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THESE are the three sisters who are all living with a ticking timebomb. Chloe, Courtney and Melissa McAllister have all tragically been diagnosed with the same rare heart condition that killed their mother Sharon. It means that any of the three sisters could drop down dead at any day from the condition they inherited from their mother for which there is no cure. But their dad Stephen says the girls just take each day as it comes and it hasnít stopped them from enjoying their lives to the full. Mr McAllister, 43, said: ĎIt is a killer disease and we know that it could strike at any moment, but I am so proud of all three of my daughters. ĎThey donít let it get them down and they always have a smile for everyone.í
MCALLISTER. THE THREE GIRLS ALL LIVING WITH THE SAME TICKING TIMEBOMB THAT KILLED THEIR MOTHER
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WHEN Stacey Smart fell pregnant she thought she would have a small baby due to her petite size eight frame. But as her pregnancy progressed her bump grew so big she put on a massive seven stone. Her unborn baby grew so quickly that in order for doctors to carry out the necessary scans she had to roll onto her side in order to give the baby more room to move. When she finally gave birth to son Fletcher in June, he weighed a staggering 13Ibs.
SMART. SIZE 8 MUM GIVES BIRTH TO WHOPPING 13IB BABY
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WHEN Alistair Sutcliffe suffered a brain haemorrhage, the doctors thought it was going to be fatal. But amazingly Dr Sutcliffe survived - only because of climbing the worldís highest mountains. Because he had regularly climbed mountains since he was a teenager, it meant that blood vessels in his brain which would normally become defunct after birth were kept working. When he suffered the brain haemorrhage, the blood was able to re-route round his brain, using this second set of blood vessels, which kept him alive. Mr Sutcliffe, 45, who works as a GP in Whitby, North Yorkshire, said: ĎI knew that a brain haemorrhage could be fatal, and the doctors didnít think I was going to make it. ĎBut at the hospital they discovered this second circulation system in my brain, and that's what kept me alive.
SUTCLIFFE - GP SURVIVES BRAIN HAEMORRHAGE - THANKS TO CLIMBING WORLD'S HIGHEST MOUNTAINS
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THIS is the mum and daughter who both swell up to look like the elephant man after they were both born with a rare syndrome. Tracey Holden and her daughter Kirsty, ten, have to be frequently rushed to hospital for lifesaving treatment when they suffer their swelling attacks. They both suffer from angiodema, the rapid swelling of the skin, and both suffer such severe reactions that it could suffocate them. Mrs Holden, 35, who lives with husband Richard, 36, a medical records clerk, and their son son Joel, 12, in Wednesbury, West Midlands, said: Ďiím always very worried when Kirsty swells up and i always rush her off to hospital. ĎWe both suffer severe reactions where our windpipes and throats also swell, so it can be lifethreatening for both of us.
HOLDEN. MUM AND DAUGHTER WITH RARE DISORDER WHO BOTH SWELL UP LIKE THE ELEPHANT MAN
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THERE comes a time in every school holiday when an exhausted mother has to take a break from boisterous offspring. That moment came for this lioness after letting her newborn cubs take a feed of milk from her. She had already done the dayís hunting and came back to feed her hungry cubs with her milk. But after letting them feed for a while the exhausted mother decided she needed some time out, and rolled over so they couldnít reach the milk. It left the cubs in no doubt about her feelings after they were left staring at her turned back. But whilst one of the them got the message and retired to a nearby bush to chew on some leaves in frustration instead, it didnít deter the other who nimbly jumped onto his motherís back to try and reach the milk from the other side.
LIONS DINNER. Cubs have to outsmart mum.
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THIS is the baby who was so tiny when he was born - he was the size of his motherís GLOVE. Doctors told his devastated parents that if he was born prior to 24 weeks, his birth would be classed as MISCARRIAGE. When he was born at just 23 weeks, mum Toni Robertson begged the doctors to resuscitate tiny Jack after he started to cry when he was delivered. Weighing just 1Ib4, he was the size of his motherís glove as he battled for life in his hospital incubator. Now tiny Jack has defied all the odds to survive and after a six month battle in hospital he was finally allowed home.
Robertson THE BABY BORN THE SIZE OF HIS MUMS GLOVE
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There was nothing more I loved better than climbing up onto a horse and going for a ride. That particular afternoon was no different to any other. I arrived at the stables, We rode for an hour and then we came back and I went home. A few days later I woke up with a sore throat. I went to college as usual but as the day went on it became so unbearable that they next day I stayed at home in bed. It felt like I had a bad case of flu, so I didnít really think anything of it. But after a week I was getting worse. My breathing got very laboured and my kidneys werenít functioning properly.
STURKEY. HORSE DUNG NEARLY KILLED ME.
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A WOMAN who made legal history when her parents had her sectioned to save her from anorexia has stunned medics by giving birth. Vicki Fox was just three days from death when she was admitted into hospital weighing only four stone. It had been an agonising decision for her parents Linda and David Carter to undertake a legal battle against their daughter, then 16, to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act and force fed in hospital. But it saved her life. And now against all the odds, Vicki, now 27, has just given birth to a healthy baby son Finlay.
FOX. MIRACLE BABY FOR ANOREXIC MUM
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I was sitting on the bedroom windowsill of my friendís house, feeling the sun on my back. It was a hot Sunday afternoon in September 2008, and Iíd gone round to a friendís house to have a chat and a catch up. There were about 12 of us at the house that afternoon. There was some music playing and people were just lounging around talking. Some people were drinking, but I didnít feel like having a drink that day. I was just enjoying catching up on the gossip with my friends. Then suddenly one of the lads who was larking around with a friend just a few feet away bumped into me. I was sitting on the window sill with nothing behind me to lean against. I lost my balance, and for a split second I could feel myself falling backwards. It felt surreal - like it was happening in slow motion, like I was dreaming. I donít remember acutally hitting the ground, but afterwards I was told that I had fallen 13 feet backwards, onto the concrete patio below.
CAPON. I FELL OUT OF MY FRIEND'S BEDROOM WINDOW - AND SURVIVED
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THIS is the little boy whose heart is so full of holes, doctors likened it to a TEABAG. Brave Alistar Essex has five large holes and a handful of small ones in his heart †- and there are so many that doctors canít possibly close them all. They told his amazed parents that their sonís heart was so full of holes, it resembled a teabag.
essex. The boy with a tea bag heart.
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