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Relaxing With a Glass of Chianti Red Wine

Does the idea of relaxing with a glass full of Chianti red wine make you smile? If so, you’re not alone. But did you know that people are sceptical to try red wine because they don’t know what to expect? The flavors of a glass full of red wine are one of the best ways to end the day! If you’re ready to learn more about red wine and how it’s delicious and smooth, you’ll get that information and more here!

Is Chianti red wine sweet?

It’s not considered a sweet wine at all but compared to dry wines, you’ll notice that it does have a bit of sweetness to it. Many people actually like drinking Chianti because of it’s musky and fruity flavors. My current favourite is the La Castellina – Squarcialupi 2017 | Chianti Classico DOCG | 92/100. It is the quintessential taste of Chianti Classico, and was awarded a stellar 92 points from wine expert James Suckling. It has aromas of raspberry and cherry, characteristic to Sangiovese grape, and aromatic herbs. It can be sourced from my favourite online wine shop

Is Chianti a strong wine?

Any wine is strong when you drink enough of it, right? And while the strength can vary depending on how it’s made, you can rest easy knowing that it’s one of the most popular wines that you’ll find in Italy. This is because Italians love the flavor!

Should you chill Chianti wine?

Yes. For the full flavor of Chianti to come out, you should have it slightly chilled. Don’t make it too cold..but a slight chill in your fridge can really enhance the taste and flavor.

How long can you keep Chianti wine?

If you have a bottle of Chianti that you’re saving up for a special occasion, sounds like a fun celebration and something great to look forward to. Keep in mind that Chianti isn’t meant to last forever so if you’re saving a bottle, don’t let it age more than 10 years.

Relaxing With a Glass Full of Chianti Red Wine

Now that you know a lot of great details about Chianti, you can rest easy knowing that it’s a sipper of a good wine. And if you’re needing a little bit more convincing on why you need to relax with a glass full of Chianti red wine, these simple reasons are certain to have you popping that cork in no time at all.

Drinking a glass of wine at the end of the day can soothe your mind

If you have a hard time turning off your brain at the end of a long day, pour yourself a glass of wine and put your feet up. You’ll find that sipping your wine and reading a good book just might be the perfect combination that you need.

Wine can be a true treat to your taste buds

Skip the dessert and instead feast on a glass of tasty Chianti. It’s filling and when you sip it, it lasts for quite some time! The flavor of nice red wine is the perfect after-dinner treat as well.

As you can see, having a glass or two of red wine is such a great way to relax. You’ll find that when you find a Chianti that you love, it’ll be one of the best parts of your day to open up that bottle and pour yourself a drink!

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Adding White Wine to Your Next Family Meal

If you’re a fan of white wine, you’re in luck. White wine is one of those delicious drinks that can easily accompany a wide variety of meals. If you’re looking for some simple pairing ideas on how you can add white wine easily to your next family gathering, you’ve arrived at the right place.

With these simple tips and meal ideas, your meal will match perfectly with your glass of delicious white wine.

What food is good with white wine?

It’s important to understand that not all food is going to taste good with white wine. If you’re looking for the perfect pairing, you need to have these food items in consideration or on the menu:

  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Lobster
  • Cheeses

And those are just a few. Luckily, white wine can be pretty versatile so you’re not going to have to overly worry about what you’re serving.  My current top white variety has to be  Pinot Grigio and if I was to go as far as a brand it would have to be the Maturum Pinot Blanc 2017 | Alto Adige DOC | Gold Medal.  It is both elegant and refreshing, made in the German dry style “Weissburgunder” from Pinot Bianco grapes. The 2017 vintage has overwhelming aromas of pear, guava, melon, ginger and honey, with subtle undertones of biscuit. According to my research, it is made in the Alto Adige DOC, one of Italy’s highest altitude wine regions, by famous Swiss-Italian winemaking family K. Martini & Sohn. A truly delightful tipple, it’s been awarded with the prestigious Decanter gold medal.

What snacks pair well with Pinot Grigio?

If you enjoy a nice Pinot Grigio because of the mild flavor and taste, pairing it up with snacks is always a good idea. You can easily enjoy this wine with hummus and fruit and it makes for the perfect sipper for great conversation and good company.

What fruit goes well with white wine?

You can’t go wrong with berries or apples when it comes to enjoying fruit and white wine. There’s just something about the combination of the tastes and flavors that have them fitting together perfectly.

