Corey into meaningful work, we believe they will be more grateful and determined than most to make a success of any opportunity given to them.’ If you’d like to donate to Corey’s campaign, and help him on his way to becoming an electrician, you can do so here.

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Texas Gamer Helps Save Her UK Teammate After Hearing Him Having A Seizure

While playing and talking with his teammate online, a teen in the UK started to have a seizure. His teammate, a woman in Texas, heard him, and when he stopped responding, she called local police in the UK to help her teammate across the pond.

Aidan Jackson is 17 and lives in Widnes, England. As reported by the Liverpool Echo newspaper, on Jan. 2, he was playing online with Dia Lathora when he began feeling sick. Moments later Lathora heard, over the internet, what sounded like Jackson having a seizure. She tried to talk to Jackson but got no response.

“When he didn’t respond I instantly started to look up the emergency number for the EU,” Lathora told the Liverpool Echo. When she couldn’t find that number she instead called the non-emergency number and shared Jackson’s address and location with the police, who sent first responders to the home.

Jackson’s parents were downstairs during the incident, unaware that their son was suffering from a seizure. When the police arrived at their home they had no idea why. One of the officers explained that they were responding to a call about an unresponsive male at this address that had come from America.

Jackson was rushed to a local hospital and stabilized. He is now back home and is waiting to see a doctor about his seizure. This isn’t his first seizure. Back in May 2019, a seizure sent him to the hospital.

After returning home, both Jackson and his parents thanked Dia Lathora. They are happy she was able to help.

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Girl’s desperate bid to find £300,000 to fight cancer no one has ever survived .

The family of a 13-year-old girl with a rare and incurable form of brain cancer are making a last ditch attempt to save her life. Lily Wythe’s world was turned upside down in September when she was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), which currently has a 0% survival rate. Despite such a bleak prognosis, the teenager remains optimistic and is hoping to get a place on a ‘promising’ experimental clinical trial in the US aimed at finding a cure. Her parents have praised friends and neighbours in the Essex town of Leigh-on-Sea for rallying around Lily and fundraising £30,000 out of the £300,000 they need for years of groundbreaking treatment. Reflecting on when doctors first told them about the survival rate, Lily’s mum Diane told ‘It was awful, absolutely awful. Actually at that point I was in disbelief when they told us.

‘We got on the train on the way home and thought how is this even possible in 2019? How can you not cure it or even treat it?’ After experiencing headaches in August five different health professionals all put her symptoms down to a hormonal migraine, explained part time nail technician Diane. But after she started slurring her speech and losing her balance as she walked her family took her in for an MRI scan and she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. She was then sent to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London where doctors warned the family there’s a zero per cent survival rate and that most patients only live for a year. Only 10% of children with the tumour survive for two years and only 1% make it past five. As the disease is more common among children aged five to nine, it is not known whether Lily’s survival odds will be different.

She’s gone through six weeks of radiotherapy and is showing signs of improvement, but her tumour is likely to return in six to nine months and spread more aggressively than ever before. Diane, 40, added: ‘We returned home and since then she has been improving. ‘The whole left side of her body is affected by the tumour, her legs more than her hands. ‘She’s eating now but she had to learn to swallow again, she had to progress from pureed food. She’s had to learn to walk again.’ ‘She can now mobilise around the house by holding on to things.

‘It’s horrible to see, obviously she’s so frustrated, she says to me that she should be able to get up and body works but it just doesn’t.’ As he friends go out to Christmas parties, Diane says her daughter feels like she’s missing out while she’s stuck at home. Lily has lost some of her hair and is on a strong dose of steroids but despite the massive impact on her life she still remains optimistic about the future. Diane added: ‘She’s doing really well, she’s amazing, positive. She’s a very happy-go-lucky kind of girl anyway. ‘She’s adamant it’s not coming back but obviously we know it will. ‘When it does are we going to be set up for the treatment is there going to be money there, is there going to be space on the trial?’

Diane says the diagnoses was ‘horrendous’ to begin with for her and husband Martin, 41, but now they agree a ‘positive attitude is the way forward’. In an online fundraising page set up for Lily’s treatment her loved ones say: ‘As a family we are doing all we can to raise this money however being such a massive amount we had to make the tough decision to set up this go fund me page. ‘Nothing prepares you for any of this. We now face the realisation that our care free life is over and now we are caught up in hospital appointments, an entourage of doctors and consultants. ‘Life can change in an instant. No warning, no reason.’

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Britain's worst mother Karen Matthews is seen without her engagement ring following claims she has split from her paedophile fiancé

Britain's worst mother Karen Matthews has been spotted without her engagement ring after claims she split from her fiance when she discovered he is a paedophile. 

Matthews, 44, got engaged to Paul Saunders, 57, just six weeks after they met after falling 'head over heels in love'. 

But Matthews is believed to have ended their relationship after finding out her new lover is a convicted child abuser who groomed a vulnerable teenager while working as a driver for special needs children.

She reportedly told a friend she was looking to return her £39.95 Princess Diana lookalike ring.  

And when she stepped out near her new home in the south of England yesterday, it was nowhere to be seen.  

A friend of the mother-of-seven previously told The Mirror that the blue silver oval blue Cubic Zirconia cluster ring is in the box and ready to go back.   

She was furious when she found out about Saunder's offending and even more enraged her ring 'was't the real thing', claims the paper. 

Saunders was jailed for five years in January 2010 for his abuse of a vulnerable young girl aged between 15 and 17 who said after his conviction at Oxford Crown Court: 'He makes me sick. He should die. I hate him'. 

He targeted the 'vulnerable' girl and made indecent images of her, the court heard as he was jailed for five years placed on the sex offenders' register for life.

The 57-year-old was arrested at Matthews home last week by Thames Valley Police because living with his fiancee was a breach of is bail conditions.

The handyman from Reading, Berkshire, was released under investigation. 

A witness told The Sun: 'They are still together in her house.' 

Despite the claims the pair have now split, there were also reports Matthews is planning to sell the rights to her wedding to a glossy magazine. 

She was also planning on asking her evil murderer best friend Bernadette McNeilly to be her bridesmaid, reports The Star

McNeilly was part of the gang that tortured and set fire to Suzanne Capper 16, and made her listen to recordings of her imitating the murderous horror film doll Chucky.  

Matthews and her ex-boyfriend's uncle Michael Donovan were jailed in 2008 for the plot to stage Shannon's kidnapping and claim the £50,000 reward for 'finding' her.

She made a series of tearful TV appeals for help in finding her daughter as West Yorkshire Police launched one of the force's largest ever searches.

Shannon was eventually found by detectives in Donovan's flat, around a mile from her home in Dewsbury, 24 days after she disappeared.

Prosecutors said the schoolgirl was drugged and probably kept captive on a leash during her incarceration.

