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Mother Tells Of Agony At Waiting For Someone Else’s Baby To Die So Her Desperately Ill Tot Can Receive A New Heart

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A MOTHER has revealed her agony waiting for her baby boy to receive a life-saving heart – while knowing it must come from another sick child.

Little Benjamin Rayner was given a “non-existent” survival rate after being born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, on the urgent waiting list for a replacement since he was three-days-old.

Mum Ashley said she was determined to fight for her son Benjamin

The tot, whose condition means only half his heart is working, is now six-months-old, with his determined mum Ashley Hardy saying it was her “life dream” to help her son find a heart.

Speaking to the Sun Online, the mum said: “He has been on the urgent list for a transplant from three days old.

“We were told you just have to wait for a heart – there aren’t many baby hearts, and it kills us everyday thinking about where it would come from.”

The 31-year-old said her son had been diagnosed with the heart condition when she was just 24 weeks pregnant, having only been able to hold him for a minute after he was born before doctors whisked him away for treatment.

The mum said Benjamin was still fighting for his life

Benjamin was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome

The baby boy has been waiting for a heart since he was three-days-old

The baby boy has undergone numerous surgeries

The tot was born at Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle on August 1 last year, and has already undergone four major operations in his short life already.

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome occurs in up to four out of every 10,000 live births.

Ashley, her partner Dave Rayner and two eldest daughters are now fighting to give their little boy the best chance of survival.

She said: “We were gutted, everything was turned upside down when we found out about his condition.

What is Hypoplastic left heart syndrome?

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a condition where the left lower pumping chamber (left ventricle) of the heart does not develop properly so is much smaller than usual.

The valve between the left ventricle and the upper left filling chamber (left atrium) is often closed or very small.

And the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body, called the aorta, is also smaller than usual.

This means that the heart is unable to pump blood around the body effectively.

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a form of congenital heart disease, meaning it develops before the baby is born.

The cause is unknown.

Symptoms:
Babies born with this condition are seriously ill as soon as they are born.

Symptoms include:

greyish/blue skin difficulty breathing poor feeding cold hands and feet unusually drowsy and inactive weak pulse

Without surgery  hypoplastic left heart syndrome is fatal, usually within the first few weeks of life.

With treatment many babies survive but may experience other complications like heart rhythm abnormalities fluid build-up on the lungs and blood clots later in life.

“His survival rate was non existent but we decided we weren’t going to let him pass away, we were going to fight.”

She appealed for people to join the Organ Donor Register, with heart transplants giving at least 50 per cent of patients an extra ten years.

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Bodies Of Newborn Babies Found In Suitcase By The Side Of A Road

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A QUIET town has been rocked after a walker found a pair of dead twin babies stuffed in a suitcase and hurled into a ditch.

The anguished passerby called paramedics after the two newborns were found by the side of a road in Wynne, Arkansas.

The tots were found in a ditch in Wynne, Arkansas

Autopsies will take place later this week to establish whether the tots died before they were abandoned.

Lonnie Harris, who has lived in Wynne for 40 years, said: “Everybody knows everybody.
“I was shocked to find out because it’s so close to where I live.”

Neighbour Patricia Warren added: “It really saddened me. It’s sad in a little, small town.”You just don’t hear about things like this but now, all of a sudden, it’s right here at your back door.”

Resident Lonnie Harris said: “Everybody knows everybody. I was shocked to find out because it’s so close to where I live”

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Army Chiefs Slammed Over Recruitment Crisis As Record 100,000 Apply — But Numbers Shrink As Red Tape ‘bogs Them Down’

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THE Army is being crippled by a manpower shortage — despite a record number of would-be recruits attempting to join.

More than 100,000 tried to sign up last year but only 7,500 became soldiers — with thousands dropping out in frustration after getting bogged down in months of red-tape delays.

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Sources say the blockage comes from a “disastrous” decision to outsource recruiting to private firm Capita, and leaves the Army more than 4,000 short of the 82,000 troops it is meant to have.

One said: “The numbers are staggering.”

SAS veteran Andy McNab said the Army’s failure to sign up enough new soldiers despite record numbers of wannabe recruits was “absolute madness”.

