My 2nd daughter Lauren was born prematurely at 31 weeks…….. She was also born with a Congenital Heart Defect (hole in her heart)
For families who have been affected by this, it is a heartbreaking and shattering time. Lauren was born with a hole in her heart due to Epilim I was taking to control my Epilepsy. This is very common with babies born whose mums have taken Epilepsy medications. We were lucky, Lauren’s heart repaired itself and closed naturally. Unfortunately for many babies born with a CHD this can stay with them forever.
7-14 February is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week.
Congenital heart disease is one of the most common types of birth defect, affecting up to 9 in every 1,000 babies born in the UK.
Signs and symptoms
The condition can have a number of symptoms, including:
extreme tiredness and fatigue
a blue tinge to the skin (cyanosis)
tiredness and rapid breathing when a baby is feeding
For more information on CHD
- Sienna Adderley was watching CBeebies when her mother began shaking
- Parents had taught her how to dial 999 after mother had similar episodes
- Sienna told operators: ‘She’s collapsed and now she is shaking’
- Sienna was tearful but calm until paramedics arrived at home in Rugby
- Mother-of-two Katie, 32, is now being tested to diagnose her condition
- Sienna said: ‘I’m glad I helped my mummy because I love her lots’
A five-year-old schoolgirl has been hailed a hero after she made a tearful 999 call to save her mother’s life when she collapsed in the family home.
Sienna Adderley’s mother Katie, 32, was getting her ready for school when she collapsed and started shaking in her kitchen in Rugby, Warwickshire.
With no one else around Sienna picked up the phone and called the emergency services – remaining calm enough through her sobs to tell the operator her mother’s symptoms.
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Little hero: Sienna Adderley’s mother Katie, 32 (right) was getting her ready for school when she collapsed and started shaking in her kitchen in Rugby, Warwickshire. Sienna (left) sprang into action and called 999
Collected: Sienna, pictured at home with her mother, remained calm enough through her sobs to tell the operator her mother’s symptoms. She was too small to open the front door to emergency service workers
The call, which has been released by emergency services with the permission of Sienna’s family, captures the moment she came to her mother’s aid.
‘I can’t wake her up,’ she told the operator. ‘She is collapsed on the floor and now she is shaking. She is lying in the kitchen’.
Because Sienna was too small to open the door, emergency services pinpointed her mother’s address before breaking in and treating her during the incident last Thursday.
Sienna, who attends Eastlands Primary School in Rugby, said: ‘My mummy was in the kitchen and I was watching CBeebies when she collapsed.
‘It was very scary but my dad told me if she got poorly when I wasn’t there then I should call 999.
‘I told them where I lived and had to look after my brother too. I was crying but tried not to be frightened.
‘When the police came a lady policewoman took me upstairs and we played with my toys in my room while they made her better.
Brave: Sienna said her father had told her to phone 999 if her mother ‘got poorly’ when he wasn’t there
‘Everybody is saying I’m very brave, which is very nice. I’m glad I helped my mummy because I love her lots.’
Mrs Adderley, a former playschool supervisor who also has a two-year-old son Riley with partner Carl Green, 33, was treated at the scene and said she had her daughter to thank.
She taught Sienna how to dial 999 because she had suffered similar collapses in the past. Doctors initially thought she might have epilepsy, but are still attempting to diagnose her condition.
‘My husband and I have always encouraged Sienna to be involved if I’m ill so she would not be worried and would know what to do,’ she said.
‘Thank goodness Sienna was here to help me. You don’t know what might happen to you if you don’t get the treatment you need.
‘Usually Sienna would call her daddy but she had no answer, so she decided to ring 999. She has never had to ring them before although we did show her what to do in the past.
‘She sounds very distressed but by the end of call she sounded very confident and she was pretty calm considering the circumstances.
‘She was very brave and I am so proud of her. Not only was she trying to see to me, she had her little brother to look after as well. She is our little hero.’
Mrs Adderley added the community has pulled together to raise £900 for a new front door.
It was the first time Sienna had called 999. Police have described her as a ‘superstar’ and are planning to present the brave youngster with a certificate at a school assembly.
