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Oh, Woman whose weight soared to 290lbs as she ate through the grief of losing her brother and both parents halves her frame on the ketogenic diet

A woman has lost over 140lbs after she was unable to fit into a plane seat and was so horrified she vowed to change her lifestyle for the better, after years of emotional eating caused her to pack on the kilos.

Renatta Keith, 37, from Hunstville, Alabama struggled with her weight for years due to the grief and pain of losing her mother to a drug addiction, her brother to alcoholism and her father to Parkinson's Disease. 

At her heaviest, she weighed 290lbs and the wake-up call came when she boarded a plane to Los Angeles two years ago, and had to request a seat-belt extender to accommodate her larger frame. 

A spinal surgery soon followed, and the mother-of-one decided to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle. 

Going on a Ketogenic regime - high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet - and exercise with a personal trainer thrice a week, she shed 140 lbs to reach a healthier weight of 150lbs.  

In 2009, Renatta lost her mother to drug addiction, unaware she was using opioids for years until it was too late.

And just four years later, her father, who served a soldier in Iraq, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease upon his return and died not long after. Renatta was the one to find his body.

Having to deal with two tragic deaths, Renatta to turn to emotional eating to cope as she struggled with the extreme grief she was facing.

In series of unfortunate events, Renatta’s brother died of asphyxiation from alcohol just a year later – which caused her to turn to food even more, as she struggled to deal with the pain of suddenly losing her loved ones.

Renatta would consume almost an entire liter of Coke a day, and mainly ate drive-through meals and sugary high-calorie foods throughout the day, causing her weight to peak at 290lbs. 

The 37-year-old said: 'I experienced the sudden loss of my mother out of the blue in 2009.

'She had been hiding an opioid addiction from the family and it got out of control really quickly. In 2012, my father came home from Iraq and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

'One day I had found him dead and the imagery was very difficult to deal with and escape from.

'I began eating to deal with the grief. The very next year my brother died of asphyxiation due to an alcohol binge.

'He had been dead for several days before we found him and again my grieving process included a lot of food to cover up my pain.

'I ate the equivalent of a day’s calories and sugar before noon. I ate mostly all my meals from a drive-through and consumed almost a liter of Diet Coke daily.'

But Renatta realized she needed to make a change when she embarked on a trip to Los Angeles two years ago, and booked a standard seat in economy class.

When she boarded the flight Renatta realized she couldn’t fit into her seat, and staff had to provide her with a seat belt extender.

Then 35-year-old, she was horrified at the experience and knew she had taken her eating habits too far.

Renatta said: 'The humiliation and experience made me realize I had to do something about my weight. I needed to treat my body better.'

Not long after, Renatta's spine became damaged due to the excessive pressure from her weight, causing her to undergo an anterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery.

She realized her weight was causing many problems in her life, and this gave her a much needed wake-up call to change her lifestyle for the better.

'It all came to a head for me when I had an anterior lumbar interbody fusion, it's a type of spinal fusion that utilizes an anterior approach to fuse the lumbar spine bones together.

'The recovery and pain from this made me realize how I had taken granted of my body and had to lose weight to stop further damage to my spine.'  

Renatta began tracking her food and sugar intake daily to have a better understanding of what she was putting into her body.

She stopped drinking diet soda which she said helped lessen her cravings for sugary foods, and eventually reduced her carb intake as part of a new Ketogenic diet.

Renatta also had a personal trainer and worked out with him three times a week, focusing on a mixture of cardio and strength training.

She said: 'I started tracking my food and seeing how much sugar I consumed daily.

'This visual really helped me learn what was in the foods I was eating.

'I cut out diet soda completely and my taste buds changed. I could taste food again and stopped craving unhealthy foods full of sugar.

'This helped my joints felt better and I could move my body with less pain.

'I adapted to a low-carb diet and eventually cut my carbs down to a Ketogenic level. I did this for two years.

'I worked with a trainer three times a week and he taught me how to workout.'

With a determined and focused mindset, Renatta managed to lose 140lbs over the course of two years.

She kept a photo of her scar from her spinal surgery to keep her going, reminding herself of why she started.

Renatta managed to overcome her grief without having to rely on food to copy anymore, saying she now feels 'reborn' and has learnt how to live her life to the fullest. 

The 37-year-old said: 'Once I started working out and eating well, I had clarity and focus like I never experienced.

'I kept a photo of my scar from my spinal surgery and it motivated me to keep going.

'I had been in the place of not being able to bend, walk, sit too long, or stand too long.

'I knew that pain and never wanted to experience it again. I was determined to do everything I could to help me not need additional surgery.'

'When I made a mistake instead of giving in to eating whatever I wanted the rest of the day, my next meal would be back on track.

'I stopped the "Well I made a mistake today; I'll start back tomorrow or Monday".

'I got off this roller coaster and broke this cycle. This realization and the time I spent getting mentally fit was where the magic started happening for me.

'Working through my grief with a professional was the key for me. I found ways to cope with my heartache besides food and that changed my mentality, which in return changed my life.

'I feel reborn, funny because that's what my name means! I feel free. All the energy I spent wanting to lose weight is now used enjoying my life.

'Instead of being consumed with grief and heartache with the loss of my family, I can now guide others out of pain and offer advice.'

Renatta has since started her Instagram page @renatta_rising, where she posts photos of healthy meals and her incredible weight loss transformation to over 40,600 followers.

She wanted to share her story and motivate people to start their own weight loss journeys, with the hopes of inspiring others to find their path to healing.

Renatta has since been overwhelmed by the support she has received online, and goes out of her way to help people find resources and get the mental health support they need.

The 37-year-old said: 'I had an Instagram page for years, but just recently made it public.

'I got the confidence to share my story and be vulnerable so maybe someone else could find their way to healing.

'The support online has been amazing. A lot of people talk to me about their grief and weight gain, I try as much as I can to help them find the resources to get mental health help.'

Renatta, who has one 16-year-old daughter, said her biggest support during her weight loss period was her boyfriend Matt, who helped motivate her and accommodate her dietary requirements during her entire journey.

She now continues to keep a low-carb diet but sneaks in an occasional treat here and there to reward herself for her consistent hard work and commitment.

Renatta keeps herself active with Pilates classes five times a week and enjoys kayaking, walking on nature trails and hiking.

Speaking about her current lifestyle, Renatta said: 'I still eat low carbs because cutting sugar helps me keep my inflammation down.

'I do have sushi and a cupcake monthly, because life without those just don't seem very fun to me!

'I don't call these cheat meals, I call them earned meals because I work hard and earn them.

'Having these earned meals helps me mentally, I know that I can have them and that keeps me focused and on track during the week.'

In a few words of advice to others who are embarking on their own healing and weight loss journeys, Renatta said: 'Instead of just diving in another weight loss program spend some time working on and nurturing your mental health first, figure out your why. Why did you gain this weight?

'Why are you overweight? I learned losing weight wasn't enough until I changed all the behaviors and negative thinking about myself that got me there.

'There are wonderful doctors out there so never be ashamed of reaching out and getting mentally fit, not just physically fit.'

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Wow, Mother whose son 13 is recovering from a heart transplant reveals she 'can't believe' he's finally healthy

A mother whose son was donated a new heart due to rare birth defect has insisted she 'can't believe' her child is finally healthy.  

Jack Brotton, 13, from Darlington, was born with a congenital heart disease before later developing rare lung condition, plastic bronchitis, which caused his heart to fail and meant he spent months in palliative care on the urgent transplant list. 

The teen, whose conditions caused him to develop an undiagnosed collapsed lung, finally underwent surgery this year, and appeared on Lorraine today with his mother Sarah and younger sister Eva to speak of his journey.  