Adding White Wine to Your Next Family Meal

White wine is typically a favourite for many but there are some things to know when it comes to serving white wine. Personally when sourcing wines for special occasions we like to shop from specialist online retailers such as Independent Wine.

Should white wine be chilled?

This is literally the most asked question about white wine. People tend to get confused about whether or not white wine should be chilled or not. And the short answer is yes. White wine should be chilled to bring out the best flavor but make certain that you’re not getting it too cold.

If you get it too cold, it will actually lose a bit of its taste and flavor, and who wants that to happen? (but don’t worry – if it does happen it’s still fine to drink!)

How long should white wine be chilled?

To get white wine to the perfect temp, chill the bottle of white wine in the fridge for about 2 hours before serving. And if you have someone randomly just show up at your house and you want to serve white wine but it’s not chilled, you can pop it in the freezer for just about 20 minutes to get it chilled fast.

Either option is great for getting your bottle of white wine cooled down without crossing over and getting it too cold to enjoy.

Now that you know a bit about white wine, you can easily add it to your next family meal. Just have a couple of different bottles of white wine for your family and let their taste buds do the talking for them. We usually purchase a selection from a wine website that delivers next day

When it comes to white wine, what is your favourite kind to drink?

 

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What cool presents parents can buy their kids

Cool presents to buy for kids

We all know kids get super excited on special events and holidays. This is especially true if it is an event where they are expecting presents. Whether it is Christmas or their birthday, they just cannot wait to see what you have bought them.   While you can always ask your kids what they want for these occasions, it does take away the element of surprise. But are you struggling to think of the perfect present? 

In this post, we will walk through a few fun and stylish gift ideas that are sure to be a fantastic surprise present.

  • A Scooter

One of the most requested gifts from a kid is a shiny, new bike. However, many children, especially younger ones, don’t have the balance to ride successfully.

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So, why not gift them a 3 wheel scooter and make your little one the happiest kid in the world! Scooters are great for those not old enough to ride a bike, and nothing is easier to balance on then a 3 wheel scooter variant. 

Today’s kids might be crazy about Netflix, iPhones, and video games, but stylish scooters are the perfect way to encourage your children to get active outdoors. Scooters (and bikes) give them the freedom they may be needing. It is a wonderful way to get your kids to go out, hang out with their friends, and enjoy an adventurous ride, rather than playing video games all day.

A scooter is all they need to explore new places, creating fun memories that they will remember for years. Gifting a scooter to your child might not be a unique idea at first, but with all the styles and types now available, a scooter may end up being a bigger surprise than you think!

  • Binoculars

A pair of binoculars is likely not a present you would associate with fun. However, toy binoculars can generate a lot of fun and are durable too. Your kid will love using binoculars in spy games, and other make believe. They play being the secret agent, using a pair of binoculars to investigate crimes. 

Additionally, they can use binoculars to track an airplane or watch the birds sing and play in your neighborhood. Being a rather unique present, they are also cost effective.

  • A Piggy Bank
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Do you want your child to know the value of savings? A piggy bank makes for a fantastic gift then. Piggy banks are available in a broad range of styles and colors, as well as shapes and sizes.  Choose a piggy bank that your kids can associate with and become their bedroom companion. 

  • A Personal Diary

Research suggests that girls are more expressive than boys. They love to share their opinions and emotions. Although, it can be hard for them to share their thoughts in front of people. So, why not give them the private space they need by gifting a personal diary? 

Choose a diary with your kid’s favorite cartoon theme or color. As kids grow up, they face a multitude of emotions that they might not be comfortable to share with their families or friends. This is why a diary can be an amazing tool in helping them cope with their feelings.

  • Streaming Subscription

In today’s internet-driven world, nothing could excite your kid more than the subscription to their favorite live streaming platforms. You can buy your kids a one-month subscription for any popular streaming subscription from Netflix to Disney+. 

Choose the genre they like to watch the most (most likely the cartoons channel) and help them find new favorite shows or movies. 

Just remember to enforce time to go outside and be active. While a streaming subscription is a popular gift, you do not want your kids spending all the time in front of a screen.

  • Musical Instrument
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Not all children are interested in music. However, most kids love toy musical instruments, especially a piano. Whether you are celebrating their birthday or enjoying Christmas with your family, a musical instrument makes a wonderful gift idea for the young ones.