PC James Graham, who attended the incident, added: ‘Police officers from Rugby Response and Safer Neighbourhoods Team attended an incident reported by a 999 call.
‘The caller was five-year-old Sienna reporting that her mum was ill.
Operator: A 999 control centre (file image). PC James Graham, of Warwickshire Police, said: ‘All the attending officers thought Sienna was fantastic and a superstar. She just took it all in her stride’
‘That in itself is amazing but she also stayed on the line while checking her mum and looking after her younger brother.
‘All the attending officers thought she was fantastic and a superstar.
‘She just took it all in her stride. She deserves recognition for her actions and her parents are rightly proud of her.
‘Sienna used the 999 service, exactly how it is meant to be used, and is a shining example to others.
‘We would encourage other parents to teach their children from an early age, how and when they should call 999, as this incident show’s how vital it can be should an emergency arise.’
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘We were called by police to Brodie Close in Rugby to treat a woman following a medical incident.
‘She received treatment by paramedics and recovered whilst at home.
‘We learned from our police colleagues that the patients five year old daughter had raised the alarm by calling 999 and we would like to congratulate her on her brave actions.
‘All parents are asked to teach their children about calling 999 in an emergency as one day it may just save someone’s life.’
‘MUMMY’S SHAKING’: FULL TRANSCRIPT OF HARROWING 999 CALL
Harrowing: A 999 operator spoke to Sienna as she described her mother’s symptoms (file photo)
Sienna: I am trying to wake her up but I can’t.
Operator: You are trying to wake her up but you can’t?
Operator: Alright, Sienna, okay. We will see if we can get somebody round straightaway. Where is mummy now? Is she upstairs in bed?
Sienna: Collapsed on the floor.
Operator: She is collapsed on the floor?
Sienna: And now she is shaking.
Operator: Now she is shaking?
Operator: (to colleague) Okay, ambulance 58 please Natalie (to Sienna) Alright Sienna, just stay on the line for me. So where is mummy now then?
Sienna: She is lying in the kitchen.
Operator: Is she lying on the floor, is she?
Operator: Okay, alright Sienna. Alright, you keep talking to me. Are you able to open the door if policemen get there to let them in?
Operator: You are not?
Operator: Okay, is daddy there?
Sienna: No, he is at work.
Operator: Daddy’s at work, alright.
Operator: You can’t what, sorry sweetheart?
Operator: Is mummy talking at all?
Operator: Okay, just bear with me a minute.
- It’s a firm favourite with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Sadie Frost
- But are there any real benefits to using coconut oil as a beauty remedy?
- Anna Pursglove puts the product to the test
Barely a day goes by without a new claim for the miraculous beauty benefits of virgin coconut oil.
‘Virgin’ means it is made from the first pressing of fresh, raw coconut with no chemicals added. If you believe the hype, almost every product in your bathroom cabinet could be replaced with the stuff. Think of the savings!
Gwyneth Paltrow and Sadie Frost apparently wash out their mouths with it, and supermodel Gisele Bundchen says she uses it on her skin after being in the sun. Angelina Jolie is said to eat it for breakfast and fellow actress Blake Lively rubs it into the ends of her hair.
Solid and waxy-looking in the jar, it melts to an oil as soon as you handle it and is said to leave skin butter-soft.
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A firm favourite with celebrities, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sadie Frost apparently wash out their mouths with it, and supermodel Gisele Bundchen says she uses it on her skin after being in the sun
There are countless websites devoted to the wonder oil, claiming it can successfully treat everything from stretch marks and cellulite to mosquito bites, sunburn and acne.
The lauric acid in it is credited with antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, hence its popularity as an oral rinse.
Yet despite the surge in demand for coconut oil (sales up 442 per cent at Sainsbury’s last year), there is little scientific data on its health benefits.
So are we right to be nuts about it?
I decided to put the beauty claims to the test. I would have my hair, mouth and skin analysed by experts, then replace my usual beauty products for a month with Groovy Food Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, £5.99 for 283ml jar at Waitrose. Here’s what happened . . .
Groovy Food Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, £5.99 for 283ml jar at Waitrose
Method: I put a penny-sized blob on two cotton wool pads and use it to remove eye-make up at night. Celebrity make-up artist Oonagh Connor says: ‘I’m already a fan of coconut oil. It’s great for getting make-up off — particularly waterproof eye make-up.’
