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Girl reunited with boy who saved her from house fire

<p><em>Image: Nine News</em></p> <p>A young girl has been reunited with the stranger who risked his life to save her from an out-of-control house fire in Perth’s north.</p> <p>Emergency services were called to the home on Mayfield Drive in Brabham at 7:30 pm on Monday, after bystanders alerted crews to a blaze.</p> <p>A witness who called triple zero said they saw someone dash inside the property to save a young girl.</p> <p>The person has now been revealed as 16-year-old schoolboy Jack Monaghan.</p> <p>After seeing heavy plumes of smoke and hearing screaming, Jack ran from the footpath straight into the house, only to find room after room blackened by smoke.</p> <p>“You could smell in the smoke and the damage it was causing, so I knew at her age especially she needed to get out of there,” Jack said.</p> <p>“She was screaming ‘help help help, someone help me please’ and she was crying.</p> <p>“I could hear the fear in her voice, so I knew that she needed help and no one else was around.”</p> <p>Dakota Drew, 12, was inside fearing for her life.</p> <p>“I would have probably not got out if he didn’t knock on the door,” she said.</p> <p>“I was so surprised that he’d risk his life to save mine and try and save my dogs.”</p> <p>While Jack managed to free one dog, unfortunately the other was unable to be saved.</p> <p>“I told her that her and her dog needed to get out because it wasn’t safe,” Jack said.</p> <p>“So, I took her and the dog out to safety.”</p> <p>Jack said he attempted to save the second dog but the smoke was too thick.</p> <p>“I stood back and put my shirt over my face and tried to go in and help this dog but I thought I was going to pass out,” he said.</p> <p>For 15 minutes he fought the blaze with a garden hose.</p> <p>“The flames were metres out of the windows, and they were exploding as you can see all the rubble that has come out,” Jack said.</p> <p>Today the pair reunited at the scene of survival. Despite the brave act, Jack doesn’t consider himself a hero.</p> <p><span>"I'd like to think anyone else that was put in my position would do the same thing," he said.</span></p>

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"That's disgusting": Karl slams Queensland quarantine rules

<p>Karl Stefanovic has slammed the Queensland government's Covid-19 quarantine rules after a six-year-old with cerebral palsy is stuck in Sydney. </p> <p>Lenny Silveira and his father Fabio are staying in a Sydney hotel after not being able to return to their home on the Sunshine Coast.</p> <p>The father and son travelled to the US for life-saving brain surgery for Lenny that is not currently available in Australia. </p> <p>After flying the US back to Sydney, the six-year-old was <span>denied an exemption by Queensland Health to be reunited with his mum and three siblings by quarantining at home, which goes against doctor's orders for Lenny's recovery.</span></p> <p>Lenny and Fabio were denied the exemption because their flight landed in Sydney, as there are currently no direct flights from the US to Brisbane. </p> <p>After Fabio shared his son's story on <em>Today</em>, Karl expressed his fury at the situation, describing the Queensland governments response to the sick child as "awful".</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">"I understand the seriousness of this situation but we are talking about a six-year-old boy."<br /><br />Queensland Health has denied a Sunshine Coast boy with cerebral palsy an exemption to quarantine at home after undergoing major brain surgery in the U.S. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/zQ7zHLR7EK">pic.twitter.com/zQ7zHLR7EK</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1448025093360193540?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 12, 2021</a></blockquote> <p class="mol-para-with-font">"Just have a look at that child there with cerebral palsy, in a hotel quarantine," Stefanovic fumed. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">"That is disgusting. I mean, if we can't make allowances for that kind of thing in this country, I don't know what has happened to this country."</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">"The Queensland Government needs to look at that and fix it straightaway," he said. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Lenny's father Fabio, who left his wife and other children in the Sunshine Coast to travel with Lenny, said their journey has been very difficult. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font"><span>"Our tickets were cancelled. So for three weeks we stay in a drama, not knowing if we will be able to make it back home for Christmas as thousands of Australians are stranded overseas."</span></p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">He said, "We made it back last Friday, but then we hit a wall with Queensland Health exemption denying us entry in Queensland because we arrived in Sydney."</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">"So we got caught in the middle of the NSW-Queensland Health departments that have extremely difficult to talk to each other, leaving Lenny caught in the middle."</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font"><em>Image credits: Today - Channel Nine</em></p>

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Medical carers bribed to make fake vaccination certificates