Police described Matthews as 'pure evil' after she was found guilty of kidnap, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice.

Her then-boyfriend, Craig Meehan, was not involved in the kidnapping plot.

However, he was separately convicted of possessing 49 indecent images of children on a home computer.

She and Donovan were both sentenced to eight years in prison in January 2009 and released in 2012 after serving half their sentences.

Shannon was raised by a new family under a new identity and is now an adult.

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Students with Disabilities Walk Their Teacher Down the Aisle at Her Wedding: They're 'My Babies'

A special education teacher from Georgia invited three of her 10-year-old students to join her on her special day.

Colleen Powell, a teacher at Lakeview Academy in Milledgeville, said there was no question that she wanted three of her favorite students — Dominic May, who has Down syndrome, and Jay Hurt and Korde Solomon, who both have disabilities — to play an important part in her wedding earlier this month.

“Especially just having five or six kids, they become your own,” the 25-year-old education explained to WMAZ. “Since I don’t have any kids of my own, I call these three my babies.”

“I’d always said my boys are going to be in my wedding because they’re just the biggest piece of my heart,” she added to Today. “They mean as much to me as anyone else that was there.”

When Powell walked down the aisle, she was accompanied by her father and Jay and Korde, who served as rings bearers. Jay as cerebral palsy, and was pushed in his wheelchair by Korde.

“They’re just the biggest piece of my heart,” Powell told WMAZ. “They mean as much to me as my bridesmaids did, and as much as my husband’s groomsmen.”

Because the boys have difficulty speaking, Jay carried a device with a pre-recorded message that announced, “Here comes the bride,” when he pressed a button. When the wedding officiant asked, “Who gives away the bride?” Dominic played a message that said, “Her parents and I do.”

“They can all communicate their wants or needs or their feelings,” Powell told Today of the way she communicates with them in class.

Camellia Hurt, Jay’s mother, said she wasn’t sure if Powell was serious when she initially asked about the children participating in the ceremony.

“Originally, I thought she just kind of said it to be kind because I was in the classroom while she talked about planning the wedding,” Hurt said. “She was serious.”

“At first I was on pins and needles but thank God nothing happened,” she said. “He was really involved in the wedding and this was so beautiful.”

Shiquana Solomon, Korde’s mother, told Today that the boys had a great time celebrating their teacher’s special day with her.

“Korde danced going down the aisle, he had to bust out a little dance move. They started clapping,” she recalled. “I was happy. I was crying.”

“They will always remember that,” Dominic’s mom, Ingried Banks, told WMAZ. “And I will, I know the other parents will always love them for that.”

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Four-year-old boy writes heartbreaking poem for his baby sister who is battling a rare form of cancer

A four year-old boy has written a poignant poem to his baby sister who is battling a rare form of cancer.

Ruby Young, two, was diagnosed with aggressive neuroblastoma after doctors found a growth in her stomach.

Her older brother, Freddy, has now written a verse to encourage people to give money for cancer research.

Ruby was diagnosed soon after her second birthday and the disease has now progressed to stage 4 - the highest grade - and spread to her bone marrow.

She now faces a two-year course of treatment at London's Royal Marsden Hospital. 

Her brother's poem, written with the help of grandma Shirley Rayfield, 50, begins: 'What can we do for Ruby Roo, the little girl who is only two; The poor little honey; has a tumour in her tummy; Give a penny, give a pound; so a cure can be found.'

The children's mother, Vikki Young, 29, said: 'I was in the hospital constantly in August when she was first diagnosed so Freddy was spending a lot of time with his grandma.

'She told me they had written something for Ruby and I didn't know what to expect.

'I just broke down when I read it, it's an amazing poem and I am so proud of him. It just broke my heart reading it, I find it hard to read it even now.'

Mrs Young and husband Rob, who run their own refrigeration business in Rainham, Kent, first spotted signs of the disease when Ruby, lost her appetite and began losing weight.

A growth found in her stomach in August was pressing on her internal organs, including her lungs, making it very difficult to breathe.

Ruby now has to undergo a long course treatment, involving chemotherapy and radiotherapy and possibly surgery.

Mrs Young added: 'When we found out about Ruby's diagnosis we were in complete shock, it all seemed surreal (and still does) and we were absolutely devastated. We couldn't believe this was happening to our little Ruby.' 

She added: 'When they first told me all I thought was is she going to die? I had to ask that. I will do anything I can for my little girl.'

Mrs Young says there is a high chance Ruby will relapse even if the treatment works and further treatment in America costs £500,000.

The family are now raising money for the Neuroblastoma Children's Cancer Alliance (NCCA), which funds the treatment in America.

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How a girl called a 'fat whale' by cruel bullies in primary school fought a devastating battle with anorexia that left her fighting for life at 34 kilograms

A 21-year-old woman has opened up about her battle with anorexia - and how she overcame the eating disorder that almost claimed her life.

Elle Lietzow, from Melbourne, was on the brink of death after her weight plummeted to a dangerous 34 kilograms during her final school year in 2014.

She went to extreme lengths to hide her battle in her teenage years where she even left traces of food around the kitchen so her family would assume she was eating.

The model said she eventually found herself avoiding food following the constant pressure to be thin after she was cruelly taunted for being overweight.

'I was called a "fat whale" in primary school,' Ms Lietzow told Daily Mail Australia.

But after joining the swimming team, she started to 'lose weight naturally' when she competed at a national level with the Olympic team around the country.

'I started getting compliments about looking good so I was no longer tormented by the bullies in school,' she recalled.

'And so the training increased because I didn't want to be bullied again. I was training 10 times a week... and losing more weight.

'Then all the bullying stopped. They all wanted to be my friend.'

But the eating disorder spiralled out of control from the age of 15 after she became obsessed with calorie counting and would restrict her diet next to nothing.

'I pretty much stopped eating at the age of 15, and that was when I developed the eating disorder,' she said.

'The girls in school were talking about going on a diet, and we were looking at weight loss on Facebook. They were also into the extreme dieting teas. We were all talking about people losing X amount of weight.

'At the time, I remember thinking if I keep being thin, people would still be my friend and if I gain weight, then no one would want to be my friend.

'I thought maybe these girls at school were going home and not eating either. So I started eating little and overexercising.'

The then teenager was diagnosed with anorexia shortly before she turned 16. She decided to quit swimming altogether because she wanted a 'social life'.

'I wanted to socialise because everyone was partying at that age,' she said.

'When I was training, I couldn't miss any sessions because we were always training with the Olympic team and we weren't allowed to go on holiday.

'I decided to quit swimming so I could have more of a social life. But from there, I didn't have a social life because I got caught up with losing weight instead.'

She started hiding her weight loss from her family and friends - by wearing 'baggy clothes' or leaving traces of food around the kitchen to fool her family.

'I was faking my way around,' she said.

