Mum Ashley said she was determined to fight for her son Benjamin
Little Benjamin Rayner was given a “non-existent” survival rate after being born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, on the urgent waiting list for a replacement since he was three-days-old.
The tot, whose condition means only half his heart is working, is now six-months-old, with his determined mum Ashley Hardy saying it was her “life dream” to help her son find a heart.
Speaking to the Sun Online, the mum said: “He has been on the urgent list for a transplant from three days old.
“We were told you just have to wait for a heart – there aren’t many baby hearts, and it kills us everyday thinking about where it would come from.”
The 31-year-old said her son had been diagnosed with the heart condition when she was just 24 weeks pregnant, having only been able to hold him for a minute after he was born before doctors whisked him away for treatment.
Benjamin was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome
The tot was born at Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle on August 1 last year, and has already undergone four major operations in his short life already.
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome occurs in up to four out of every 10,000 live births.
Ashley, her partner Dave Rayner and two eldest daughters are now fighting to give their little boy the best chance of survival.
She said: “We were gutted, everything was turned upside down when we found out about his condition.
“His survival rate was non existent but we decided we weren’t going to let him pass away, we were going to fight.”
She appealed for people to join the Organ Donor Register, with heart transplants giving at least 50 per cent of patients an extra ten years.
In many children, HLHS occurs by chance, with no clear reason evident for the underdevelopment.
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Criminal minds threatening Army with travel ban: Buratai
Tukur Buratai, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff has disclosed that he does not mind living in Nigeria for the rest of his life.
Buratai made this statement on Monday in a meeting with Army Commanders in Abuja, where they deliberated on the recent End SARS protest and pockets of violence across the country.
Information Nigeria recalls there have been calls by International bodies calling for a travel ban to be placed on some military officers accused of human rights abuses in Nigeria.
Buratai attacked the international organizations clamoring for a ban on top personnel and soldiers over rights abuses. According to him, his first trip outside Nigeria was when he was 50 and that he doesn’t mind if he has to live in Nigeria for the rest of his life.
“Criminal elements are threatening us with travel ban but we are not worried because we must remain in this country to make it better. The first time I travelled outside of this country, I was already 50 years and a General, so I don’t mind if I live the rest of my life here” The Cable quoted him as saying
At the meeting, the Army chief said recent events across the country have shown the determination of unscrupulous individuals and groups to cause chaos by all means.
“The events of the past few days in our dear nation have shown the determination of some unscrupulous individuals and groups to destabilise Nigeria by all means,” he said.
These individuals, groups and other undesirable elements have hijacked the peaceful #EndSARS protest marches resulting to widespread violence, acts of wanton destruction and looting of public and private properties in many parts of the country. These acts led to the imposition of curfew in several states of the federation.
Despite all these, the army has continued to exercise restraint applied all the principles of internal security operations and fully abided by the internationally recognised rules of engagement as contained in our published standard operating procedures for internal security operations which are derived from the International human rights laws and are in accordance with the international principles guiding the use of force.” he said.
How iron protector prevented my shop from being robbed: Business man
Chima Smart Nwaneri, a businessman who operates in Owerri, Imo state has disclosed how suspected robbers were unable to burgle his office due to an iron protector.
Nwaneri thanked God for wisdom saying they couldn’t access his goods because of the protector on his ceiling.
Chima wrote on his Twitter account;
“So robbers visited my office where i do my business, but I thank God for wisdom, they couldn’t enter because of the protector on the ceiling..
Help me thank God….”
#EndSARS: We are not collection of angels, Nigerian Police says
The Nigerian police have said its officers are not angels, but the force is doing its best to serve Nigerians better.
This was disclosed in a statement posted on Twitter by the force. This comes after several unrest and pockets of violence that greeted the endsSARS protest against police brutality.
The Nigerian police appear to have started an online campaign to redeem their image and rebuild trust with Nigerian citizens, following the nationwide #EndSARS protests and its devastating fallout.
The security agency which admitted that it is not a collection of angels, however told Nigerians that it is doing its best to ensure better services.
The police, Monday night, uploaded a campaign flyer on Twitter, via their official handle @PoliceNG.
“We are not a collection of angels, but we are doing our best to serve you better,” said the flyer which was produced by the police public relations department, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
— Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) October 26, 2020
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