Eight people have found dead inside a trailer truck parked outside Walmart in San Antonio, USA. Twenty others were in a critical or serious condition, with some believed to be suffering from heatstroke or dehydration. The driver is in police custody. It is thought this could be a people-smuggling operation. The police were called by a Walmart employee who had been approached by someone from the truck asking for water.
This makes my stomach churn to think about what these people have suffered.
Staff at Great Ormand Street Hospital have received death threats over the treatment of baby Charlie Gard. Police had been called after families were harassed and unacceptable behaviour was recorded in the hospital. Great Ormand Street Hospital is involved in a legal battle to remove life support from the 11-month-old, who has a rare genetic disorder. Charlie’s parents don’t condone this abuse of the hospital staff. Charlie was born with a form of mitochondrial disease, a condition that causes progressive muscle weakness and irreversible brain damage, and his parents want to take him to the US for pioneering treatment. They have lost a succession of court cases and is back before the High Court on Monday.
I know Great Ormand Street Hospital well and it saddens me to think of their staff and patients being subjected to abuse. Whatever the wrongs and rights of this case, and it’s not for me to judge, this hospital has saved the lives of many thousands of children and has always in my experience treated their patients and parents with respect.
This week is another run of the mill one for me, work, eat, write, sleep and repeat. I lost a work colleague this week as she moved on to other things but I gained a real friend. Other than visiting a friend for a glass of wine or two, a meal out with a friend/fellow author, visiting my parents and a ride out on my bike there isn’t much more to tell. I don’t lead a highly exciting life folks.
My editor returned ‘Is this Love?’ after doing the first round edits and I have the task now of working my way through it. My first newsletter was sent out yesterday and I gained a few more sign ups in the process. They were sent the first chapter of “Is this Love?’ were allowed a sneak preview of the cover and entered into a prize draw to win an e copy of a book by the author of the month which was my good friend Su, aka Rose English.