<p>A growing number of medical staff say they have been bribed to create fake vaccine certificates for anti-vaxxers and those who are hesitant about getting the jab.</p> <p>While the issue remains a concern for health and government staff around the country, the trend has most recently taken hold in Adelaide.</p> <p>The vaccination has long been touted as the ticket back to normality, with many activities Aussies once took for granted soon to be off limits without proof of a double dose.</p> <p>But now, reports are surfacing that many are trying to cheat the system, attempting to bribe medical staff to falsify their vaccination forms.</p> <p>Alarmed by the idea, health professionals are speaking out. One nurse who was recently propositioned said a patient waited until the pair were alone in a room and offered money in exchange for a fake certificate.</p> <p>“I’ve had a couple but the last one waited until my colleague left the room,” Sharon said.</p> <p>“As soon as the door was shut (they) said ‘how much? How much for you to say you’ve done it, and not do it?’</p> <p>“We’re getting towards the stage where it’s getting quite typical.”</p> <p>Any clinicians caught obliging face hefty penalties.</p> <p>Doctors have weighed in on the issue, saying that not only is the process highly unethical but also selfish and illegal.</p> <p>“Frankly, the book needs to be thrown. It’s incredibly selfish, they could catch it, pass it onto somebody else and the consequences for that person may be huge. They could get extremely sick or die.”</p> <p>South Australia Police Commissioner Grant Stevens cast double over whether any “self-respecting” health professional would create the dodgy documents but warned action would be taken against those caught.</p> <p>Authorities say that fake vaccination documents are now at the top of their agenda particularly among workers who are legally required to have had the jab.</p>

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Denise Drysdale’s son speaks out on painful condition

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After Denise Drysdale was </span><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/denise-drysdale-rushed-to-hospital"><span style="font-weight: 400;">rushed to hospital</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> with a rare nerve disorder in late September, her son Peter Milne has shared an update on her condition. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking with Denise’s </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Studio 10</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> co-hosts, he revealed that his mother has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fibromyalgia is a neurological chronic health condition that causes pain and tenderness all over the body, according to </span><a href="https://arthritisaustralia.com.au/types-of-arthritis/fibromyalgia/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Arthritis Australia</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Mum has likened it to a shocking sort of pain right at the back of her eyes, sending electric shocks,” Peter explained. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It comes in waves, and [had] little triggers like being on the phone, texting, laughing, anything where she needed to use her brain is just sending these terrible debilitating pains.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He explained how debilitating her condition is, saying, “We have been in the car and had to stop the car completely to a standstill and just wait for these waves to come through.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Peter went on to say that Denise’s pain had “dissipated” after she began undergoing “high intensity acupuncture” several times a week. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He also said that due to the pain, she has been struggling to eat.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She managed to have a nice little plate of spaghetti the other day and she would not have eaten for over a week. She was trying to spoon little bits of yoghurt and couldn't swallow.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite her ongoing pain, her son told her co-hosts that she has taken the illness in her stride as best she can. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She has been amazing. She has still got her sense of humour. She did say that she thought she had come face-to-face with death but just realised it was her reflection in the mirror,” he said. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Getty Images / Studio 10</span></em></p>

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Could nuts in schools be making a comeback?

<p>A controversial new national strategy has been released to help schools prevent anaphylaxis.</p> <p><span>The <a rel="noopener" href="https://nationalallergystrategy.org.au" target="_blank">National Allergy Strategy report</a> was released on Thursday, ands suggests removing the blanket food bans in place at schools and childcare centres. </span></p> <p><span>Rather than imposing the bans, it is recommended that further education, awareness and understanding of food allergies and anaphylaxis are the key to prevention. </span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">According to the report, up to one in 20 school-aged children in Australia have food allergies.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction, which can begin within minutes of a person being exposed to a product or item they are allergic to.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">The most common food allergies in children include peanuts, milk, eggs, soy, wheat and some types of fish. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">The report states that it is the school's responsibility to “communicate about anaphylaxis management with the school community to help raise awareness and provide information about current school policies”.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“It is NOT recommended that schools ‘ban’ food, and as such schools should not claim to be free of any allergen (eg, ‘nut-free’).</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“An ‘allergy aware’ approach which focuses on implementing a range of appropriate risk minimisation strategies is recommended.”</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Some risk minimisation measures include creating 'allergen-restricted zones', <span>so that kids eating messy eggs meals, grated cheese or drinking milk are not sitting close to children with allergies to those products.</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Despite these measures, the report also outlines the importance of those with allergies "not being isolated from others".</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>The report recommends that school peers learn what the symptoms of an allergic reaction are so they can alert staff, but also in an effort to reduce bullying of children over their food allergies.</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>National Allergy Strategy co-chair Maria Said told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-07/food-allergy-guidelines-recommend-education-not-bans/100520428" target="_blank">ABC</a> that bans in schools don't work. </span> </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>“When people focus on a ban, it can’t be policed,” she said.</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>“This is improving care for children and teens at risk of anaphylaxis, but also increasing safety for staff and people working in schools and childcare,” she said.</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><em>Image credits: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Two countries pause Moderna rollout for youths over rare side effects

