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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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Juventus seal Maurizio Sarri deal

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Maurizio Sarri has left Chelsea to become manager of Serie A champions Juventus on a three-year deal.

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Sarri, who joined the Blues from Napoli in July 2018, led them to third in the Premier League and won the Europa League in his one season in charge.

It is understood compensation in excess of £5m has been agreed between the two clubs for the 60-year-old.

Sarri will replace fellow Italian Massimiliano Allegri, who left Juventus at the end of last season.

“In talks we had following the Europa League final, Maurizio made it clear how strongly he desired to return to his native country, explaining that his reasons for wanting to return to work in Italy were significant,” said Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.

“He also believed it important to be nearer his family, and for the well-being of his elderly parents he felt he needed to live closer to them at this point.”

Sarri signed a three-year deal last July but now becomes the ninth full-time manager to leave Chelsea under Roman Abramovich, who bought the club in 2003.

Derby boss and former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has been linked with taking over from Sarri but the Blues are yet to make contact with the Rams.

The Championship club are keen to extend Lampard’s deal – which has two years left – and have opened talks with the 40-year-old.

Chelsea are unable to sign any players after being given a two-window transfer ban by world governing body Fifa – a decision they are appealing against at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.


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Hong kong: two million protesters demand Lam to resign.

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Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam apologized to its people on Sunday as an estimated 1 million-plus black-clad protesters insisted that she resign over her handling of a bill that would allow citizens to be sent to mainland China for trial.

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Organizers said almost 2 million turned out on Sunday to demand that chief executive Lam step down in what is becoming the most significant challenge to China’s relationship with the territory since it was handed back by Britain 22 years ago.

Sunday’s demonstration came in spite of Lam indefinitely delaying – though not withdrawing – the bill on Saturday in a dramatic climbdown that threw into question her ability to continue to lead the city.

On Sunday, she apologized for the way the government had handled the draft law, which had been scheduled for debate last Wednesday, but gave no further insight into its fate.

Organizers pressed ahead with the protest to demand the bill’s full withdrawal, as well as to mark their anger at the way police handled a demonstration against it on Wednesday, when more than 70 people were injured by rubber bullets and tear gas.

Some of Sunday’s marchers held signs saying, “Do not shoot, we are HongKonger.”

Police said the demonstration reached 338,000 at its peak. Organizers and police have routinely produced vastly different estimates at recent demonstrations.

Organizers estimated a protest the week before drew 1 million while police said 240,000.

“It’s much bigger today. Many more people,” said one protester who gave her name as Ms Wong. “I came today because of what happened on Wednesday, with the police violence.”

Loud cheers rang out when activists called through loud hailers for Lam’s resignation and the cry “step down” echoed through the streets.

“(An) apology is not enough,” said demonstrator Victor Li, 19.

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