Casualty Actress Rebekah Gibbs dies, aged 41

Rebekah Gibbs

The 41-year-old played paramedic Nina Farr for more than 100 episodes of the BBC medical drama between 2004 and 2006.

Her agent Belfield and Ward tweeted the news: “Darling Rebekah Gibbs, a true inspiration and dazzling light, never to be forgotten.”

She left Casualty to have a family and was diagnosed with cancer after the birth of her daughter in 2008.

Gibbs was just weeks away from giving birth when she first noticed a lump in her breast.

Doctors were reassuring and said it would be benign.

But just months after having baby Gigi and after pushing for further treatment because she felt something was wrong, the actress was told she had a particularly aggressive cancer.

Speaking to the BBC in 2010 when she had celebrated two years of being cancer free, she said that she didn’t take anything for granted.

“I won’t get cocky though and I take each day as it comes. I am always a little unsure about the future,” she said.

She wrote about her experience of breast cancer in a weekly column forthe Daily Mirror, saying the exact moment she found the lump was “one that will be etched on my memory forever”.

“I close my eyes, and I am right back there, in front of the TV, feeling petrified as I desperately run my finger above my baby bump and under my breast, willing the lump to disappear.

“That crushing fear has stayed with me. It’s with me every day.”

 

 

Vikings football player Orlando Thomas. Thomas died Sunday night, Nov. 9, 2014, in his hometown of Crowley, La., of complications from ALS. He was 42

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Former Minnesota Vikings safety Orlando Thomas has died of complications from ALS. He was 42.

Thomas was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2007. He died on Sunday night in his hometown of Crowley, Louisiana. The death was confirmed by the Vikings, Mark Bartelstein, the former agent for Thomas, and Glenn Boullion, the director of Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home in Crowley.

Thomas was a hard-hitting starter for seven seasons for the Vikings, the last one coming in 2001. He led the NFL in interceptions with nine as a rookie in 1995. Bartelstein said he believes the disease was related to playing football.

 

Young man dies of stroke after chiropractor manipulates his neck.

Young man dies of stroke after chiropractor manipulates his neck

Chiropractors have come under fire for increasing young people’s risk of stroke before, but the recent death of a 30-year-old in Oklahoma has left physicians angry, chiropractors in a defensive crouch, and a family in mourning.

Jeremy Youngblood, 30, had a stroke at a chiropractor’s office in Ada due to what the autopsy called neck manipulation, but instead of calling 911, the office called his father, a bus driver, and told him to pick up his son, reports KFOR 4.

Jeremy was eventually flown to Oklahoma City, where he died. Doctor says these neck adjustments can cause a small tear in the artery wall, which in turns tries to heal by clotting.

But the clot can break off and block a blood vessel to the brain, causing a stroke, reports WebMD. “We can talk all day about the lack of evidence of the benefit of neck manipulations for neck pain, but beyond that they use neck manipulation for things that have nothing to do with the neck,” one doctor says.

“Low back pain, knee pain … ear infections in babies, colicky babies, PMS in women. Bee sting therapy, snake oil [salesmen]. There’s no more to it than that.” But chiropractors say there are real benefits that keep people returning.

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