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PLATELLS PEOPLE: Staggering human cost of putting Covid first


Was a mourning story as harrowing as La & # 39; Troya Hall during that terrible year in Covid?

Has a story brought home the human cost of our failure to treat cancer patients as we should have during the pandemic so heartbreakingly?

Yesterday in the Mail, La & # 39; Troya told of her husband Sherwin's death from cancer. “He would almost certainly still be here today. . . If the NHS hadn't made Covid a priority over everything else, ”she said.

It was February and they were "so, so happy" before he felt an excruciating pain in his groin. He visited A&E 13 times and asked for a scan.

However, due to Covid, MRI scans were not available – so it was fobbed off.

By the time his condition was diagnosed, it was too late. The cancer had spread; 30 tumors were found in his lungs and he died when he was only 28 years old. La & # 39; Troya was a widow who was alone with her young son Sancho at the age of 32.

Was a mourning story as harrowing as La & # 39; Troya Hall during that terrible year in Covid? (pictured with husband Sherwin and son Sancho)

More than 650,000 cancer patients have had life-saving treatment suspended since the virus settled and 4.4 million scans for the disease have been canceled. La & # 39; Troya's ordeal tells us what these bald statistics mean in human terms.

Her tragic story this week coincided with another who was also desperately moved and was told on Radio 4's Today program by Sue Martin (49) about her husband Mal (58), who after the contract with Covid had a chance of survival of " Zero "received coma for 61 days.

She told of the day she brought her two children to his bed to finally say goodbye, how they sobbed over their father and thought they would never see him again.

But he miraculously survived thanks to the untiring care of the NHS nurses and doctors.

He has lost sight in one eye. He has problems with dizziness, lungs and kidneys, and has amputated thumb and fingers. But this Christmas he will be with his family. And we should all celebrate that.

Tragically, however, La & # 39; Troya and Sancho won't have Sherwin at home. One woman is happy, one mourns. Just a dad home for Christmas.

What a terrible burden these stories will be on the decision-makers putting Covid before the Big C in the years to come.

Sad to see Gillian Anderson and Crown Author Peter Morgan split up after four years. Maybe even he couldn't stand her ridiculous portrayal of Margaret Thatcher on the show – it must have felt like he was going to bed with a Spitting Image doll.

Sad to see Gillian Anderson and Crown Author Peter Morgan split up after four years

Sad to see Gillian Anderson and Crown Author Peter Morgan split up after four years

Consolation for all those who mourn

Merry christmas to you all. And don't we need all the congratulations we can get all these years? So many people cannot offer hugs to their parents or grandparents, whether they live in nursing homes or seek shelter in their own homes.

Unfortunately, giving them Covid just isn't worth the risk. In a way, I'm lucky that I lost my parents almost two years ago – as I can't imagine not being able to hug my mom and dad.

And for those who mourned at Christmas, I offer a thought, a quote from the 19th century American writer Robert G Ingersoll that I read decades ago at my brother Michael's funeral and that still gives me comfort: " On the night of death, hope sees a star, and hearing love can hear the rustle of a wing. & # 39;

Keep up with the Jones!

Can it really be 25 years ago that Bridget Jones tied us up with her diaries and emancipated large trousers for women everywhere?

Helen Fielding's novel is now considered one of the 100 most important books in the English language, as is Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice.

No surprises – she named her romantic lead actor Mark Darcy after Austen's classic, and even cast Colin Firth after he played Mr. Darcy in the 1995 adaptation. But is Fielding the same as Austen?

Pants with it.

Can it really be 25 years ago that Bridget Jones tied us up with her diaries and emancipated large trousers for women everywhere?

Can it really be 25 years ago that Bridget Jones tied us up with her diaries and emancipated large trousers for women everywhere?

Andy Burnham, dubbed the King of the North for his determined defense of Manchester during the lockdown, laments glamor magazine Grazia that so much attention is being paid to his Bambi lashes and shiny hair instead of his work as mayor.

If all else fails, Andy, Loreal will have a job ahead of him. . .

because you are worth it.

2020 could be HM's coronation. . .

Harry and Megs close multi-million pounds in the US Prince Andrew scandal. Covid over everything. And the Netflix series The Crown, which portrays the royals as hideous brats.

You could be forgiven for feeling the queen suffered another annus horribilis.

But all of these ailments have a silver lining. With Harry and Meghan out of the way and Prince Andrew being laid off, the company's core team has strengthened. Kate and Wills look happier than ever together, as do Charles and Camilla, and Covids meant the Queen and Philip have blissful times together.

Even the Crown's assassination of the royals did them a service in increasing their support.

The truth is that the monarchy has seldom looked so secure and our 94-year-old queen can look back on 2020 as her “Annus Mirabilis”, a far cry from “Horribilis”.

Westminster Wars

  • Disappointing that the Prime Minister broke tradition and instead of posting a Christmas picture of his wife and children on level 10, he sent a picture of his mutt Dilyn. I suspect he didn't mean to upset his two ex-wives and six other children – he wanted to ditch sleeping dogs.
  • Jeremy Corbyn, who was expelled from the Labor Party after the anti-Semitism dispute, is setting up a peace and justice project to defend human rights and decency around the world. Forgive the belly laugh. He was a Labor leader for five years and none of us ever realized he had a sense of humor.
  • Outrage over Dominic Cummings' 40 percent raise, which brought the Prime Minister's chief adviser to £ 140,000. In all honesty, I was surprised that the man who scored both the Brexit victory and a stunking 80-seat majority for Boris was paid so little. In 2001, as a spin doctor from William Hague, I received £ 100,000 to lead the Tories to another historic defeat and win just one seat.

What a joy when the bookmaker's favorite comedian Bill Bailey, 55, becomes the oldest celebrity to Strictly win this weekend. He meets young Hrvy and Maisie, who have already had dance experience and are 40 years old together. People feel powerless, this is our chance to make a difference. Vote for Bill any way I want – and softly hum this old classic: "Won't you come home (with the glitter ball), Bill Bailey?"

What a joy when the bookmaker's favorite comedian Bill Bailey, 55, becomes the oldest celebrity to Strictly win this weekend. He meets young Hrvy and Maisie, who have already gained dance experience and are together 40 years old

What a joy when the bookmaker's favorite comedian Bill Bailey, 55, becomes the oldest celebrity to Strictly win this weekend

I'm with Noel Gallagher of Oasis when he said on Prince Harry's "Save the World With Compassion" podcast, "Surely nobody takes him seriously? He's just a crazy little kid." And one who can't stop Looking back angrily at his £ 11 million California mansion.

Love Island's Laura Whitmore and her partner, comedian Iain Stirling, post pictures of her and her baby bump. She wears underwear and high heels and says she has "always tried to protect her personal life". Maybe the joke is up to us.

Amanda's talent for half a dress!

Perhaps the rumors are true that when Simon Cowell returns from his horrific spinal injury, he plans to stir up his British Got Talent judging team and cut costs. Only that could explain why Amanda Holden can only afford half a dress.

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