'I remember stuffing my bras and making myself look bigger by wearing baggy clothes. I never wore tight clothes.

'My parents were working full-time with very busy schedules so I was always home alone and they would come home late and asked if I'd eaten and I'd say yes.

'I used to put Weetbix crumbs in bowls with a little bit of milk to look like I'd eaten. I would get crumbs from the toaster. I would make food disappear just by throwing them in the bin. Or I would chop food up to look like I'd cooked.

'At school, I would spend ages at my locker to avoid lunchtime and when my friends asked me if I'd eaten, I would lie that I did.

'Though no one was stupid because you could see how my face was getting thinner. And at the time, I didn't know what an eating disorder was but I was trying to maintain my weight.'

However, when she was 16, she 'so-called got better' after eating again - but this time, she lost control over her diet - adding weight rapidly to her waistline.

'I became overweight because I started binge eating,' she said.

Far from getting better, the young woman was 168 centimetres tall - but she dramatically dropped from a healthy 50 kilograms to just 34 kilograms.

'I didn't know how to eat normally again. I no longer knew what a regular diet was. I just couldn't get my mental state back on track,' she said.

'The scale was going up like crazy.'

Trying to maintain her consumption, she eventually relapsed - and quickly fell back into the grips of anorexia again, without realising what she was doing to herself. 

At the age of 18, her illness had become so severe, she was admitted to hospital after her mother found her suffering seizures in her bedroom.

'When I was hospitalised, I had lost 40 kilos in less than six months,' she recalled.

'My body was shutting down. My electrolyte was dangerously low and the doctors said they've never seen anyone alive at that level. I was hours from death, I almost went into a cardiac arrest.

'I was in hospital getting treatment for a month but afterwards, I didn't want to be there anymore so I discharged myself against medical advice at the first opportunity.'

When she got home, she gained 10 kilograms in four weeks - where she tipped the scales at 45 kilograms - a weight she maintained for the next two years.

'I went vegan overnight - but I made the mistake of getting trapped into ortherexia - my whole diet pretty much consisted of fruits,' she explained.

'I maintained a low weight of 45 kilos for two years which was "better" than before but still clearly unhealthy as I was yet to get my period back from when I was 17.'

And it wasn't until December last year, she finally came to the realisation that the only person who could save her from the life-threatening condition was herself.

'I remember thinking, "I'm done... I've never achieved anything being thin. No one likes you any better",' she said.

'I decided I wanted to gain weight I wanted to get my period back and also attempt to look my age instead of five years younger.

'I came across the body positive on Instagram and there were hashtags like "self love" and "body positive" and I was really inspired.

'There was no point trying to control myself because I wasn't getting any happier. I never hated anyone else for what they look like so why I should hate myself?

'And I wanted to be healthy again and get my period back since the age of 17. I finally got it back just two months ago - I was 20 - just before my 21st.'

And more than six months on, the social media influencer has made a remarkable body transformation as she continues with her recovery.

'I weigh like 65 or 70 kilograms now. I actually don't even know what my weight is but I don't really care,' she said.

'I don't weigh myself anymore because I don't believe in numbers anymore.' 

The YouTube star now follows a balanced vegan diet of fats, carbohydrates and protein.

'I slowly but surely started gaining weight again,' she said as she laughed.

'I feel free and I no longer have any rules around food. For the first time, I feel so much happier. I never had boobs or curves. Now, I have a healthy figure - I love my curves.

'Since coming across the body positive movement on Instagram I have begun to fall in love with myself despite my shape or size.

'I want other young girls and woman out there to know they can rock the skin they are in without trying to look like anyone else or falling into the trap of diet culture.'

She decided to speak out about the illness, and share her confronting photographs of her remarkable healing process in the hope of inspiring other young women.

'Don't compare yourself to others because it's not worth it,' she said.

'Recovery takes time, hard work, determination, a lot of tears and ups and downs.

'Eventually you will come out on top when you start putting yourself first and focusing on how you feel rather than how you look. 

'Someone else out will always love the way you look - you may not like it at the moment but someone else will.

'Life stops when you are trapped in an eating disorder and only starts up again when you start to break free from all negative behaviours.'

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J. Lo’s Designer Surprises Teen Fan Who Has Early-Aging Disorder with Dresses of Her Dreams

“Knowing that we have the capability to ... make them feel good about themselves… I just wanted to make her birthday dreams come true,” designer Michael Costello tells PEOPLE

Michael Costello has dressed everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Beyoncé, but the designer’s biggest fan just might be 13-year-old Adalia Rose.

Adalia is a typical teenager who loves all things fashion — but she also suffers from progeria, a rare genetic condition that gives her a smaller frame and makes dressing in her preferred styles more of a challenge.

Enter Costello, who recently surprised Adalia with a pair of custom-made dresses for her 13th birthday party in an adorable Instagram video that has since gone viral.

In the clip, Adalia unwraps the gift from Costello, 36, and says “Oh my god,” before giving her mom a knowing look and immediately telling her, “This is Michael Costello.”

“I’m having a moment,” the excited teen says as she proudly dons the dress, a turquoise two-piece inspired by Princess Jasmine from Aladdin.

An additional video features Adalia showing off her dance moves in the dress and happily rocking a second, fuchsia-colored one-shoulder gown that also came courtesy of Costello.

“They are so perfect and I even want to wear them while I’m just at home!” Adalia wrote in the Instagram caption of a post showing her opening the present. “Michael Costello you did such an amazing job making everything I wish you can make all my clothes! I love you so so so much and I send you a million hugs.”

Costello tells PEOPLE that Adalia — a social media star with more than 13 million Facebook followers and nearly 2.5 million YouTube subscribers — has long been a fan of his, and that the pair first met up several months ago in Austin, Texas, after she heard he was in town and reached out to grab dinner.

“It was the cutest. She was so adorable and so sweet,” he says of their initial meeting. “She’s so tiny that you instantly think she’s going to be like a baby, and you want to baby her. But I didn’t realize that she’s 13 years old, and she’s like any other savvy 13 year old. She was a little sassy!”

Adalia’s condition, progeria, is characterized by the appearance of accelerated aging in children, according to the Progeria Research Foundation. Symptoms include a lack of growth, loss of body fat and hair, stiff joints and hip dislocation.

Throughout their dinner, the pair chatted fashion, and Adalia explained to Costello — who recently designed the pale pink gown that Jennifer Lopez wore on the cover of PEOPLE’s People of the Year issue — what types of styles she preferred.

“She said she loves J. Lo, and anything that J. Lo wears she likes to wear, and she loves flowy fabrics and sparkles,” he says with a laugh. “And I said, ‘Okay, you’re my ideal client. You are the Michael Costello girl.’”

When the Project Runway alum learned that Adalia would soon be celebrating her 13th birthday, he knew that creating her a pair of custom-made gowns would be the ultimate gift, and worked with the girl and her mother to craft the perfect look, taking special measurements to get the fit just right.