<p>Sweden and Denmark have said they will pause the use of Modern’s COVID-19 vaccine for younger age groups after reports of possible rare side effects, such as myocarditis.</p> <p>The Swedish Health Agency said on Wednesday it would pause using the shot for those born in 1991 and later, as data points to an increase in myocarditis and pericarditis among youths and young adults who have been vaccinated.</p> <p>Those conditions involve inflammation of the heart or its lining.</p> <p>“The connection is especially clear when it comes to Modern’s vaccine Spikevax, especially after the second dose,” the healthy agency said in a statement, adding the risk of being affected was very small.</p> <p>Denmark said that, while it was already using the Pfizer/Biontech vaccine as the main option for those aged 12-17 years, it had decided to pause giving the Moderna vaccine to those under 18 as a “precautionary principle”.</p> <p>“In the preliminary data….there is a suspicion of an increased risk of heart inflammation, when vaccinated with Moderna,” The Danish Health Authority said in a statement.</p> <p>It referred to data from an as yet unpublished Nordic study, which would now be sent to European Medicines Agency (EMA) for further assessment. Final data was expected within a month, it added.</p> <p>Sweden and Denmark said they now recommend the Comirnaty vaccine, from Pfizer/Biontech instead.</p> <p>Norway already recommends the Pfizer vaccine to minors and said on Wednesday that it was reiterating this, underlining that the rare side effects could happen particularly for boys and young men, mainly after receiving a second dose.</p> <p>“Men under 30 should also consider choosing Cominarty when they get vaccinated,” Geir Bukholm, head of infection control at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, said in a statement.</p> <p>A Finnish health official said that Finland expected to publish a decision on Thursday.</p>

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Sally Obermeder rushed to hospital

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Former Channel 7 star Sally Obermeder was reportedly rushed to hospital on Tuesday for “very deep” neck and chest burns after spilling coffee on herself.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Posting to Instagram on Wednesday afternoon, Obermeder explained what had happened, saying, “Sometimes, things don’t quite go to plan”. The incident took place as she was getting into her car, taking her mask off with one hand and holding her coffee in the other. Something she saw out of the corner of her eye (she’s not sure what it was) shocked her and caused her to jump. The contents of her cup, a “freshly made boiling long black”, spilled onto her throat and chest, immediately burning the skin right off. </span></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/CUqfRvaBFuz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CUqfRvaBFuz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by SALLY OBERMEDER (@sallyobermeder)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to Obermeder, an ambulance ended up being called, and she was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital’s emergency department for treatment. She is now resting at home and says that once all of the bandages come off, she’ll know more about ongoing care and next steps with the burns specialist.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Obermeder went on to commend frontline healthcare workers, writing, “We are so fortunate to live in a country with such amazing medical help. Forever grateful.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 48-year-old hosted the afternoon show </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Daily Edition </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">on Channel 7 before it was axed in June 2020. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The incident calls to mind the famous American lawsuit of Liebeck v McDonald’s Restaurants, in which a 79-year-old woman sued McDonald’s after suffering third-degree burns to her pelvic region after spilling coffee on herself while sitting in the passenger seat of a car. The lawsuit has endured in the popular imagination as an example of overly-litigious Americans, but </span><a href="https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/12/16/13971482/mcdonalds-coffee-lawsuit-stella-liebeck"><span style="font-weight: 400;">in actuality</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Stella Liebeck didn’t want to go to court. She only wanted McDonald’s to cover her medical costs for serving coffee that they already knew was an unsafe temperature - 87 degrees celsius - due to over 700 reports of customers burning themselves prior to Liebeck’s injury in 1992.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Don Arnold/WireImage/Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Lisa Wilkinson struggles to hold back tears on The Project

<p>Lisa Wilkinson was moved to tears on Sunday night's episode of <em>The Project</em>, following the devastating story of a woman with breast cancer. </p> <p>The story followed Karyn, a young single mother, who gave birth to her daughter Billi at seven months after being told "you're very sick" by doctors. </p> <p>After giving birth, Karyn was told her body was "lit up like a Christmas tree" with cancer. </p> <p>Due to the hormones that came with her pregnancy, Karyn's cancer spread very quickly through her body. </p> <p><span>She is supported by a night nanny and donated breast milk thanks to an incredible community around her. </span></p> <p><span>"It was really heavy to take on that my life won't be much longer, especially after giving birth to the love of my life, my daughter," Karyn said tearfully, also revealing Billi's father walked out on her when she told him that she was pregnant.</span></p> <p><span>"I was told that 'it's very unlikely for you to fall pregnant', but I knew in myself, this is my time, I'm going to have this baby," Karyn said. </span></p> <p><span>Karyn has begun preparing for a worst case scenario with her health, as she has organised for her daughter to be taken care of by Karyn's sister and her brother-in-law, with the mum now writing messages and recording videos for Billi to see when she's older.</span></p> <p><span>After Karyn's story played on The Project, Lisa was emotional as she struggled to hold back tears and her voice began to break as she shared the detail of Karyn's GoFundMe page. </span></p> <p>"There is a GoFundMe set up to help Karyn and Billi, and all of the money raised will go towards getting Karyn a night nanny for one year to help cover Karyn's medical costs," the host began.</p> <p>"I'm so sorry," she said to her co-hosts, before composing herself and continuing on, "And to set up Billi for the future. You can find the link on our website."</p> <p>Lisa also shared that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and encouraged viewers to purchase The 2022 Australian Women's Health Diary.</p> <p>Co-host Hamish MacDonald offered some encouragement, telling her, "You made it through, well done, Lisa."</p> <p><em>Image credit: Channel Ten - The Project</em></p>

