Age affects labour dates
Lack of sleep is heart risk
m at the back of her head. It pushing her brain on to the of her optic nerve. rk and I were so scared as dn’t know what was going to en. All we were thinking t was Daisy. We did tell her ad a lump on her head but I think she fully understood. r daughter was treated at t Ormond Street Hospital e were told that not only did the tumour have to be removed but she needed fluid from her brain to be drained.
Sending her off into surgery was heartbreaking. I didn’t think I would see her again.
The operation took six and a half hours and it was a huge relief when she came out and the doctors said the tumour was out and the fluid had been removed.
She stayed at GOSH for 10 days and when we were able to take her home, she got sick again five weeks into her six-week recovery.
Daisy was grey by this point, and we were told she had an infection and had to stay in for another two weeks.
But after a slow recovery, we noticed the old Daisy coming back. She was lively and bounced around again. You couldn’t tell she battled a potentially life-changing brain tumour unless you were told. She was also able to go back to school last September.
Without the opticians, she might not be here today. They picked up a life-threatening illness and I’ll be always grateful to them.
I would encourage all mothers to get their children’s eyes tested.
The staff at Vision Express have become friends and contributed to my fundraiser when I skydived for Great Ormond Street this year. I am looking forward to Christmas and seeing Daisy enjoy it with her whole family. I hope by sharing Daisy’s story I can give another family worrying about their child the gift of health for Christmas. ■■To donate to Jo’s fundraising for Great Ormond Street, visit justgiving.com/ fundraising/jo-f-beckwith Too much or too little sleep can affect your chances of having a heart attack.
Six to eight hours is the optimum amount to prevent coronary artery disease, according to a study presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress.
It follows research by experts in Athens who say sleep influences biological processes like blood pressure, which impact the heart.
BRAVE Little Daisy suffered with headaches and sickness EYE SPY Vital sight tests for kids Healthy eyes are crucial to a child’s development, with 80% of learning believed to be visual.And as children’s eyes are fully developed by the time they are eight, it is crucial to detect any problems before then.Jonathan Lawson, CEO at Vision Express, said: “It was a standard eye test that detected Daisy’s brain tumour.“But we are still hearing that many people are not aware the test can discover conditions like this one.“Children under 16 are entitled to a free NHS eye test.“But recent figures have revealed that only 20% – one in five – of them are taking advantage of this offer.“Daisy’s case is rare but I hope it encourages others to have their eyes tested regularly.”Many parents believe their children’s eyes are tested in school – but that does not happen in all areas. Most children should be having eye tests at least once every two years.At least 13.8million Brits do not have regular eye tests.Eye problems are often much easier to fix if detected earlier – before the age of eight. Vegetarian food is billed as a healthy alternative to eating too much meat – but it could contain too much salt.More than a quarter of meat-free burgers, sausages and mince exceed maximum recommended salt levels.The findings are revealed in a report by Action on Salt, which found the worst offenders are saltier than Atlantic sea water. More women than ever before are having labour induced.Rising numbers of older and overweight expectant mums are thought to be behind the trend. Those over 40 are encouraged not to go over their due date.NHS Digital figures show that induction numbers have gone up from one in five 10 years ago to nearly one in three today.