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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

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