A baby who was so tiny when she was born three months early that she was dwarfed by her father's hand is now thriving - two years after leaving hospital on her mother's birthday. Struck down by pre-eclampsia, causing high blood pressure, 27 weeks into her pregnancy, magazine editor Becky Ffrench, 37, and her accountant husband Alex, 39, were told to prepare for the worst when baby Rose had to be delivered immediately by c-section, weighing just 1lb 4oz. During four long months in hospital, Rose's life hung in the balance, but she pulled through and was finally allowed home to a village near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, on August 3 2018 - her mum's 36th birthday. Now Rose - whose due date was July 14, 2018, but was delivered on April 17 - is a healthy two-year-old and was signed off from the hospital last week, according to her mum, who said: “For her to come home on my birthday was the best present ever, especially after such a long journey to get her there. “Since then, she has thrived and hit all her milestones. It’s been a real miracle. “She was having regular check-ups at the hospital, but last week she was signed off completely. “She’s a happy and fun little girl. Nothing seems to faze her. At nine months old we took her on holiday to Canada and she had a fabulous time, all wrapped up on our sledge. Nothing bothers her at all.” Becky and Alex had no trouble conceiving and the pregnancy was trouble-free until 27 weeks.
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A Second World War veteran has spoken about the moment he learned of the Allies' victory in Europe 75 years ago. Charles Boyer, 94, lied about his age to join the Army in 1942, and served in the Royal Norfolk Regiment. On VE Day -– May 8, 1945 – he was stationed on Luneburg Heath near Hamburg, the site of the Third Reich's unconditional surrender in the Netherlands and north-west Germany. Speaking about the moment he learned victory had been declared, Mr Boyer said: “Everybody threw their hats in the air and we had a drink. Then we thought, we're going home.” Mr Boyer grew up in Spalding, Lincolnshire, and now lives in a Royal British Legion Industries assisted care facility in Maidstone, Kent. He received France's highest award, the Legion d'Honneur, for his war efforts.
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The Prince of Wales has said contracting coronavirus made him more determined to “push and shout and prod” as he called for nature to return to the “centre of everything we do”. Charles spoke about his experiences of Covid-19 in an interview with Sky News, paid tribute to key and health workers, and expressed sympathy with those who had lost family or friends.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior adviser Dominic Cummings, who drove 400 km (250 miles) to northern England while coronavirus lockdown measures were in place, will not resign, Transport Minister Grant Shapps said on Sunday.