Results: Oonagh says the coconut oil is working well for me. ‘It’s thick and can clog pores, so the trick is to use as little as possible. A tiny spot of coconut oil will lift off quite a lot of eye make-up.’
Will I Switch? Definitely. It lifts off make-up more easily than my usual oily make-up remover and leaves the area around my eyes feeling nicely moisturised, too.
THICK, SHINY HAIR
Method: I find most hair conditioners make my thin hair look greasy, so I stick to using it on the dry ends. I follow the same routine with the coconut oil.
Dr Elena Dimitrova, a clinical dermatologist and expert in hair loss at The Belgravia Centre in London, says: ‘Coconut oil may well prove useful in smoothing the hair shaft and improving texture, but it can’t create hair roots or halt hair loss caused by, say, hormones. So I’m sceptical that it will make your hair feel thicker.
‘Your hair is in very good condition and your pull test [a light pull which, in healthy hair, should cause no more than five hairs to come out] is within normal range.’
Results: Dr Dimitrova says: ‘You don’t have additional hair growth — I didn’t think you would — but the existing hair has been maintained in excellent condition even though you haven’t cut it.
‘After a month I would typically expect to see more hair breakage than this, so coconut oil has definitely been a good conditioner for your hair.’
Will I Switch? Not entirely. I’ll be keeping my usual conditioner because I usually blow-dry my hair after washing and the oil doesn’t work well with heat.
As I discover the hard way, heat breaks down the oil and creates an extremely unpleasant smell. But I’ll keep using the oil as an occasional leave-in conditioner at night.
Method: Apply some coconut oil to a cotton bud or clean mascara wand, then gently smooth from the base of the lashes to the tips. This is best done at night after you’ve taken your make-up off, as mascara doesn’t sit well on top of coconut oil.
Dr Dimitrova says: ‘As with your hair, the coconut oil cannot produce more eyelashes than you already have. I’m not convinced we’ll see much of a difference here.’
Results: Dr Dimitrova says: ‘I can’t see any change. Possibly it would help if your eyelashes were very brittle, but yours weren’t in bad condition in the first place.’
Will I Switch? As I’m still not very adept at getting the right amount of oil on the cotton wool pad when I’m using it as make-up remover, a lot of it gets on my lashes anyway, so I might do this accidentally — but I don’t hold out any hope that it will make them lusher or longer.
There was a noticeable in the condition of Anna’s feet after using the coconut oil (picture posed by a model)
Method: I run a lot so my feet are a mess. I’ve got one black toenail and swollen toe, peeling skin on the end of all my toes and cracking under my heels. My routine for the month will be to melt a bit of coconut oil in my hand and rub it into the foot, especially the dry and cracked area.
I’ll then wrap my feet in clingfilm and, ideally, leave the oil on overnight. I’ve been advised not to wear socks, as the oil will sink into them instead of the skin. The routine must be repeated every couple of nights for mild dryness and every night for more severe cracking.
Adnan Nazir, of The London Foot Clinic, says: ‘It may well be a good moisturiser and could also improve the peeling skin on your toes. As to whether it helps that black toenail, I’ll be interested to see.
‘Don’t use it between your toes, though, as it could encourage fungal infection.’
Results: Mr Nazir says: ‘I’m really very impressed. There is a marked difference in the quality of skin on your feet, and that damaged toenail — which I would expect to take months to heal — has got a lot better in four weeks. I will definitely be recommending this in future.’
Will I Switch? Definitely. I’m really delighted with my prettier feet.
Method: The technique is called ‘oil pulling’ and involves swishing a tablespoon of oil around the mouth for around 20 minutes each day before you spit it out. This is said to reduce plaque and bacteria, and so helps to fight gum disease.
Cosmetic dentist Dr Mervyn Druian, from The London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry, says: ‘Like many people, you have mild gum disease which makes your gums red and swollen in places and will make them bleed more easily.
‘Most tooth loss in adults is caused by gum disease, so it’s important to get on top of it. If oil pulling helps, great.’
