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Insider breaks silence on Princess Diana's last words

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A fire chief who was one of the first people to help Princess Diana after her fatal car crash in Paris has spoken for the first time about her final moments.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sergeant Xavier Gourmelon told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Daily Mail</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that when he arrived at the scene in August 1997, Diana was still “moving and talking”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She spoke in English and said, ‘Oh my God, what’s happened?’ I could understand that, so I tried to calm her. I held her hand,” Sergeant Gourmelon said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sergeant Gourmelon had given his statement to police but this marks the first time he has spoken to the press about the tragedy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The impact of the car hitting an underpass - estimated to have been travelling at around 105 km/h - had instantly killed driver Henri Paul and Diana’s new boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, according to the </span><a href="https://pagesix.com/2021/06/22/fire-chief-reveals-princess-dianas-last-words-after-fatal-crash/?_ga=2.19266616.1498306002.1624268608-1323037306.1590418386"><span style="font-weight: 400;">New York Post</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sergeant Gourmelon recalled that Diana seemed physically fine besides an injured shoulder - but he had no idea he was trying to save a princess.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It was only after he had helped load Diana into an ambulance that he found out who she was from a captain also at the scene.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He tells me who she is and then, yes, I recognise her, but in the moment I didn’t,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The same was also true for the first person to help her, off-duty doctor Frederic Mailliez, who had come across the crash while driving home from a party.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He saw “two [victims] were already apparently dead” and two others, including Diana’s bodyguard, “were seriously injured but still alive”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He helped Diana first, who was in the back of the Mercedes on the floor.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I discovered then she was a most beautiful woman and she didn’t have any [serious] injuries to her face. She was not bleeding [then] but she was almost unconscious and was having difficulty breathing,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She looked fine for the first minutes,” he recalled.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So I began to speak English to her, saying I was a doctor and that the ambulance was on its way and everything is going to be alright.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since he left the scene once emergency workers arrived, he said: “I left the scene without knowing who I had been treating.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Prince Harry / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Friends star fighting late-stage cancer

<p>James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther on Friends, has revealed his Stage 4 prostate cancer diagnosis while appearing on the Today show.</p> <p>"I was 56 years old at the time, and they screen for PSA, which is prostate-specific antigen," Tyler said. "That came back at an extraordinarily high number. So I knew immediately when I went online and I saw the results of my blood test and blood work that there was obviously something quite wrong there. Nearly immediately, my doctor called me and said, 'Hey, I need you to come in tomorrow because I suspect that you may have quite a serious problem with your prostate.'"</p> <p>Tyler recently appeared via video call on the HBO Max special Friends: The Reunion.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 250px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841929/1-2021-06-22t104132927.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1b44a0de82ab4ceaaf2a2c043b74407c" /></p> <p>"I wanted to be a part of that, and initially I was going to be on the stage, at least, with them, and be able to take part in all the festivities," he said. "It was bittersweet, honestly. I was very happy to be included. It was my decision not to be a part of that physically and make an appearance on Zoom, basically, because I didn't wanna bring a downer on it, you know? I didn't want to be like, 'Oh, and by the way, Gunther has cancer.'"</p> <p>The actor is undergoing chemotherapy to combat the cancer, and is urging men to get early screenings in order to battle it through an early diagnosis.</p> <p>"There are other options available to men if they catch it before me," he said. "Next time you go in for just a basic exam or your yearly checkup, please ask your doctor for a PSA test. It's easily detectable. If it spreads beyond the prostate to the bones, which is most prevalent in my form, it can be a lot more difficult to deal with."</p>

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Carrie Bickmore breaks down in tears during The Project

<p>Carrie Bickmore was overcome with emotion on Tuesday night's episode of The Project after fellow panelist Kate Langbroek opened up about her own family's experience with childhood cancer.</p> <p>The show had just aired a story about three-year-old Manoli Plueckhahn, a young boy battling an aggressive cancer that only affects 1 in 100,000 Australian children. The Plueckhahn family are now trying to raise money to get 'Old' the treatment he needs, which is not available in Australia.</p> <p>Bickmore appeared momentarily speechless when the story finished. “You will do anything for your kids, won’t you?” she said. “Often limited by money. The more we can bring these treatments to Australia so these families aren’t having to go overseas to do this …”</p> <p>Langbroek then opened up about her own family, revealing her son Lewis, now 17, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009.</p> <p>He finally beat the illness after what Langrboek has previously called a “gruelling, terrible, frightening and painful three-and-a-half years.”</p> <p>“Childhood cancers are particularly difficult. My son was diagnosed with leukemia – you remember, Carrie,” she said, as Bickmore took her hand.</p> <p>“I remember when we were first in hospital, and I saw the other little bald children, all I saw was the baldness. And then after we had spent time there and my own son was bald, I learnt to see the child and once you see the child, you will do anything to help the child. It’s very powerful,” Langbroek said.</p> <p>Bickmore turned to address the camera – but broke down in sobs, apologising as co-host Waleed Aly intervened to finish the segment and sent them to an ad break.</p> <p>Cancer research and awareness is a cause very close to Bickmore’s heart: Her first husband Greg Lange died in 2010 after a decade-long battle with brain cancer.</p>

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World's most premature baby celebrates first birthday