Buy them a toy piano and guitar and allow them to play their favorite song. Even if they are not interested in music, they will love to experiment with these instruments. 

Plus, it may foster them learning the real instrument later in life.

  • Room Décor Materials

A less-known fact about children is that they love to decorate their rooms. Haven’t you seen your little ones trying to paint their bedroom walls with their favorite sketch color?

 If you want to buy your kids something unique and interesting, then room décor materials can be a great idea.

Provide them with photo frames that they can hang on their room walls and help them find their favorite pictures. Other room décor ideas are wall stickers, cute mugs, fridge magnet, Disney characters, and more. Let them decorate the room the way they want to make it truly theirs (but do not forget to still supervise!)

 

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Top 3 Plans For Life After Lockdown

As lockdown slowly but surely begins to lift, those simply pleasures we’ve all missed out on feel as though they’re getting closer – things like going out for dinner, having your hair or nails done, and even just visiting family and friends are experiences we’re all excited to share as soon as possible  

And plenty of parents are dreaming about a little time to themselves as well – with schools not yet ready to re-open, many mums and dads are at their wits end trying to keep their little ones entertained! 

Then of course, there’s the big stuff. As lockdown placed our lives on hold, major life plans have had to be shelved until a later date. As it slowly begins to lift, we may still be a long way from some of them. But it’s never too soon to start planning! 

These are just three of the most popular dreams that so many of us are looking forward to living as soon as possible. 

Travel

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No one knows when international travel will be back on the table, but scrolling through dream holiday destinations imagining yourself sipping cocktails by the pool at an all-inclusive beachside resort isn’t the worst way to pass the time. 

Until you can finally go on that dream holiday, why not choose an adventure closer to home? There are plenty of stunning and magical locations that make for perfect day trips, and will allow your family to make some new memories and make up for lost time. 

Studying 

Going back to school is a common pipe dream that, more often than not, remains just that. 

When you’re already juggling work, a family, and your own busy life, the idea of going back to school seems like a huge and unfeasible commitment. 

But in 2020, traditional routes of study are not the only way. Distance learning is rising in popularity, and in light of the current circumstances, it’s something that many educational institutions are having to adapt to quickly. 

But while others are just finding their feet, ARU Distance Learning are experienced in offering flexible part-time and full-time remote study options that will fit around your busy lifestyle, and their courses could be the key to life-changing new opportunities. 

Getting married 

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Thousands of weddings have been cancelled or postponed as a result of the pandemic. 

And with so many disappointed couples, it’s likely we’ll see many post-lockdown unions when the time is right. 

In fact, a wedding may be just the thing many of us need to lift our spirits after months spend apart – not to mention, it’s the perfect opportunity for a family reunion too. 

While this is amongst the most popular post-lockdown life goals, some couples have decided not to wait in the wake of cancellations, meaning Zoom weddings have joined the list of lockdown trends.

While some American states have found ways to make these ceremonies legally binding, the UK is a little behind, but the symbolic value of a virtual ceremony has been a romantic substitute for those who have to wait a little longer to seal the deal. 

What are your life plans post-lockdown? Let us know in the comments below. 

 

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MATCHING YOUR STYLE TO YOUR FLOORING

How to Give Your Home an Identity from the Ground Up

With Light or dark wood vinyl becoming a highly preferred choice in the home for many families due to its durable and professional look, but how to best capitalise on the rest of your home to suit this new look. 

There are many things that can be done to make your home that little bit extra special, so here we discuss some potentials to finalise your home.

Furniture that Compliments your Floor

It may not necessarily strike you as something to think of, but the color of your flooring can have a stylish effect on your furnishings such as sofa sets or coffee tables.

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A brown wood coffee table on a grey wood vinyl floor would create a clash that would set the tone of the room slightly off. Matching your furniture to your floor not only gives consistency but also shows guests that effort has been made in presenting a proud environment.

For grey or stone flooring, think of matching it with silver or black legged set pieces that give a genuine feel of cool. This is great for those areas like the kitchen and dining spaces.

Decoration for Full Effect

If going for a natural wood feel in your flooring, decorating the room with floral arrangements or even throw pillows with a flowery design can bring a freshness to those daylight hours.

Alternatively, you could have your fireplace or TV unit match the floor to give a feel like your home has grown out of the floor and has a life of its own. Both options give your flooring a central character that is instantly drawing attention and admiration.