“She knew instantly that she wanted a Princess Jasmine dress,” he says, adding that while she knew that one was coming, the second pink dress was a surprise.

Though Costello’s resumé is filled with A-list stars who have proudly worn his creations on runways and red carpets, he tells PEOPLE it’s all the more rewarding to dress people like Adalia, whose unique size tends to make it difficult to find clothes that match her jumbo-sized, colorful personality.

“Knowing that we have the capability to make something for them and to celebrate them and to make them feel good about themselves… I just wanted to make her birthday dreams come true,” he says. “I feel like I’ve dressed everyone. It’s an incredible milestone for my career. I feel like I’ve done so much and I’ve been blessed so much, and now what I really want to do is start meeting more people like Adalia… What’s it to me? A couple of days on the sewing machine? A few hundred dollars’ worth of fabric and time, just to make someone else’s dream come true.”

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Mother, 32, who put her tiredness down to dealing with her four children is diagnosed with a brain tumour 'that went undetected for a decade'

A mother's brain tumour went undetected for up to a decade after she dismissed her symptoms as the stress of raising a young family.

Emily Corrigan, 32, battled extreme fatigue, dizziness and headaches for years.

The mother-of-four, of Milton Keynes, was rushed to hospital when her partner Stewart Wilson, 42, saw her having a seizure in July 2015. 

Ms Corrigan was diagnosed with an astrocytoma tumour the size of an orange, which doctors believe had been growing for up to 10 years. 

After undergoing surgery to remove the growth, things seemed to be looking up. However, a routine check-up in October last year revealed the mass had returned. 

Ms Corrigan went under the knife again and endured 30 rounds of radiotherapy. She is on chemo to help her beat the disease.

Speaking of her symptoms, Ms Corrigan said: 'I was getting terrible flashing pains in my head and was very tired. 

'I had four young children and just dismissed the symptoms to being busy running around after them.  

'In hindsight there were definite signs. I was far more tired than most mum's I know but time and time again I just put it down to being a busy mum.

'I'd be up early with my kids from the crack of dawn until late at night so I never thought anything of it.' 

Ms Corrigan finally decided to see her GP over her headaches and fatigue in 2014. 

'I put on weight, and had no energy and felt lethargic all the time,' she said.

With an MRI booked, she cancelled the scan after convincing herself she was wasting everyone's time.

'If I'd gone then and had that MRI the tumour would have been found and something could have been done about it earlier,' Ms Corrigan said. 

She was later found having a seizure in the middle of the night, which led to her being diagnosed with a 4.2x4.5cm (1.6x1.7inch) brain tumour. 

After being rushed to hospital, she was put in a medically-induced coma and had surgery to remove the growth, according to her GoFundMe page. 

Doctors estimated the mass had been growing for between seven and 10 years.

The operation was a success, with Ms Corrigan returning to her job as a school office secretary.

However, during a routine check-up at the end of last year, she was told her growth had returned. 

Three days before her second bout of surgery in January, Ms Corrigan had another seizure and was found lying on the floor of her bathroom by her eldest child Sonny.

The operation went ahead regardless, with Ms Corrigan also enduring 30 sessions of radiotherapy. She started chemo last month.  

'It's been so hard and has taken such a huge toll on us all,' she said.

'I've been able to manage with the kids as best as I can but the surgery and treatment has taken any energy out of me.

'The kids have been great but it can be difficult at times when I explain to them what's happening to me.' 

Ms Corrigan is speaking out to warn others not to dismiss extreme fatigue. 

Her friends are fundraising £2,000 ($2,418) to help her make ends meet while she recovers.

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Mum saves baby from death by barging into doctor's room during eight-hour wait

A mum saved her baby’s life by bursting into a doctor’s office to demand treatment during a gruelling eight-hour wait for a call-back. Rachael Pedrick, 26, began worrying when Holly showed flu-like symptoms as well as sticky eyes, vomiting and diarrhoea on December 23. She says she rang her GP surgery after one-year-old Holly failed to get any better and was told to wait for a doctor to ring her back. The mum-of-two says she was left waiting for eight hours, after which she took matters into her own hands. She said: ‘In the end I went to the doctor’s myself, walked into the doctor’s room and the doctor ran straight over to her, checked her over and said she needs to go to Prince Charles [Hospital] as soon as possible.’ Holly was kept overnight at the hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, before being booked in for an emergency operation at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

Surgeons had to drain an abscess from behind her eye after it was found she had contracted sepsis and skin infection cellulitis. Sepsis is a rare but serious complication in infected patients that can lead to multiple organ failure and death unless treated quickly. The NHS publishes an online guide to symptoms. Rachael, from Aberdare, said: ‘They had to cut through her nose to get to her eye. I was panicking. ‘It was the longest two hours of my life. She was out of it for four days, lifeless. ‘I couldn’t pick her up because she was attached to loads of things. She was in and out.

‘I don’t know what was going through my head. It’s talked about more than it used to be but it didn’t cross my mind that it could be sepsis.’ Rachael and Holly spent Christmas in hospital, but the child is now expected to make a full recovery. Her mum wants to spread her story to help others who find themselves in the same position. ‘The hospital staff phoned me and said if I hadn’t taken her to the doctor’s then she would be dead. ‘I was frantic. I knew it was serious but not how serious until I had the phone call. If I didn’t take her in she wouldn’t be running around now.’

A spokesperson for the surgery said: ‘We cannot comment on individual cases, but can provide assurance that the practice of offering appointments is taken very seriously, particularly concerning young children. ‘If a staff member receiving a call has any concerns based on the information provided, then it is standard practice to advise that the child be seen by a GP and subsequently to offer an appointment, which patients (or patient representatives) can then choose whether to accept or not.’ ‘We would encourage anyone with a concern about services to get in touch directly so we can listen to and discuss any issues.’

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A UK lawmaker just came out as pansexual. Here's what that means.

Layla Moran, a UK lawmaker, came out as pansexual on Friday. This makes her the first pansexual member of Parliament, according to LGBTQ news website Pink News.

Pansexuality is an identity that falls under the LGBTQ umbrella. It refers to having an attraction to people of all genders.

The Liberal Democrat MP told Pink News that she has been dating a woman for the past 6 months, which "was quite surprising, because before that I only ever had boyfriends."

Moran revealed her relationship with Rosey Cobb, a former Liberal Democrat press secretary, during an interview with Pink News, later posting a picture of herself and Cobb on Twitter with the caption: "2020 is a new decade and a new path in my journey. Last year I fell in love with a wonderful woman. Something I'd never even considered before. Now I am just happy."

According to Pink News, Moran initially felt pressure to identify as bisexual because it's a term that other people understood. Eventually, she decided she didn't want to force herself into a label.

