My thanks to help­ful, car­ing staff on wards

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HAV­ING had the good for­tune of en­joy­ing full health for 77 years, I was di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer in Fe­bru­ary.

My ex­cel­lent GP (I will write to him pri­vately) re­ferred me to Le­ices­ter hospi­tals when he saw the re­sults of my blood test. I was quickly un­der the guid­ance of the De­part­ment of Urol­ogy at the Le­ices­ter Gen­eral Hospi­tal led by Pro­fes­sor Mel­lon and scan­ning and a biopsy soon took place giv­ing me some ex­pe­ri­ence of all three of the ma­jor hospi­tals.

My anx­i­ety and un­cer­tainty about treat­ment for se­ri­ous ill­ness were rapidly calmed by the qual­ity of care from all who dealt with me. That same level of care was re­peated as I

un­der­went surgery in an op­er­at­ing theatre for the first time. In due course, my treat­ment con­tin­ued at the in­fir­mary in the on­col­ogy suite un­der the di­rec­tion of Dr Vas­an­than and there I had seven weeks of ra­dio­ther­apy. As be­fore, I en­coun­tered friendly, help­ful and car­ing peo­ple at all lev­els and I would like to ex­press my sin­cere thanks for their pro­fes­sion­al­ism and ded­i­ca­tion.

Like many peo­ple, I will need to have some fur­ther treat­ment, else­where per­haps, but I shall re­mem­ber with grat­i­tude the fine peo­ple of those de­part­ments.

Don Wright, Hinck­ley

civil­ians who have made sac­ri­fices in wars. We should also re­mem­ber the mil­lions of non-hu­mans who have been killed or in­jured and who are still suf­fer­ing in the name of war.

Most peo­ple are fa­mil­iar with the es­ti­mated eight mil­lion horses and countless mules and don­keys who died in the Great War, but many other an­i­mals are used in wars.

In both world wars pup­pies were trained to feed next to or in­side tanks. They were then starved, loaded with ex­plo­sives and sent into com­bat zones. As they ap­proached en­emy tanks look­ing for food the ex­plo­sives were det­o­nated from a dis­tance.

Mes­sen­ger pi­geons main­tained lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion in First World War bat­tle­fields. In 1914, 2,500 were burned alive rather than risk them be­ing cap­tured by the

en­emy. Known as “The Great Cat and Dog Mas­sacre”, be­tween 400,000 and 750,000 pets were de­stroyed by a pan­icked pub­lic. This was as a re­sult of an of­fi­cial in­for­ma­tion cam­paign which con­cluded “it re­ally is the kind­est thing to do”.

In or­der to mea­sure the im­pact of det­o­na­tion on liv­ing flesh, the Bikini Atoll tests used 3,030 rats, 176 goats, 147 pigs, 109 mice and 57 guinea pigs.

Mon­keys, dol­phins, whales and pigs are among the many species used in cruel, se­cre­tive weapons re­search. Even in times of peace an­i­mals suf­fer in the name of war. They are truly in­no­cent vic­tims.

Eliz­a­beth Al­li­son, Ayle­stone

ON be­half of my mother-in-law (Mary) I would like to ex­press her

sin­cere thanks to the three ladies (Mau­reen, Sally Ann and one other whose name I can­not re­call) for their im­me­di­ate as­sis­tance and care when she col­lapsed at the bus stop in Wigston on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19.

While wait­ing an hour for the am­bu­lance they pro­vided com­fort and care to Mary.

Also, Sally Ann’s hus­band went to Wigston po­lice sta­tion to col­lect a de­fib­ril­la­tor in case of need, but for­tu­nately it was not and they kindly re­turned it as well.

Mary would like to thank those ladies per­son­ally so if they could call the num­bers they used on the day to con­tact my­self and Mar­cella we will be able to ar­range this.

She spent a few days in hospi­tal and she also wants to thank the NHS staff for the care re­ceived.

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