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Shannen Doherty opens up about her cancer battle

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shannen Doherty made an appearance on Good Morning America on Monday, and was incredibly candid about her battle with stage four breast cancer. The actor had previously revealed that her cancer returned last year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m living life, I’m spending a lot of time with friends and family and working. I think work was always very fulfilling to me but in a way, it’s become even more fulfilling,” Doherty told the GMA hosts over Zoom.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A lot of people who get diagnosed with stage four, they sort of get written off. It’s assumed that they cannot work or that they cannot work at their full capacity. That is not true and that is something that I would really like the people to stop assuming and give us a chance to prove them wrong.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In an interview with GMA last year, Doherty revealed her cancer had returned after she had been in remission for five years. After being asked if she wanted to own her cancer story, Doherty said through tears, “Yeah, I’d rather people hear it from me.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Doherty has been owning her story throughout her battle, sharing the highs and lows with her fans on Instagram, including her first day of radiation treatment and a photo of her hair loss after starting chemotherapy.</span></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/BNXguq-j8fk/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/BNXguq-j8fk/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by ShannenDoherty (@theshando)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p> </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/BaJ48S7BTU4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/BaJ48S7BTU4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by ShannenDoherty (@theshando)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The actor is still on her first treatment schedule, also known as a protocol. She told GMA, “You want to last on your protocols as long as possible so that you don’t run out of protocols. You really have to dig deep to face cancer and in that, you find all the stuff that you had hidden away and it’s beautiful things that you find. You find the vulnerability, you find your trust in people again, you find forgiveness.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She added that she doesn’t believe in bucket lists, and instead is “going to keep fighting to stay alive”. “I’d like to say that those are goals, because a bucket list almost feels like those things that you check off before you die and I never want to operate like that,” she said.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Hallmark Channel</span></em></p>

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Samuel Johnson finally shares pictures from devastating car crash

<p><em><strong>Warning: This story contains graphic content which may distress some readers.</strong></em></p> <p>Gold Logie winner Samuel Johnson has shared the terrifying details of a car crash that nearly killed him earlier this year. </p> <p><em>The Project's</em> Peter Helliar sat down with Samuel for a candid chat, when he revealed he didn't recall the moment he was accidentally struck bar a car on June 19th. </p> <p>Samuel showed Peter the only photo he has of the accident, which shows him lying on the ground covered in blood being tended to by paramedics. </p> <p>In reaction to the horrific image, Peter said, "I don't even recognise you in that."</p> <p>Samuel had been celebrating at a cancer research fundraiser just hours before the accident. </p> <p>“I pulled into a slip road, and went and had a wee, and woke up a couple of weeks later. I wasn’t expected to survive. I nearly died,” Johnson said.</p> <p>“My face was really a mess, basically my whole right side was cactus. I inhaled glass.</p> <p>“I got hit between 40 and 50 km/h by a small white vehicle. I broke my skull, I fractured my upper neck, and luckily my face bore the brunt of the impact, so my face saved my brain from a lot of damage."</p> <p>“Basically I got hit fairly badly and by the time they got me to hospital, they rushed me into ICU, I tanked, and I had two loved ones with me, I was told later, that were put into the death room – the one with the fridge and the couch where you are private and you are able to be told the bad news.”</p> <p>Samuel credits his girlfriend Emma Rooke for saving his life, by ensuring that help reached him as soon as possible. </p> <p>“She kept me alive. She understood the importance of the golden hour – the hour from when you have an accident to receiving treatment is the most important hour.”</p> <p>Samuel told Peter Helliar that the accident had caused traumatic amnesia, meaning he had no recollection of what happened when he woke up. </p> <p>“I woke up and I was really way more famous than I ever remembered being. Photographers were trying to get at me while I was inside and I wasn’t in a hospital – I as either in a mental home or my drink had been spiked,” he said.</p> <p>“Maybe I was kidnapped, maybe I was clinically insane. So, I thought all kinds of things. I was Russian for a while, I spoke with a heavy Russian accent in three-word sentences for a couple of days, and then I was a Japanese 11-year-old girl, and basically – basically what happens when your brain gets wobbled is you go loopy.”</p> <p>While Samuel appears to be on the mend, he said, <span>“a lot of the symptoms are now invisible and I’m still recovering”.</span></p> <p>As his recovery continues, Samuel said he has a whole new appreciation of the medical staff who helped him. </p> <p>“They are the people that put people like me who have a bad accident back together again. Pretty much from the moment I knew what was going on through to now, I’ve got a great respect for the wizards that worked not just on putting me back together, but on putting anyone back together, where it is Covid, a brain injury or cancer.</p> <p>“These are the genuine heroes of our world.”</p> <p><em>Image credits: Channel Ten - The Project</em></p>

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Toddler dies after family placed on hold to emergency services