His mum told of how she would 'sit at the end of his bed listening to him breathe in tears' while waiting for a donor, and has hailed the transplant the 'ultimate gift' to herself and her son. 

Sarah said: 'He was going to school with a collapsed lung and nobody knew because the bronchitis was causing other illnesses.

'He'd been living like that. I would sit at the end of his bed listening to him breathe in tears.' 

Speaking of his transformation after the transplant, she went on: 'Sometimes I think 'Is this real?  Am I seeing my son this healthy? It is the ultimate gift of life.' 

Jack, who was born with a double inlet left ventricle, instead of a right and left ventricle which the heart needs to function, went on to explain that his stay in Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary was 'hard' as there was nobody his own age to speak to, and 'illness all around' . 

He said: 'It was just hard because I couldn't see anyone, I had nobody to talk to my own age. 

'There was just illness all around me.  I woke up and had loads of medicines and had needles all the time.' 

Two hearts became available for Jack, meaning he underwent preparation for two operations before being told  neither organs functioned properly. 

Sarah admitted that while she was 'living in hope' she feared that Jack may 'never get to go home again.' 

She said: 'Basically we were living in hope, wondering if we'd ever get to go home again. And when you get the call, you think about the family facing tragedy and it hurts.' 

After spending his 13th birthday in an induced coma, Jack finally underwent the life-saving surgery and insisted his life is 'so much better'. 

He said:  'It's just so much better really. I can do so much more than I used to be able to.  I can run with my friends,  play football with them.  I have so much more of a free life.' 

Mum Sarah went on to speak about Jack's coming CBBC documentary 'My Life: My New Heart' which details Jacks time in the hospital. 

 She told that while her son found it 'very difficult' at times to constantly be filmed, the pair were both keen to raise awareness of the importance of organ donors. 

'It was very difficult at times',said Sarah, 'Some days he shut down and said "I don't want to do this". 

'But I said this is for awareness to get the message out there how important organ donation is.'

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Wow, Dad describes 'chilling' moment he held 'the very thing' killing his daughter

A father has described the horror he felt after holding the tumour which was killing his baby girl.

Seven-year-old Leah had life-changing surgery to remove the tumour which had grown around her spine and key blood vessels in August last year.

Parents Stephen and Claire Bennett, from St Helens, Liverpool,  were told by other hospitals the operation would be too risky to perform but eventually their daughter was saved by staff at Alder Hey and Royal Liverpool hospitals, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Before the six-hour operation a 3D model was made of the tumour which Stephen held.

He said: "Staring at it in front of my eyes was just horrifying - it looked huge and holding it made the hairs on my neck stand up.

He added: "I held in my hands the very thing that was killing my little girl and that is quite a chilling experience.

"I had a strange mix of both extremely positive and extremely negative emotions going through me."

Claire was unable to hold the model as she found it too difficult.

Leah was diagnosed with the tumour last year after suffering from back ache on and off.

When the couple were first shown the MRI scan, Stephen said it was "completely horrifying."

Stephen, 39, said: "You start to think, how the hell is she going to beat this? How could this have possibly grown inside her without us knowing? It was completely horrifying.

"I felt so empty and helpless and like I had let her down and failed as a parent."

The parents were told that surgeons from Great Ormond Street, Bristol and Manchester had all given the opinion that surgery was not even possible for Leah, but Claire begged a consultant to speak to the surgical team to see if the was anything they could do to remove the tumour.

After the team began to operate, Leah was only given a 10 per cent chance of surgeons being able to remove the tumour without it causing major harm like paralysis due to the damage it could cause to her spinal cord, or death.

The surgery was carried out by Joanne Minford, Matthew Jones, Fiona Murphy and Professor John Brennan - a vascular specialist from Royal Liverpool Hospital.

After the couple were told the operation was successful they broke down into floods of tears.

After the success of the six-hour operation, Leah was discharged and home in time for her seventh birthday.

She has also been fundraising for the hospital with her sister Phoebe.

Leah will now be monitored closely and scanned frequently for the next five years to keep watch on her condition.

The couple now want to share Leah's story to make sure the staff get the "recognition they deserve".

Stephen said: "The bravery of the surgical team to make the decision to attempt surgery when all other hospitals around the country said no, is beyond inspiring and came with considerable personal and professional risk to each of them."

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Wow, Mum agrees to give birth to her own grandchild after daughter lost her reproductive organs to cancer

A woman who lost her reproductive organs as a child has asked her mother to act as a surrogate - and give birth to her own grandchild.

Jasmine Bowley, 21, from Norwich, had her ovaries and Fallopian tubes removed when she developed Ewing's sarcoma, a form of cancer, in her pelvis at the age of seven - which also affected her womb.

After meeting her partner Daniel Bell, 27, the couple were desperate to have a child of their own and initially had hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with a view to undergoing IV, using a donor egg. 

But the treatment failed and Jasmine's mother, Sabrina Bowley, 39, has now volunteered to carry the child - which will be conceived using Daniel's sperm and a donor egg - and give birth to her own grandchild.

The family now hopes to raise £20,000 on GoFundMe to complete Jasmine's dream family.

Mother-of-four Sabrina said: 'I feel like it's the only and biggest thing I can do for my daughter and her partner. To give them the gift of life would make all my dreams and her's come true.

I'm a proud mum and will be a proud grandmother. I'm truly proud of my daughter and how far she has got in life despite everything she has gone through.

'People have been telling me that I'm a wonderful and amazing mum for agreeing to do this but I'm not.

'I'm just helping my daughter out like any other mum would. It just so happens that in this instance I'm going to help her become a mum.

'I've done it four times before so I know what to do.'

Jasmine was diagnosed with pelvic Ewing's sarcoma when she was just seven and she bravely beat the disease.

Her Fallopian tubes and ovaries were removed during surgery to remove her cancer while radiotherapy damaged her womb.

Having dreamed of becoming a mother for most of her life, the only option available to Jasmine was hormone replacement therapy which would hopefully encourage her womb to grow and allow her to become a mother through IVF.

But the treatment failed to stimulate growth in Jasmine's womb leaving her with little option but to apply for surrogacy privately at a cost of £20,000.

She said: 'If the hormone replacement therapy had worked I would have been able to have had an artificial insemination.

'Becoming a mum would be a dream come true for me and something I've always wanted.

'I'd had hormone replacement therapy as a teenager and even though it didn't work I still thought I'd have a small chance of becoming a mum naturally..'

In a heart-to-heart chat, Jasmine, Daniel and Sabrina decided the only way Jasmine could become a mother would be through a private surrogacy - and that Sabrina would be the surrogate.

Sabrina said she may even give birth naturally. She added: 'We were told when she was younger that Jasmine would probably be unable to have children but as the years went on we always clung to hope.

'When we realised we had no other option than to go privately it was spoken about who would be the surrogate and I offered to do it after a long conversation between the three of us.

'As we talked about the options it struck me that the easiest thing to do would be for me to be the surrogate. Daniel and Jasmine discussed it and we decided between the three of us that that was what we would do.

'It only seemed right and best for me to do it and I have had other pregnancies all healthy and fine.

'It's the gift of life and I want to help in anyway I can.'

Jasmine, Daniel and Sabrina hope to raise the £20,000 needed for the procedure before Sabrina undergoes IVF to become pregnant using Daniel's sperm and a donor egg. 

The family has agreed they will be open and honest with their child and grandchild about the birth.

So far, Jasmine, Daniel and Sabrina say their decision has been met with nothing but love and support from their nearest and dearest.

Daniel said: 'Jasmine is the love of my life. She told me a week into the relationship that she probably wouldn't be able to have kids. It was a shock but of course I didn't mind.

'We've looked at all the options over the last few years and knew about two years ago that I would have to give sperm.'