Results: ‘In your case it hasn’t made any difference, I’m afraid. I’m not against the oil pulling but would advise my patients to use it alongside three-monthly visits to the dental hygienist.’
Will I Switch? No. It made no difference, oil pulling feels cloying and the taste of coconut is overpowering. I’ll go to see my hygienist instead.
Is there any benefit to using coconut oil for more youthful skin or a brighter smile? (picture posed by a model)
Method: As the coconut oil gives quite a shiny finish, I used it at night with a tiny top-up in the morning, if needed.
Dr Sam Bunting, a Harley Street cosmetic dermatalogist, tells me my skin is prone to redness, flushing and the appearance of broken blood vessels. ‘I’d be very wary of using something as heavy as coconut oil,’ she tells me. ‘It has a high comedogenic rating (tendency to block pores) and for someone with quite reactive skin, I predict it may well cause break-outs and irritation.’
Results: Since using the coconut oil I have been suffering from patches of irritated skin and pimples in the folds between my nose and the corners of my mouth. Dr Bunting says: ‘This is almost certainly caused by the change in your beauty routine. Someone with your fair skin type also needs to use a high SPF every day, and a sunscreen won’t sit well on top of coconut oil.’
Will I Switch? No way. My skin looks red and splotchy. It’s oily on my forehead, dry around my mouth. Where’s my moisturiser?
Method: Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with two tablespoons of coconut oil to make a smooth paste. Add a drop or two of peppermint oil to make it taste a bit more like toothpaste.
Dr Druian says: ‘Home-made toothpaste doesn’t contain fluoride, which helps to prevent cavities and strengthen your enamel. Bicarbonate of soda is abrasive and can damage enamel.’ He is sceptical that it will have any whitening properties.
Results: I ditched this after five days. DIY toothpaste is horrible. Your mouth feels slimy and dirty, your breath doesn’t smell fresh and bicarb of soda feels too abrasive. My teeth are no whiter.
Will I Switch? Never.
Tesco UK have issued a PRODUCT RECALL for Tesco Apple and Blackcurrant Double Strength juice.
Tesco have said that the product has foreign bodies in some batches and a “smell to it”
However rumours on Social Media say that the juice may have caused vomitting.
Tesco are asking you to return the product to your local store for a FULL refund.
- Zoe Jones, 27, from Pontypridd, tipped the scales at 15 stone at university
- Said she felt ashamed of her size and made excuses to stay home
- She lost almost 6st in just over a year and has been named Miss Slinky
A woman who spent years avoiding nights out because she felt frumpy next to her friends has lost nearly 6st to be named ‘Miss Slinky 2015’.
At her heaviest Zoe Jones, 27, from Pontypridd, Wales, dreaded getting dressed up and would make excuses to stay home instead of socialising.
Now she’s dropped four dress sizes, going from a size 18 to a ten, and has been awarded the national title by weight-loss organisation Slimming World.
Zoe Jones reached a 15st while at university in Cardiff but after now she’s a svelte 9st and a slender size 10
She had always been a little bigger than her friends but piled on more weight both during her time at Cardiff University and afterwards when she left home for good.
Zoe says that when it came to catering for herself she would often resort to convenient but unhealthy options.
‘When I moved out of my mum and dad’s house into my own place, I found cooking for one tricky and would usually end up eating something made from a ready-made sauce that was enough for at least two people.’
‘Then boredom would set in and I’d spend my evenings lounging in front of the TV grazing on crisps and sweets. I was stuck in a rut.’
She soon became insecure with the way she looked and began to avoid social situations.
‘I used to come up with every excuse in the book not to join my friends on nights out because, while I loved spending time with them, I hated how I looked and felt.’
Zoe made it her New Year’s resolution to fit into a size 10 so she ditched cakes and biscuits to reach her goal
Zoe became so embarrassed about her appearance that she chose to avoid nights out with friends
In July 2013, after confiding in her father how unhappy she was about her size, Zoe became determined to make a change.
‘My poor mum and dad bore the brunt of my bad moods. I was really insecure about my appearance, I’d get upset easily and my confidence was at an all-time low.
‘Talking to my dad that day made me realise that the only thing standing in my way when it came to doing something about my weight was me.’