<p dir="ltr">Authorities are investigating after the family of a three-year-old girl was placed on hold for 1 minute and 41 seconds while calling triple zero for help.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ambulance Victoria said paramedics were dispatched ‘without delay’ after being called to a cardiac arrest in a town outside of Bendigo at 6.29 pm on Monday. An Advanced Life Support crew was the first to arrive on the scene at 6.43pm, but tragically, the girl died in their care before reaching the hospital.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ambulance Victoria Acting Loddon Mallee Regional Director Trevor Weston said, “Despite the best efforts of our paramedics and those on the scene, the patient did not survive. We offer our sincerest condolences to the patient's family at this difficult time.”</p> <p dir="ltr">It is not yet known whether the delay contributed to the girl’s death.</p> <p dir="ltr">Health Minister Martin Foley said the time spent on hold was ‘under active investigation’, telling reporters, “Any death is a tragedy, but the death of a young child from a major incident like that is really, really traumatic for everyone involved”.</p> <p dir="ltr">He added that emergency departments, hospital wards and paramedics were dealing with ‘record levels’ of demand as a result of a rise in COVID-19 cases and other emergency presentations. Victoria recorded 1438 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, and there are currently 398 patients in Victorian hospitals with the virus.</p> <p dir="ltr">Earlier on Wednesday, AV’s Mick Stephenson said paramedics had noticed longer delays at hospitals “than we’ve ever had before”, telling ABC Melbourne, “Our capacity to respond and our performance has never been challenged as much as it has been over recent weeks. If the growth in COVID cases continues, performance will be expected to get poorer unless we can do something about reducing the number of people coming into hospital.”</p> <p dir="ltr">He added that transferring COVID-19 patients had become a major problem for paramedics, and that those with mild symptoms were being sent home.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: ymgerman/Getty Images</em></p>

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“They did everything right”: Couple die of Covid one minute apart

<p>A couple from Michigan have died from Covid-19 within just one minute of each other.</p> <p>Linda Dunham, 66, and her husband Cal, 59, passed away holding hands after they were struck down by the deadly Delta variant that is ravaging the US. </p> <p>The couple were both fully vaccinated, but both of them had serious underlying health conditions that made them more susceptible to serious infection. </p> <p>The couple's daughter Sarah spoke to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.fox17online.com/news/coronavirus/grand-rapids-couple-dies-1-minute-apart-from-covid-19" target="_blank">a local news station</a>, saying that they were perfect parents. </p> <p><span>“The love that they found together after a previous marriage is fantastic,” she said. </span></p> <p><span>“They were the people that you just looked at and you were like, ‘I want to be old like that, I want that love when I’m that age.’ "</span></p> <p><span>Their lives began to change in July, when both Linda and Cal started to feel unwell during a camping trip. </span></p> <p><span>They first thought it was just a common cold, but by the third day they felt sick enough to cut their outing short. </span></p> <p><span>Within days, Cal and Linda were admitted to the local hospital and intubated, as their undisclosed pre-existing conditions worsened the severity of their infections. </span></p> <p><span>The doctors told their family members that they would have to be taken off life support, but as Sarah said, "they had other plans".</span></p> <div class="crd clln--it" data-type="text"> <div class=" crd--cnt "> <p class=" ">The two were wheeled into the same room on Sunday, and moments later, Cal Dunham died at 11:07am Linda Dunham followed less than a minute later, dying at 11:08.</p> </div> </div> <div class="crd clln--it" data-type="text"> <div class=" crd--cnt "> <p>Their passing happened as Linda said it always would, according to Sarah. </p> <p><span>“She always joked and said, ‘Well, you’re going to go before I am, I’ll be right there behind you, I promise,’ " Sarah Dunham said. </span></p> <p><span>“And she really was, like she really was right there behind him.”</span></p> <p><span>Cases such as the Dunham's are reasons why many in the US are pushing for booster shot to be administered for those with pre-exisiting conditions. </span></p> <p><span>Sarah wants her parents to be an example of how serious the virus can be, and is urging people to get vaccinated. </span></p> <p>“I’m angry because so many people are like, ‘if I catch Covid, I catch Covid that’s what it is.’ No, it’s not,” she said.</p> <p>“It could be any person; it could be anybody. They did everything right, they did everything to protocol the way it should be done.”</p> <p>The various available Covid vaccines have been proven to reduce the risk of catching the virus and severely reduce the symptoms of those who get it.</p> <p>According to America’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unvaccinated people are 10 times more likely to be hospitalised and 11 times more likely to die from the virus.</p> <p><em>Image credit: Facebook</em></p> </div> </div>

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Alarming painkiller warning for Aussie families

