‘A gift of life’: the NHS double lung transplant that saved Covid patient

“When I woke up I was confused. I remembered the doctors in St George’s hospital deciding to intubate me. But when I woke up from the intubation, I’d been transferred to another hospital, St Thomas’, and was on a machine that was keeping me alive. I wondered how things had gotten so bad and how … Read more

Covid destroyed my lungs; a double transplant saved my life – video

Cesar Franco is the first person in the UK to undergo a double lung transplant as a result of a Covid-19 infection. He spent five months in St Thomas’ hospital on the NHS’s highest level of live support, with an Ecmo machine effectively breathing for him. When doctors told him his only chance of survival … Read more

Either in lockdown or preparing for lockdown: life amid zero-Covid in Beijing

Life in Beijing these days is spent either in lockdown or preparing for lockdown. Stockpiling food at home, just in case, has become the new norm. Meeting friends is hard because every few weeks one of us is sealed inside their home for days. Carrying out the daily routine of only working, eating and sleeping … Read more

How Meditation Can Improve Life With Diabetes

This content originally appeared on diaTribe. Republished with permission. By Alison Massey Research suggests that incorporating meditation and mindful-based practice can help you reduce distress, improve your well-being, and even contribute to diabetes self-management goals. The first time I attended an online mindfulness session for people with diabetes, I was surprised at how nervous I … Read more

The yacht, the wedding and £29m: Michelle Mone’s life during the Covid crisis

In the summer of 2021, when a traumatised Britain was enduring a third wave of Covid infections as it struggled to emerge from the pandemic, the Conservative peer Michelle Mone posted a photograph on Instagram of herself and her husband, Douglas Barrowman, in the Mediterranean. They were on their new luxury yacht, Lady M. Mone, … Read more

Life With Type 1

By Gavin Volden Hi, my name is Gavin and I am 11 years old. I have lived with type 1 diabetes for seven years. Living with type 1 diabetes is very hard because no one understands what it’s like. Living with type 1 diabetes is hard because you have to get insulin and it makes … Read more

Buried phones, bribes and paranoia: Life under Russian occupation | The Citizen

One couple buried their phones in the garden to keep them from being seized by the Russian invaders. Others gave away their cars or paid bribes to get Russian troops to let them flee to Ukrainian-held land. And many more lost their businesses and homes to the new rulers of Kherson and its neighbouring region … Read more

Life Esidimeni inquest: Ex-Gauteng Health official denies misleading Qedani Mahlangu | The Citizen

A former Gauteng Department of Health official has denied misleading and withholding information from her former boss, MEC Qedani Mahlangu, when Life Esidimeni patients started dying. Former director of Gauteng’s mental health services, Dr Makgabo Manamela continued with her evidence on Monday at the Life Esidimeni inquest. The inquest is probing the deaths of 144 … Read more

“Oh, What a Life” – Andy Frasco and The U.N. at Empire Live, Nov. 12

ALBANY – On Nov. 12th, Andy Frasco and The U.N. will be appearing at Empire Live. The band, spearheaded by Frasco, builds its identity on positivity through music, good times, and solidarity. Releasing their latest single, “Oh, What a Life,” in September, the band is currently touring in support of their record Wash, Rinse, Repeat. … Read more