Mum Andrea was thrilled when she opened the Daily Mail newspaper today and saw this gorgeous photo of her baby twins Nico and Kiki on page three. It was taken by top Daily Mail photographer Murray Sanders to go with my story about how Nico saved Kiki’s life before they were even born.
When Andrea was 20 weeks pregnant at her routine scan, doctors gave her and husband Paul some devastating news. There appeared to be a problem with Kiki’s heart, the placenta wasn’t functioning properly and the waters were leaking. All doctors could do was prepare Paul and Andrea for an imminent miscarriage.
But then incredibly baby Nico moved into a position underneath Kiki and caused a plug, stopping her from miscarrying and sealing off any infection.
Amazingly she stayed in this unusual position for ten weeks – which made all the difference. It meant that Andrea managed to get to 30 weeks when the babies were delivered healthily.
Both little girls are now aged seven months and a bundle of mischief for their doting parents, who also have a son Luca, 4 and another daughter, India, 3. They are also particularly close. As Andrea says, it isn’t only because they shared a womb but because Nico saved Kiki’s life – in fact she and Paul think of Nico as a little guardian angel.
Adds Andrea: “The story couldn’t have been better than it was in the Daily Mail. Paul and I were both delighted with the write up and the photos of the girls was gorgeous. Even Paul and I didn’t mind our photo!”
At the same time, a credit was given the charity Sparks – a charity dedicated to championing pioneering research into conditions affecting mums to be, babies and children – which Andrea will be running in the London Marathon 2012 for.
I have now placed this uplifting story with a top women’s magazine.
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Last weekend I received an email through Featureworld from Ben, the fiance of a lovely young woman called Laura. Laura and Ben have a gorgeous baby son and are devoted to him. But they recently received some devastating news that has literally turned their life upside down. Laura has discovered she is suffering from a brain tumour.
That news would be terrible enough but her tumour is inoperable and aggressive.
Doctors are doing their best to shrink it with drugs and prolong her life. But there is nothing more they can do in the UK.
However, there is now hope. Through painstaking research the couple have now discovered a pioneering treatment in the US, which could save Laura’s life. The problem is it is not available in the UK and the family need to raise £75,000 for the treatment.
Ben has set up a website for Laura – you can find out more about donating and read more about their story by clicking here: Hope For Laura.
Meanwhile, I am delighted to be representing Ben and Laura who have spoken exclusively to me about their ordeal and their future.
The full heartbreaking and emotional story will be appearing in a national UK newspaper and two magazines. We are all hoping that this will gain enough money to give Laura the chance of having this treatment and ultimately the chance to see her son grow up.
Needless to say I will be following their story.
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Diane Miller’s emotional real-life story about how she will care for her recently orphaned grandson appears over two pages of THE SUN newspaper today.
Just over a week ago Diane Miller and her daughter Claire approached me for advice with their story. Ten days earlier Diane’s daughter, Terri-Ann Barnett and her partner, Tom Matts had both died in a freak accident. A lorry load of timber had fallen on top of them as they walked back from dropping son Morgan, 18 months, at nursery.
The shocking story about how little Morgan became an orphan in one afternoon appeared in many national newspapers. After a poignant deathbed goodbye to her daughter, Diane pledged to look after Morgan. They both wanted to tell local people in Hereford where they live and where the incident happened, how Morgan would not go short of love. It was also important to the family that they had cuttings to show Morgan what happened when he’s older. At the same time, a trust fund has been set up for Morgan as he grows up.
This emotional story appeared across the centre pages of The Sun newspaper today. Details were also included at the bottom for readers to make a donation to Morgan’s Trust Fund, which has been set up by Terri-Ann’s employers.
Diane said: “It was very hard to read it, and as everything is so raw, I haven’t stopped crying since I saw it today. But I am really pleased I went ahead and it was an excellent piece.”
Daughter Claire, Morgan’s aunt, added: “I trusted you to help us through such a tragic time and to represent Morgan. I would like to thank you for all your hard work and all your help.”
I have now placed their story with two major women’s magazines where it will once again be printed over two pages in each one.
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Two weeks ago the tragic real life story of how little Morgan’s life was turned upside down was covered by virtually every national newspaper.
Morgan’s parents, Terri-Ann Barnett, 24 and Tom Matts, 29 had just dropped Morgan off at nursery in Hereford and were on the pavement walking home when the unthinkable happened.
A lorry crashed into a low bridge and its load of heavy wooden joists crashed down on them.
Tom died instantly and Terri-Ann shortly after. Needless to say the family are devastated especially as Morgan, just 18 months old, has been left an orphan.
Needless to say, this awful story has attracted a lot of media interest and I will be helping them to deal with that.
Meanwhile, a trust fund has been set up by Terri-Ann’s employers. If you would like to make a donation – even a tiny amount the family will be grateful for! – here are the details: Morgan Matts Fund, HSBC. Sort code: 402411, account number 92028654.
The family also wishes to thank the Midlands Air Ambulance service, which is a charity that runs on donations. The ambulance service gave them valuable time to say goodbye to Terri-Ann in hospital. To find out more about becoming a volunteer yourself to this service or if you wish to make a contribution, click here: Midlands Air Ambulance.
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