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Brave toddler being slowly suffocated by her massive TONGUE faces life or death battle

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A brave two-year-old girl who is being slowly suffocated by her enormous tongue faces a life or death battle over Christmas .

Little Zhyrille Cruz, who suffers from a rare tumour, is likely to die if she does not undergo surgery to treat her condition.

The toddler was born with a noticeably swollen mouth.

And shortly after, she diagnosed with lymphangioma- an uncommon disease which causes benign growths in the lymph vessels.

Her poverty-stricken parents claim doctors initially told them their daughter’s condition would not develop into anything dangerous.

Little Zhyrille Cruz faces a life or death battle over Christmas

Little Zhyrille Cruz faces a life or death battle over Christmas

The youngster is likely to die if she does not undergo surgery to treat her condition

The youngster is likely to die if she does not undergo surgery to treat her condition

But they watched in despair as the lymphangioma slowly worsened, leaving Zhyrille with a massive tongue and struggling to breathe.

The toddler’s mum Mary Cruz, 22, took her to the local government ‘sweepstakes office’, the equivalent of National Lottery funding in the UK.

There, the little girl, who is believed to be from the Philippines, received funding for doctors to fit a tube into her neck for her to breathe.

Zhyrille is now receiving free oral chemotherapy medicine at home in a desperate bid to reduce the size of her benign tumour.

If the tumour is reduced, doctors will put her forward for surgery which her mum and dad, Gerry Cruz, 28, will have to try to fund themselves.

She was diagnosed with lymphangioma- which causes benign growths in the lymph vessels - shortly after her birth

Heartbreakingly, the condition could be treated relatively easily with an operation in Britain.

But without surgery, it is likely that Zhyrille will become one of the rare cases where lymphangioma ends up being fatal.

She and her family now face an agonising wait over the Christmas period.

But despite the situation, the adorable toddler came across like any other little girl when she was photographed at her home last Thursday.

Mum Mary said: “Zhyrille is the light in our hearts. We don’t know what the future holds, but we will make this the best Christmas for her.

“Zhyrille is the best gift we could have. Her laughter makes everyone smile. I pray every day she will grow up to be a bright and beautiful young girl.

The toddler came across like any other little girl when she was photographed at her family home last Thursday

The toddler came across like any other little girl when she was photographed at her family home last Thursday (Image: Viral Press)

“I wish for nothing but to see a smile on her lovely face every single second. I want to see her grow up and achieve her goals. That is our dream.”

Lymphangioma is a rare disease of the lymphatic system which causes legions ranging in size from microscopic to large.

It is mostly found in young children, mainly around the neck.

In Zhyrille’s case, lymphangioma started while she was in the womb. It was allegedly missed by doctors at her birth, but was diagnosed shortly after.

The youngster’s parents live with family and earn around $150 (about £112) a month through Gerry’s wage as a contractor.

They were unable to afford any proper treatment for their daughter.

However, she finally began receiving some medical attention earlier this year from a local charity which, along with the government, helped to fund the tube for her breathing.

In Zhyrille's case, lymphangioma started while she was in the womb

In Zhyrille’s case, lymphangioma started while she was in the womb

The family also collected three months’ worth of chemotherapy medication in October and are awaiting tests in January to see if it has been effective.

After this, doctors will decide whether Zhyrille can have surgery.

Mary said: “We will do what we can.

“We work and we save as much as possible for our daughter. We pray that the medicine will work and she can have an operation.

“She takes medicines twice a day. A tablet costs 300 pesos (£4).

“We still don’t have her next batch of medicines because the office only release medicines on schedule.

Her mum said: "I wish for nothing but to see a smile on her lovely face every single second"

Her mum said: “I wish for nothing but to see a smile on her lovely face every single second”

“The doctors have not yet given us an estimated amount for the surgery because she’s still under observation whether she can take the surgery or not although we are expecting it to be really expensive.”

Fatalities from lymphangioma – which is not cancerous – are virtually unheard of in developed countries, where medics can treat the condition early with a simple operation.

However, in undeveloped countries, the relatively high cost of doctors and surgery means some patients can go their entire lifetime without treatment before the condition eventually kills them.

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Lionel Messi wins record fifth Golden Shoe award

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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi says he “never imagined having so much success” after being presented with a record fifth European Golden Shoe award.




The Argentine scored 34 goals in 36 La Liga appearances in 2017-18, making him the highest goalscorer in Europe ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (32).

Messi’s latest Golden Shoe award moves him one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won four in total.

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“The truth is I had no idea this would happen when I started,” said Messi.

“I dreamt of playing professional football and enjoying success, I love the game, but I never imagined I would have so much.”

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Tottenham’s Harry Kane finished third in the rankings with 30 Premier League goals, while former Real Madrid forward Ronaldo – now at Juventus – ended the season with 26 goals in 27 league matches.

Messi currently leads Europe’s goalscoring charts once again, with 14 goals so far this term, as he targets a sixth Golden Shoe award.

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Kenyan Bishop Bags 75 Years Jail Term For Defiling Three Girls

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A bishop accused of defiling three girls he was living with at an orphanage, infecting one of them with HIV has now sentenced to 75 years in prison.



Kisumu Resident Magistrate Pauline Mbulika found him guilty of three counts of defilement and deliberate transmission of HIV.

Joseph Agutu had promised to sponsor the minors before he started defiling them.

Agutu who hid his face from the cameras as police escorted him out of the solitary cell to Kodiaga Maximum Prison, had maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings.

He was charged with committing the crime against the girls between April and July 2016. One of the girls is aged 14 while two are 15 years old.

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The court heard that the accused intentionally committed the crime and deliberately infected one of the minors with HIV.

The accused also reportedly touched the girls inappropriately on various dates between April and July 12, 2016. In addition, Agutu also faced an alternative charge of touching the private parts of the minors.

Four prosecution witnesses pointed an accusing finger to the Bishop with the minors recounting the sexual encounters that the man subjected them to.

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One of the minors who is an orphan painfully narrated to the court how the bishop lured her and her grandmother to the trap.

“My grandmother brought me to him and he promised to sponsor my education. My grandmother went back home and left me with him at the church,” said the minor.

After a while, she told the court, the bishop defiled her and called the other girl and defiled them too as she slept on the floor. She said they were crying throughout the ordeal.

The court heard that the following morning the bishop refused to allow them to go to school but instead ordered them to go to church.

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