<p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p> <p>A cheap painkiller prescribed to millions of Australians every year is “like Santa Claus in a pill,” according to Sydney psychiatrist Dr Tanveer Ahmed.</p> <p>He said the drug Lyrica has “become all things to all people,” leaving an increasing number of patients addicted.</p> <p>“It is being dished out like lollies,” Dr Ahmed told<span> </span><em>A Current Affair</em>. He says it is much easier for GPs to prescribe Lyrica than other painkillers like codeine, which are heavily regulated to prevent addiction.</p> <p>“There really is very little restriction, you can go and get a repeat at a pharmacy without question, you can go to doctors and there is very little monitoring,” he said.</p> <p>Finance broker Christalla Andreadis started taking Lyrica after suffering severe spinal injuries in a car accident in 2017, and now she’s struggling to stop.</p> <p>“Now everyone is going to know my dirty little secret,” she said.</p> <p>“I can’t go on like this, you suffer in silence and when you’re thinking, ‘I can’t do this anymore’, I don’t want to grow old like this.”</p> <p>The 52-year-old was embarrassed to admit she was outsmarted by a simple painkiller.</p> <p>“The drug gets its claws into your soul. It has taken every fibre of my being, is what it has taken me to try and come off it,” Ms Andreadis said.</p> <p>In the past two years, she has managed to reduce her dosage but can’t quit cold turkey.</p> <p>Gayle Wilson’s daughter Anita died after taking a deadly combination of Lyrica and opioids.</p> <p>“I feel as though I failed her. I couldn’t find anything else to do, to keep her alive,” Gayle said.</p> <p>Anita’s death at only 33 followed years of addiction to pain medication, which started after she had her wisdom teeth removed in 2017.</p> <p>Lyrica, as known as pregabalin, was originally prescribed to treat epilepsy and nerve pain. Manufactured by Pfizer, it was added to the Australian Pharmaceutical benefits scheme in 2013. The company launched a marketing blitz, investing $3.8 million into almost 500 education events teaching Aussie GPs about the drug.</p> <p>Pregabalin scripts skyrocketed from 36,000 a year in 2012 to more than 40 million by 2018.</p> <p>In America Pfizer have been prosecuted over the marketing of Lyrica.</p> <p>“They agreed to pay $2.3 billion for a healthcare fraud settlement, they were illegally marketing four different drugs and Lyrica fell under that umbrella,” Amy Kawaa explained.</p> <p>Amy started a support group for patients who beat addiction to Lyrica.</p> <p>When A Current Affair approached Pfizer, we initially received a one sentence response, saying Pfizer no longer owns Lyrica.</p> <p>The programs questions were then forwarded on to a company called Viatris, which was created late last year when a division of Pfizer merged with another pharmaceutical firm.</p> <p>Pharmacist Said Khodary said the number of Lyrica scripts he has filled has more than doubled in the past three years. "Anyone on a healthcare card, pension card, can pick it up for $6," Mr Khodary said.</p> <p>He's well-seasoned at spotting doctor shoppers.</p> <p>"They try to come up with lots of excuses, sometimes they're sweating, they're nervous, they're a bit anxious sometimes," he said.</p> <p>Victoria is the only state which has mandatory monitoring for Lyrica prescriptions.</p> <p>"There is no way for us to really monitor if they're getting prescriptions elsewhere. It would really help a lot," Mr Khodary explained.</p>

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Home COVID-19 tests - how do they work?

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Health Minister Greg Hunt announced on Tuesday that the Therapeutic Goods Administration had approved home testing kits, also known as rapid antigen tests, for use in Australia from November 1.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Unlike the standard test (known as the polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, test), rapid antigen tests offer results within 30 minutes, and can be used in non-medical settings such as the home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At-home tests have been used overseas for many months, and a number of manufacturers have produced their own kits. The TGA has approved 33 tests for use under supervision, and Hunt said those suppliers are welcome to apply for at-home use. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tests currently retail in the US for as low as $25USD, and in the UK can cost from anywhere between £40 to £110. In many parts of Europe, tests can cost as little as €5. Countries such as Singapore have adopted at-home tests in a big way, with the government distributing kits to all households nationally, free of charge. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So how do these at-home tests work? Essentially, they detect protein on the surface of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) directly from a sample. The sample can be a nose swab like traditional PCR tests, but some also use saliva samples. While at-home tests provide results much faster than PCR tests, their lower sensitivity means they are primarily useful in detecting high levels of the virus. In an Oxford University study, rapid tests detected approximately 80% of infections when compared to PCR tests.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rapid antigen tests are particularly useful in detecting asymptomatic COVID-19, according to a British study involving almost 250,000 Liverpool residents. Tests were conducted in key workplaces such as emergency services and schools, and results showed a 17.5% increase in detection. However, at-home tests are more likely than PCR tests to produce false positives. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The TGA recommends that if a person has COVID-19-like symptoms, they should get a traditional test regardless of their at-home result, so it looks like at-home testing will be primarily used by those without symptoms looking for extra reassurance before attending events, or those seeking to monitor the presence of infection after a known exposure, reducing the need for quarantine.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Jose A. Bernat Bacete/Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Jimmy Barnes’ daughter in the firing line