Throw a Rug in the Mix

If you have a large space that feels too spacious within the room, buy a rug that compliments or contrasts the room to give it a bit of extra character.

Dark brown or black for woods or a white rug for grey can really give an extra layer of comfort to an otherwise drab space whilst also complimenting the shine from the vinyl. If you have accompanying underfloor heating, those rugs will keep the room nice and warm on cooler or cold evenings.

Keep the Room Bright

Find bright coloured curtains if you have opted for light wood vinyl to bring out a brighter finish. 

Blue and cream colour curtains and blinds offer a natural feel on sunny days and a sense of warmth at night. This also works for grey oak vinyl giving an equal feel for comfort and a lived in quality. Dark wood vinyl would suit those darker or black out curtains which, if you are a photography buff, will also give just the right amount of reflection if you are choosing it for a studio based environment. 

Get an Opinion from Experts

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To know vinyl flooring is to know the matching qualities that really bring out a person’s home. 

With so many options to choose from it is worth getting the opinion of a supplier as to how people have implemented the flooring to suit specific styles and tastes. Luckily there are suppliers for luxury vinyl flooring that have decades of experience at the top of their field to be able to provide advice and guidance on your flooring matches.

Amtico is a market leading supplier that provides functionality for everyday life with an eye for expert quality and unrivaled craftsmanship. Their collections range from Signature Woods to Spacia Stones to match your feel of any room. Luvanto bring style and elegance to your home with excellent stocks such as Endure Pro and Herringbone and can advise on a perfect fit to your existing lifestyle. Invictus replicates natural materials in any area of your home, with superior levels of durability and a full range of  designs. 

However your style finds itself evolving, vinyl flooring will help it build from the ground up.

 

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A Checklist for Planning a Funeral

It isn’t an easy topic, but it’s an important one. Especially when you’re a busy parent also trying to deal with their grief of losing a loved one, funeral planning can be a challenge, and you may even be uncertain where to start or which points you may have missed. 

Let this checklist help you. 

  • Decide Whether it Should be a Burial or Cremation 

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It may be that your loved one always spoke about their own preference, or perhaps they left instructions in their will or by other means. If not, then you should think about your loved one and what you feel they would have preferred. It can be a hard choice to make if you’re not sure, but you can always seek the advice of others. 

  • Choose a Funeral Director 

The right funeral director is going to make everything immeasurably easier. You can always visit a few places to see how you feel about the atmosphere and the interaction. You need to feel fully supported and comfortable with the director you are dealing with, and be sure they understand your loved one’s needs and wants. Professional companies like Exit Here offer full packages and 24/7 support. 

  • Pick the Right Burial Site or Crematorium 

This may be somewhere local to you, a location you knew your loved one enjoyed, or it may be that other relatives have been laid to rest in the same place, and you would like to, therefore, use the same site. 

  • Decide Whether to Have a Viewing 

You have the option of viewing an open-casket before the official funeral takes place. You might want to do this alone or invite close friends or family to attend, too. 

  • Choose the Extras 

You should make choices on flowers and arrangements for the place of service. Then, also choose a casket or coffin or an urn if there is to be a cremation. You will also have a choice for the headstone or plaque for the place of rest. 

  • Inform Family and Friends of the Time and Place 

You should send out invitations to those who you would like to attend, whether officially in the post or simply by letting people know when the funeral is to take place. Sometimes, you can put out a notice of the funeral and welcome anyone to turn up. 

  • Think About Transportation 

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Traditionally, you should arrange cars to transport key family members or friends to the place of the service, and have other guests make their own way there. You should think about how many vehicles or seats are required.

  • Choose What to Include in the Service 

There may be a certain piece of music your loved one enjoyed or a poem you would like to read. Remember, anything can be included in the service. 

Final Thoughts 

This checklist is provided as a guide only, and of course any funeral plans are completely personal to you and your loved one. You never have to feel pressured to be conventional or have a service that requires a significant number of attendees. Whether large or private, basic or extravagant, any service should be with your loved one in mind and within your chosen budget. 

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5 Things you Can Donate for Good Causes

When we give something, it gives us a warm feeling inside knowing that we are doing something good for someone that we will likely never meet.  Given the current pandemic the world as we know it has changed so much. One thing this has taught me is the importance of giving back and helping where I can. I have been drawn and engrossed in the writings of Marc Zboch and following his blog on the humanitarian work that he does. We all wish that we could do more for good causes, however, life often gets in the way and although our good intentions are there we can be guilty of never getting round to it.