Jasmine added: 'The moment mum said she'd do it it didn't sink in. We've had so many knock backs. All of our friends and family have been so supportive.

'Becoming a mum will be everything to me, it will complete my life.'

A spokesman for Surrogacy UK said: 'Surrogacy is a beautiful way to create a family - full of trust, friendship and love and surrogacy teams made up of friends, or family members are common in the UK.

'Luckily for those intended parents who don't have a friend or family member to help, more and more surrogates are coming forward every day, whose dream it is to carry a surrogacy pregnancy.

'Around 400 babies a year in the UK are created through surrogacy, and as it becomes a more acceptable way to have a baby, it is only set to increase.

'In the UK, openness, honesty and lifelong friendships are encouraged, so the children born are lucky to have parents that love them, but also a loving relationship with their surrogate too.

'The IVF postcode lottery means that anyone undergoing fertility treatment in the UK may have to self fund, however surrogacy IVF is usually much more expensive than normal IVF. This means that intended parents have to save thousands of pounds before they can even start on their journey.

'Not only are intended parents dealing with not being able to carry their own child, they have the added pressure of financial infertility too.

'SurrogacyUK wish Jasmine, Daniel and Sabrina all the best for their upcoming surrogacy journey, and we very much hope to be able to congratulate them very soon.'

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Meet the extraordinary teenager who has looked after her sick parents full-time since she was ELEVEN

A selfless teenager who has been caring for her sick parents since she was eleven has revealed she has no regrets about putting her life on hold to look after her family. 

Caitlin Mottram, now 19, has spent the last eight years as a full-time carer for her father Drew, 65, and mother Alison, 59, at their home in Liverpool in Sydney's west. 

The remarkable teenager told 9News: 'I do get overwhelmed but you just have to pick yourself up again.' 

Her father suffers from a number of complex conditions including renal failure, diabetes and cirrhosis, while her mother has has rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. 

Caitlin described the sacrifices that she is forced to make due to the demanding role, including missing out on school and time with friends.  

She said: 'My friends go out during the day, late at night, out clubbing. And I want to do that but at the same time I don't because I would rather be at home making sure Mum and Dad are okay.'

The nineteen-year-old manages her education by studying part-time at TAFE and says she feels it's only right she puts her family first.  

'I see how other teenagers are with their parents ... and I find it's better being a carer because your parents raised you and now it's your turn to help them out in their time of need,' Caitlin explained. 

Her father, who worked as an equine chiropractor, became seriously ill in 2013 when he was kicked by a horse.

Mr Mottram underwent a hernia operation and surgeons discovered he needed a liver transplant during that surgery. 

His health deteriorated after the transplant and Mr Mottram has not been able to work since the operation.   

He described his daughter as 'extremely helpful' and 'very considerate' for helping him get out of bed, administering medication, cooking and driving him to doctor appointments.  

She also picks him up when he falls and helps her father to get dressed, shower and move around. 

Mr Mottram expressed his deep gratitude towards his daughter and said: 'Without Caitlin's assistance, we couldn't even afford to live here and eat.'

In future Caitlin hopes to finish her studies in childcare and one day own her own daycare centre.

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Wow, Russian beauty queen who married former King of Malaysia

The Russian beauty queen who married the former King of Malaysia has told how she answered his phone two days after they tied the knot – and was shouted at by a Czech model claiming she was his wife.

Oksana Voevodina and her former husband the Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan are at war after their ill-fated and short-lived marriage.

The former spouses are locked in a bitter battle over a financial settlement and over the paternity of her nine-months-old son, Leon, with the Sultan, 50, who denies that the child is his. 

Wealthy Sultan Muhammad - who 13 months ago quit his throne after his marriage to the ex-Miss Moscow had become publicly known - has not acknowledged her child who she says is his only son and heir. 

Soon after the then monarch used Islamic law to divorce her and the couple are now in a bitter financial battle.

Oksana said that the then king - known as Faris - had insisted in secrecy of their Islamic wedding in Malaysia and a later Russian ceremony but details were leaked out by his friends. 

Now, speaking in Moscow on state-run Channel One, Oksana has detailed the spectacular royal marriage breakdown. 

The 27-year-old Russian beauty queen told how just two days after her nuptials she answered her husband's phone while he was in the bathroom and saw it displaying the name 'Bob'.   

She said: 'Two days later occurred the moment which changed everything. My husband was in the bathroom. 

'His phone rang, displaying the name Bob. I was sure it was his mate or his American friend who wanted to congratulate us on the wedding.

'I picked up the phone and heard an hysterical female voice yelling at me: 'I am his wife. And never dare to pick up the phone of my husband'. 

Oksana said the Czech woman called herself only as Diana Petra, her Islamic name. She said it sparked a row with her new husband, who she calls Faris. 

She said: 'Faris came out of the bathroom and I asked what was going on. 'He took the phone and went into another room. 

'He came back after a while and told me it's his former wife who didn't know about me and got upset. 

'He also said there some questions between them about property were not sorted out yet.' 

She said: 'Faris told me I was the only wife. And my wedding certificate was given to the first and the only wife.' 

Oksana also claimed that the same woman had contacted her father Andrey Gorbatenko, a surgeon, claiming she was still married to the royal. 

In the interview with Ksenia Sobchak, so famous in Russia she is nicknamed Vladimir Putin's 'godchild', Oksana produced an Islamic wedding certificate purporting to show the Sultan's marriage in 2010 to the Czech woman. 

Her former husband has not commented on these claims.

Earlier sources close to the English-educated sultan's Malaysian palace blamed Oksana for the leak over the Moscow wedding.

It was claimed the divorce was also due to revelations of a 2013 TV reality shows in which she took part which purported to show her having sex in a Mexican swimming pool.

The TV interview was in a 'safe house' in Moscow because Oksana is 'afraid' for her life and that of her small child, claimed Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets.

Oksana and the sultan wed in a low-key Islamic ceremony in Malaysia in June 2018. He had wanted his June Islamic wedding to Oksana to remain secret. 

They also claimed he was shocked that following a second Moscow wedding ceremony in November 2018 - five months after their Malaysian nuptials - newspapers revealed she had taken part in the lurid TV reality show when it was claimed she had sex in a swimming pool in Mexico with a male actor. 

He abdicated his throne in January after details leaked in Russia of his secret marriage to Oksana.

Five months later he abruptly ended the royal marriage using the harshest form of Islamic divorce. She insisted she heard about it from the Internet. 

Model Oksana is known to be consulting London lawyers over the row over their divorce settlement. 

The palace claimed she refused twice to have a DNA test on the child, something she denies, stressing she is ready anytime. 

She has told the former monarch that the baby is 'a copy of you' and is ready for a DNA test. 

Her son was conceived on a romantic Australian royal holiday after their secret Islamic wedding in 2018, she said. 

Ms Voevodina has enraged the sultan by releasing images of their intimate moments before they split. 

The couple are now locked in a feud over a financial settlement, with the palace portraying the Russian as a gold digger, claiming she had demanded an £8 million London house as well as a £1.2 million Moscow flat and £24,000-a-month. 

The Sultan has offered a package worth around £275,000 but this was dependent on Ms Voevodina's child being raised a Muslim, and a promise that the boy and his mother should never contact the royal, MailOnline revealed last year. 

She rejected his offer. He imposed what she believed were draconian curbs on her use of social media and made clear he would not publicly admit he was the father of the half-Russian child. 

The TV interview was in a 'safe house' in Moscow because Oksana is 'afraid' for her life and that of her small child, claimed Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets. 

Oksana said: 'We had big age gap of 23 years. I was certain that a man of this age who didn't have children will unlikely want to look for someone else given that he had already had his wild time. 