Just days later Zoe joined her mum Helen at their local Slimming World group in Church Village in Mid Glamorgan run by consultant Jo Green.
Although Zoe had tried losing weight through the organisation before, she was determined that this time she would make a permanent change.
‘I’d been to several Slimming World groups in the past and lost around a stone each time, but I never made a long-term commitment to it.
‘This time was different. I wasn’t just going to go to the group to get weighed, I knew I needed the help and support of Jo and the other members to reach my target.
Zoe now loves going shopping for new outfits, joining her friends on nights out and is now a keen runner
‘There are so many characters in our group and I found I loved getting to know everyone, even now that I’m at my target weight I still go each week. I always leave with a different recipe or piece of advice from someone in the group.’
Zoe, who works as a contracts coordinator for her family’s business, began following the club’s Food Optimising healthy eating plan, and replaced store-bought dinners with home-cooked meals made from scratch including chilli con carne and Thai curries.
She’s now expanded her cooking skills and regularly tries new recipes.
‘I’ve always liked cooking but I used to make cakes and biscuits. Nowadays I enjoy experimenting with savoury recipes and I love that with Slimming World you can always find a healthy alternative for whatever you fancy.
‘I cook for my friends and family a lot – they always ask for the recipes afterwards.’
Zoe says that despite her change of diet she is still able to enjoy the odd indulgence from time to time.
Zoe is 2015’s Miss Slinky, a prize given to the female slimmer who’s had the most inspirational transformation
‘I think it’s been important for me that I can still have treats too, whether it’s a glass of wine with the girls or some chocolate at Christmas, so I never feel like I can’t live my life or like I’m missing out.’
As well as changing her eating habits, Zoe took up running and started attending Pilates classes.
‘Before I lost weight it never occurred to me to do any real sort of activity. To be honest even the gentlest of exercise would probably have been a struggle.
‘I feel like a different person now. I have bucket loads more energy and I love putting on my fluorescents and going for a run on an evening. Me and my best friend Emma completed the Cardiff half marathon in October – I couldn’t stop smiling after I crossed the finish line.’
Since first joining Slimming World Zoe’s lost a total of 5st 12lbs, dropping from 15st 7½lb to 9st 9½lb.
Now she’s been named the club’s Miss Slinky 2015, an award for the female slimmer who’s had the most inspirational transformation, both inside and out.
Zoe says that she is thrilled with her new slender figure and now enjoys hunting for new outfits and regulary goes out with her friends.
ZOE’S DIET BEFORE
Mid-morning: Chocolate bar or biscuits
Lunch: Shop-bought sandwich with mayonnaise, packet of crisps and chocolate bar or chocolate muffin
Mid-afternoon: Biscuits or whatever treats were brought into the office, such as cakes from the local bakery
Dinner: Ready-meal with bread and butter, following by a dessert such as ice cream with sauce and toppings
Evening: Crisps, chocolate, biscuits
ZOE’S DIET NOW
Breakfast: 35g porridge oats with fat-free natural or flavoured yogurt topped with fresh fruit
Mid-morning: Piece of fruit
Lunch: Crustless quiche and plenty of vegetables and herbs, or jacket potato
Mid-afternoon: Fat-free yogurt or cereal bar
Dinner: Homemade chilli con carne, Slimming World-style chips and mixed salad. Followed with sugar-free strawberry jelly.
Evening: Small chocolate bar such as a Cadbury’s Freddo and a small glass of wine
‘If someone had told me a year ago that I’d be where I am today I’d have thought they were mad. I still can’t believe it when I go shopping and gorgeous crop tops, skinny jeans and slinky dresses fit me.
‘Now I love dressing up and the girls know they can rely on me to be first on the dance floor. I finally feel like a normal 27-year-old and I’m loving it, in fact I joke I’m reliving my teenage years!’
She added that she is still in shock at the difference she has been able to make both to her body and her confidence.
‘The Christmas before I joined Slimming World I wrote down some dream goals, like New Year’s resolutions, one of which was to fit into a size 10.’
‘It’s amazing to think this January I’ve achieved that. I used to feel invisible and want to hide away but not any more, after winning this award I want to show people that if I can do it they can too.
‘I’m so proud of myself and best of all my family and friends are proud of me too.’