Boy With Crippling ‘Suicide Disease’ Takes First Steps in a Year After Traveling to US for Pioneering Treatment:
A young boy with a crippling condition that is so painful it’s dubbed the ‘suicide disease’ has taken his first steps almost a year after traveling across the pond for pioneering treatment in the USA. Dillon first started showing symptoms almost a year ago in November 2021, when he woke up with a limp and by the evening he was left debilitated by pain. Dillon Wilford was in so much pain from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) that he even begged his mother Melanie to let him have his leg amputated. But after their family spent almost $20,000 to travel from the UK for specialized treatment, the 11-year-old became pain-free for the first time in months. Doctors in Houston, Texas, treated Dillon with a VECTTOR machine, which delivers a form of electro-stimulation to nerves to reduce pain. According to the company that created the machine, VECTTOTR stimulates the nerves in the body to produce neuropeptides that promote optimal body functions. This tends to decrease the stress overall on the body and in Dillon’s case made his pain almost nonexistent.
Police Dog That Saved 38 Lives During 8-year Career is honored for Bravery–And Now Gets to Play on the Beach:
PC Linda McBride with Luna – SWNS
A police dog that saved 38 lives during an eight-year career has been honored at the Thin Blue Paw Awards gala last week. The heroic dog has saved many people through her job as a search and rescue dog for missing people. The 10-year-old German Shepherd retired in June and celebrated with her handler by going on her first-ever vacation, enjoying playtime on the beach, and swimming in the sea. Scottish police officer Linda McBride first partnered with Luna in December 2012 when the pup was just 12 weeks old and since then the duo has always looked out for each other. Based at Larbert in the Central Division of Police Scotland, the 55-year-old officer said the bond between the pair will never be broken. Luna lives with Linda and a pair of active police dogs including a German Shepherd and cocker spaniel as well as her 91-year-old mother who has a great relationship with all the dogs. Luna is an extraordinary dog and now she can be surrounded by family in a well-earned retirement.
Mom Says Her Baby Boy’s Sight Was Saved by Message from a Stranger Who Spotted Abnormality on TikTok:
New mother Lily Fleet posted a cleverly edited video dressing her son Ari that happened to be spotted by optometrist Laura Brown. Noticing Ari’s left eye had a cloudy appearance and an outward squint during a short few seconds of the video, she messaged Fleet suggesting she get the eight-week-old checked out. The tests revealed he had congenital glaucoma, which required an urgent operation to open a tube in his eye so the fluid could drain out. Untreated, glaucoma can eventually lead to blindness. Fleet said she had noticed Ari’s eye wasn’t focusing properly and had been reassured it was fine by her doctor at his six-week checkup. Lily had been to the doctors already but had been turned away until she went armed with Brown’s advice. Now, the first-time mother is much happier that Ari now doesn’t have to worry about losing her eyesight.