'When he told me that a previous wife aborted their baby, and that a girl that he had at university also aborted his baby...he spoke with tears in his eyes. 'He was saying that he wanted to make a family so sincerely that I was certain that I would be the last woman in his life.' 

In the programme called DokTok, Oksana showed Sobchak her engagement ring which she had earlier indicated she had sold to pay medical bills.

She said the ring was given to her soon after the the king saw the first scan showing she was pregnant.

Sobchak called Leon - her son almost who is nine months old - 'the Russian King of Malaysia'.

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Wow, Thailand's 13-year-old primary school student bought a mansion for his parents with makeup skills

13 year old primary school student from Thailand called Nesty Spicy bought his parents a luxurious house with his makeup skills.

Although he is only 13 years old and still a small boy but his makeup skills are amazing. We can see that the makeup on the top may be thought by many people to be a girl. In fact, Nesty Spicy’s makeup technique is so superb that she can make up as a girl.

Although he is a boy, he was very interested in makeup at a very young age Moreover, his makeup skills also made many girls cry out of shame. Judging from his appearance, it is very fashionable.

Moreover, Nesty Spicy’s parents did not prevent him from wearing makeup, but rather strongly supported his son to do it. Their son likes makeup, so let him enjoy it. Moreover, the little boy became popular on the Internet because of his excellent makeup skills. He made a lot of money and later bought a mansion for his parents.

Now Nesty Spicy still wants to take this road, and the family’s family conditions have also improved a lot. His dream of becoming a model in the future, stepping onto the international stage and participating in the Miss Universe competition, was fully endorsed by his parents.

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Woman who was terrified of spiders for 30 years now sleeps with 35 tarantulas

A woman who had a crippling fear of spiders for three decades has cured her arachnophobia by sleeping in the same room as tarantulas.

Vanessa Woods' fascinations with the hairy-eight legged creatures began 12 months ago when she started watching educational videos about spiders on YouTube.

The clips sparked an unusual fascination with the critters and the 33-year-old decided to subject herself to exposure therapy by purchasing one as a pet.

In the months that followed, Vanessa accumulated 35 spiders and keeps them in enclosures in her bedroom - just feet from where she sleeps.

Her large collection surpasses Berlin Zoo's arachnid exhibit, which has a total of around 30 tarantulas, and features spiders that vary in shape and size.

Vanessa said: "I was always one of those people who would run out of the room when they saw a spider, I was terrified of them.


"If one was in my house I'd have to call for someone to come and get rid of it because I was too scared to go anywhere near them.

"Now I'm absolutely in love with them.

"I can't imagine my life without spiders in it - I think they're the most amazing animals.

"At first the videos gave me the heebie-jeebies but as I learned more about spiders I realised they weren't this scary creature that I had imagined.

"I actually became fascinated by them.

"All the species are so different - thy are different sizes with different characters and I just want to learn as much as I could".

Vanessa's most dangerous pet is a curly haired tarantula called Skitters which is covered in characteristically long curly bristles.

The spider holds its prey with its front limb and injects it with a paralysing venom delivered through hollow fangs.

It is then able to suck up the proteins and fats of its prey - leaving just a small ball of undigested body parts.

Among her collection is a Lasiodora Parahybana which is also known as the Brazilian salmon pink bird-eating tarantula.

Vanessa also has a burgundy Goliath bird eater called Tank and a Costa Rican Zebra tarantula called Ziggy.

Vanessa said: "When I think back to how I was with spiders just over a year ago I could never have possibly imagined I'd have 35 of them as pets.

"I'm so happy that I was able to change my attitude and grow to love them.

"Owning spiders is such a fulfilling hobby and they bring me so much joy.

"Each of them has their own little character and different way of going about things, they're fascinating little animals."

She described her pets as "low maintenance," adding that some need feeding once a week whereas others only need to be fed once every 12 months.

Vanessa said: "I'd like to have 100 of them and maybe then I'll stop."

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A single black woman adopted 3 white children, but were blamed for no reason

According to the Mirror, a black woman in Cincinnati, Ohio, was abused for adopting three white children.

The woman, Treka Engleman, 32, is a teacher. She always wanted to adopt children, so she made unremitting efforts to adopt 3 white children, but she did not expect to be attacked by language.

Treka said: "Some people say I must be grieving. Many black children need an adoptive family, so why adopt white children? People say I still have a slave mentality. I was sad at first, but I just wanted to protect me. child."

"I met someone in the store and said to me, 'You must be looking after someone else's child', and I said, 'No, these are my children,' and I walked away."

"I don't want people around me to say such things. Unfortunately, I know I will get bad reviews, but for me, the child's skin tone is not important."

Treka knew from an early age that she would definitely adopt children when she grows up. She said: "I grew up in a big family with five siblings. I was the youngest of 11 children and my mother died when I was 6 years old. I grew up with my siblings Yes, when I was 14 years old, a family adopted me. It was sad to be separated from my brothers and sisters. No family can adopt them all. From that experience, I know more clearly than before that I want to be a Adoptive mother. "

In 2016, Treka studied at the St. Joseph Orphanage in Cincinnati to obtain a license to become an adoptive mother. In August of that year, after receiving the permit, she adopted her first child, Elijah, who was only 6 days old. His biological mother is a drug addict.

In May 2017, Treka adopted 13-year-old Alexi. In March 2018, she adopted Alexis' 16-year-old sister Mercedes. The two sisters were fostered at an early age because their biological mother was unable to take care of them.

On November 1, 2019, Treka decided to formally adopt the three children. She said: "We already have feelings. They have stayed in my house for so long. They need me. I need them. They are part of the family and I cannot separate them."

Despite these cruel and ignorant comments, Treka wouldn't mind at all, she just wanted to take good care of the child. "I love my children very much, and I am grateful to have them there," she said.

Treka's community also helped her a lot. Everyone worked together to make Treka's three children live the best life.

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Anna smiles as first cancer treatment in the US goes well

The eight-year-old had an operation two weeks ago to fit a central line into her chest before life-saving immunotherapy could begin at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. 

She underwent the cell-blasting therapy last Monday, Wednesday and Friday, completing the first round successfully.

It is hoped the treatment will stop the aggressive bone sarcoma she has already fought twice from returning after a generous Sunday Express reader paid £400,000 following our fundraising crusade. 

But the experience has been exhausting for Anna. Mother Keeley says: “We did not realise how full-on it was going to be. Anna has been a complete trooper
with a smile on her face but it is a lot to deal with. 

“The first week we had scans and MRIs and full body tests to make sure there was no sign of any cancer in her system and obviously that was very nerve-racking. 

“Anna is young but she knows what is going on now, and we face it as a team. 

“The results were all good, otherwise Anna would not have been eligible for the treatment at all, but then it became clear the immunotherapy was going to be a lot more full-on for Anna than we thought.

“We were expecting her to be in a bit of pain but doctors warned us before we started that it would be a lot more intense, with side-effects that would make Anna feel like she couldn’t breathe. 

“Ian and I have to keep reminding each other that we are doing this to make her better, that it is in her best interests. It has been very hard.” 

It was thought Anna would have five cycles of immunotherapy with breaks but she may need longer rest periods to allow her body to fully recover. 

“We will be watching to see how she responds,” says Keeley. “This is all exploratory – Anna is only the 30th person to have this treatment, so it is all new.” 

Anna, from Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, managed to see a bit of New York in a wheelchair on her first break. “We are trying to make it as happy and comfortable as we can,” says Keeley. 

Immunotherapy works by teaching Anna’s body to detect cancer cells as they develop. The medication goes straight into the main veins near her heart to boost the white blood cell count and deliver the immunotherapy.

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she made the agonising decision to let doctors remove part of her seven-year-old son's BRAIN

A mother has revealed how she was forced to decide between leaving her son to battle life-threatening seizures or risk paralysing him by removing part of his brain. 