<p>A baby born weighing less than a pound has beaten the odds and celebrated his first birthday, becoming the most premature baby to survive, according to Guinness World Records.</p> <p>When Richard Scott William Hutchinson was born five months prematurely - recognised by Guinness as the world's most premature baby - his doctors prepared his parents for the worst.</p> <p>Richard was born at Children's Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after his mother, Beth Hutchinson, suffered medical complications that caused her to go into labor.</p> <p>Richard was born 131 days before his due date, weighing just 11.9 ounces, and was so small he could fit in the palm of his parents' hands.</p> <p>“When [his father] Rick and Beth received prenatal counseling on what to expect with a baby born so early, they were given a 0% chance of survival by our neonatology team,” Dr. Stacy Kern, Richard’s neonatologist at Children’s Minnesota, told Guinness World Records.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841920/screen-shot-2021-06-21-at-32350-pm.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a640249cdf7246af8f0dcc3730ce074f" /></p> <p>“I knew the first few weeks of Richard’s life would be very difficult, but I felt that if he could make it through that, he would be a survivor.”</p> <p>Due to the pandemic, Richard's parents were unable to stay overnight with him at the hospital, and his other family members couldn't see him either.</p> <p>So the parents traveled daily from their home in St Croix County, Wisconsin to Minneapolis, according to Guinness.</p> <p>“We made sure we were there to give him support,” Rick told Guinness World Records. “I think that helped him get through this because he knew he could count on us.”</p> <p>Rick and Beth Hutchinson did not reply to CNN’s request for comment.</p> <p>In December 2020, after spending more than six months in the hospital, Richard was able to go home with his family.</p> <p>“The day Richard was discharged from the NICU was such a special day. I remember picking him up out of his crib and just holding him with tears in my eyes,” Kern said.</p> <p>“I couldn’t believe this was the same little boy that once was so sick, that I feared he may not survive. The same little boy that once fit in the palm of my hand, with skin so translucent that I could see every rib and vessel in his tiny body. I couldn’t help but squeeze him and tell him how proud I was of him.”</p> <p>On June 5, the lucky baby got to celebrate his first birthday surrounded by family and their three dogs.</p> <p>“It doesn’t feel real,” Beth said about Richard breaking the record. “We’re still surprised about it. But we’re happy. It’s a way we can share his story to raise awareness about premature births.”</p>

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Johnny Ruffo tells all amid second cancer battle

<p>Johnny Ruffo wormed his way into majority of Australian hearts 10 years ago, when he stepped onto the <em>X Factor Australia</em> stage.</p> <p>Quickly, he rose to national fame. He later signed to Sony Music, appearing on <em>Dancing With With The Stars</em> and supporting major bands like One Direction and NKOTBSB (New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys) for their Australian tours.</p> <p>Johnny would then go on to join the cast of <em>Home And Away</em> in 2013 for what was supposed to be a 16-episode run, but turned into a three-year stint.</p> <p>In 2017, Johnny would stun fans when he announced to Instagram that he had been rushed to hospital.</p> <p>Doctors would reveal he had a brain tumour.</p> <p>“He’d had headaches for probably like a week, on and off,” Tahnee, Johnny’s girlfriend, whom he met in 2013, told Denham Hitchcock.</p> <p>“Then ... I think it was maybe a Sunday, and I was making boiled eggs in the kitchen and he was laying on the lounge ... he was trying to respond to me, but he was mixing up his words.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841922/johnny-ruffo.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d250e1f623424e42b28036523b568c10" /></p> <p>She went on to explain: “I remember he was saying ‘put boil in the oiling water’, and then I went over to him and he was finding it hard to like string a sentence together, which was very odd.</p> <p>“At this time, he still had these excruciating headaches, so I was like, ‘think we should head in, get checked out’.</p> <p>“We were in the emergency waiting bays for probably eight hours, they were giving him drips and pain meds just trying to get the headaches under control.</p> <p>“And then he was laying down and he sat straight up and just vomited all this brown stuff over himself,” Tahnee said.</p> <p>“It was like black, almost,” Johnny added.</p> <p>Johnny credits Tahnee for remaining supportive throughout his health battles, saying he “would not be here today without her.”</p> <p>“The first time I went through all of this, if she hadn’t taken me to the hospital, I would’ve gone to bed that night and not woken up.”</p> <p>Later that evening, Johnny revealed he’d slipped into a coma, unknown to his girlfriend who had been told to go home.</p> <p>“I had a 7cm tumor in my right frontal lobe, which is more of less the size of my fist, and they had to operate immediately,” Johnny said.</p> <p>Tahnee arrived at the hospital to find Johnny unconscious, in intensive care and being prepped for surgery.</p> <p>“He had to go into surgery then and there, it wasn’t a question...so, (I) signed the papers, said a little goodbye, and then they wheeled him off.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BXl7r5-AH1S/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BXl7r5-AH1S/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Johnny Ruffo (@johnny_ruffo)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Johnny would emerge from the surgery with 27 staples in his head, and the makings of a massive scar. He’d soon learn his tumour was cancerous.</p> <p>“They told me I have brain cancer and it was like, wow, my whole world just got flipped upside down,” Johnny told 7NEWS.</p> <p>“And then they said ‘you have to have chemotherapy, you have to have radiotherapy, you’re going to lose your hair’... everything just came crashing down all at once.</p> <p>“I didn’t cry, I was just blank.</p> <p>“I didn’t know what to think, I didn’t know what to do, I didn’t know what to say. I was just like, all right, I guess we gotta do this now.”</p> <p>Johnny revealed he’d had help from his co-star Lynne McGranger who supported him during his emotional battle.</p> <p>“It was just a shock,” Lynne said.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLioXJpl3v5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLioXJpl3v5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Johnny Ruffo (@johnny_ruffo)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I knew that he’d been suffering bad headaches ... he’d only just recently been around to our place for a barbecue and Tahnee had to take him home, because he’d always suffered from migraines, and he was unwell and he didn’t really want to have a wine or anything, which was just not like Johnny.”</p> <p>Johnny went into remission after gruelling chemotherapy, in 2019, saying it was the “greatest day of his life”.</p> <p>Sadly, the good times would not last and in November 2020, he admitted to the world his cancer had returned.</p> <p>“From memory, I had 11 seizures in four days, so I don’t remember a lot from those four days,” Johnny said while explaining his difficulties before he was re-diagnosed.</p> <p>“He was, I would say semi-conscious for probably like nine days,” Tahnee added.</p> <p>“There’s dark thoughts where I’m like, is this it? Is this where I say goodbye, in the bloody hospital after everything?</p> <p>“So, those, those are, there’s definitely dark times - I’m not gonna lie.</p> <p>“But, we remain positive because you have to. It’s not a choice.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQVKtgol1zW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQVKtgol1zW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Johnny Ruffo (@johnny_ruffo)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Johnny’s cancer is extremely rare, and accounts for less than 1 per cent of all brain tumours.</p> <p>“When they told me the cancer was back, I was devastated,” Johnny said.</p> <p>“I‘d already been through it, and for me it was just like ‘oh f***, I’ve gotta go through this s*** again’.”</p> <p>Due to intense chemotherapy and a barrage of tests, Johnny has revealed there is still hope.</p> <p>Doctors have told the loveable, cheeky star that his “spine’s all clear and the tumour in the right frontal lobe and the brain stem, all stable.”</p> <p>While its no easy journey, Johnny says he couldn’t be “more thankful for the support.”</p>

