Every week at Sell My Story we’re inspired by stories in the news about people who have battled back to fitness from devastating illnesses and accidents. Their strength and bravery never fails to touch us. But just as amazing are those who will never recover from their illness – perhaps they have a life-long condition or a terminal disease – but choose to speak out to explain their problems to others. So this week we’ve picked out our favourite health stories from the media.
1. Just one millimetre from death
Toddler Wren Bowell miraculously cheated death when she tripped and fell on a pencil she was carrying. The two-year-old, from Bath, had been proudly running to show her parents a drawing. The pencil plunged into her eye socket, narrowly missing her eyeball and three major blood vessels. As reported by the Daily Mail, just one millimetre further could have killed her. But nearly four months on little Wren has made a full recovery and her parents are fundraising for the hospital unit that cared for her. We love a happy ending.
2. Doctors warn of death by chocolate
From one brave kid to another… we feel really sorry for Lola Raine, five, who cannot enjoy the sweet anticipation of indulging in a big bar of Dairy Milk. But it’s not because she doesn’t have a sweet tooth – a rare liver and kidney disease means just one bite of a chocolate treat could kill her. Also on the banned list are chips, cereals and crisps, until she has a much needed double organ transplant. Speaking to the Mirror newspaper, her dad Tim said: “It’s really heartbreaking. It’s harder for her because others can eat it. I don’t eat chocolate in the house but might sneak some at work.”
3. Mum’s morning sickness was a tumour
As new mum Debra Gotch’s due date approached, she was relieved that the relentless morning sickness would finally come to an end. As she explained this week to the Sun newspaper, she had suffered severe sickness and blinding headaches all the way through her pregnancy. But the day after having Sophie, Debra had a fit at home and was rushed back to hospital. Doctors found a tumour the size of a satsuma had been growing in her brain for two years, but without the stress of the labour it might never have been discovered. Now recovered, she told the paper: “I just knew I had to fight this for the sake of my baby. Nothing in this world was going to stop me from pushing her around in her pram.”
4. Mum survives losing ALL her blood
Rachel London was another miracle mum in this week’s papers. She relived the ordeal of giving birth to her big baby, Jacob, for the Daily Mail. He weighed in at an eye-watering 11lb 2oz. During the labour the 29-year-old suffered internal damage, and despite doctors efforts to stem the bleeding she lost over 12 pints of blood – the average woman only has between 8 and 10 pints. She is now urging people to donate blood – great message!
5. Three sisters face blindness together
This week we were touched by the tragic story of sisters Ashlea, Leanne and Carys Looms. The trio have all been affected by Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy – a rare genetic eye condition meaning they will eventually go blind. But in a devastating twist, doctors are unable to say when they will lose their sight completely. As mothers, Ashlea and Leanne both fear they won’t see their children grow up. Ashlea told the Daily Mail: “We want to create many wonderful memories, so we are doing as many things as a family all together as we can. A mother should be able to see her children grow up. We won’t, and it’s heartbreaking.”
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