She told the publication that she identifies as pansexual because she doesn't care about physical attributes and falls in love with personality instead, regardless of gender.

Moran told Pink News that she plans to continue to advocate for LGBTQ rights within Parliament.

Pansexual comes from the Greek prefix "pan," meaning all. Pansexual identity recognises the wide breadth of gender identities that exist, including non-binary people.

Contrary to popular belief, pansexuality and bisexuality are different identities, as bisexuality refers to a person being attracted to their same gender as well as other gender identities. However, this doesn't necessarily mean a bisexual person is attracted to all genders.

For example, a person who identifies as a bisexual woman can be attracted to non-binary people and other women but maybe not men. A pansexual woman like Moran is attracted to people of all genders.

A person who is bisexual can identify as pansexual as well if they happen to be attracted to people of all genders - but while the two can overlap, this doesn't necessarily mean these identities always overlap.

Bi-erasure, or the erasure of bisexual identity through belittling comments and other forms of discrimination, comes from the idea that people cannot be attracted to people of multiple genders. It has even been linked to worse mental health and less fulfilling sex for bisexual people.

This same misconception that people can't truly be attracted to people of different gender identities at the same time fuels a similar form of discrimination against pansexual people called "pan-erasure."

But notable people like Moran and celebrities like Janelle Monae and Bella Thorne come out as pansexual, more and more people are recognising it as a real sexual identity.

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A Pair Of Twins Born Different Days, Months And Even Decades After Arriving 30 Minutes Apart

A pair of twins born were born different days, months and even decades after arriving just 30 minutes apart at an Indiana hospital at New Year. 

Dawn Gilliam and her partner of seven years, Jason Tello, gave birth to two healthy babies just on the cusp of the new year. 

Joslyn Grace Guilen Tello arrived at 11.37pm on December 31, making her the last 2019 baby born at Ascension St. Vincent Carmel.

Exactly 30 minutes later, Jaxon DeWayne Mills Tello joined his sister at 12.07am on January 1, 2020, making history as the first baby born in the new year and the new decade there. 

'[We're] still kind of overwhelmed. We're kind of speechless still,' Tello told WTHR.   

'Earlier, we talked about it would be great to have them born on different dates. But here we are with this surprise - different dates, different years. That was definitely interesting for us for sure. We're still kind of speechless still,' he continued.  

According to their shocked parents, the newborn twins weren't expected for another seven weeks. 

While their babies' surprise delivery date was a total shock, the couple have known for a while that Joslyn would be the oldest. 

'We've known for a while that she was going to be born first. She's been in position for most of the pregnancy. Of course, [Jaxon] was breech. So, it took a while for him to come,' Gilliam said. 

Gilliam made an unexpected visit to the medical center on New Year's Eve to check fetal movement, but was told the twins were ready to make their grand entrance. 

They were like, "you might have to deliver today",' she said, according to IndyStar

Joslyn weighed in at four pounds 11 ounces, and Jaxon at 4 pounds 4 ounces.  

The couple hasn't figured out how they'll tackle future birthday celebrations, but Gilliam imagines upcoming New Year's Eves as small family celebrations. 

As of now, Gilliam hopes the twins are released from the NICU and, 'fingers crossed,' can be taken home soon. 

She'll continue as a stay-at-home mom in Pendleton, while raising the twins with her 10-year-old and five-year-old children. 

Tello, who recently quit his job, will continue growing his business that builds structures for the entertainment industry. 

Tello said: 'It's been a ride, that's for sure. It's been a good ride.'

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Teenager, 19, who lost 63kg in one year to wear her dream formal dress shares the tips that helped her lose the weight

A teenager who shed half her body weight to wear a slinky formal dress in Year 12 has revealed how cutting out all sugar, avoiding chocolate 'forever' and chewing mints helped her to lose a staggering 63 kilograms in one year. 

Josie Desgrand from Hervey Bay, Queensland, tipped the scales at 127kg when she was 16 years old, becoming the target of bullies and dealing with cripplingly low self esteem.

Because no one believed she could shift the extra weight she was carrying the now 19-year-old wanted to prove everyone wrong - and lost 63 kilos in 12 months. 

For the past three years, Josie has embraced a lifestyle of healthy eating and regular exercise, but initially, her addiction to sugar made it difficult to shed size.

'I started to think that I would be overweight for the rest of my life as I was too lazy to change so I always just gave up,' she told FEMAIL previously.

Josie revealed her problem was she was prone to snacking between meals on 'anything sweet', including cookies, chocolate and ice cream.

The svelte teenager said breaking her reliance on sugar was tough, however, gleaning tips from others who'd also undergone a transformation made this easier.

One trick she said she learned was that whenever a craving hit was to chew on a mint and if she needed food, to snack on something healthy.

The sort of foods she now loves to eat between meals include carrot sticks with hummus or a small handful of fruits and nuts. 

'I stuck to a low carb, no sugar diet for TWO WHOLE years. I began to eat natural sugars about six months into my journey. In the first 12 months I lost 63kgs,' she said.

She also said she learned to rely on transformation photos rather than weigh ins, telling Seven News that everyone should 'take transformation photos rather than weighing yourself on the scales'.

'My transformation photos really kept me going,' Josie told the publication.

Josie eliminated processed foods and carbs from her diet, as before losing weight she constantly ate bread and wraps and 'would always go back for seconds'.

Although exercise was something she only dabbled in at first, over the course of her journey Josie created a routine which consisted of three to four gym sessions a week.

Sharing her journey on Instagram has also been something she believes helps keep her on track as well as helping to inspire others.

'I created this account to inspire and motivate others on my journey, sharing what I have done and the challenges I have faced and how to overcome them,' she posted.

She encourages others to take 'transformation' style photos in order to keep track of their progress as it's a better motivator than weighing yourself.

The committed teen did manage to fit into her 'perfect' dress come formal season and said it was easily worth the strict regime she stuck to for 365 days. 

Today, Josie remains as dedicated as ever to maintaining her weight and recently created an online meal planner for other people on a fitness journey. 

While there are plans in place to write a book detailing her journey in more depth, for now her focus is on taking care of her first child, Charlie, who was born on November 12.

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Meet The 57 Years Old Man Who Is The World's First Cyborg, He Lost His Two Hands When He Was 17

Meet Les Baugh, a man of the hard luck. We all make mistakes, but some of them can lead to tragic consequences. 40 years ago, when Les was just 17 years old, he was fooling around with his stepbrother. The last one challenged him to a race that ended with a big tragedy.

Baugh found himself in a set of power lines. Electric shock was that powerful – the doctors didn’t give him a chance to live to his 21st birthday. Moreover – both hands were amputated and the surgeons thought his legs won’t recover and he will be unable to walk. “I didn’t stand a chance,” he says. “Everything I had going was gone.”