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Australia’s tiniest hero gets stuck into storm clean-up

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A nine-year-old boy has been rolling up his sleeves to help with Victoria’s storm cleanup by dragging branches off the road and giving weather reports - all while wearing his own personalised SES shirt.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Judd Feeney from Mooney Ponds in Melbourne is obsessed with the SES and wears his SES t-shirt every day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The storms and floods that hit the state last week inspired him to lend a hand and step up his “rescue training” so he can join the Essendon unit of the SES when he turns 15.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Along with clearing roads, Judd also records weather warning videos for the locals.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is Judd Feeney from SES. There’s a branch, you see? So don’t go on Maribyrnong Reserve,” he said in one video.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Be safe. Thank you very much. Bye.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a second video, he warns Victorians of heavy winds and tells those in Traralgon to be on the lookout for crocodiles and hippos in floodwaters.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Please don’t go through floodwater and take action now to protect your home,” he says in the video.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Judd recently met one of his heroes, Kevin from the VICSES Essendon Unit.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: SES</span></em></p>

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“We are making history”: World’s first recipient of new Alzheimer's drug

<p>A man from Rhode Island, USA, has become the first patient in the world to receive an infusion of a controversial Alzheimer's disease drug.</p> <p>Marc Archambault, 70, has been treated with aducanumab, which was approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 7th.</p> <p>The drug works by removing the sticky deposits of a protein called amyloid-beta from the brains of patients in the earlier stages of Alzheimer's.</p> <p>Critics aren't happy with the decision, saying clinical trials were mixed and question if the approval process of the drug was too quick.</p> <p>Archambault is happy with being treated.</p> <p>"I am a happy guy but hearing that the FDA had approved Aduhelm and that I am eligible for the treatment, I am living happier of course," Archambault said in a statement.</p> <p>"The thought that the last stage [of Alzheimer's] may now be far away for me, or even that I might stay as I am, is incredible. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to receive this treatment."</p> <p>Dr Stephen Salloway, who oversees the Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital has said that 100 patients will be given the drug once a month.</p> <p>"Today, we're making history," he said at a press conference on Wednesday.</p> <p>"We're opening a new era in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease."</p> <p>10 out of 11 members of the FDA advisory board voted against the drug's approval in November, but the FDA is allowed to make decisions that go against the board's vote.</p> <p>The controversial rollout also caused three members of the board to step down from their positions.</p> <p>"[Aducanumab] probably the worst drug approval decision in recent U.S. history," Kesselheim wrote in a letter to FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock on Thursday, per <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.statnews.com/2021/06/10/third-member-of-fda-expert-committee-resigns-over-controversial-alzheimers-therapy-decision/" target="_blank">Stat News.</a></p> <p>"It is clear to me that FDA is not presently capable of adequately integrating the Committee's scientific recommendations into its approval decisions."</p>

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Stranger’s act of kindness warms mother’s heart

<p>A Brisbane mum of a newborn bub has shared a beautiful moment to Facebook, thanking a kind stranger who left a thoughtful note and baked treats at her door.</p> <p>The mother said she had placed an item on Facebook Marketplace for free and had been overwhelmed by a number of eager people looking to take the listing off her hands.</p> <p>She went on to say the first message was from a “kind” woman named Vijayata who wished her a good morning.</p> <p>“We proceeded to make pick-up arrangements and I left the item outside for collection as my daughter was soon due for a breastfeed,” she said.</p> <p>“As I so often do, I left my phone in the kitchen while filling up my water bottle before the feed. I missed the 'I'm on the way message ' [and] I missed the 'I have arrived message’.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841851/stranger-kindness-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a440c17eb5eb422e9f2e26e7e8367f80" /></p> <p>After finishing feeding her newborn daughter, the woman said she ran to check her phone and found a message from Vijayata who had thanked the mum and let her know she’d left something outside her door.</p> <p>“I was immediately taken aback. Vijayata, this beautiful, kind and generous stranger had left me this package,” she said, alongside an image of a homemade mango coconut cake with a loving note.</p> <p>Vijayata listed the cake’s ingredients in case of allergies and packaged it with a packet of tea.</p> <p>“Have a cuppa on me,” she wrote.</p> <p>“Look after yourself for you are a superwoman.</p> <p>“Giving birth is no easy feat and raising a human, well, is no less than a super power. Take care.”</p> <p>The new mum said she was “shocked” by the act of “true kindness”.</p> <p>“When my daughter is old enough to understand, I can tell her the story of a generous lady named Vijayata. Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” the mum wrote.</p>