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jimmy Barnes’ daughter, Mahalia, has delivered the perfect set-down to anti-vaxxers who criticised her for supporting her daughter’s decision to get vaccinated. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Barnes posted a photo of her 12-year-old daughter Ruby with a freshly-jabbed arm, writing on Instagram, “She is grateful and relieved for the opportunity to keep herself safe and to help protect the wider community - as am I. Proud of her for getting it done at the first opportunity in spite of her anxiety around needles.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Barnes went on to encourage her followers to get vaccinated, writing, “If you can, get yourself vaccinated. This means all the eligible people in our family are at least part vaccinated now - we have some who’ve had AZ, some with Pfizer and some with Moderna. Nothing is 100% - but they all help to reduce the spread and reduce the severity.”</span></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/CUWc9jvPZWA/?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/CUWc9jvPZWA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Mahalia Barnes (@mahaliabarnes)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Predictably, anti-vaxxers quickly found the post, with one writing, ​​“Baa baa ... your daughter should make up yer own mind and be told all the facts first not follow the sheep n gat a fake jab.” Another, describing the vaccine as ‘experimental’, wrote, “I hate to rain on anyone’s parade, but facts are important.” Yet another critic wrote that Barnes was being misled by ““media and medical teams that will have their license removed if they do not comply with what is being served through corporations streaming from the lack of peer reviewed research.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Barnes responded to some of the critics, writing, “There are perfectly healthy children hospitalised and dying all over the world. I’ll take the advice of my doctors and the experts.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fortunately, the majority of comments were overwhelmingly supportive, with many congratulating and thanking Ruby for getting vaccinated despite her fear of needles. </span></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/CS5iuFABmla/?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/CS5iuFABmla/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Mahalia Barnes (@mahaliabarnes)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Barnes had previously made similar encouraging posts following her own vaccinations, most recently last month, saying she’d “never been so excited for a needle” and ending with the important note that “vaccination is our way out”.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images</span></em></p>

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"It's been unbearable": Sarah Jessica Parker finally breaks silence on fallen co-star

<p>Actress Sarah Jessica Parker has broken her silence on the death of her friend and <em>Sex and the City</em> co-star Willie Garson. </p> <p>Willie died on September 21st after a battle with pancreatic cancer. </p> <p>A flood of <a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/health/caring/tributes-pour-in-for-willie-garson-who-has-died-at-57" target="_blank">tributes poured in</a> for the 57-year-old following the news of his death, with SJP saying at the time, "It's too soon". </p> <p>But on Friday, she penned an emotional tribute to her late friend, saying "It's been unbearable."</p> <p>Her caption reads, “Sometimes silence is a statement. Of the gravity. The anguish. The magnitude of the loss of a 30+ year friendship.”</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/CUNtHhyFBf0/?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/CUNtHhyFBf0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by SJP (@sarahjessicaparker)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“A real friendship that allowed for secrets, adventure, a shared professional family, truth, concerts, road trips, meals, late night phone calls, a mutual devotion to parenthood and all the heartaches and joy that accompany, triumphs, disappointments, fear, rage and years spent on sets (most especially Carrie’s apartment) and laughing late into the night as both Stanford and Carrie and Willie and SJ.”</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“Willie. I will miss everything about you. And replay our last moments together,” Parker’s post continued.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“I will re-read every text from your final days and put to pen our last calls. Your absence a crater that I will fill with blessing of these memories and all the ones that are still in recesses yet to surface."</p> <div class="hide-print ad-no-notice css-qyun7f-StyledAdUnitWrapper ezkyf1c0"> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“My love and deepest sympathies and condolences to you dear Nathen. You were and are the light of Willie’s life and his greatest achievement was being your Papa."</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“These were his last words to me. ‘Great bangles all around.’ Yes. Godspeed Willie Garson. RIP. X, SJ,” she ended her post.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Along with the lengthy emotional caption, Sarah shared a series of photos of the pair from both on and off screen, as both colleagues and friends. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">The two had recently been working together on the set of <em>And Just Like That...</em>, in which Willie returned to his role as Stanford Blatch, Carrie Bradshaw's lifelong friend. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Other Sex and the City alumni shared tributes to the actor, including Cynthia Nixon, executive producer of the show Michael Patrick King, and Willie's on-screen partner Mario Cantone. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I couldn’t have had a more brilliant TV partner. I’m devastated and just overwhelmed with Sadness. Taken away from all of us way soon. You were a gift from the gods. Rest my sweet friend. I love you. <a href="https://t.co/Ia4tg1VK1Y">pic.twitter.com/Ia4tg1VK1Y</a></p> — Mario Cantone (@macantone) <a href="https://twitter.com/macantone/status/1440466454160101382?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 22, 2021</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">So deeply, deeply sad we have lost <a href="https://twitter.com/WillieGarson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@WillieGarson</a>. We all loved him and adored working with him. He was endlessly funny on-screen and and in real life. He was a source of light, friendship and show business lore. He was a consummate professional— always. <a href="https://t.co/G63EJIj8lG">pic.twitter.com/G63EJIj8lG</a></p> — Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) <a href="https://twitter.com/CynthiaNixon/status/1440481643936948238?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 22, 2021</a></blockquote> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><em>Image credits: Instagram @sarahjessicaparker</em></p> </div>

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“Always listen to mummy”: Kid who refused to take off mask for school photos gets $30k