Thousands of those who dropped out did so in frustration at red tape and delays — with it taking an average of 300 days from first contacting the Army to finally becoming a soldier.

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Sun Security Adviser Andy said the overly bureaucratic system introduced after recruitment was outsourced to private firm Capita is to blame. He added: “How you can go from over 100,000 trying to join to less than 8,000 signing up defies belief.

“It’s because the Army and Capita have turned recruitment into a faceless, bureaucratic nightmare.”

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It has left the Army, already pared to the bone by defence cuts, with a manpower crisis.

It needs to recruit 10,000 a year to balance those leaving.

Andy said: “The Army is in a crisis — and it’s not because no one wants in.”

Business experts Capita were hired in 2012 to run recruitment for the Ministry of Defence in a £1.3billion deal.

It set about “modernising” the system — with online recruitment and call centres replacing the tradition of having serving officers in high street recruitment offices.

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The latest recruitment advertising campaign, designed to attract more women and ethnic minority candidates, was also criticised for being “too politically correct.”

But the Army’s ads have been an undoubted success. In the 12 months to the end of March 2016, 58,000 tried to join up. Up to March 2017 it was at 100,560.

But while the adverts have worked, the recruitment system changes have backfired.

Insiders say the average 300-day wait between first approaching the Army and finally becoming a soldier is far too long.

Some of that is down to medical and security checks. But, they say, there is also excessive red tape — and the long delays end up putting off would-be recruits.

PA:Press Association Former Army chief General Lord Richard Dannatt said the recruitment changes had been an abject failure

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Former Army chief General Lord Richard Dannatt said the recruitment changes had been an abject failure.

He said: “I’ve heard of a number of people who have been trying to join the Armed Forces and got fed up at the length of time it takes. The system is too complicated, the Army knows the previous system was better and would like to go back to it.

“The reason why it’s not being done is because it’s too expensive.

“The Army at 82,000 has never been smaller since modern records have been kept.

“At 78,000 we’ve hugely undershot the current level — which itself is too small. Ten years ago it was 102,000.”

Slash wait to three months

IRAQ veteran Major General Tim Cross said the Army must set a three-month limit on getting recruits in the ranks.

He added: “The MoD and Capita both recognise this system has not been working. It’s taken them a long time to really acknowledge that and stop pretending it would be OK. Face-to-face dialogue with young soldiers and potential young recruits is crucial.

“To have a target of around three or four months seems pretty sensible.

“Certainly it needs to be a lot less than the 300 days it currently is. You can’t afford to let these people slip through your fingers.”

MP Johhny Mercer, an ex-Army officer, said: “The offer the military gives is as appealing now as it has ever been and that is borne out by the figures. But something is going wrong between the offer the Army gives and people doing their first day’s service.

“The Army shouldn’t be under­manned when you see the numbers trying to join. It also seems to be a colossal waste of money.”

Army insiders said an overhaul of recruitment is now looming. The call centre and online applications system will remain but a new initiative to put soldiers back in recruiting offices is pending.

A source said: “The ad campaigns have been more successful than anyone could have hoped.

“But we’re not getting the end product, we’re not getting soldiers in the ranks. You can blame Capita but this is still a partnership with the Army.

“The key thing is people are aware and are doing something to remedy this. It will get fixed.”

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Bodies Of Newborn Babies Found Insuitcase By The Side Of A Road

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A QUIET town has been rocked after a walker found a pair of dead twin babies stuffed in a suitcase and hurled into a ditch.

The anguished passerby called paramedics after the two newborns were found by the side of a road in Wynne, Arkansas.

The tots were found in a ditch in Wynne, Arkansas

Autopsies will take place later this week to establish whether the tots died before they were abandoned.

Lonnie Harris, who has lived in Wynne for 40 years, said: “Everybody knows everybody.
“I was shocked to find out because it’s so close to where I live.”

Neighbour Patricia Warren added: “It really saddened me. It’s sad in a little, small town.”You just don’t hear about things like this but now, all of a sudden, it’s right here at your back door.”

Resident Lonnie Harris said: “Everybody knows everybody. I was shocked to find out because it’s so close to where I live”

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