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Fireman encounters worst nightmare at fatal crash

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Welsh fireman Adrian Smith responded to an emergency call on Sunday, he encountered every emergency worker’s worst nightmare.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Smith attended the scene of a triple-car pile-up to find his 21-year-old daughter Ella’s body being pulled from the wreckage.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ella had been driving home from the beach at Broad Haven in Pembrokeshire when the accident occurred, </span><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/15282074/fireman-horrific-crash-discovered-beautiful-daughter-dead/"><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sun </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">reports</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Her 47-year-old father was on duty nearby when he was called out to the three-car crash, discovering that a car had smashed into the passenger side of the car Ella was in.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The driver, along with a man and woman in another car, suffered serious injuries, but Ella died at the scene.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It must have been a complete nightmare for Adrian to find his own daughter was the victim,” a family friend said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Ella was a lovely girl, they are a lovely family - everyone is in shock and totally devastated.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hours after the accident, Mr Smith broke the news of his daughter’s passing by sharing a picture of him and her dancing together at a party when she was a little girl.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We are utterly devastated at losing our beloved Ella,” the family wrote in a statement released by local police.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She was a much-loved and caring daughter, sister and granddaughter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She was a beautiful girl who will be missed by all.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tributes flooded in for the young victim, who worked at a bakery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A friend described her as a “gorgeous person” while another said she was “the kindest soul you could ever meet”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I loved every minute of speaking to you Ella, you never failed to make me laugh,” another friend said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police have asked for any other drivers at the scene to share any dashcam footage from the incident, in an effort to find out more about the cause of the crash.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Facebook</span></em></p>

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Prince Edward's wife breaks down mid-interview

<p>Prince Edward's wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, revealed that Prince Philip's death has left a "giant-sized hole" in the royal family.</p> <p>She also spoke about the pandemic has "slightly skewed things", which means that the royal family haven't been able to grieve properly.</p> <p>Despite the Duke of Edinburgh passing away "peacefully" at Windsor Castle on April 9th, the family aren't coping properly two months on from his death.</p> <p>She spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live and said that Prince Philip's death left a "giant-sized hole in our lives".</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qrc-By4JnSY"></iframe></div> <p>“Well he has left a giant-sized hole in our lives," she began.</p> <p>“I think the pandemic has unfortunately slightly skewed things in as much as it’s hard to spend as much time with the Queen as we would like to.</p> <p>“We’ve been trying to, but of course it’s still not that easy.</p> <p>“And of course the normal way of things isn’t normal yet so we’re not necessarily doing the things that we would normally have done with him.</p> <p>“So I think the whole grieving process is probably likely for us to take a lot longer. It may be the same for many other families out there.</p> <p>“Because if you’re not living with somebody, 24/7, the immediate loss isn’t necessarily felt in the same way, as if somebody was in the house with you all the time.”</p> <p>Interviewer Naga Munchetty saw that Sophie's eyes began to fill with tears and asked her if she was okay.</p> <p>Sophie responded: “It’s only when you would do the normal things that you would have done with them, and you suddenly realise that they are not there, that you really start to have an ‘oh my goodness’ moment.</p> <p>“Just talking to you now, it’s a bit of an ‘oh my goodness’ moment. I think they’ll come and go. But you have to let them come and go.”</p>

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Parents share heartbreak after kissing their daughter goodbye

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A mum has opened up about having to make the heartbreaking decision to turn her daughter’s life support off following a crash.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chloe Lee, her parents Geoff and Sommar, and her younger brother Declan were injured in a crash in the Western Australian Wheatbelt region on May 30.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The family was rushed to hospital after being cut from the vehicle.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Geoff came away from the accident with broken ankles, spinal injuries, and internal injuries while Somamar suffered a broken pelvis, wrist, and broken legs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chloe suffered head and spinal injuries and was put on life support at Perth Children’s Hospital.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to a </span><a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/e3e94c-help-the-lee-family?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&amp;utm_medium=sms&amp;utm_source=customer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">GoFundMe started for the family</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Chloe’s life support was turned off days after the accident when the family was well enough “to kiss their baby girl goodbye”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In an update on the fundraising site, Sommar wrote about the difficulty of the decision she and Geoff made.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Where do I even begin, how do you go on when one of the [two] halves of your heart is gone?,” she wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When you are lying in your broken body unable to move to save your precious child.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Being told that your beautiful, sassy, amazing 10-year-old is being kept alive by life support and no it’s not like on TV, a miracle is not going to save her.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The decision was made even more difficult with the knowledge they had to tell their son, Declan, that his big sister “has to go to heaven”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Having to tell our son, that his other half, his best friend and sister, has to go to heaven. That the machines breathing for her and keeping her precious heart pumping, needs to be turned off, is the hardest thing we had to do,” she continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Especially not being able to hold him in our arms, barely able to hold his hand.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sommar also thanked the “amazing doctors and nurses” who helped at the scene of the accident and in the hospital while the family underwent treatment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. There are no words to describe the place you will always have in our hearts.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sommar said the family is now “stuck in limbo” as they recover from their injuries and mourn Chloe.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Lee family had recently moved to WA from Queensland for a “change of life”, with the fundraiser aiming to help them return to Caboolture in Queensland.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Geoff and Sommar also wish to return Chloe to Caboolture for a funeral with her friends and family.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The fundraiser has raised more than $64,000 in donations.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: GoFundMe</span></em></p>