But with strong will to life, Les soon made his first steps. Now he had to learn living without hands. Regular manipulations became a torture. He needed help all the time with his regular daily routine and somebody had to be there with him all day long.

And now, 40 years after he received another chance to start living a normal life again. Thanks to Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory he was given two robotic arms that are controlled with his thoughts only.

The prothesis was worked out considering all his needs and requirements. First it was hard for Baugh to learn how to use the robotic limbs, but now he can operate them pretty fast. And the accuracy is impressive – grabbing a ping pong ball is not a big deal for him.

To reach these shocking though impressive results, Les had to go under a serious surgery, which is called ‘targeted muscle innervation.’ Dr. Albert Chi, a trauma surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, says that surgery of this kind is a complete innovation. It is called to reassign nerves that once controlled the arm and the hand. They are lately connected to the prothetic arms and guarantee total control over the construction.

Les Baugh had to wait until total recovery after the surgery to try his new limbs on.

The team of scientists analyzed the data of pattern recognition algorithms to identify how exactly his muscles work.

Later they programmed the robotic arms to repeat all those movements.

But that huge construction still needed additional support to keep natural position. This is why the scientists added custom sockets that had to be attached to shoulders and torso. Even Baugh was impressed by his own look. He said he somehow found himself in another reality, but was ready to go further and did whatever the team demanded.

And there were too many tests before they could actually start trying new arms in action. In just 10 days after the experiment started – Les Baugh showed impressive results. He managed to move cups, balls and even shelves. By the way, the speed of his movements was way much higher than anyone could expect.

At this moment, his arms work pretty similar to human anatomy. Les is capable of repeating all the moves he performed with his real hands while he still had them. Scientists believe they can soon send poor man back home with fully functioning limbs that can make his life great again.

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So sad ,Schoolgirl, nine, who lost both her legs and her left arm

This is the heart-warming moment a nine-year-old triple-amputee was left 'chuffed to bits' after being fitted with a 'bionic hero arm'.

Rinae Hedgecock, from Eccles in Greater Manchester, contracted a deadly strain of meningitis as a five-year-old and lost both legs, her left arm below the elbow and the fingers and thumbs on her right hand.

The schoolgirl took less than an hour to get used to the new hi-tech prosthetic which now means she can pick up a coca-cola bottle and even high-five her twin brother.

She made a remarkable recovery after she contracted meningitis but struggled with the NHS plastic prosthetic arm she had been given.

Rinae dreamed of getting a 'hero arm' - made by Bristol-based company, Open Bionics - to help her hold things, dress without help, and achieve a level of independence.

The bionic arms are the first medically approved prosthesis of their kind in Britain and allow for precise and delicate movements that other prosthetic hands cannot do.

However, despite the revolutionary technology being recently made available in France, Rinae cannot currently receive it on the NHS.

Rinae's father John Hedgecock, 39, started a fundraising campaign to pay for the £10,000 'bionic arm' and reached his target in 24 hours.

Rinae then had the left arm fitted at Dorset Orthopedics in Burton upon Trent on Thursday this week.

Rinae said: 'It's amazing because the things that I couldn't do before, I can do them now.

'When I first put it on, it was really heavy but now I'm getting used to it.'

Her father John added: 'She is loving it and is proud as punch. She is absolutely chuffed. Her face lit up like a Christmas tree when she had it fitted.

'It has taken no time whatsoever for her to get used to the arm. She was virtually off and running in under an hour. She was grabbing things and high-fiving her brother.

'It's the simple things that we take for granted. I never thought we would be where we are today.

'It's not just the physical side of it. It was mental torture for her not being able to do certain things.

'It's a life-changing moment for her. It's simple to put the arm on which she can do herself.

'She cannot wait to get back to school to show it off to all her friends.

'I want to thank everyone who has helped us get to where we are. You have no idea what this means to us all.'

Rinae was playing with friends at her home in April 2015 when she started to feel like her body was 'aching'.

Single father John, a bricklayer, believed this was down to activity and Rinae went to bed as usual.

However, the next morning she woke up with an extreme temperature and John spotted blood blisters appearing on her skin.

Rinae was rushed to Wythenshawe Hospital for initial tests before doctors transferred her to Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool.

They were then told she had contracted meningitis and she was given just 24 hours to live. 

Rinae, who has a twin brother Rico and older sister Chelsea, 16, was in intensive care for six months while she battled the condition and recovered from multiple life-saving surgeries. 

Rinae has since undergone years of physiotherapy to allow her to use prosthetic legs and was later given a 'plastic arm' by the NHS.

However, the NHS-provided arm had no functionality, with Rinae's father describing it as a 'mannequin's limb'.

Samantha Payne who is the co-founder and COO of Open Bionics said: 'We're thrilled to see Rinae receive her Hero Arm.

'Rinae crowdfunded for the device and it was fitted through private healthcare, and she is one of dozens of people with upper limb differences in the UK fundraising for a Hero Arm.

'We very much hope the NHS sees how helpful these devices are and will begin offering them to the people who need them. 

'We've worked really hard to achieve a price point for the device that is acceptable for existing NHS budgets for prosthetic provision.

'We are engaged in a world-first clinical trial with the NHS, and both clinicians and policymakers have been incredibly supportive of the Hero Arm.

'The device is currently provided by the French and Irish healthcare systems, but not yet here in the UK.

'Unfortunately, NHS policy change is not currently keeping pace with technological improvements.

'We have a waiting list of amputees who cannot afford private healthcare waiting for the device to be available via the NHS and we're excited to supply them with a Hero Arm in the future.'

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A Woman, 33, who was desperate to breastfeed her adopted baby reveals she used pills to TRICK her body into producing milk

A mother-of-one who was desperate to breastfeed her adopted baby has revealed how she tricked her body into thinking it was pregnant with medication so she could produce her own milk.

Mira Gallaway, 33, and her husband David, from Alberta, Canada, had tried to conceive for five years without success. After two rounds of IVF and seven IUIs, Mira was left feeling like a 'failure'.

When they signed up with adoption agencies, Mira, whose daughter Harper is now two, began researching how non-biological parents could bond with their newborn, and found breastfeeding advice by Canadian pediatrician Dr Jack Newman.

He explained how by taking the contraceptive Pill alongside a drug called domperidone, it mimics the chemicals released into a woman's body when she's pregnant, and after stopping the medication, the body would lactate thinking it had given birth.

Mira, who had been breastfed by her mother until she was three, asked her doctor to prescribe the medication – including domperidone, which has been linked to fatal heart conditions according to Health Canada - and she began taking it for seven months.

She stopped after seven months in June 2016, and began using a breast pump between six and eight times a day to remove milk and build up her supply.

By the time the couple went to meet Harper in October 2016, Mira was producing 30 ounces a day – and was able to feed their new arrival right away.

The process is called 'induced lactation' and there have been only 500 successful cases documented globally, according to the Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation.

