Girl burns from the inside out after taking antibiotics

Lydia Lal, 5, who was diagnosed with Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Syndrome after taking penicillin.

A five-year-old girl in the UK had to be placed on a life-support machine after suffering a reaction to antibiotics prescribed to counter high fever. 

The schoolgirl, Lydia Lal, started burning horrifically from the inside out after penicillin triggered an illness she had previously not been diagnosed with - Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Syndrome, or TENS. 

The reaction to the medicine left frightful blisters all over her body, and she also suffered burns to her liver, kidney and lungs.

Mum Asha, 44, told Mirror Online: “Lydia looked like an animal. Her skin was falling off and she was passing hot black ash. They couldn’t even bandage her up.

“Her vital organs were burning; everything was burning inside out. 

"At one point she stopped breathing and we thought we'd lost her.

"But I never lost my faith throughout. Lydia’s name means ‘hope’ and I knew she would pull through.


“It didn’t matter what they were telling me ... I wasn’t going home without my daughter. She is a little miracle.”

Asha was unaware of her daughter's allergy to antibiotics, though she had been alerted that she herself was.

Sufferers of TENS tend to lose the top layer of skin all over their body and fall ill after two months of taking a new drug. 

Internal organs are not spared too, leading to severe inflammation which could result in multi-organ failure and death. 

TENS reportedly affects one in six million people in the UK.  

After three months of battling for her life at Birmingham Children's Hospital, Lydia's condition has stabilised. However, the aftermath of the illness has left her with 100 per cent burns on her body and she has to be tube-fed.

At the moment, her skin is healing, with her hair and nails having grown back. 

Source: Mirror Online, Mail Online 

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin 'consciously uncouple' (yes, they broke up)

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin have reportedly broken up.
Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin have reportedly broken up.

Uh oh. Looks like Chris Martin is going through his second conscious uncoupling in a year.

Chris Martin and Jennifer Lawrence are no longer a couple, reported People Magazine.

Remember when we were still giddy with excitement over "Martin Lawrence"? 

It was first reported that the Coldplay frontman, 37, and the Oscar-winning actress, 24, were dating in August.

While neither have come out in public to acknowledge their relationship, Lawrence was seen at Coldplay's concerts.

Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow announced their split in March earlier this year with Paltrow writing in a blog entry that they had "consciously uncoupled".

Meanwhile Lawrence, who was at the centre of a nude photo leak, broke up with Nicholas Hoult in August.

Source: People Magazine


Bizarre? Robbie Williams live blogs his wife's delivery and sings 'Let It Go'

Robbie Williams being a huge help to his wife during the delivery of his child, more or less.

If this ain't love, we don't know what is.

Robbie Williams is being super helpful while his wife, Ayda Field, gives birth to their second child - sort off. 

He is live vlogging from his wife's delivery ward and we have to admit it's pretty hilarious.

He first announced that his wife was going into labour and that despite the whole pain of childbirth, she was fabulously dressed for the occasion. 



Then it sort of got weird and funny.


Robbie Williams might have look unimpressed as his wife tried to "seduce" him while dancing to Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" but he soon repaid the favour by uploading other videos and pictures of how exactly he was helping his wife along in the painful journey.


Spoiler: He was not helping at all. 


"Glad to know that Robbie, but what about your wife?"

However, our favourite would definitely have to be of him singing Frozen's "Let it go" while his wife was experiencing a contraction.



Robbie Williams is either a really brave man for doing this or his wife must really, really love him.

Either way, we will keep you updated when Williams uploads the next instalment of his video series. 

Hopefully he will still be allowed in the delivery room then. 

Source: Twitter, YouTube



Bryant seeks to silence critics

"It’s a mixture of things. It’s a mixture of excitement, it’s a mixture of a little nervousness, it’s a mixture of rage." - Kobe Bryant (above) on the new season.
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Serena Williams shows young Singaporeans how it's done

Serena Williams.

There is a line near the end of the movie The Blind Side where future NFL Super Bowl champion Michael Oher asks why his adopted mother, played by the excellent Sandra Bullock, gives him only an abrupt goodbye as he prepares to embark on life at college.

The husband and father described her as an onion, who had to be peeled away layer by layer to get to her essence.

Singapore is proud to be Serena Williams country.

And we want more of her, even if we will never get to the bottom of who is the real Williams.

There is much of Williams we already understand, admire and must be greedy to use as DNA, as Singapore invests heavily in a bid to mould world-class athletes.

On Sunday, she became the first winner of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, and how fitting for us, that a woman who has raised her tennis game to such an extraordinary level, has won on our small but grand stage.

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 28.

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Actor Ethan Juan: My body reacted when co-star touched me

STEAMY: Ethan Juan and Chinese actress Wan Qian, in upcoming Taiwanese movie Paradise In Service.
Ethan Juan (above).

Taiwanese heart-throb Ethan Juan had an embarrassing moment while filming a bed scene for his new movie, Paradise In Service.

The popular 32-year-old admitted to having a body "reaction" when his co-star, rising Chinese actress Wan Qian, touched his private parts during the scene.

Juan was speaking to local media at a small group interview at the ArtScience Museum yesterday to promote his upcoming M18 film, which opens here next Thursday.

The model-turned-actor, who had to strip naked for the daring scene, blushed and said shyly in Mandarin: "It was a natural response."

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 28.

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Photo of lone hiker at MacRitchie TreeTop Walk is Big Picture winner

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