Here’s a brief round-up of a few health-related news stories hitting the headlines, from a baby that survived the odds and calls for medicinal marijuana in the UK, to horrific homeopathy ingredients and a foxy friend keeping a recovering patient company post-op.
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Some Great News : Birthday Celebrations After Baby’s “Zero” Chance Of Survival
Lily and Ashley from Essex, UK, were thrilled when they discovered they were expecting a baby. They had heartbreaking news at the 16 week gender reveal scan: the doctor told them the child had “a zero percent change of survival”, with a rare pelvic ureteric junction obstruction condition and two dilated kidneys that would likely burst before she was worn. The devastated couple had already gone through five miscarriages and weren’t prepared to give up on their unborn child.
Another doctor made the suggestion of surgery after she was born. Little Ruby was born in 2020, sent straight into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to be monitored, and a few months later went into surgery.
Baby Ruby was given no chance of survival, and yet she is now at home with mum and dad, thriving and having just celebrated her first birthday in February. Read more about miracle baby Ruby here.
Not Even Sedation Can Keep This Little Guy Down!
3 year old Messiah Ferrell went into hospital needing a procedure to reset the bones in his arm after breaking them. His mother, Little Messiah Ferrell, from Kentucky, was in the room with her little boy, thinking he’d be off to the land of nod in no time after the doctor administered sedatives for the procedure. Nope. This adorable little boys seems determined not to sleep, even with the doctor trying to coax him into lying back and resting.
I wonder what he’s usually like at bed time?
Homeopathy Horrors – From Sperm Whale Vomit to Penile Gonorrhoea Discharge
This is a story that’ll make you investigate products before you buy them. There are lots of great homeopathy products and brands out there, but of course there will always be dodgy companies and dubious claims mixed in.
The Mail Online discovered and flagged up numerous products being sold by Amazon and listed as genuine medicines, but none of them were proven to work on any illnesses. In reality, they contained the likes of sperm whale vomit, rabid dog saliva, breast cancer cells, the pus of scabies blisters & syphilis, and even the penile discharge of men with gonorrhoea.
Yum! Feeling sick yet? Always flag something up if you think it’s dangerous or suspicious, and if you’re in doubt, don’t buy it. A thorough Google search can usually dredge up more information on the brand, reviews, ingredients and so on. Read more about the revolting alternative ‘medicines’ and their ingredients here.
A sweet story here. 70-year-old Geoff gave a poorly fox cub a new lease of life last year. After Geoff underwent eye surgery a couple of months ago, little Woody the fox hasn’t left his side. They’re now best buds as Geoff recuperates . See the sweet foxy photos here.
A Grim Milestone : Over 5 Million Patients Awaiting NHS Hospital Treatment
As of June 2021, the NHS waiting list has hit an unfavourable milestone, with over 5 million patients waiting for routine treatment.
NHS England’s data suggests that some patients have waited two years for “routine operations” like knee and hip replacements, with figures rising steadily since the pandemic began. Over 436,000 patients have waited longer than 2 weeks for treatment. The number of patients waiting routine treatment in England has increased by around 50,000 in just a single month.
Delays have become commonplace worldwide while dealing with Covid19, but many patients have been put on the back-burner for potentially life-changing or life-saving treatments and surgeries.
Many patients have struggled to even get a GP appointment in the UK, with practices declining face-to-face visits in favour of online triage and telephone appointments. There are also patients reluctant and worried about seeing their doctor given the risk of coronavirus, and those who don’t want to feel they’re a burden when the public is continually told how much strain the system is under.
Experts worry there’s a time bomb of undiagnosed illnesses during this time, and that’s in addition to the many patients awaiting treatments. The current figures from NHS England show 5.12 million people waiting for NHS treatment, which is the highest figure ever recorded.
Critics urge this backlog be dealt with as a top priority but fears are being voiced that unlocking the country on the so-called “freedom day” could see the already-rising Covid cases soar even further, scuppering plan to deal with the backlog if hospitals are put under further pressure. While these figures relate to NHS England, it’s a situation that’s likely affecting hospital care worldwide during this time of crisis.
Boy, 9, Pleads For Boris Johnson To Help With Medicinal Marijuana
Little Thomas Braun, age 9, has written a letter to No 10 Downing Street pleading for his brother Eddie to be allowed medicinal cannabis. Eddie suffers from complex and severe epilepsy with up to 100 seizures in one day. The family could look at private medical marijuana, but this would cost up to £2,000 per month when it should, in theory, now be available on the NHS. Braun has urged Boris Johnson to help, but unfortunately this is just one case among many.
Medicinal cannabis was legalised for UK use on the NHS in 2018. Since then, only 3 people have been granted it. There are many desperate people wanting to see if this could help them or their loved ones, yet are unable to even try it. Cannabis has proven life-changing for a myriad of conditions, from seizures to migraines. We come across cases like this one in the news where a family tries to get media attention to force the hand of the NHS, something which should absolutely not be required.
For most patients, medical marijuana isn’t even an option a doctor or specialist would consider thinking about, even if you have exhausted other options and have begged to try this as a last avenue. Clearly the system is not working. Was this just a publicity stunt to save face without ever really intending on allowing patients to access it?
Have you come across these health news stories already, or has another headline caught your eye recently?