Mira, who still breastfeeds Harper on demand, said: 'I felt like for once my body was doing something that it should. That I couldn't make a baby but I could feed one – it was a healing moment for me.

'One of the hardest things about experiencing infertility was thinking that the opportunity to have that parenting tool was gone.

'So when I learned that as a non-gestational parent I could breastfeed, it was reassuring that wasn't a door that was shut anymore,' she added. 

Mira said she knew she and David, who has a grown-up son from his first marriage, were going to have to 'do something in order to have kids together', as her husband had undergone a vasectomy.

He had a reversal but it was unsuccessful and David tested negative for sperm analysis afterwards. So the couple moved on to IVF - the process of fertilization by extracting eggs, retrieving a sperm sample, and then manually combining the egg with the sperm in a laboratory dish - as a result.

Mira said they were 'overly confident', adding: 'The doctors saw a 26-year-old who was regular with her cycles and I think everyone went into it with a bit more confidence than what we should have'.

However, fertility tests showed that things 'weren't working properly' with Mira's reproductive system.

She said: 'I'd always wanted to be a mom, I'd always dreamed of having a big family. And it was like every single time we did something we were another step away from being told no.

'It just felt so desperate. And I felt so cheated - I'd done all my research; I knew what kind of parent I wanted to be. It was something I wanted so bad; and all of my friends were working on their families and getting pregnant.

'It just seemed like it didn't matter, for whatever reason, I wasn't allowed to be a mom,' she added. 

After two rounds of IVF that were unsuccessful, Mira was contacted by her fertility clinic and was told there were frozen embryos close to their storage expiry date. They underwent a third round of IVF using donor eggs.

'That's when our doctor said 'I don't think you can carry a child',' she said.

'When we were driving home, I said to my husband, "I know we said we were done but I'm not ready to say that I'm not going to be a mom".

'He said "I will do whatever you want to do".

So the couple looked into adoption in their then hometown of Ontario, and decided to opt for a private agency.

In November 2015, they went through the 'adopt ready' system, which checked everything from child safety in the couple's home, to their family history.

That's also when Mira started the process to induce lactation. She printed off the protocol and took it to her doctor, who was pro-breastfeeding.

'He asked me how long I wanted to do it for and wrote me a prescription for that amount of time,' she said. 

She added: 'The day after stopped taking birth control, I started pumping, and then it all happened really fast from there, about a month after I started pumping, I had a full supply.'

Mira pumped up to eight times a day – even at work at a high-end building supplier, where she was given one of her bosses' offices to use.

'It was kind of the first time I felt really good about it all. For one I was super successful with it, I felt like I was doing something with my time waiting,' she said.

In October 2016, Mira received a call from an agency, and they were presented to an expectant mother who had picked them – and she was told she was due in ten days.

They made the eight-hour journey to be at the hospital when Harper was born. The biological mother was keen for Mira to have skin-to-skin with Harper and to feed her as soon as possible.

Thirty minutes after she was born, Harper latched on to Mira's breast and fed.

Two-and-a-half years later, and Mira is still breastfeeding. Harper has met all her weight and height-gain milestones as well as developmental ones.

'I'm so grateful that I had the opportunity to breastfeed. I've always felt that breastmilk is the normal biological food for babies, so to be able to provide that to her where in another time it may not have been an option for her is really exciting,' Mira said.

'I was always going to give her breastmilk and would have used donor milk, I'm just really lucky that it was mine.' 

Dr Jack Newman, a Toronto physician specializing in breastfeeding support and advocacy, said in an email: 'The person inducing lactation should be on the combination birth control pill for at least 16 weeks and continue it until about six to eight weeks before the baby is born and then stop the combination pill completely. 

'Domperidone increases the prolactin levels in the person inducing lactation and we recommend continuing the domperidone at least until the baby is born and even after that. 

'Indeed, it is likely the domperidone will need to be continued for the entire period of breastfeeding.

'It is important your family doctor know you are taking these medications in case side effects arise. And, it is important that he or she know you are inducing lactation, in case side effects of any sort appear and may be related to inducing lactation,' he added.

Newman is not without his critics, he himself has admitted he is a thorn in the side of hospitals for being outspoken about 'how poorly we treat mothers.'

He has also been criticized for his stance against using formula to supplement a mother's milk.

He clarified that he's not always against formula.

'If it's necessary, I recommend it. What those who criticize me don't understand is that there is much more that can be done when the baby is not gaining well than to recommend formula,' he said.

However, the physician, who has 30 years' experience and who previously admitted he is a 'thorn in the side' of hospitals for being 'outspoken' about how 'poorly we treat mothers', is not without his critics.

His hospital clinic at Toronto North York General was closed 2018, along with two others that were shut between 2016/7.

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Wow, Russian beauty queen challenges the ex-King of Malaysia to take a paternity test after he DISOWNED their 'son'

The Russian beauty queen at the centre of a divorce row with the former King of Malaysia has challenged him to take a DNA test after he claimed their son may not be his. 

Rihana Oksana Veovodina married Sultan Muhammad V last year and he dramatically gave up his throne in January amid growing pressure over their relationship. 

The Sultan now claims they have divorced, and is said to have 'disinherited' their two-month-old child Leon after raising doubts over the baby's parentage. 

His lawyer Koh told a Singapore newspaper there was 'no objective evidence as yet as to the biological father of the child'. 

But friends of the former Miss Moscow insist the marriage is still valid and have angrily rejected the Sultan's suggestion that someone else fathered the child - claiming that father and son 'share one face'. 

Oksana, who is now living with her child in a country house near Moscow, is now demanding a 'public apology' from the former head of state. 

Her close friend Liliya Nastaeva, 32, said today of the Sultan's fatherhood claims: 'What nonsense.

'We are very sorry that his royal, though former, highness chose such a talkative and unprofessional lawyer.

'All people close to Oksana - her parents, friends, family - are waiting for a public apology from him.

'And if (the former king) has some suspicions, then he can always do a DNA test. Oksana, for her part, is ready for this - I can tell you as I am her closest friend.

'If Oksana had ever shown the face of a child, no one would have any doubts, because father and son share one face.' 

Asked if the Sultan had seen the child, Liliya - who formerly ran a Moscow beauty parlour with Oksana - replied: 'I don't think I can talk about it.'

Oksana's lawyer in Moscow, Evgeny Tarlo, a former Russian senator, told MailOnline the fatherhood claims were 'lies' and a 'vulgar stupidity'.

He challenged the Singapore lawyer to prove he was acting for the ex-king.

'I do not know who Mr Koh Tien Hua is, and by what right is he commenting on the personal life of Oksana Voevodina,' he said.

'He must show his credentials.'

He insisted to Komsomolskaya Pravda news paper in Moscow that there had been no divorce, despite widespread reports to the contrary. 

