Mum shares her story after asthma attack kills her son

Mum Vicky Maley shared her story with me about losing her son Isaac when he was just 10 years old to asthma.

Like millions of children in the UK Isaac was diagnosed with asthma when he was four and used his inhaler before playing sport. He’d never had an asthma attack and at his last check up was told he’d almost grown out of the condition. So when he complained about his chest getting tight last summer, then lost consciousness and died later in hospital his family were stunned and devastated.

Vicky, 41, from Trafford in Greater Manchester has gone on to raise more than £50,000 for the charity Once Upon A Smile who help families dealing with bereavement.

Her story was published in Me, The Sun’s health and wellbeing section, on 28 June, and it was a pleasure to work with such a strong, inspiring lady.

Vicky Maley's story in The Sun
Vicky Maley’s story in The Sun

Beating postnatal depression

It was a pleasure to speak to Marie Carr and help her share her incredible story of beating severe postnatal depression in both Take A Break magazine and the Daily Mirror.

Marie had IVF in the Czech Republic and found out she was pregnant with twins a few days after her 50th birthday. But severe pre and postnatal depression meant she considered a termination, couldn’t bond with her baby girls – who were born 12 weeks early weighing just 1lb 11oz each – and even considered giving them up for adoption.

Marie bravely shared her story first in February:

Marie's story in Take a Break
Marie’s story in Take a Break

Her story was then featured in the Daily Mirror on Saturday 23 April.

Marie Carr Daily Mirror
Marie’s story in the Daily Mirror

Marie and her daughters are now doing well, and I’m sure her story will have helped many other women in a similar position.

Derian House: Christmas campaign

It was a pleasure to visit Derian House with Coronation Street actress Tina O’Brien as part of the Sun on Sunday’s Christmas campaign to raise money for children and their families who would be using hospices over the festive period.

As well as the fantastic staff we also got to meet two-year-old Tyler, who was so chilled out while having his picture taken. Tina was really moved by everything that Derian House do to help kids, young adults and their families who are facing life-limiting conditions (as was I), and thanks to everyone there for being so helpful and friendly during our visit.