For the past seven years, Stephanie Bailey, 32, has done everything she can to help her son Gabriel, seven, in his battle with epilepsy.

But his condition just got worse, until he was having up to 70 seizures a day and couldn't go anywhere or do anything alone.

Doctors eventually said the only possible cure from life-threatening seizures was a risky operation to remove part of his brain.

But they said the op might not work, and doctors warned his Ms Bailey that even if it did, he could be paralysed permanently on his left side.

She agonised over the decision for a week before deciding to go ahead with it.

But Gabriel woke up from the nine-hour operation unable to move the entire left side of his body.

Thankfully his paralysis was not permanent and he is already back on his feet just four months after surgery.

Gabriel has left side weakness that is slowly improving and he is even practising for a dance competition in Germany - something unimaginable before.

Ms Bailey, a teaching assistant from Oxford, said: 'Choosing to send my son for brain surgery that could leave him paralysed forever was the most difficult decision of my life.

'If we didn't have the surgery, the doctors said he wouldn't be able to do much as he gets older - he'd be in a vegetative state by the time he was a teenager.

'Gabriel is the most amazing little boy and I couldn't bear the thought of his condition destroying him like that over time so I chose the surgery.

'The doctors couldn't predict if the paralysis would be permanent or not, so we took the risk that he could be paralysed forever from the surgery.

'By some miracle, my brave little boy is back on his feet already, running and dancing, just four months after surgery.

'He's only had ten seizures since the surgery, and I'm just so happy that the hardest decision I've ever made was the right one.'

Ms Bailey, who is a teaching assistant for a special needs school in Oxford, welcomed her only son Gabriel in April 2012 with her then partner handyman Jose Pestana, 51.

Gabriel was a healthy and happy baby until he started having seizures when he was seven months old.

With Gabriel suffering with up to 70 seizures per day, doctors suspected a brain tumour, so rushed him for an emergency MRI and he was diagnosed him with a cortical dysplasia.

Cortical dysplasia occurs when the top layer of the brain doesn't form properly and it is one of the most common causes of epilepsy.

Gabriel started taking daily anticolvulsant medication in January 2013 and he was seizure free until his first birthday - when he had a seizure while blowing out his birthday candle.

From then on, he was only ever seizure free for a maximum of two weeks.

Unsuccessful medicine changes meant Gabriel's epilepsy had become intractable and he was subject to anywhere from 10 to 40 seizures per day.

Ms Bailey said: 'I felt so sad for Gabriel - he had to have 100 per cent supervision and needed assistance to go to the toilet.

'I had to go everywhere with him, even around the house, because his seizures were so frequent and spontaneous.

'He couldn't play in the park without me holding his hand, and he had to bed fed because he'd have seizures mid meal with food in his mouth.

'He had seizures during the night which meant we never got much sleep and he was usually too tired to go to school so he'd stay at home with my twin sister whilst I went to work.

'It was so hard, especially because he just wanted to play like any other little boy and have some independence.

'Gabriel discovered a passion for dance, and joined KC's School of Dance in Oxford with when he was four, with his teachers being very understanding of his condition, just taking him to the back of the class when a seizure struck and then letting him join back in.

'We learned to cope with Gabriel's seizures because we didn't have another option.

'Gabriel's father Jose and I split up a few years ago but Jose is amazing with Gabriel, he's very much still involved and is always in the family home so that Gabriel has two consistent parents.

'Gabriel is my first child so I knew no different but as he grew older, I learned to live on auto-pilot - going to work, caring for Gabriel and making life as fun as possible for him.'

Gabriel's medication dosage was slowly increased over the years until December 2018 when he underwent a stereo EEG at Bristol Children's Hospital.

Stereoelectroencephalography (commonly known as stereo EEG) is a minimally invasive procedure where electrodes detect the origins of seizures in the brain.

Some 14 wired rods were bolted into the boy's skull with multiple wires entering his brain in order to perform brain mapping.

Doctors stimulated Gabriel's brain by sending electrical impulses to parts of the brain where seizures were surfacing.

Seizures do not always originate from the area of the brain where they surface, so doctors triggered seizures to see how much of the motor area of the brain would be affected.

Findings from the EEG showed the seizures were coming from Gabriel's cortical dysplasia, and that removing the undeveloped part of the brain would give the young boy a 50 per cent chance at seizure freedom.

However, the activation of certain rods saw Gabriel unable to use his left hand or foot, meaning he could have been left paralysed on his left side by the removal of that part of the brain.

Ms Bailey said: 'We were told that if Gabe were to have surgery, he would suffer left side paralysis that could be permanent, but he would have a 50 per cent chance of seizure freedom.

'If we didn't take the surgery option then Gabriel was likely to deteriorate, making life very limited as he grew up.

'Without surgery, there'd be a high chance of the seizures spreading to other parts of his brain and his future would be uncertain.

'It took me about a week to make the decision to go for surgery as I thought we'd rather take left sided paralysis over life threatening seizures.

'I went for the ''glass half full'' approach when looking at the 50 per cent chance of seizure freedom but I felt sick at the time and so lost, because whatever the outcome, this was on my hands.

'Gabriel loved to dance and wore his seizure helmet during lessons at his dance school, and surgery could put a stop to that forever.

'I thought how can I choose what's best for my little boy when I don't even know what that is?'

Gabriel underwent resection surgery on June 7, 2019 where doctors worked hard to remove the cortical dysplasia.

He was on the operating table for nine hours as doctors removed part of his brain with Stephanie waiting anxiously outside theatre.

The surgery was a success with doctors able to remove the undeveloped area of Gabriel's brain and greatly reducing his risk of seizures.

But when Gabriel woke up from surgery, he found he was unable to move the entire left side of his body and doctors could not determine if the paralysis would be permanent.

Unfortunately, surgery had left Gabriel with an air pocket trapped inside his brain and he had to be given oxygen for 48 hours after surgery.

Ms Bailey said: 'When Gabriel was paralysed on his left side, I was in two minds over it.

'I was so sad for him, that he couldn't move, and I was scared that I'd made the wrong decision, but those feelings were soon suppressed by the worry over an air pocket in Gabe's brain from surgery leaving him oxygen dependant for two days.

'My main concern was with what I couldn't see - the brain - rather than the physical impairments as I couldn't let myself think more than a day at a time.

'Gabriel was so happy that he wasn't having seizures - even though he couldn't move his left side, he'd wake up every morning and say ''I didn't have any seizures!''

'At the end of each day, he's say ''They must have taken all the seizures because I haven't had any today!''

'We had brought a sentimental box of happy memories with us to the hospital, and he wore the party hat from his 7th birthday to celebrate having the surgery because he was so happy to not have seizures any more.

'I thought he may not dance again, which broke my heart, but his teacher Kelly assured me that even though paralysed, Gabriel could always be a member of KC's.

'He wasn't really upset that he couldn't move his left side because his physio doctor came round everyday and gave such positive encouragement that Gabriel felt completely confident and looked forward to her daily visits.

Five days after surgery, Gabriel started to get significant movement back on his left side.

His leg progressed quicker than his arm and hand, and he was able to take his first steps just two and a half weeks after surgery.

Just over five weeks following the procedure, Gabriel managed to start independently moving his fingers on his left hand.

Gabriel was discharged from hospital on 9 July 2019, and since the surgery, he has only endured 10 small seizures lasting around 8 seconds at a time.

His brain is still healing, but four months after surgery, Gabriel is more active than ever and is even flying to Germany this month for a dance competition.

Stephanie said: 'It was only after surgery that I have managed to see that I only knew half of Gabriel before.

'He's now more alert, he's clever and funny and just so full of energy.

'Gabriel has always appreciated his life even with the seizures, and is always saying things like ''I love my life'' and ''my life is amazing''.