'There was no divorce, I tell you with all responsibility,' he said.

'As for paternity, what is there to comment on? It is they who must prove that the child is a stranger, and it is not for us to justify ourselves.

'Oksana is a married woman, and Faris [the ex-king] is the father of her child. It is immutable.' 

Royal sources have said that the Sultan intends to 'provide for' the mother and child but they have not been granted royal titles.  

The couple married in a secret Islamic ceremony on June 7 last year, when Muhammad V still ruled as King of Malaysia.

A further ceremony then followed in November 2018 in Moscow, details of which leaked out to the media.

Concerns began to grow in Malaysia after lurid reports emerged about the beauty queen's past, including a Russian reality show appearance in which she was reportedly filmed having sex in a swimming pool.   

A collection of raunchy modelling pictures also began to circulate, fuelling further discontent in conservative Malaysia. 

Facing growing pressure, Sultan Muhammad V dramatically gave up his throne in January this year to be with the Russian model.  

The abdication was the first for the country since its independence from British rule in 1957. 

Lawyers for the Sultan insist that the couple have now divorced after Muhammad performed a ceremony in which he rejected his wife three times in the presence of witnesses. 

However, the divorce proceedings have been shrouded in secrecy, and Kelantan officials earlier denied any knowledge of them.  

Oksana has not commented directly on the latest twists but posted: 'When you are a good person, you don't lose people, people lose you.'

Earlier she insisted she was 'so proud that Malaysian blood flows in the veins of my son', also saying she hoped one day he would be Malaysian king.

The royal bride's father Andrey Gorbatenko refused to comment on the scandal.

'I'm sorry, I won't say anything, I'm on holiday,' he said.

Previously he said that if he doubted the king he would not have given his blessing to their marriage.  

After Muhammad's abdication, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah - a keen athlete who holds a string of positions on sporting bodies - was chosen as Malaysia's new king during a special meeting of the country's Islamic royalty.

Malaysia has unique arrangement where the national throne changes hands every five years between the Islamic royal rulers of the country's nine states.

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Mum left fuming after woman with 'huge bun' blocks her view of Frozen 2

A furious mum is calling for a cinema chain to introduce a "hairstyle policy" after her view of Frozen 2 was obscured by a woman wearing a huge bun.

Ellie Hensby took her children to see the blockbuster film at the Vue Cinema in Meadowhall, Sheffield, but claims she had "absolutely no chance" of seeing anything when she sat behind the giant hairdo.

Despite the Disney box office smash hitting screens in November, mum-of-two Ellie claims she was unable to move seats as the cinema was rammed during her visit on January 2.

Miffed Ellie slammed Vue in an online complaint and suggested the cinema chain should have a hairstyle policy to ensure customers can see the screens clearly.

When social media users asked her whether she confronted the big-haired viewer, she said that the woman looked stressed and she didn't want to upset her further.

Ellie, from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, said: "I had to sit extremely uncomfortably just so I could see some of the film so I was really annoyed that someone would wear their hair like that and not consider how it would effect the person sat behind them.

"It could have been a child sat in my seat and they wouldn't have stood a chance of seeing any of the film at all.

"She was really tall and I'm really short, which obviously couldn't be helped, but her hairstyle was a choice and one that stopped me enjoying the film I was there to see with my two children.

"I think people just need to be more considerate towards others and not only care about how they look.

"That's why I complained - to make others aware that if you wear such a huge hairstyle to the pictures you're likely to hinder someone's view and that's just not fair.

"Not many people seemed to agree with me though with pretty much everyone agreeing that a hairstyle is more important than worrying about effecting other people, but the message reached one lovely lady who gave me a bit of hope that not everyone in this world is so self absorbed.

"Half of the problem was also the fact that there wasn't much height between the levels of seats, if there would have been more height difference between them I'd have stood a chance of seeing the screen over her big bun."

When social media users asked her whether she confronted the big-haired viewer, she said the woman 'looked stressed' she didn't want to upset her further.

Ellie said: "I didn't [say anything] she was already stressed from her kids jumping and climbing all over the seats.

"I didn't want to make her any more stressed out than she already was.

"I doubt she would have been happy to take her hair down anyway when she looked like she had spent a long time getting ready.

"I was asking if they had a policy about how big to wear your hair, I don't think they do but could do with it when there's people as inconsiderate as this.

"I couldn't watch a film properly or comfortably because of the inconsideration of someone else.

"If this post makes at least one person think twice about going to the pictures with a bun as big as their head on top of their head then I would say this post has done a bit of good."

Ellie's post reads: "Had the pleasure of viewing this lady's head & hair yesterday whilst my kids watched frozen 2! [sic

"Surely there's got to be a policy on how people should wear there [sic] hair when they come to the pictures? & you need more height between your seats!

"A small person with a giant with a double head in front of them have absolutly [sic] no chance of seeing anything in your cinemas. [sic]"

Many commented that enforcing a hairstyle policy in cinemas wasn't practical.

Nat Gibson wrote: "You can't tell someone how to wear their hair.

"Granted it wasn't a sensible style for the cinema, but come on."

Samantha Robinson commented: "Can't refuse someone in the cinema because of a hair style.

"The way you took the picture doesn't do it any justice as it's not an eye-level picture."

Ellie insisted the photo was taken at chest height and not a lower angle to make the hairstyle look bigger than it was.

Ellie said: "It's a photo taken from my chest. I've a large iPhone, one where if my phone's at chest level the camera comes to just below my chin, I wasn't trying to make anything look worse than it was.

"If I wanted to make the picture out to be worse than it was I'd have angled my phone upwards and held it lower down.

"As you can see the photo is showing what was directly in front of me."

When social media users suggest she simply move seats instead of complaining on Facebook , Ellie claimed she was unable to due to the cinema being full and that it was important to raise such issues.

Ellie said: " I sat behind her, not my kid. If she would have sat behind her she definitely wouldn't have been able to see anything.

"I didn't ask her to move her hair and seeing as though there were no seats left in the cinema I had no choice but to stay put or ruin my kids day by leaving all together, which wasn't going to happen.

"I wouldn't say complaining on Facebook isn't achieving anything, I'd say it's raising awareness of how to be considerate to other members of the public when you're at the pictures

When one commented blasted Ellie for 'publicly shaming' the woman, she hit back claiming she was simply trying to raise awareness of the situation.

Ellie said: "I've taken a picture of the back of someone's head to try and raise awareness and have consideration for other people who are also trying to watch the film behind you.

"That's what's wrong with the world today... selfish people like you who thinks that's ok."

Others suggested she use a booster seat to give her a better view.

Despite most people disagreeing with her, Ellie refused to back down and delete the post.

Ellie said: "I certainly wasn't going to be patronised into deleting anything because a bunch of narrow-minded idiots didn't agree with what I said, I'll always give as good as I get."

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