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Sporty teenager dies after first kiss with friend
Jemma Benjamin had been enjoying a night out with a friend when fun turned to romance and they found themselves in each other’s arms.
It was sixth-former Jemma’s first kiss with Daniel Ross, 21. Minutes later the 18-year-old was dead, said the Mirror.
An inquest on Sunday heard that Jemma, a hockey player and swimmer, was killed by sudden adult death syndrome, a rare heart condition.
Daniel said her eyelids “suddenly began to droop” after they shared the kiss and she started frothing at the mouth. He tried to save her before paramedics arrived but the inquest heard nothing could have been done as Sads cases are usually instant.
He told the coroner: “We were going to go to a bar for food and went back to my house for a credit card which I had forgotten.
“We were talking and ended up kissing in the hallway by the front door.
“We went into the kitchen, then the living room and Jemma sat down on the sofa.” When she collapsed Daniel called 999 and was given CPR instructions over the phone.
Jemma, who had been stressed about forthcoming A-level sports science exams, died in her hometown of Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan, in April 2009.
Heartbroken mum Charlotte Garwood said: “She was a picture of health one minute and taken away from me the next.”
Dad Dale, 38, a builder of Llantwit Fardre, said: “Jemma was very shy and timid.” He added: “She was a beautiful daughter and a lovely person.”
Daniel, who has now finished his studies at the University of Glamorgan and returned home to Walsall, West Mids, wrote on his Facebook page: “I noticed how beautiful the sky was the other day, then I realised it’s because you’re up there.”
Jemma lay on the floor for 22 minutes before an ambulance arrived. Her family made a formal complaint and a probe found the urgency of the situation had been underestimated by the 999 team. A disciplinary hearing is due to take place later this year.
But coroner Peter Maddox, who recorded a narrative verdict yesterday at the Aberdare inquest, said: “On the balance of probabilities, the delayed response did not affect the tragic outcome in this case.”
Scramble back to eggs! They're healthier than ever
If you're eyeing up your breakfast options and fancy going to work on an egg, there’s no need to hold back. For after years of telling us to shun them as an everyday food, the health police now say that eggs have become better for us.
The cholesterol content of eggs – which was previously believed to be a health risk – is now much lower compared with ten years ago, a study suggests, said the Daily Mail.
Eggs also contain more vitamin D, which helps protect the bones, preventing diseases such as osteoporosis and rickets.
The reason eggs have become more nutritious over the past decade is that hens are no longer fed bone meal, which was banned in the Nineties following the BSE crisis, the researchers claim. Instead the birds are normally given a mixture of wheat, corn and high-protein formulated feed, which makes their eggs more wholesome.
A US government study found that modern eggs contain 13 per cent less cholesterol and 64 per cent more vitamin D compared with a decade ago.
Wedding cake is 113 tiers old
Sugars have seeped into the icing, turning it Brown, and it has a crack due to a bomb blast in World War II.
But tests with a syringe show the cake is still moist despite being baked in 1898 - when Queen Victoria was on the throne, HG Wells' War Of The Worlds was published and the 21st Lancers made the last ever British cavalry charge at the Battle of Omdurman in Sudan, said The Sun.
The four-tier cake was displayed at a bakery until it closed in 1964, then kept in an attic before being given to the Willis Museum in Basingstoke, Hants.
Curator Sue Tapliss said: "The baker's unmarried daughter donated it towards the end of her life, fearing someone would find it and think she had been jilted at the altar."
Mothers-to-be to be taught to hypnotise themselves
Expectant mothers will be taught to hypnotise themselves before giving birth as an alternative to painkillers.
They will learn to put themselves in a trance-like state during labour in the hope that they will not need costly drug treatments such as epidurals, laughing gas or morphine, the Daily Mail said.
More than 800 first-time mothers will take part in the 18-month NHS trial study on the effectiveness of hypnobirthing.
Teaching women to control their pain might also reduce the need for supervision from midwives, which would help ease the pressure on overstretched maternity wards.
In some hospitals as many as 60 per cent of mothers have epidurals – anaesthetics injected into their spine – while many others are given injections of diamorphine, a form of morphine, pethidine or inhale laughing gas.
The drugs are expensive and there have been claims they could be harmful to mother and baby.
Epidurals have been found to increase the length of childbirth, making it more likely that a woman will need a caesarean.
It has been suggested that having an epidural may hinder a mother’s ability to breastfeed – although this has never been substantiated – and there are also fears it is linked to post-natal depression.
Natural childbirth advocates also say the drowsiness brought on by painkillers prevent a woman fully appreciating the joy of childbirth.
The trial is being led by Professor Soo Downe, a specialist in midwifery at Central Lancashire University, and will run at hospitals in Blackburn and Burnley.
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