'Just a month after surgery, he took part in a dance competition in Kent and qualified in the para section, guaranteeing him a place in the IDO world championships in Germany later this month, which is just amazing.

'We are still going through uncharted waters because his brain hasn't fully healed yet, as that can take up to a year, so we're just taking things as they come at the moment.

'This means that I spend my days appreciating life with him and fewer seizures, but I'm also nervous and anxious in case things change.

'I didn't realise how down and on edge I have been for the last seven years until I look back on life before surgery.

'Gabriel is my whole entire world and so much more and the thought that I could have lost him to epilepsy makes me sick but at the moment I'm euphoric that we've come this far.'

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Wow, Former childhood sweethearts reunite and plan wedding after nearly 50 years

Joan Reid, 65, and George Low, 66, first met in primary school – then aged eight and nine. In their teenage years, they dated and at 18, George asked Joan to marry him and move to Germany, where he was posted after he joined the army. But Joan turned him down as she didn’t want to move away from her family in Dundee, Scotland, and the pair lost touch.

They both married twice but they never forgot their first love. But in December 2017, Joan found the courage to message George on Facebook. At first, he did not recognise her because of her new surname, but they soon started chatting, arranging to have coffee in April 2018 – 47 years since they had parted. The attraction was so powerful that they moved in together just two months later. Joan said: ‘I used to think about George all the time and wonder what he was up to. He was my first love, funny and kind. But you never know what’s going to happen in life. ‘I try not to have regrets, but I used to wish I had gone with him to Germany. I kept him in my head all the time.’ In 1971, when George was 18, he joined the army as a gunner with the Royal Artillery and was posted to Germany, asking Joan to join him over there, but sadly she said no.

He married someone else and they were together for 17 years, living in Germany until 2001, then returning to the UK and settling in Salisbury, Wiltshire, before divorcing when George was aged 42. Then, 13 years ago, he moved back to Dundee, having married for a second time. Meanwhile, Joan stayed in Dundee, tying the knot at 24, but divorcing in 1984 when she was 28. Marrying again in 1989, Joan discovered she was infertile and in 1995, had a problematic hysterectomy operation, which, coupled with arthritis, meant she had to give up work.

Staying with her second husband for 28 years, sadly, she says their relationship was no longer working when she met George again, who also says his second marriage had reached an end when he was reunited with Joan. Joan decided to get in touch with him again after she lost four stone through slimming club WW – going from a 14 stone size 24 to a to 10 stone size 12. Her weight loss helped her to regain her confidence and spurred her on to message George on Facebook in December 2017. ‘I always thought about contacting George, but I didn’t really know how to go about it,’ she explained. ‘I had his brother and sister as friends on Facebook, so I just looked his name up and sent him a friend request. ‘My surname was different, because I’d married, so he didn’t know who I was. He said, “I’m sorry, I don’t know you,” so I told him to look at the black and white photograph. ‘Then he said, “Ah, I do know you!”‘

They messaged for five months and finally met up in April 2018, which was the first time they had physically seen each other for 47 years. Joan recalled: ‘I waited outside the coffee shop, then saw him get out of his car. My heart was beating so fast and I had fluttery butterflies, just like I used to get all those years ago. It was the same for him. ‘Then I started crying. He came up said, “It’s okay,” and gave me a kiss on the cheek. ‘We just started chatting about the old days. We had so much to say. We felt like so much time had been lost in the 40 odd years. ‘He was the same person only a wee bit plumper.’ The couple met for a second coffee a few days later and confessed that their marriages were not working. Shortly after, they left their spouses, then they met up again and decided to become a couple. Then, just two months after their first meeting in nearly 50 years, in June 2018, Joan moved into George’s home.

‘It’s been absolutely brilliant,” Joan said. ‘I should have done it when I was younger. We just get on marvellously together. We laugh, take the mickey out of each other. He takes care of me. ‘There’s not a day that goes past when we’re not really happy.’ Just before Christmas 2018, George proposed with a rubber ring. ‘I was upstairs getting ready to go out for a Christmas do when he came up and asked me. He didn’t get down on one knee because he’s got arthritis!’ Joan recalled. ‘He said, “We should have done this 40 years ago”. I said yes straight away. ‘We want to get married as soon as we can, but we’ve waited this long, so a few more months will not make a difference.’ Joan has picked out a wedding dress and the couple plan to book a venue once their divorces are finalised. Joan added: ‘Perhaps, if we’d got together when we were younger it would not have worked out. It’s the right time in life, for us now – we’re both older, wiser and we know exactly what we want.’ And Joan remains eternally grateful to WW, for helping her to lose weight and giving her the confidence to message George, with her coach Julie Murray even being a bridesmaid at her wedding. Now George cannot wait to finally marry the woman he first proposed to nearly 50 years ago.

He said: ‘I was so upset when Joan turned me down the first time. She would always come into my head, especially when I was at home on leave, but I never saw her again. ‘Now we’re back together now and that’s the main thing. ‘I didn’t recognise her at first because of her last name, but it was brilliant when we met for that coffee. I just couldn’t stop talking to her. ‘Everything is brilliant now, we have got the same sense of humour and same music taste. ‘We are just looking forward to growing old together.’

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Toddler Happily Chews Jalapeno Pepper and Realises It Was a Bad Idea! Funny Video Goes Viral

A little girl was caught off guard after munching through a jalapeno pepper that turned out to be really spicy.

The footage was recorded by mother-of-two Jennie Jean at the family home in Rancho Cordova, California, in January.

In the video, her two-year-old daughter Aurewen can be seen standing in the kitchen in a pink onesie while holding a jalapeno in her left hand.

Jennie asks her 'what have you got?' as Aurewen proudly shows off the green chili pepper which is already missing a bite. 

The toddler puts the jalapeno back in her mouth and continues to chew nonchalantly.

She repeatedly shows the vegetable to her mother and dances around on the spot. 

Jennie asks her daughter if it is good and Aurewen nods enthusiastically. 

Her mother then adds: 'Is it spicy?'

The little girl shakes her head and goes in for another huge bite which causes an audible crunch.  

She continues to mutter and dance gleefully until suddenly she comes to a complete stop.

Aurewen stares off into the distance as Jennie readjusts the camera to zoom in on her face and capture her expression.

Her mouth wobbles briefly before looking up toward her mother.

She begins to cough fiercely before spitting the half-chewed jalapeno out into her right hand.

Jennie reaches out to grab the rest of the jalapeno from her, which is where the video ends. 

The clip was originally posted to Facebook by Jennie Jean as well as to a YouTube channel dedicated to Aurewen and her five-year-old sibling Madelynn, titled Spieks Sisters.

It was met with some criticism by social media users who said that allowing a toddler to eat a chili pepper was dangerous. 

But the mother-of-two reassured critics that Aurewen was fine once she spat the remnants out and that she had even tried to go back for more.

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Legless man kept working out his body and now a rich female would like to pay for his living.

The name of this man is Zion Clark. He lost his legs since he was a child and was abandoned by his parents. He has a very poor life experience, but he did not abandon himself because of this. Instead, he tried to make his life more brilliant. He began to work hard to keep fit. Day by day, his body became very good, with a lot of muscles and strong body.

After becoming popular on the internet, he got a lot of people's love, because he was so strong that people looked up to him in awe, and even by the rich woman, who was willing to take care of him for a life time.

But his fate changed also because of his own hard work and positive attitude towards life. If you change to someone else, you will not be as strong as him. You will even complain that your parents abandoned you, but he did not, but he has a more perfect life! We should have his spirit, no matter how much suffering we encounter, do not give up ourselves!

