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Bubbly’ teen dies just days after she was out partying – totally unaware she had terminal cancer.



A tragic teenager died just days after she was partying with friends – totally unaware she was battling terminal cancer .

Ellie Walsh had spent Christmas Eve with friends but just three days later was rushed into emergency surgery after a scan revealed a stomach tumour.

The 18-year-old from Lincoln suffered complications and tragically died, leaving her devastated mum unable to say goodbye.

The 37-year-old said:“We didn’t realise just how ill Ellie was. She had tummy pains for a few years and then about five weeks ago, a scan showed she had a tumour.

“We have been going to the doctors

She died during the operation but before she went in [for the operation] I told her I loved her and that I would see her later.

“When they told me I was in shock and my head went into a spin. You could see they were upset but they did all they could.

“I wouldn’t wish that on anybody though.”

The bubbly teen had looked set to start an exciting career having just been taken on as a permanent receptionist after impressing as an apprentice at law firm Burton and Co.

But, while her death has come as a surprise, her mum has taken comfort from the fact that the pair got to spend a final Christmas together and that her baby girl was able to live a normal life right until the end.

“It is a shock,” she reported. “Ellie was out on Christmas Eve with her friends.

“She was quite a private person and had a small group of friends, but they have stuck by her all the way through school.

“They loved partying and even though Ellie was usually quiet, she would talk to anyone on a night out.

“I am taking comfort from the fact Ellie got to do all the things she wanted to do as had she had known, she wouldn’t have enjoyed herself as much.”

The distraught mum has since learned that the growth in her daughter’s stomach was most likely cancer and even if the operation had been a success then Ellie would have still most likely only had a few months left to live.

And she is glad that people will be able to remember her daughter for the bright and smiley girl she was.

“Ellie was so kind and funny,” she said. “She was a great sister and daughter.

“She had a great sense of humour but was so brave. I will miss her forever.”

Tributes have appeared online since Ellie’s death was made public and her mum said that has really helped the family during a difficult time.

“I want to say thanks to everyone who has got in touch,” she added. “The nice things said about Ellie have been a real comfort.

“Both Lincoln and Sheffield hospitals were great as well.”

Mary-Anne McNulty also paid a heartfelt tribute to her best friend of 14 years.

She said: “I went to primary school with Ellie and we started secondary school together until she left to go to LSST, but we still remained as close as ever.

“Ellie was a kind, generous, beautiful and funny young girl. She will always remain my best friend and she will never be forgotten.”

An exact cause of death has yet to be determined.

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Important Steps to follow in case of vehicle accidents



It’s important to know and understand how to prevent motor vehicle accidents. However, if the worst happens, would you know what to do? This equally important aspect of understanding road safety is often overlooked.

Thankfully, not all car accidents are fatal. And whatever the degree of damage, while it may not lessen the shock of a collision, it can ease the frustration of both parties if they know what steps to follow to make insurance claims easier.

Know the law

Section 61 of the National Road Traffic Act of 1996 states that in the event of an accident, where: a person or an animal was killed or injured, or any property like a vehicle was damaged, certain steps must be taken in line with the law.

The driver must:

    • Stop the vehicle and ascertain if there are any injuries;
    • Offer the assistance to injured persons;
    • Ascertain the nature and extent of damage sustained;
    • Request the name, address, vehicle registration and driver’s licence details, as well as the identity number of the other party; and
    • Report the accident to the relevant police station within 24 hours.


Credible evidence

According to the act, there are important other rules that must also be observed. The law further specifies that the driver may not take any intoxicating liquor or drug that has a narcotic effect, unless he or she has reported the accident to a police officer

Moreover, no person may remove any vehicle involved in an accident – in which another person was killed or injured – from the position in which it came to rest, until a traffic officer has given permission for it to be removed.

Only if the accident causes total obstruction of a public road can the vehicle be moved, and only after its position has been clearly marked on the surface of the roadway.


Possible pitfalls

You should also take pictures of the accident scene.

Further penalties during the claim process could come due to driving under the influence of alcohol, without a valid driver’s license for the vehicle being operated, driving an unlicensed or unroadworthy vehicle and not paying your insurance premium, says Tshifularo.

Tshifularo also cautions that you should not let a tow-truck driver coerce you into towing your car without making sure that it is a tow truck authorised by your insurance company.

“Otherwise you could be liable for the costs and have to spend a lot of time and energy trying to track your vehicle down.”

“After an accident, it’s very important to stay calm and rational.

“Arguing over whose fault the accident was or panicking is not going to help the situation. Instead, take charge and follow the procedure in as calm a manner as possible,” Tshifularo says.


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A Depiction of Unity in Diversity – The best picture of the Century




Men Sometimes needs situations to explain part the reasons for existence is not totally personal, incidents that reminds humanity that in life, we mostly need one another, to either get better, get further or even to survive.

Such is the message that comes to mind at the sight of the picture considered to be the best photo of the Century which has turned sensational on internet, where a Lioness and her Cub were crossing the Savannah but the excessive heat makes walking greatly difficult for the cub.

Meanwhile an Elephant who realized the cub will die in such condition, carried the cub in his trunk to a pool of water, walking side-by-side the Lioness.

Even though they are called wild animals, the sense to ‘recognize a fellow’ ‘help a fellow in need,’ and ‘walk in oneness for the purpose of achieving a goal’ still come to play.


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