<p><em>Image: Facebook</em></p> <p>If Nicole Peoples ever wondered whether her son followed her instructions when she’s not around, she now has her answer and a sweet photo as proof.</p> <p>Mason Peoples refused to take his face mask off, even for his school photos. His mother told him only to take it off to eat and he knows to: “always listen to his mummy.”</p> <p>Ms Peoples posted about the young boy’s exchange with the school photographer on her Facebook account.</p> <p>When it came time for his photo to be taken, the photographer encouraged the first-grade student to take off his mask even for two seconds, but he politely declined.</p> <p>“I said ‘No thank you, my mum told me I can’t’,” the boy told CNN proudly.</p> <p>“We had a conversation at the beginning of school about the importance of safety and how germs can be spread if he didn’t have his mask on, so he makes sure to have it on at all times,” his mother told CNN.</p> <p>“He’s very proud and he loves to show me how he’s followed the rules so that’s why he was so excited to come home and tell me about this picture story.”</p> <p>“You should be proud!” said one of the Facebook commenters. “It has to be hard to stand up to an adult, but he had the confidence to stand up for what he thought was right. Good job mama!”</p> <p>“What an incredible keepsake for this crazy era we’re living through” remarked another.</p> <p>Ms Peoples said many people have reached out asking her if they could send her money to reward Mason’s diligence with a treat, so she set up a GoFundMe page with the goal of $7.</p> <p>A total of AU$30,000 has been donated and will go towards Mason’s college fund.</p> <p>His mother was thankful at the “outpouring of love”.</p> <p>“Thank you for showing him honesty and integrity will make a big difference in this world,” she said.</p> <p>Ms Peoples told CNN that Mason was taught to take the virus very seriously, especially after the death of her grandfather in January due to COVID-19 complications.</p> <p>“He was a very significant part of our daily life, so Mason was impacted, they’ve seen it firsthand,” Ms Peoples said.</p>

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"Worried sick": Ronan Keating's son Cooper rushed to hospital

<p>Ronan Keating and his wife Storm have been "worried sick" after their son was rushed to hospital this week. </p> <p>The former Boyzone member took to Instagram to share photos of 4-year-old Cooper in a hospital bed with an oxygen mask on. </p> <p><span>"Not the 24hrs I had imagined," he captioned his post. "But ya never know what life has in store."</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5574dde3b455418aa749f97ea178fe45" /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844365/ronan.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5574dde3b455418aa749f97ea178fe45" /></span></p> <p><em>Image credit: Instagram @rokeating</em></p> <p><span>"This little guy is an absolute Trooper," he added. "I'm blown away with his strength and charm." </span></p> <p><span>"Mum &amp; Dad are a mess worried sick and he takes it in his stride."</span></p> <p><span>Ronan went on to thank the dedicated staff at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital who took care of Cooper. </span></p> <p><span>While it is unclear why Cooper was admitted to hospital, a flood of get well wishes came from his 421,000 Instagram followers.</span></p> <p><span>Ronan married his wife Storm in 2015 after they met on the set of the Australian version of <em>The X Factor</em> in 2010. </span></p> <p><span>Since their wedding, they have welcomed two children: son Cooper and one-year-old daughter Coco.</span></p> <p><span>Ronan also has three other children from his previous marriage to model Yvonne Connolly: Jack, 22, Missy, 20, and Ali, 15.</span></p> <p><em>Image credit: Getty Images</em></p>

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Outrage after nurse punched multiple times in the face

<p>Police are currently searching for a man in Canada they say punched a nurse in the face multiple times, knocking her to the ground after administering a COVID-19 vaccine to his wife without his permission.</p> <p>On Monday, around 9:15am, a man walked into a Brunet Pharmacy in Sherbrooke, a city in southern Qubec, accusing a nurse in her 40s of vaccinating his wife, police said.</p> <p>Right at the beginning, the suspect was very angry, very aggressive, he asked the nurse why she vaccinated his wife without approval, without his consent,” Carrier said.</p> <p>“He punched her right in the face multiple times so the nurse didn’t have the time to defend or explain herself….she fell to the ground and the suspect left running out of the drugstore.”</p> <p>No laws in Canada state that the individuals need their spouses’ permission to get vaccinated, and it is unclear if his wife had given consent.</p> <p>The nurse was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance where she was treated for “multiple injuries to the face” he said.</p> <p>As a result of the incident, the pharmacy suspended vaccinations.</p> <p>Brunet Pharmacy’s parent company, The Jean Coutu Group Inc., declined to comment by told<span> </span><em>CNN<span> </span></em>they “fully condemn this act which is unacceptable towards the pharmacy teams who have been providing essential services since the beginning of the pandemic.</p> <p>Canada has a vaccination rate of 69.8 per cent of its population, surpassing the US by 15.6%, according to data from<span> </span><em>Our World in Data.</em></p> <p>Although, most Canadians have welcomed public health measures and the country has one of the highest vaccination rates worldwide, case counts and hospitalisations are on the rise, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, especially among younger, unvaccinated Canadians.</p> <p>Police do not have the name or photo of the suspect or security footage of the incident, Carrier said.</p>

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