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Johnny Ruffo relaxes with family while fighting brain cancer

<p>Johnny Ruffo took the time to relax with family and friends on the weekend despite battling brain cancer for a second time.</p> <p>He posted a sweet snap with his girlfriend Tahnee Sims and his nonna on his Instagram.</p> <p>"Two of my favourite people," the 33-year-old captioned his post.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQDlraQLQFV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQDlraQLQFV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Johnny Ruffo (@johnny_ruffo)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Ruffo has been undergoing treatment for his brain cancer since December 2020 when he announced that it had returned.</p> <p>"After an unexpected week of seizures and excruciating headaches it is with a heavy heart that i have to let you know i now have another huge battle ahead of me as my brain cancer has returned, though i will dig deep and beat this shit disease again 👊🏽💜," he shared back in November last year.</p> <p>He was first diagnosed with cancer in 2017 where doctors performed emergency surgery to remove a 7cm tumour inside his brain.</p> <p>"There was a one in 20 chance that I wouldn't survive it," Ruffo told Today Extra in 2018. "I almost didn't have time to react to it, because I went in and then I fell into a coma and I woke up two or three days later and they said, 'We operated and you had a tumour.'"</p>

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Inquest into Home and Away actor’s death begins

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An inquest into the death of Home and Away actor Jessica Falkholt, her “innocent and ordinary” family, and a driver under the influence has begun. The inquest has been told the head-on collision occurred at such a fast speed that the cars formed a triangle.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Falkholt, her sister, and her parents died after the other driver failed to negotiate a bend on a highway as the Falkholts were returning to Sydney from NSW’s south coast on Boxing Day in 2017.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The NSW Coroners Court was told on Tuesday that witnesses saw the cars hit each with such force “they were pushed up to the air and momentarily formed a triangle”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lars and Vivian Falkholt died in the crash while sisters Jessica and Annabelle, who were rescued from the wreckage from passersby, died later in hospital.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They were innocent and ordinary in that they were just travelling home from a Christmas spent with extended family in a way that many of us can identify with,” Donna Ward, the counsel assisting the coroner, said in her opening address.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She said the crash had been caused by Craig Whitall who had medical issues and a record of poor driving dating back to 1984.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The inquest will also examine how Whitall was prescribed the multiple prescription drugs and consider how they would have affected his driving ability.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Post-mortem toxicology showed Whitall had consumed a small amount of methamphetamine, some cannabis, a “markedly high” level of an antidepressant called doxepin or Deptran, and a series of benzodiazepines, including diazepam which is also known as Valium.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Ward said reports made at the time stating Mr Whitall was returning home from a methadone clinic were incorrect, and the court heard the post-mortem found no methadone in his system.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Which is why the issues list looks at a more complex picture, including toxicology results for Mr Whitall and the likely effects of various prescription drugs, including methadone, but also doxepin and diazepam,” Ms Ward.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And there were also some other drugs detected in lesser quantities which may or may not have contributed to the crash.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A forensic pharmacologist had told the inquest the amount in Whitall’s system would have likely caused “significant impairment of his cognitive and motor functions which would have resulted in impairment of his driving ability.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Whatever his failings, Whitall loved his family as best he could and they love and miss him,” Ward said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The inquest is set to run until Friday.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Jackson Heywood / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Dad's terrifying warning about burn injuries at home

<p>In June last year, Milli Radcliffe came home from a party feeling hungry.</p> <p>The 8-year-old went to the kitchen to prepare one of her favourite snacks, instant noodles, just like she had done so many times before.</p> <p>However, this time, she decided to sit down on the couch to eat with the bowl of hot noodles resting in her lap, rather than the table.</p> <p>"It all happened so fast," recalls her father Mat. "Milla was sitting eating when I heard her scream. I won't ever forget it."</p> <p>Some of the hot water from the bowl had spilled on Milla's lap, causing her to jump up and drop the entire scolding hot contents onto her legs.</p> <p>Milla ended up suffering from severe burns around the inside of her thighs and groin area.</p> <p>"I was so scared," Milla recalls. "The pain was horrible - on a scale from 1 to 10 it was definitely a 10!"</p> <p>While Mat was shocked, fortunately, he knew the correct first aid treatment for burns and immediately leaped into action.</p> <p>"I thought for a moment that the noodles had stuck to her, but it was actually her skin bubbling and peeling," Mat explains. "I felt sick, but knew I had to get water on her and the ambulance called."</p> <p>"Within seconds I had her pants off and running her legs and groin under cool water. She was sobbing and in shock."</p> <p>Mat's quick thinking, along with a trip to the hospital, played a significant role in her recovery.</p> <p>Thankfully, she was home in just 24 hours, despite being very sore and with an ongoing routine to manage her pain and injuries.</p> <p>One year on, Milla is still impacted by the terrifying incident. She has permanent scarring, requires dressings, frequent moisturiser, and will likely need operations down the track.</p> <p>Thankfully, she can still do cartwheels, which was one of her main concerns.</p> <p>Her message to other kids is very simple: "Always sit down with your food and don't put it on your lap."</p>

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Edwina Bartholomew bursts into tears on Sunrise