 There are many things that we can choose to give that will make a difference for the better. Whether you feel that you have a lot or a little to give, it is important to remember that every act of charity, no matter the size, has the ability to change someone’s life.

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Toys

Charity shops and gift initiatives are always welcoming of toys that they can use. When children grow older, they move on from the toys that they used to play with, often still in perfect condition. While your child may no longer play with their discarded set of Barbie dolls or action figures, there will be a little boy or girl out there somewhere that would love them.

Clothes

Just as toys become forgotten about, so too do clothes. In everyone’s wardrobe there are shirts, dresses and other clothing that serve no other purpose than clogging up rail space. Whether it is a case that your old clothes simply do not fit you anymore, you have long since forgotten about them or they were an unwanted gift, they will certainly be wanted elsewhere.

Homeless shelters are always open to receiving clothing to help keep those who live on the streets warm. Children’s charities are also open to accepting the clothing your children have grown out of for young children that are living in poverty. Before throwing away any unwanted materials, consider why you are throwing it away – is it damaged beyond repair, or could it still be worn?

Blood

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There is always a mass calling for blood, with Ireland currently seeing a shortage in blood with demand not decreasing anytime soon. When you agree to give blood, you will find out your blood group if you do not already know it.

If your blood group is O-Negative, you should certainly look to donate as this is known as the universal group as it is compatible with every other blood group. Those with AB-Positive blood can receive blood of any type, although this is the rarest type of the eight variants.

Money

The most common form of donation is, of course, money. Fundraising events are held nearly every day with charities and those that support them looking to spread the word of their cause all while raising money.

Time

Finally, if you have absolutely nothing else that you can give then you can give the gift of time. Volunteering to help with events, work at a shelter for a few hours or going the extra mile and putting yourself forward to go abroad and get hands on. Any time that you can give for others can make a difference, so even if it is just an hour every other week, do not think that it will not be appreciated.

 

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The True Story of Dr Death: Spinal Injury, Brain Damage, and Prison

Dr Death is the true story of a doctor who botched surgeries, causing spinal injury, brain damage, and even death. To hear the true story of this psycho killer, read on…

Putting your trust in someone to cut open your body, and leave it in a suitable condition, is pretty terrifying. Heading to surgery, and waking up paralysed, is something we never think will really happen to us. But, for some people, these nightmares became a reality at the hands of Christopher Duntsch, or Dr. Death.

Compensation for a spinal injury wasn’t enough for Duntsch’s victims, who later saw this criminal put on trial. So, what truly happened during these nightmare surgeries, why was this allowed to happen, and what was the outcome? Find out, right here…

Who is Dr Death? Introducing Christopher Duntsch

Christopher Duntsch is an American surgeon, who trained to become a neurosurgeon. During his five-year surgical training, he ran two labs, and raised millions as part of a grant. After completing his surgical residency at the University of Tennessee, it was clear that he would amount to great things.

Little did everyone know that a psychopath was in the making…

It soon became clear that Duntsch was operating under the influence of drugs. Not only that, but he had only completed a few hundred surgeries during his training, when most residents would complete thousands during their time. An email to a friend during the early stages of his career demonstrated his wish to become a cold-blooded killer… he certainly lived up to this statement.

Duntsch’s negligence over the course of just a few years left tens of patients with severe, long-term damage, and two dead. Whether he thought he was actually the best, and was blinded by his arrogance, or was deliberately trying to maim people is uncertain. What we do know is that he ruined many lives, and cut two lives short, in just a couple of years.

What Were Some of Dr Death’s Worst Deeds?

To get a full picture into the dastardly deeds of Dr Duntsch, some real-life examples are probably in order. Here are some of the most documented and notable cases of Duntsch’s life-altering botched surgeries

Floella Brown’s Brain Damage, Stroke, and Death

During Dr Duntsch’s time as a surgeon, there were two fatal surgeries which left the victims in severe pain, and soon dying of their injuries. The first of these women was Floella Brown.

After going into surgery at his hands, Floella’s vertebral artery was slit. According to doctors involved in the surgery, they were absolutely aghast as they observed what he was going. One surgeon even felt he had to step in to stop him causing more damage. But, it was too late; the damage had been done, and Floella suffered from a fatal stroke due to her injuries. 

