Ladybird left woman with three years of deafness and ear pain

After 11 fruitless visits to her doctor over three years, Danielle Eccles was beginning to think that her severe earache would never be cured. Over that time, the 28-year-old, an NHS administration manager, was prone to temporarily losing all hearing in her blocked and swollen right ear, and bouts of ‘unbearable’ pain that caused her to take time off work.

Then, one day, while putting in yet more eardrops as prescribed by the doctor, a ladybird’s head fell out of her ear.

It was then that she remembered that around the time her symptoms first began with a tickling sensation in August 2009, she was convinced that something had crawled into her ear.

Mrs Eccles, who lives with husband Neil, 32, a landscaper, said: ‘A few nights earlier I’d felt sure a bug had crawled in my ear and was so relieved when my GP said he couldn’t see any insect in there.’

This time, however, she was finally referred to hospital, where an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist removed the rest of the perfectly preserved ladybird.

Yesterday Mrs Eccles, who is making a formal complaint to the surgery, said: ‘It sounds funny but I thought I was going mad. ‘It’s made my life a nightmare. I just can’t believe no one saw it. After all, it must be the brightest, spottiest bug in the UK.’

By May 2010 she had already gone back to the surgery six times.

‘I kept on getting ear infections and deafness,’ she said. ‘At restaurants I had to position myself at the table so my left ear was turned towards people speaking and walking along a road with someone I had to walk to their right so I could hear them properly. ‘Neil got fed up having to say everything twice to me.

‘Before this I was rarely ill. But I’ve had to have two lots of time off work because the pain was unbearable and the antibiotics I’ve had to take ruined my immune system leaving me prone to lots of colds.’

Last year and earlier this year, she went back to the Elizabeth Courtauld surgery near her home in Halstead, Essex, a further five times.

By that point, doctors had issued Mrs Eccles with a total of 12 prescriptions of earspray, eardrops, antibiotics and painkillers, none of which managed to solve the problem.

She said: ‘One doctor did see something but diagnosed it as a “glob of wax”. ‘It was only in June this year when putting some eardrops in, that the head and jaws of a ladybird fell out of my hand that I recalled the night I believed the insect had crawled in.’

Mrs Eccles took the beetle’s head to show her GP, who finally referred her to an ENT consultant.

She said: ‘Waiting six weeks for the appointment was difficult as by then the deafness and discomfort in that ear was getting worse.’ However, within five minutes the consultant had removed the insect’s body.

Mrs Eccles said: ‘We could clearly see from its spots it was a ladybird. I was instantly able to hear again and that was such a relief. ‘But I feel angry. I was made to feel I was making a fuss about nothing and feel I should have been referred to a specialist much earlier.’

Dr Azhar Shaida, a consultant ENT surgeon from The Harley St ENT Clinic, said: ‘It would appear the ladybird was hiding behind some wax. ‘A GP surgery does not possess the same level of equipment that an ENT specialist department has, so it appears when doctors looked into the ear, all they saw was wax. ‘Because the insect body was encased in wax, it would have stopped the air getting to it so it wouldn’t have degraded.’ [They couldn’t be bothered to syringe out the wax, of course, a routine procedure where I come from, as wax buildup tend to impede hearing]


Elderly cancer patients denied financial advice because nurses assume they are well-off

The over-75s are among the least satisfied groups of cancer patients with the standards of care and support from doctors and nurses, according to the Department of Health study.

Fewer than half of the age group reported being given information on their eligibility to benefits for the disabled and other types of financial assistance.

The NHS Cancer Patient Experience Survey found that standards of care had risen over the past two years, with more patients treated with respect and given choice over their care.

More than 70,000 cancer patients completed questionnaires for the report, including 15,000 aged over 75. The report disclosed that 88 per cent of patients rated their care as “excellent” or “very good”.

However, levels of satisfaction were generally lower among the youngest age group, 16-25 year-olds, and those aged over 75. The report said younger patients were more likely to be given information about financial help or benefits they may be entitled to receive.

“Far more young people are being given information on these issues than are older people – perhaps because NHS staff believe that older people will automatically be in receipt of pensions and therefore do not need this kind of support,” the report said.

“However, many older people do not claim all that they could be way of pension credit, housing benefit etc, and it remains the case that many pensioners have very low incomes.”

The study suggested that about 47 per cent of over-75s received information from the NHS about how to get financial help, just over half the proportion of 16-25 year-olds who were told how to claim benefits.

Financial help that pensioners with cancer could be entitled to include pension credit, which tops up weekly income to total of up to £218 per week; a disability-related additional amount of pension credit worth up to £24 a week; attendance allowance of up to £77 a week; and council tax benefit.


Dropping the Holocaust from history lessons? What some British Schools are doing so that they Avoid Offending Muslim Students

    British teachers are also reluctant to discuss the medieval Crusades, in which Christians fought Muslim armies for control of Jerusalem: lessons often contradict what is taught in local mosques.

In Cheshire, two students at the Alsager High School were punished by their teacher for refusing to pray to Allah as part of their religious education class.