<p><span>Edwina Bartholomew burst into tears on Tuesday’s episode of <em>Sunrise</em>.</span><br /><br /><span>The TV presenter couldn’t help but lose her cool after sharing a heart wrenching story about a little girl’s gruelling battle with cancer.</span><br /><br /><span>Edwina had the poor unity to meet with the parents of two-year-old Grace Bridges, after the toddler was diagnosed with rare cancer Metastatic Hepatoblastoma in 2019.</span><br /><br /><span>Emma has spent 102 days in hospital and is now on the road to recovery after 70 rounds of chemotherapy.</span><br /><br /><span>“We got told that if she survived 24 hours then it would be a miracle, and here we are 13 months later and she’s still going,” her father Adam revealed.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841734/edwina-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/95bd576bc1ea440ca23507e5f60bef0d" /><br /><br /><span>“For reasons that we can’t explain and doctors have only told us what they believe is going on, Grace’s markers for her tumour have decreased on her own, so they believe because her immune system is now repairing itself.”</span><br /><br /><span>“Her body is actually beating the cancer on its own!”</span><br /><br /><span>Edwina couldn’t help but become emotional when the story finished airing and the camera cut back to the TV host.</span><br /><br /><span>“That makes me so sad, this story,” she said through tears.</span><br /><br /><span>“Grace is not totally out of the woods, she will have ongoing blood tests until she’s six years old to see if the cancer returns,” she went on to say.</span><br /><br /><span>“Because of the chemo, 70 doses of chemo, she has so many problems with hearing and brittle bones.</span><br /><br /><span>“Sorry, it’s so silly but when you become a parent these stories just....” Edwina said.</span><br /><br /><span>The mother-of-one encouraged viewers to donate to the family, saying: “Anyway, there’s a GoFundMe that’s been set up, so if you can help then the details are on the <em>Sunrise</em> website.</span><br /><br /><span>“They’re just a lovely, lovely family who have been through so much.”</span></p>

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Carrie Bickmore gets vaccinated

<p>The Project is all about shining a light on the news in an unexpected way, and over the years, it has proven its biggest intention is to serve the Aussie public.</p> <p>And this week, two of the show's hosts Carrie Bickmore and Peter Helliar have done just that by going to get their COVID-19 vaccination together.</p> <p>On Monday, the pair visited the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne to receive their first dose of the COVID jab, which has been available to those in the over 40 brackets for a few weeks.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CPzOiPhn7n9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; 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text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CPzOiPhn7n9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Carrie Bickmore (@bickmorecarrie)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Carrie documented her<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/celebrity/celeb-news/brendan-fevola-fifi-box-covid-vaccine-67926" target="_blank">experience at the vaccination hub</a><span> </span>by posting a selfie with Pete and musing: "Vaccinated."</p> <p>Although the 40-year-old turned off the comment section int he post, she did leave a link for her followers to visit the COVID-19 Information Centre for further vaccine resources.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CPzZnC9DhDR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CPzZnC9DhDR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Pete Helliar (@pjhelliar)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Peter Helliar also posted photos from inside the facility, which featured his wife, Bridget Helliar, nurses and of course, Carrie.</p> <p>He also posted a lengthy caption to encourage people to get their vaccine.</p> <p>"First jab. Thank you to all the staff who are running an incredibly smooth operation at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne," the 45-year-old wrote.</p> <p>"If you are eligible get vaccinated to help protect our state &amp; country against this hideous virus. Thanks @brijmurphy &amp; @bickmorecarrie for being my vax partners!."</p> <p>His followers filled the comment section with positive words of encouragement, with one stating, "Congrats. Getting mine next week!!," and another said, "Great stuff guys."</p> <p>The Project hosts will have to wait two weeks before they can receive their second dose.</p>

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Tiny symptoms led to daughter’s cancer diagnosis

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Melbourne mother is sharing the story that has resulted in the diagnosis of her little girl with cancer, with the hope of raising awareness of the tiny signs to watch out for.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A few months ago Amelia Nesci went from being a happy child who was rarely sick to experiencing multiple bouts of illness.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The three-year-old no longer wanted to play outside and became a “fussy eater”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After taking her to multiple doctors and different types of medical experts, mother Nadia Carli was still no closer to the answer. Amelia was treated for constipation and worms but wasn’t getting better.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At the end of May, Amelia had a nosebleed that lasted for hours.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It didn’t look right, the blood was very pale and coming out like tap water,” Nadia said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">By the time they arrived at the hospital, her nose had been bleeding for two hours and the little girl was struggling to walk.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Results from a blood test showed that her white blood cell count was extremely low.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A few tests later, doctors diagnosed Amelia with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 375px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841685/157fae2d13d64df10e255e3fef98e04d3b9b86a1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6e6502a9a95648cbb066e438ae904d2c" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia is a kind of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow which is most common in young children between zero and 14 years old.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Our world went upside down,” Nadia said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A lot of that day is a big blur. I remember the doctor telling me those words [that she had cancer] but after that I don’t remember anything,” the mother-of-four said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Amelia started chemotherapy three days after being diagnosed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If the treatment works, she should finish chemotherapy by February next year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nadia’s best friend Laura Ward, said the teachers’ aide had been putting on a brave face but was definitely struggling.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Nadia has been my best friend of 21 years and in all that time I’ve never seen her cry or heard her scream like the one I did on Tuesday when Amelia was diagnosed. It will haunt me for the rest of my life,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Ward has started a </span><a href="https://au.gofundme.com/f/4h24j-help-amelia-beat-leukemia?qid=8d48e1f7f6312eaf9b48e5fcb8955c0b"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gofundme</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> page to support the family.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Feeling guilty that she didn’t spot the signs sooner, Nadia has spoken out to encourage other parents to seek answers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This kind of cancer is characterised by an overproduction of immature white blood cells.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Because the bone marrow can’t produce enough red blood cells, normal white cells, and platelets, common symptoms of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia can include persistent tiredness, paleness, dizziness, or shortness of breath during physical activity, as well as increased or unexplained bleeding or bruising. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nadia has also urged more people to consider donating blood to help children like Amelia.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Laura Ward / GoFundMe</span></em></p>