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Egypt builds world's largest block of flats: £420million mega structure part designed by Mohamed Hadid will house 30,000 on the outskirts of Cairo

The world's biggest block of flats for 30,000 residents - complete with its own shopping mall, cinema and ski slope - is being built in Egypt with the help of property tycoon Mohamed Hadid at a cost of £420million.

The gigantic Skyline building is set to be built on the outskirts of the capital Cairo and will ease overcrowding in the city which has a population close to 21 million people and is expanding by 500,000 a year.

The luxury complex, the size of a small town, is to be built in the southeastern suburbs of Kattameya and is scheduled for completion in 2025.

Tycoon and architect Hadid, 71, father of the models Gigi, 24, and Bella, 23, has described the project as 'massive and iconic.'

He is working with the Spanish firm Van der Pas and the Egyptian engineer Raef Fahmy on the venture.

It will have 13,500 apartments ranging in price from around £35,000 for a studio to £90,000 for a three-bed flat.

Residents will be able to enjoy a 40-acre garden, a network of cycle paths and the world's largest infinity pool on the roof.

It will also boast a shopping mall with international brands, restaurants an ice-skating rink, fitness centre, dry ski slope and a rock climbing wall.

Guinness World Records have confirmed the building as an official attempt at becoming the biggest residential building - but no current record exists in that category. The world's tallest residential block is New York's 426m-high 432 Park Avenue.

The Skyline building will be 11 storeys high and cover 650,000 sq ft - a floor area four times that of the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Giza which itself was the biggest man-made building for nearly 4,000 years.

The Egyptian government is already trying to ease the overcrowding issue by building a new administrative capital 28 miles east of the city centre.

The designers of the new Skyline complex decided against building it there as they believe its residents will still want to be near the old capital and the Nile.

Hassan Morshedy, chief executive of the Morshedy Group which is behind the project, told The Times that Skyline would be 'iconic, beautiful, but also affordable.'

He said: 'Skyline is solving a housing problem, it's not only about setting a record.

'It will have 13,500 apartments yet everyone will have privacy, and all the facilities and amenities they can dream of.'

More than 3,000 buyers have already put down deposits for an apartment in the building, with the first expecting to move in by the summer of 2022.

Hadid, a Jordanian-American who was born in Palestine, said in a previous interview that the structure would be 'massive and iconic' and that he was perfect for the job of designing it.

He said: 'It needs, I think, somebody of my background - I build hotels, city centers, large homes and projects of large magnitudes - to be able to deliver such a project. 

Hadid is currently fighting back against a judge's order to tear down his controversial Los Angeles mega-mansion after his lawyers filed a last minute appeal.

In new court documents obtained by last month, Hadid is also appealing against LA Superior Court Judge Craig Karlan's appointment of a receiver to oversee the demolition of the half-built 'monstrosity' dubbed the Starship Enterprise.

The move flies in the face of what Hadid, 71, had told in an exclusive interview in December last year - that he will demolish the property and replace it with something more modest.

He said the mansion was 'finished' due to water damage, blaming the judge for not allowing him to cover it, and had to come down anyway.

It was almost three months ago that Judge Karlan ruled that the giant house should be razed to the ground, branding the building a 'clear and present danger' to nearby homes in upscale Bel Air.

But that order was put on hold when Hadid's construction company filed for Chapter Eleven bankruptcy last November after claiming in court that he 'couldn't afford' the $5 million cost of the demo.

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Italian Man Flies Down To Lagos With Family To Wed His Nigerian Girlfriend In A Colorful Wedding Ceremony

A newly wedded couple has sent chills down the spine of many with photos their transnational marriage.

The groom who is an Italian, accompanied by his family and friends crossed the Mediterranean sea to Nigerian just to wed the love of his life.

The colorful wedding took place in Lagos and the man named Giancarlo together with his family rocked the African traditional dress making the whole ceremony the most memorable ever.

The beautiful bride, Adeola who rocked a mint green aso oke with embellishment and a peacock bridal hand fan was the most beautiful bride of the day.

The adorable photos of the wedding ceremony were shared on Instagram by an account holder identified as Zapphire_events.

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Mum who took son, 8, to A&E; because he snored loudly told he has deadly cancer

An eight-year-old boy was diagnosed with deadly throat cancer after his mum took him to A&E for 'excessive snoring.'

Little Charlie Miller was rushed into emergency surgery after doctors realised his 'inflamed tonsil' was actually ultra-rare Burkitt's lymphoma.

Footie-mad Charlie is now undergoing gruelling chemotherapy treatment at Liverpool's Alder Hey hospital after being diagnosed at Christmas, report the Liverpool Echo.

His single mum Julie said: In November Charlie has been snoring for a week and when I looked in his mouth I found a large mass which we thought was a swollen tonsil.

"Over Christmas he was unable to eat or drink so I brought him into A&E.

"He saw an on-call ear nose and throat doctor who arranged for him to be brought into clinic at Alder Hey.

"We arrived at 3pm, he was in the MRI scanner at 4.30pm and then in surgery at 6pm.

"They removed half the mass in surgery and sent it away to be checked. We were then given the diagnosis of Burkitt's lymphoma on January 6."

Julie is now constantly at her son's bedside as he battles the aggressive cancer.

A fundraising drive by grassroots Merseyside football clubs has already seen £3,000 raised for the family.

It was launched by AFC Warner Colts, the club where Charlie and older brother Reece play.

Coach Peter Lanes explained: "Julie is a single parent and will be struggling because of Charlie being in hospital having his chemo.

"I can't believe the response we've had from all the football teams around Merseyside."


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Doctors hail wife who nursed her husband back to a 'miracle' recovery after he was hit by a stroke so devastating surgeons had to remove half of his skull

A woman has revealed how she helped nurse her husband back to health after a devastating stroke left him with part of his skull.

Richard Gray, 66, was taken ill in August 2013 after a large blood clot formed on his brain, and doctors were forced to drill part of his skull away to give him a slim chance of survival.

A new documentary filmed by Richard's wife filmmaker wife Fiona Lloyd-Davies, 53, details the former United Nations peacekeeper's gruelling four-year road to recovery, including endless treatments and therapies to help him regain his lost speech and learn to walk independently again.

The programme, My Amazing Brain: Richard's War, follows the initial horror of finding her husband lying in agony to the milestones of progress as he begins communicating once more.

Fiona reveals that her biggest worry was that if Richard survived his stroke, he'd be nothing like the man she married - and totally reliant on her to live.

However, she now calls looking after Richard an 'honour', saying it is 'the most rewarding thing I've done in my life'.

One of Richard's neurologists Dr Gerhard Florschutz believes Richard's family were the 'most important' part of his miraculous recovery.

He said: 'I think one can never underestimate the importance of relatives, particularly the close relatives, as part of the treatment process. 

'Relatives can be part of the therapy team in the most important way and that can only be beneficial.'

Though at times she wondered if Richard would get through his ordeal, Fiona has called nursing him back to health an 'honour'.

She said: 'Richard used to say to me ''Fi, I'd walk over a mile of broken glass for you.'' and the past four years have been my chance to do the same for him.'

It was Fiona who found Richard lying on the bed in their Kent home clutching his head and begging for help when he suffered his stroke in 2013, and she immediately knew something was 'very, very wrong'.

After he was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery on the brain, all Fiona could do was wait and worry.

She said: 'There was nothing I could do but wait, wait and hope that he survived. I just hoped that the surgeon had the skill to save his life but also hope if he did survive that Richard, my Richard would still be there.'

The blood clot was compressing down on Richard's brain and cutting off the oxygen and blood supply, causing his stroke.

In an extremely intricate surgery, doctors cut around the blood clot and removed the bone around it so the brain doesn't squeeze out of the wound.

Fiona was told that it was a very high risk surgery and there was a very strong chance that Richard wouldn't pull through.