Mary Efurd’s Permanent Maiming

As Floella Brown lay on her death bed, Duntsch went almost straight into his next surgery on Mary Efurd. This routine procedure was aimed at fusing two of her vertebrae together.

After awaking from the surgery in excruciating pain, and no longer able to move her legs, Dr Duntsch was nowhere to be found. Instead, a new doctor, Dr. Henderson, had to re-enter Mary’s body to fix what had gone wrong.  On reopening the wound, Henderson could see pretty clearly what had happened; she’d been completely butchered. Instead of drilling into her bone, Duntsch had drilled into her muscle, sliced a nerve at the root, and had left screws sticking out all over the place.

Ever since this horrifying experience, Mary has been confined to a wheelchair. Today, as an 80-year-old woman, she can barely stand up for more than 10 minutes before needing a rest.

Jerry Summers’ Spinal Injury

Jerry was Chris’ childhood friend, who had been a keen sportsman. After attaining a football injury, Jerry ended up with a back problem, and trusted his old friend Chris to surgically correct it. Despite their close friendship, this didn’t stop the deranged Duntsch from completely altering Jerry’s life.

After going into surgery for a routine anterior cervical fusion, Summers woke up unable to move from the neck down. Despite Duntsch assuring him it was all down to the swelling, and he’d heal soon enough, Summers never recovered. Ever since, he’s been a quadriplegic with incomplete paralysis, meaning he can’t move but can still feel pain.

Kerrie Martin’s Sudden Death

Although Duntsch’s surgical rights were temporarily suspended after Jerry’s surgery, that didn’t stop him from getting back into business. His next surgery after returning was on Kerrie Martin; a surgery that would prove fatal.

After falling in the kitchen, Kerrie ended up with chronic pain in her back, and sought surgery to help her live her life as normal again. When her GP X-rayed her to see what was wrong, a herniated disc was discovered. None the wiser to Duntsch’s reputation, the doctor handed them his card, referring them to him for the surgery.

After an initial consultation with Chris, they felt confident that he would be able to alleviate her pain, as it was just a simple, routine surgery. What Duntsch promised would take only 45 minutes stretched across hours. When Duntsch came out of surgery claiming there had been some complications, Kerrie’s husband could never have prepared for what would happen next.

On waking up from surgery, Kerrie’s conditioned seemed to worsen pretty quickly. She died not long after. A medical examiner confirmed that, when Duntsch had gone into surgery, he’d sliced a prominent artery, and Kerrie bled out internally.

Jeff Cheney’s One-Sided Paralysis

During Jeff’s spinal surgery, he awoke to discover that Duntsch had removed part of his spinal cord! This left him completely paralysed on the right-hand side of his body.

Jeff Glidewell’s Foreign Body

Jeff Glidewell was another victim of Duntsch who was a little luckier than some of the others. During surgery, Duntsch supposedly mistook Jeff’s oesophagus for a tumour, and sliced into it, leaving his voice almost permanently damaged.

It didn’t end there though. To quench the bleeding, Duntsch put a sponge in the area, and then sewed him up with this foreign body still inside him. This meant Jeff had to undergo emergency surgery, which he thankfully survived from.

Jackie Tory’s Severed Vocal Cords

Jackie Tory also suffered damage to her vocal cords, which ended up causing permanent issues. On leaving the surgical room, Jackie’s vocal cords were paralysed, meaning she can now only talk in low rasps.

Philip Mayfield’s Back Pain

Philip Mayfield had been a truck driver, and he loved his job, but the constant loading and unloading of heavy objects meant he required back surgery. After consulting a number of doctors, it seemed that anterior cervical discectomy surgery, to remove the damaged spinal disc, would alleviate his problems.

Philip didn’t want to get it wrong, doing thorough research before landing on Duntsch. His glowing record made him the ideal choice, and after an initial consultation, Phil was fully confident in Duntsch’s abilities.

After going in for this routine procedure, Philip came out unable to move from the neck down. He was transferred to another hospital where they did further tests and discovered he had been paralysed. The pain he felt was excruciating, and an MRI showed that Duntsch had completely deformed Philip’s spine, leaving permanent damage.