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Are your grandkids safe? It’s far too easy for abusers to exploit smart toys and trackers

<p>The wearable technology market is booming, with <a href="https://news.strategyanalytics.com/press-releases/press-release-details/2021/Strategy-Analytics-Half-Billion-Wearables-Sold-Worldwide-in-2020/default.aspx">half a billion wearables</a> sold globally in 2020. Apps on these devices, or the devices themselves, often claim to monitor our health to spot illnesses, track our workouts to help us reach our fitness goals, or keep an eye on our children’s whereabouts to enhance their safety.</p> <p>But they’re also divisive. Supporters of wearable technology claim that health trackers should be <a href="https://theconversation.com/why-the-nhs-should-prescribe-wearable-fitness-trackers-60817">prescribed by the NHS</a> and could even deliver an <a href="https://theconversation.com/wearable-fitness-devices-deliver-early-warning-of-possible-covid-19-infection-143388">early warning</a> of a possible COVID-19 infection. GPS tracking devices designed to be worn by children, meanwhile, are seen as a <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-04/digitally-tracking-kids-more-parents-use-devices/10957906">safety asset</a> for parents.</p> <p>Yet studies have found fitness trackers to be too <a href="https://theconversation.com/why-fitness-trackers-may-not-give-you-all-the-credit-you-hoped-for-128585">inaccurate</a> and <a href="https://theconversation.com/do-fitness-trackers-make-you-fitter-52404">misleading</a> to be used by <a href="https://eu.usatoday.com/story/tech/2019/08/14/how-doctors-really-feel-data-your-apple-watch-fitbit/1900968001/">medical professionals</a>, and that, because they’ve been rushed to market, wearables of all kinds are an insecure “<a href="https://theconversation.com/why-health-apps-are-like-the-wild-west-with-apple-just-riding-into-town-103512">Wild West</a>” region of technology that requires urgent regulation.</p> <p>In <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/978692/The_UK_code_of_practice_for_consumer_IoT_security_-_PETRAS_UCL_research_report.pdf">a recent report</a>, we looked at the security risks associated with wearable devices, as well as “smart toys” that can record children in their homes. We found a concerning lack of security – especially for devices aimed at children – which lack even the most basic cybersecurity precautions, leaving them open to abuse.</p> <p><strong>Fitness trackers and personal data</strong></p> <p>One key issue with wearables is the data they generate and share. For instance, many fitness trackers rely on data on a person’s location to map their workouts. That’s great if you’re keen to track the distance of your jogs, but it’s not especially sensible if you’re embarking on those jogs <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42853072">from a military base</a> in hostile territory.</p> <p>Beyond that specific example, which caused some embarrassment for the US military in 2018, it’s clear that sharing your location publicly, even in a safe civilian setting, comes with significant risks.</p> <p>And it’s not just the real-time tracking of your running route that could expose your whereabouts. Because these trackers upload your workouts to an app and share them publicly, it’s possible for predators to use historic running, biking or hiking routes to predict where you might be at a given time. This safety issue isn’t only restricted to workouts. Even something as innocuous as <a href="https://www.wareable.com/wearable-tech/terms-and-conditions-privacy-policy-765">sharing a photo through your Apple watch</a> can give away your geolocation.</p> <p><strong>Are trackers safe for children?</strong></p> <p>Even more concerning are devices designed to be worn by children, sales of which are expected to reach <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/in/news-releases/global-kids-smartwatch-market-valued-at-364-3-million-us-in-2018-and-will-reach-873-5-million-us-by-the-end-of-2025-at-a-cagr-of-13-19-between-2019-2025-valuates-reports-814713277.html">$875 million (£620 million)</a> by 2025. These watches are marketed as wearable tech to keep kids safe, tracking their location and alerting parents when the watch’s onboard “SOS” button is pressed – or if the child travels beyond a geofenced area.</p> <p>Smart watches as safety devices on children’s wrists may sound like a <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/wearable-gps-tracking-for-children-to-ease-parents-minds/">boon for anxious parents</a>, but a <a href="https://fil.forbrukerradet.no/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/watchout-rapport-october-2017.pdf">2017 survey</a> of children’s smart watches found that the all-important “SOS” button either got stuck or didn’t work at all in most cases.</p> <p>Additionally, flaws in some smart watches’ accompanying apps have raised <a href="https://www.which.co.uk/news/2019/11/which-tests-for-security-flaws-in-kids-smartwatches/">serious safety concerns</a>. <a href="https://consumerfed.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/smart-watch-security-assessment.pdf">Security researchers</a> have found they could not only easily access children’s historical route data – like their path to and from school – and monitor their geolocation in real time, but they could also speak directly to the child, through the watch, without the call being reported in the parent’s app.</p> <p><strong>Connected toys</strong></p> <p>Fears that internet of things devices can give people unauthorised access to children also extend to <a href="https://theconversation.com/4-ways-internet-of-things-toys-endanger-children-94092">the “smart toy” market</a>. Some of these toys contain hidden cameras and microphones which, if hacked, could be used to record the interior of your home, including children’s rooms.</p> <p>In 2017, German regulators recognised this danger by <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39002142">banning the sale</a> of the Cayla “smart doll”, labelling it as the kind of “de facto espionage device” that Germany’s <a href="https://www.bundesnetzagentur.de/SharedDocs/Pressemitteilungen/EN/2017/17022017_cayla.html">Telecommunications Act</a> legislates against. In an unusual and unsettling move, the regulator went further by asking parents who’d bought one to <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/german-regulator-tells-parents-to-destroy-spy-doll-cayla/a-37601577">destroy the doll</a> to prevent illicit surveillance.</p> <p>Even if the manufacturers of smart toys and children’s smart watches can guarantee far better security than that which led to the Cayla ban, there remain other surveillance concerns. In 2019, a <a href="https://www.unicef.org/innovation/reports/memoAIchildrights">UNICEF-led report</a> highlighted how children’s rights – to creativity, freedom of choice and self-determination – are challenged by smart devices. Present in schools, at home, and on the wrist, this kind of round-the-clock surveillance, the report argues, restricts carefree childhood and hurts kids’ development.</p> <p><strong>Making trackers safer</strong></p> <p>Trackers and toys can be made safer. Before we allow these devices to flood the market, it’s essential <a href="https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10117734/">we standardise</a> the minimum security requirements that manufacturers must comply with – no matter where in the world these devices are made.</p> <p>Key among these standards should be the removal of <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/971440/Code_of_Practice_for_Consumer_IoT_Security_October_2018_V2.pdf">factory-default passwords</a> on devices – which, like “admin” or “1234”, are easily guessed or discovered by even the most novice hacker. Manufacturers should also publish a <a href="https://www.iotsecurityfoundation.org/expanding-the-view-of-consumer-vulnerability-disclosure-practice/">vulnerability disclosure</a> to help users understand risks, and make regular software updates in response to vulnerabilities unearthed by security researchers.</p> <p>Clearly, monitoring people’s health via wearable trackers has the potential to radically improve access to medical care. Likewise, every parent wants their child to be safe, and smart devices, like mobile phones before them, could be a reliable tool for checking in with them. But without safety standards, these devices have the potential to cause more harm than they offset. Regulators must act fast to stop this growing market from leading to significant harms.</p> <p><em>Written by <a href="https://theconversation.com/profiles/saheli-datta-burton-1061974">Saheli Datta Burton</a>, UCL and <a href="https://theconversation.com/profiles/madeline-carr-1148007">Madeline Carr</a>, UCL. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/its-far-too-easy-for-abusers-to-exploit-smart-toys-and-trackers-161946">The Conservation.</a> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p> </p>

