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A happy ending
It was nice to know that Joe Thompson’s story finally had a happy ending. (‘The boy who was hypnotised to fly home’, October 18). The local and international media had given extensive coverage to Joe’s battle with his fear of flying and we had wondered how he’d get home to be with his family. It was a relief to know that Joe got back safe and sound. Thanks to hypnotherapist Russell Hemmings, the Thompson family will now be able to move on with their lives. All’s well that ends well, I guess.
CLAUDIA PAWLOSKY, VIA EMAIL Thank you Friday for publishing articles like ‘The boy who was hypnotised fly to home’. As a parent, I am facing a similar problem with my son. Could you please provide Russell Hemmings’ contact details?
NAME WITHHELD ON REQUEST Hypnotherapist Russell Hemmings can be contacted on 055 286 7275 or 04 427 3627. You can also contact him on his website www.russellhemmings.co.uk or on facebook www.facebook.com/bridgehypnotherapyclinic I absolutely loved the real life feature this week on Zach, a young boy whose body is gradually going completely stiff and will soon be like a mannequin (‘My little boy is a human mannequin’, October 18).
What I loved most about the story was the fact that in spite of his condition, Zach comes across as a happy child and does not complain at all about his suffering. He’s an inspiration to those who are not appreciative of life’s blessings and are constantly complaining about what we don’t have. Thank you Friday for publishing such wonderful features.
SHAHIDA AHMAD, VIA EMAIL
Where are we heading?
When I read stories of small, innocent children being exploited for economic gain (‘Weaving dreams’, October 18), it not just saddens me but makes me wonder about where we are heading as a society. Do we have the right to call ourselves educated, compassionate people? I think it’s time that we did some serious introspection not just about our petty mindsets but about the kind of legacy we will leave behind.
It’s shameful indeed.
SNEHALATA DAMODARAN, VIA EMAIL This week’s issue of Friday had some amazing features on children. From the former child slaves in Nepal who are now learning to live a normal life away from the atrocities of their exploiting ‘owners’ (‘Weaving dreams’, Oct 18), to Joe Thompson’s struggle with his fear of flying, and Zach Dean’s debilitating condition, each story spoke not only of trials and tribulations but of triumph as well.
Each of the kids mentioned in the features showed us that if we have a strong spirit then we can overcome any hardship or obstacle in life.
Hats off to all the children and to you all at Friday as well.
SUJATA HARIHARAN, ABU DHABI
From Joe Thompson conquering
his fear of flying, to ‘human mannequin’ Zach Dean, right, and exploited child workers, below, this
week has been all about the kids