In Scotland, 30 non-Muslim children from the Parkview Primary School recently were required to visit the Bait ur Rehman Ahmadiyya mosque in the Yorkhill district of Glasgow. At the mosque, the children were instructed to recite the shahada, the Muslim declaration of faith which states: “There is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger.” Muslims are also demanding that Islamic preachers be sent to every school in Scotland to teach children about Islam, ostensibly in an effort to end negative attitudes about Muslims.

British schools are increasingly dropping the Jewish Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, according to a report entitled, Teaching Emotive and Controversial History, commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills.

British teachers are also reluctant to discuss the medieval Crusades, in which Christians fought Muslim armies for control of Jerusalem: lessons often contradict what is taught in local mosques.

In an effort to counter “Islamophobia” in British schools, teachers now are required to teach “key Muslim contributions such as Algebra and the number zero” in math and science courses, even though the concept of zero originated in India.

In the East London district of Tower Hamlets, four Muslims were recently jailed for attacking a local white teacher who gave religious studies lessons to Muslim girls; and 85 out of 90 schools have implemented “no pork” policies.

Schools across Britain are, in fact, increasingly banning pork from lunch menus to avoid offending Muslim students. Hundreds of schools have adopted a “no pork” policy, according to a recent report by the London-based Daily Telegraph.

The culinary restrictions join a long list of politically correct changes that gradually are bringing hundreds of British primary and secondary education into conformity with Islamic Sharia law.

The London Borough of Haringey, a heavily Muslim district in North London, is the latest school district to switch to a menu that is fully halal (religiously permissible for Muslims).

The Haringey Town Council recently issued “best practice” advice to all schools in its area to “ban all pork products in order to cater for the needs of staff and pupils who are not permitted contact with these for religious reasons.”


British police ‘are too worried about political correctness to prevent abuse linked to witchcraft’

Political correctness is preventing police from stopping child abuse in communities that believe in witchcraft, a minister said yesterday.

Tim Loughton warned that  a ‘wall of silence’ surrounded the problem.

Police and social workers are to receive additional training amid fears of a rise in witchcraft-related murders and attacks on children.

In the high-profile cases of Kristy Bamu and Victoria Climbie, both victims were murdered because family members believed they were possessed.

Ministers are concerned that faith-based abuse is under-reported and misunderstood, and the Metropolitan Police admits that its officers are rarely able to spot the signs that a youngster is in danger of such abuse, despite dealing with 83 faith-based cases in the past decade.

Mr Loughton, the children’s minister, said: ‘It’s clear we need to make a stand.

There has been only very gradual progress in understanding the issues over the last few years – either because community leaders have been reluctant to challenge beliefs which risk leading to real abuse in their midst, or because authorities misunderstand the causes or are cowed by political correctness.’

He added: ‘Child abuse is appalling and unacceptable wherever it occurs and whatever form it takes.

‘Abuse linked to faith or belief in spirits, witchcraft or possession is a horrific crime, condemned by people of all cultures, communities and faiths – but there has been a wall of silence around its scale and extent.’

Yesterday a Nigerian couple who claimed their children were possessed by evil spirits were jailed for seven years, following a decade-long campaign of abuse that came to light only after their eldest daughter threw a note out of her bedroom window pleading for help.

The case follows that of Magalie Bamu, who was jailed for life in March after torturing her 15-year-old brother Kristy to death because she thought he was practising witchcraft.

She and boyfriend Eric Bikubi, who was also jailed for life, inflicted more than 130 injuries over the course of four horrific days in Newham, east London.

The death echoed that of eight-year-old Victoria Climbie, who was tortured and starved to death in 2000 after her carers became convinced that she was possessed.

The National Action Plan to Tackle Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief, drawn up after Kristy Bamu’s murder, urges closer engagement with communities, while other measures include better support for victims so that more prosecutions can be secured.

Detective Superintendent Terry Sharpe, who led the Bamu case, said: ‘It may be very difficult for the children themselves to come forward or, if it is a rogue pastor scenario, for people to report their religious leaders.

‘Our big push has been to empower the professionals to raise awareness of the signs.’

Bishop Joe Aldred, part of the Churches Together in England group, said people should not ‘turn a blind eye’ to the possibility that children are in danger in religious settings.  ‘Everybody has to be aware,’ he stressed.

Andrew Flanagan, head of the NSPCC, added: ‘The vast majority of people in communities where witchcraft is practised are horrified by these acts.  ‘We must not be afraid to raise this issue so the offenders can be exposed.’



About jonjayray

I am former member of the Australia-Soviet Friendship Society, former anarcho-capitalist and former member of the British Conservative party. The kneejerk response of the Green/Left to people who challenge them is to say that the challenger is in the pay of "Big Oil", "Big Business", "Big Pharma", "Exxon-Mobil", "The Pioneer Fund" or some other entity that they see, in their childish way, as a boogeyman. So I think it might be useful for me to point out that I have NEVER received one cent from anybody by way of support for what I write. As a retired person, I live entirely on my own investments. I do not work for anybody and I am not beholden to anybody
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