Age af­fects labour dates

Lack of sleep is heart risk

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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 justgiv­ 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.

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