Lee Passmore’s Crippling Spasms

Finally, and certainly not lest, is Lee Passmore. He also had part of his spine removed during a routine operation for back pain. Now, he has been left with crippling nerve spasms which make him feel as though an ice pick is being jabbed into his back. He struggles to get from A to B without these incessant pains.

Why Was Dr Death Not Dealt with Quickly?

You’re probably wondering how this man got away with such horrific and psychopathic acts, right? Although Duntsch left two maimed patients, and one dead, at the Baylor Plano hospital in Dallas, Texas, nothing was ever done about it. How could all of this have happened right under peoples’ noses?

Many believe that, if Baylor had reported him, the ordeal would have been cut short, and many people could have been saved. Although the hospital has never provided an explanation as to why Duntsch wasn’t reported, there were a number of reasons this may have occurred, including:

  • Parring him off onto other hospitals: an attitude of, “he can be someone else’s problem” seems to have been prevalent for many hospitals.
  • Money concerns: the money for legal fees, and hassle needed to bring this case forward, would have been pretty catastrophic for a number of institutions.
  • Selfishness: negligence claims often don’t just stay with the doctor, but trickle through the hospital too, and this may have been off-putting.
  • Glowing reviews: everything anyone could find on Duntsch was positive, either online or in person. In fact, Baylor Health continued to promote his services with a marketing professional, through adverts, and refer patients to him along the way.
  • No criminal crossover across state lines: once Duntsch left one state, and moved onto another hospital, people forgot about him. He then become someone else’s problem.
  • Mistakes happen: doctors make mistakes all the time, and aren’t charged or don’t lose their jobs for it. Some people may have wondered why Duntsch should have been any different.
  • People didn’t know: many of Duntsch’s colleagues had no clue he was such a liability, so his abilities were never questioned.
  • No one would do anything: those who did know would complain, and the problems would go no further due to the reasons above.

Where is Dr Death Now?

This is all pretty scary, and you’re probably thinking, “where is Duntsch now?”. Well, despite the delay in Duntsch’s comeuppance, he was finally given his due. After the damage he’d inflicted on Brown and Efurd, Henderson reported Duntsch, and he was fired. But, the Texas Medical Board, and those higher up, were not persuaded to take action. Then, after being bought on by the Dallas Medical Centre, several more months of carnage led to two physicians complaining yet again.

Finally, Duntsch was brought to trial for his misdemeanours, and was charged with five counts of aggravated assault, one count of harming an elderly person (Mary Efurd), and more. He is the first surgeon to go to prison for a botched surgery, and has been facing a life sentence since 2017.   All four of the hospitals where Duntsch committed his crimes have been hit with civil lawsuits. What’s more, after Duntsch’s arrest, multiple more people came forward claiming they had suffered at his hands. With all this coming to light, it’s now become very clear that the medical system needs an overhaul to bring psychopaths to justice.

Want to Know More About Dr Death?

Pretty crazy, right? It’s hard to believe that all of this was allowed to continue for so long, without anything being done to stop it.

If you want to learn about Christopher Duntsch in greater detail, the Dr Death podcast is a great one to listen to. Otherwise, leave your thoughts and fears in the comments down below, and let me know what you think!

 

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Mamma Musings

How to Improve The Image Of Your Company

Perception is everything. That’s true for life and true for business. If the public has a favourable view of your business, then you’ll find that it’s much easier to find success. If they don’t, then there’ll be little trust, and in general, they may be less inclined to give you their custom. The bad news is that the image of your business is something you always need to work on; you can’t take it for granted. The good news is that it’s always possible to nudge things in the right direction. We’ll take a look at some tried and tested methods for improving things below. 

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Review Your Operations 

If you’re going to move in the right direction, then you need to know where you are. So the first step should be to take a look at how you’re currently working, and scrutinising which aspects of your operations are contributing to a positive image, and which are not. We often get so stuck in a specific way of doing things that we don’t always realise as quickly as we should are detrimental to our company. So take a look — what could be improved, and what should be scrapped entirely? You might just find that you can improve the image of your company just by making a couple of changes. 

Look Professional

The professionalism of a company runs deeper than the surface presentation that they portray. It’s about having all aspects of the company tight. Things like your email address, for example. If you’re using something like ‘[yourbusinessname]@yahoo.com,’ then you won’t look as professional as you would if you were using ‘contact@[yourbusinessname].com.’ Everything can be changed to look more professional. If you’re working from your home, then click here and sign up for a virtual office. That’ll give you all the benefits of having an enviable address, without the high price tag associated with actually renting it (or travelling to work there). 