The surgeons didn't reattach the part of his skull that he'd lost so his brain could swell and recover from the operation, it was then that Fiona realised the seriousness of the situation and she decided she would film his recovery as a coping mechanism.

And not only was half his skull missing, he also lost the use of his right arm, his speech and wasn't able to walk.

She said: 'I always try to be as upbeat as possible when I was with him, and be as cheerful and as positive to help kind of engage him back into the real world and obviously it was hard.

'I felt most of the time like someone's reaching into my chest and ripping my heart out. It was very difficult because you felt part of him had gone and yet he was still there and how could I grieve for my husband when he was still there?' 

In April 2014, Richard began consultations for the surgery to have the missing part of his skull replaced, but doctors warned that he may not survive another operation.

While a patient at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in Putney, Fiona was told his recovery was moving so slowly that it indicated he wouldn't make a full recovery when doctors noticed that he still wasn't able to sit independently.

Despite the risks involved, Richard was able to have the operation in May 2015, nine months after the stroke, and began showing signs of improvement straight away when he was able to wriggle his fingers.

A year after the surgery his recovery appeared to have come to a standstill, but Fiona refused to give up hope and he was transferred to another hospital.

He was given new treatments such as speech and language therapy, hydrotherapy and art classes in an attempt to get his brain to engage with the parts of his body that he'd lost the use of.

Fiona also took him to a  specialist centre that uses horses for therapy and he immediately began saying 'hello', speaking clearly for the first time since the night of the stroke.

At the hospital he began learning to walk again, first with the help of a frame and then independently, a clear sign that he was finally on the road to recovery.

Fiona said: 'I could see that he was starting to come back as a person too because he was starting to be able to control his life even though it was happening at a very tiny, tiny snail's pace. He was coming back, Richard was connecting to himself.'

In August 2015, two years after his stroke, he was able to return to the family home full time. 

While she was thrilled to finally have her husband home, it dawned on Fiona how difficult looking after him would be.

But two weeks after coming home he moved his right arm for the first time and began learning how to feed and bathe himself.

By April 2016, he was able to rekindle his passion for gardening by mowing the grass, though he sometimes lose his balance and a year on, he was able to walk entirely unaided and climb flights of stairs on his own, and even walked into a hospital appointment by himself.

Fiona knows Richard's recovery will continue for the rest of his life, and he is still taking speech and language lessons weekly to restore his vocabulary.

His medical team are surprised at how far Richard's recovery has come, but they believe it was Fiona's love and care for him that helped him most of all. 

Fiona said: 'It's been an honour and a privilege to look after him and it's probably the most rewarding thing I've ever done.'

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Kimora Lee Simmons Expands Her Family, Adopts Boy, 10, with Husband Tim Leissner

Kimora Lee Simmons has mastered the art of balancing her professional empire and motherhood, having given birth to four children during the span of her career.

And the 44-year-old announced on Friday morning that she and her second husband, Tim Leissner, have added newly adopted son 10-year-old Gary to their modern family. 

'Kimora now has all boys at home. Gary joins sons Kenzo Lee Hounsou, 10, and Wolfe Lee Leissner, four,' the fashion mogul's rep revealed exclusively to Us Weekly.

She did not offer information about where or when she adopted the boy.

Recently, Kimora had to send her eldest children, daughter Aoki and daughter Ming, off to college, as they both live on-campus at their prestigious Universities. 

'Ming Lee Simmons is a sophomore at NYU, and the next youngest (daughter Aoki Lee Simmons) is a freshman at Harvard,' informed Kimora's rep.

Both girls have lived through the success of their mother's Baby Phat empire, often joining her on the runway following her collection's fashion shows during the early 2000s.

'Aoki and I grew up walking the runway at the close of our mom’s New York Fashion Week shows,' reminisced Ming via a statement posted to the Baby Phat web page.

Simmons relaunched the Urban fashion wear brand late last year.    

Baby Phat made its runway debut in 1999 and' at one point, was estimated to be worth over $1 billion,' according to Dazed

The brand, which featured an array of mini-skirts, cropped tops, and thigh-high boots, was merely an 'extension of Russell Simmons’ Phat Farm and overarching Phat Fashions label.'

But ended up proving to be bigger than anything Kimora or Russell could image.

[Ming and Aoki] join Kimora as the faces and creative vision behind their newly relaunched family business,' explained the rep.

Simmons gave birth to her fourth child, but first child with ex-Goldman Sachs financier Leissner, Wolfe Lee, in 2015, just a year after their nuptials. 

She shares daughters Ming, 20, and Aoki, 17, with hip-hop ex-husband of 11-years, Russell Simmons. 

In 2006, Kimora separated from Russell after years of on-and-off again infidelity and marital tension.

But, their divorce would not be filed until 2008, while Kimora was dating Blood Diamond actor, Djimon Hounsou.

In 2009, her divorce with Simmons was finalized and the Baby Phat CEO and Hounsou world welcome their son, Kenzo, who is now 10-years-old.

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Meet 16-year-old Boy Rejects N1.9 Billion Offer from US investors to Buy His Money-Saving Website

A 16-year-old whizz kid has rejected a whopping £5million from US investors who offered to buy his money-saving website.

According to Sun UK, Mohammed Ali, 16, from Dewsbury, Yorkshire, has earned more than £40,000 after creating his own financial app for the stock market and a popular video game.

And now the teenager is set to launch a price comparison site with 60-year-old business partner Chris Thorpe. While there are many price comparison websites out there, Mohammed claims their site will be unrivalled – something investors may agree with him on.

The pair recently met a group of Americans in London to discuss an investment, who then offered “more than £5million” for the company.

Mohammed said: “We met the investors in London, they were a global data driven company, and they didn’t realise I created all the technology involved.

“The offer was rejected in December, just before Christmas.

“The main reason we rejected the offer was because, if the technology and concept is worth millions already, just think how much it will be worth once people use it.

“I understand this is a big risk for me but I want to create this as a household name, and at the same time make something for myself.

“The big thing about what we’re doing is that there are no competitors – this is a real time money saving expert – it’s like a Bloomberg for the general public.”

His latest venture – weneed1. om – has seen the tech-mad teen develop an algorithm “which provides real time quotes instead of the normal pre-fixed quotes you find on insurance sites”.

It is designed to alert both buyers and sellers of available products.

This can include properties and electronic items with prices being constantly updated.

The website is set to be launched on January 28 and he hopes its success will inspire more young people to get involved in tech ventures at a young age.

Mohammed has previously seen success with Project 2006, a video game which had a £5.99 per month subscription cost and made £30,000.

Mohammed, who still lives with his parents and siblings, said he became interested in computers from a young age.

He even taught himself how to code just by reading books and watching YouTube videos.

Mohammed said: “Right now I work from the bedroom day and night but we’re launching this globally so we will need to travel more.

“My mum used to hate me going on the computer all the time but I think she’s proud of what I’m doing now and my brother has been inspired by what I’m doing.

“I have learned everything from watching videos and books – there’s not much being done in schools and the education system is a bit messed up.

“Anyone can revise for exams but I don’t think enough is being done to prepare people for getting out in the real world.

“I want other people to be inspired and I want to inspire young people to develop a work ethic – it disgusts me when you see young people just getting drunk on a Friday night.”

The teenager is still keeping up with school work however.

As a sixth form student he is studying for English, geography and law A-levels. 

He says his most extravagant purchase so far has been contributing £1,400 towards refurbishing his parents living room and tries to act wisely with his cash.

Ali estimates he has earned around £41,000 from his businesses.

He said: “If I see some clothes or trainers I like I’ll buy them but most of my money is saved.

“I look at the things I make as inventions and I like to be proud of building them up.

“People think you need to have a massive investment or to take out loans but you don’t – you can start small and build it up.”

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