A mother whose baby almost died after contracting the common Strep B virus from her during childbirth claims she was told by midwives he just needed his nappy changing - and the ordeal has left her with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Anna Santos-Witkowska, 29, of north west London, welcomed her and husband Romek's first child, Oliver, in June earlier this year. But four hours after he was born, Anna began to suspect there was something wrong. When she shared her concerns with midwives, they were initially dismissed as her son merely 'needing a new nappy'. Worried it was something more sinister, Anna persevered - and doctors eventually whisked Oliver away to the neo-natal intensive care unit. It turned out he had a Strep B infection - also known as group B streptococcus (GBS) - which had triggered pneumonia, a collapsed lung, sepsis and a kidney and liver infection. He also needed a lumbar puncture to check for meningitis. Anna Santos-Witkowska, 29, … [Read more...] about Midwives told mother her newborn ‘just needed a nappy change’ when he actually had a life-threatening Strep B infection that triggered SEPSIS – as she campaigns for £39 test to become standard
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For the most part American politics exists in its own bubble with its own preoccupations. But every now and then something that happens in a foreign country intrudes. And pokes its nose in. Big time. The 12 December 2019 UK General Election might be such a moment for the US Democratic Party - just as British politics imposed itself on the US presidential election on 23 June 2016, when the British people voted for Brexit. Coincidentally, Donald Trump arrived in Scotland the following day (not the day before as he has repeatedly claimed) and what the British people had just done was a galvanising moment in his campaign, a light bulb moment, as he prepared to face the American people five months later.So what should Democrats learn from the misery that befell the Labour Party last Thursday night? And more particularly can they afford to have Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren as their candidate and stand a chance of defeating Donald Trump in 2020 after the shellacking meted out to Jeremy … [Read more...] about Will UK provide light bulb moment for US Democrats?
HOT on the heels of Black Friday and Halloween, the latest craze we have imported from the US is Christmas Eve boxes for children. They are full of little treats to be opened before bedtime and Santa’s arrival. Sales of the festive gift boxes have more than doubled here — but you needn’t fork out too much to keep the kids happy. All done in one: Home Bargains is selling a Christmas Eve box that comes ready-packed with treats, for just £2.99. The cheap and cheerful gift contains a Christmas story book, letter from Santa, door hook, stickers and even cookies. Similar pre-filled boxes can cost between £13 and £20, elsewhere. SAVING: Up to £17.01 SAVING: £2.50 on three boxesGetting personal: If you fancy the idea of adding a personal touch to your children’s box, you can get their name added for £15.99 at Gettingpersonal.co.uk, a decent saving on similar styles sold for £28 at Notonthehighstreet.com. This will leave you more money … [Read more...] about Top tips for children’s Christmas Eve boxes, from cheap treats to top deals — plus you could win £50,000 in our raffle
So, here we go. A new book by David Nicholls is now an event that measures pretty near a 10 on the publishing industry Richter scale. Yet for all the magnitude of hype that will herald its arrival, Us is in some ways quite a gentle book. It doesn’t scream about itself, but is no worse for that. Us is the story of a family. It is the story of Douglas Petersen, his marriage to Connie, and their teenage son Albie. They go on holiday. A trip around Europe by train. They visit the major cities of Europe – Paris, Amsterdam, Venice and so on – but, as with the mega-selling One Day, what it is really about is the two biggest subjects, love and time. Things are coming to an end. One way or another this will be the last family holiday for the Petersens. Yet while One Day was about people who should be together but, for the most part, don’t realise it, Us is kind of about the opposite. Douglas and Connie are together, but possibly shouldn’t be. This is certainly what … [Read more...] about Us by David Nicholls review – the One Day author has raised his game
Ladies and gentlemen please make way for the man of 2019, barrelling into his lovely kitchen-lounge in a blue dressing gown and tracky bottoms. “Sorry, sorry!” says Stormzy, enveloping me in a hug. “Sorry.” His apologies are because he’s a bit late – he had a headache, “even though I went bed early” – and also because I’ve just heard him bawl out a man who came to his front door. Stormzy had thought it was a food delivery and so buzzed the gate to let him in. But the man wasn’t delivering food. “He was looking for money,” says Stormzy. “So send me an email, you get me? I get it’s a charity, but this is my home. I’m Michael here, not Stormzy!” We’re sitting on an L-shaped sofa, opposite an enormous TV. Michael Omari Jr, aka Stormzy, who is jolly despite his buzzing head, goes to feed his dog, a huge Rottweiler lounging by the front door. Time for me to have a nosey around. … [Read more...] about ‘The spotlight can scare the shit out of me’: Stormzy speaks out