Tell Your Story

Every company has a story, and it should be kept quiet (providing it’s not an evil story!). People like to know the human factor behind the business, so shout it loud. It might not be all that interesting to you, but it is unique, and people will be interested. As well as helping people to develop a connection to your business, you can also use your story as a way to build your credibility and establish your expertise. 

Solving Problems

You can’t present a positive image when everything is going well. It’s when things go wrong that your image will be tested. So take a look at how you’re currently responding to problems; could things be better? Every company in the world makes mistakes. That’s not the issue. It’s how you handle those mistakes that count.

Delivering Quality 

Finally, there’s the most important factor — delivering quality. Ultimately, there’s no hiding when it comes to the quality of your products or services. Focus on always improving, and you’ll be on the right track. 

 

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Fairy Travels

The Canary Islands with Kids

The last few weeks have been a strange mix of emotions. I am thankful we are all well but I am aware it is not the same for everybody. I have been wiling away many hours pouring over family holidays. With both of us working out of the house full time to now both working in the house full time, we are acutely aware of how valuable time is as a family. I have only realised how much I looked forward to our trips away together, exploring, adventuring and educating ourselves on cultures and ways of life. My kids just love travel and its been an fantastic education for them to be able to have such experiences so young. So……as the world begins to re-open to travel, now is the perfect time to start planning your next trip with the kids!

From beautiful long beaches and glistening shallow water to theme parks and watersports, the Canary Islands has something for even the most demanding mini traveler. My pair are total water babies so this is right up their street!

Read on to find out more…

Siam Park, Tenerife – The World’s Top Artificial Waves

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Siam Park

Tenerife’s Siam Park is one of the most popular parks in the world, according to TripAdvisor, and it’s easy to see why! Siam Park has a huge variety of pools, fun aquatic rides as well as a wave pool with some of the world’s best artificial waves. Siam Park also offers thrilling daredevil rides such as the Mekong Rapids, a fast-paced water slide ridden on a rubber boat, or the Dragon, a vertical funnel for up to four persons boasting a vertical zero gravity experience – perfect for keeping the bigger kids entertained! Wind down after your action-packed day on the white sand of Siam Beach, home to beautiful clear turquoise waters.

One day tickets for Siam Park begin at €25 for a child and from €37 for adults. Find more information at www.siampark.net.

Leap around like Tarzan in the Forestal Park, Tenerife

Leap off Tarzan Swings or fly down ziplines at the gates of Teide National Park. Forestal Park, Tenerife, offers a truly unique adventure for kids, both big and small! The park is surrounded by canary pines as well as a landscape full of biodiversity in the protected area of Las Lagunetas. Forestal Park consists of three different modules ranging in difficulty to suit all ages. Find out more information at www.forestalparktenerife.es.

Camel Rides in Fuerteventura

Oasis Park Fuerteventura is one of the biggest animal parks in the Canary Islands and is also the largest camel reserve in Europe. It differs from a classical zoo by allowing visitors to view the beautiful fauna from the top of a camel! Visitors sit on a saddle perfectly adapted to the camel, which arrived in the Canary Islands from Africa in the fifteenth century. With an option to take a short or long trip, inside and outside the park, this is one experience not to be missed! Visit www.oasiswildlifefuerteventura.com for more details.

Lanzarote – Dolphin and Whale Spotting

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Whale watching

Dolphins, whales, and turtles are all species which can be seen in the waters of the Canary Islands, on a number of different environmentally friendly tours offered around the islands. Kids will enjoy it as much as adults, and there’s no better way to learn about marine animals and how to respect them than seeing them in their natural habitats. In Lanzarote, there are even submarine trips to the seabed!

Discover the Volcanos in the Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote

There’s no better way to introduce the kids to mother nature and the world of volcanoes than visiting the Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote. The little ones are sure to enjoy the unique Martian-looking landscape – broken land and rusted, iron-red earth, as well as learning about the history of the park, which is centred around the volcanoes active during the island’s six-year Timanfaya eruption from 1730-1736. These eruptions covered a quarter of Lanzarote in lava, burying 11 villages and forcing the entire population to flee. To this day the heat of the ground and the sulphurous chemicals render it almost devoid of life; there are small bushes and lichens, but even three centuries later there are no grasses or forests.

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