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Vaccinated aspiring model, 21, has both legs amputated after traumatic Covid complications




Born with a congenital heart condition, Claire Bridges was rushed off to Tampa General Hospital, Florida, when she began suffering from organ failure in January 2022 following a Covid infection. Diagnosed with myocarditis, rhabdomyolysis, mild pneumonia, cyanosis and acidosis – according to Yahoo News – Claire was placed on dialysis to help her failing kidneys. The damage to her body, however, resulted in poor circulation to her lower limbs, leading to amputation.

Dad Wayne Bridges said despite medical staff striving to save Claire’s legs, the damage was “too severe and irreversible”.

Detailing the progress of his daughter’s recovery on Facebook, Mr Bridges confirmed on March 17 that Claire could finally sit up by herself.

“Two months to the day this all started and Claire, for the first time, sat up by herself,” the proud father noted.

“It may not seem like a lot, but for this warrior it’s a major victory!” Mr Bridges added.

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“And for this victory, it looks like our warrior girl is coming home to her mom’s house today for the rehab phase of her journey.”

Released in time for her 21st birthday, Mr Bridges said: “She is very happy to be home around family and friends.”

Confiding to Newsweek, Mr Bridges stated it had been a “mentally [and] emotionally taxing” time.

However, the family are now “hopeful” to raise thousands of pounds that will go towards Claire’s medical and ongoing recovery expenses.


“I am so proud of you and inspired by you,” Mr Bridges wrote in a touching tribute to Claire on Facebook.

“You have overcome more in two months than any of us could imagine in a lifetime.”

A congenital heart condition

The NHS explained: “Congenital heart disease is a general term for a range of birth defects that affect the normal way the heart works.”

Congenital heart disease is “one of the most common types of birth defect” that affects one in 100 babies born in the UK.

In babies and children, congenital heart disease can lead to the following symptoms:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Swelling of the legs, tummy or around the eyes
  • Extreme tiredness and fatigue
  • A blue tinge to the skin or lips (cyanosis)
  • Tiredness and rapid breathing when a baby is feeding.

“These problems are sometimes noticeable soon after birth, although mild defects may not cause any problems until later in life,” the NHS added.

There are numerous types of congenital heart disease; sometimes, the defects can occur in combinations.

Some of the “more common defects” include:

  • Septal defects
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Pulmonary valve stenosis
  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Undeveloped heart.

Congenital heart disease and Covid

The British Heart Foundation stated: “Most children with congenital heart disease don’t seem to be at particular risk of becoming seriously ill from coronavirus infection.”

However, children with congenital heart disease are classified as higher risk of Covid if they have:

  • Fontan circulation
  • Single ventricle or cyanosis
  • Significant lung disease
  • Heart failure
  • Pulmonary hypertension.

The BHF added: “Generally, any child with congenital heart disease who falls into one of the high-risk categories above is eligible for the Covid vaccine.”

People who have not had a recent medical check-up regarding congenital heart disease should speak to their doctor.



Ruud van Nistelrooy makes next job decision as Man Utd plan coaching appointment




That decision failed to pay off, however, with the Red Devils sacking Moyes after just 10 months in charge.

After the current West Ham boss came Van Gaal, who arrived with big things expected due to his past success at the likes of Barcelona and Ajax.

Giggs was hoping to get the Red Devils job himself, which was why he stayed, but both ended up leaving nearly six years ago.

When Jose Mourinho took over, he opted to maintain his close relationship with Rui Faria – who had previously worked under him at clubs such as Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Fair departed in the summer of 2018, though, with Michael Carrick then given a place on Mourinho’s bench.

Carrick stayed to work under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the Norwegian also regularly picking up the thoughts of Phelan and Kieran McKenna throughout his spell in the dugout.

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High cholesterol: Blood pressure drug linked to significant reduction in good cholesterol




“Though they’re commonly used to treat different forms of heart disease, beta-blockers can significantly reduce HDL levels.”

Among the beta-blockers that cause this are Corgard (nadolol), Inderal (propranolol), Tenormin (atenolol), Zebeta (bisoprolol).

These drugs are widely used in the treatment of angina, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, heart attack and high blood pressure.

But despite concerns about their effect on cholesterol, scientists stress that the benefits of beta-blockers far outweigh the risks.

VeryWell Health adds: “If your beta-blocker affects your cholesterol significantly, your doctor may lower your dose or switch you to a different medication.”


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Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez not on same page over Saudi Arabia GP after missile attack




However, after a four-hour meeting between race officials and the teams, it was confirmed the race would go ahead despite the attack. It had been reported that a number of the competing drivers were concerned for their safety following the nearby explosion.

Despite this, an agreement was finally reached to race at 2:30am local time, after team chiefs left the lengthy meeting to confirm: “We will be racing.” A statement from Formula 1 confirmed Sunday’s race would go ahead as planned. It read: “Formula 1 has been in close contact with the relevant authorities following the situation that took place today. The authorities have confirmed that the event can continue as planned and we will remain in close contact with them and all the teams and closely monitor the situation.”

Unsurprisingly, there were a number of mixed views on whether the race should go ahead, and this is clearly apparent in the Red Bull setup. This comes after advisor Helmut Marko revealed that drivers Verstappen and Perez are not on the same page when it comes to racing.

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On the issue, Marko told Sky Germany: “Max is a bit more relaxed about it. Perez is a little bit scared, but when you live in Mexico City there’s not much more security. We have the pandemic, we have the war in Europe and now we have a missile attack 20 kilometres away. This is no longer normal or pleasant.”

Ahead of tomorrow’s race though, the Austrian advisor is firmly on the side of Verstappen and the race officials, supporting the idea of the race taking place. He commented: “I really think it’s the right thing to do. As I said, these drone attacks are common, I think. They have a very good defence system. Why this one didn’t work remains to be seen. It’s not the first drone, after all. But it’s the first one to strike on such a scale.”

The attack took place during Friday’s first practice session, and it was Red Bull’s star man Verstappen who was one of the first to realise something was wrong after reporting on his team radio that he could ‘smell burning’. Initially, the Dutchman thought the smell was coming from either his or one of his rival’s cars, however it then became clear that an explosion had taken place just a few miles from the track.

Giving an insight into Verstappen’s initial worries, Marko said: “Max radioed us, he thought his car had caught fire because there was an intense burning smell. We were informed a drone had been sent from Yemen. The Saudis have a defence system and for some reason the drone was not intercepted.”


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