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"The kids are missing Poppy": Lauren Newton's lockdown lament

<p>Bert Newton's family are cherishing the times they spent together before Melbourne went into lockdown.</p> <p>The TV icon's daughter, Lauren Newton, shared a heartwarming snap of the star with four of his six grandchildren following his leg amputation in May.</p> <p>"So glad we got to have lots of visits before lockdown. The kids are missing Poppy," the 40-year-old actress captioned the photo of her dad alongside Lola, nine, Monty, five, Perla, two, and Alby, 10 months.</p> <p>Lauren's post comes after Melbourne's lockdown measures, which means the Newton family are unable to visit Bert as he recovers at Epworth Hospital.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CPp9a6zjdGA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CPp9a6zjdGA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lauren Newton (@laurenelisenewton)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Close friend and TV legend Pete Smith told Seb Costello on<span> </span><em>A Current Affair</em><span> </span>last night that Bert's in "very good spirits."</p> <p>"Jackie and I have been in touch with Patti every day and believe you me she's a real trailblazer," Smith said.</p> <p>His wife Patti Newton took to her own Instagram to share an update on his health, saying that he is doing well.</p> <p>"I wanted to show you Bert's doing ok," the 76-year-old said. "Spending time with his darling [granddaughter] Lola. And taking a day at a time. A long journey but he's blessed with so much love."</p> <p>Bert underwent his leg amputation surgery on May 8 after battling a serious toe infection around the Christmas period.</p>

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“History repeating itself”: Relatives of COVID-19 victims call out government

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Relatives of aged care residents who died during Victoria’s second coronavirus outbreak are reliving their trauma as they watch “history repeat itself in the state’s latest outbreak.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kathy Bourinaris’ 77-year-old mother, Fotini Atzarakis, died from COVID-19 in 2020 just two weeks after moving into St Basil’s Homes for the Aged, where the virus was spreading at the time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This shouldn’t be happening. I can’t believe they still haven’t got it right,” Kathy said on Monday night.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After the state’s snap lockdown on Friday, three staff members who worked at two nursing homes tested positive to the virus, along with a 99-year-old resident from Arcare Maidstone aged care who has since been transferred to hospital.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Genomic testing has found that one of the ‘mystery case’ aged care workers is linked to the hotel quarantine outbreak in South Australia and tested positive despite receiving her first dose of the vaccine. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One of the other workers had also worked at BlueCross Western Gardens in Sunshine, Victoria, and both facilities have since been locked down while all staff and residents are tested.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I can’t believe what’s happening, it’s bringing me back to what happened last year,” Kathy said in a plea to the government to do more to stem the spread.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s been over a year now and we’re back to where we started.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What we went through last year as a family, you could not even imagine and I wish it upon absolutely nobody,” she said tearfully.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s one thing to lose your loved one, but to lose my mum the way we did, I can’t explain, it was living hell.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Evagelia Takis, a healthcare worker, is also struggling with the latest outbreak in her state following the passing of her elderly father at St Basil’s aged care facility last year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“To be honest I feel bitter watching history repeating itself,” she said on Tuesday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is not what we want to see and you’d think by now after a fourth lockdown and how many aged care residents passed away last year, we would have learnt and found out or found a better alternative to prevent this from happening again.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Of particular concern was the revelation that aged care workers were working at multiple facilities, prompting the news to spread that the federal government had overturned a rule in November that prevented staff from working at multiple facilities to curb future outbreaks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Aged care residents need to be prevented from this situation because they’re the most vulnerable, we need to take care of our elderly residents and advocate for them,” Evagelia continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Victorian government has since reinstated the single-site working rule.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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