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Lauren Cosgrove [Lauren's Lifelines]

[I thank God for her; for all He's done in her life and all He's continuing to do in her and through her. I continue to pray and believe God for her healing].

The excerpt below is taken from the Daily Record, an news article wrote about my granddaughter Lauren.

Our Heroes 2014: Brave schoolgirl Lauren battled three deadly conditions and is now raising vital funds for others. 

LAUREN Cosgrove was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis, MRSA and necrotising enterocolitis just days after being born but has battled back against the odds. This is her courageous story.

Lauren, in hospital last year, has set up a charity for sick children                              

FROM the moment she was born 13 weeks premature and weighing less than 2lb, Lauren Cosgrove faced an uphill fight for survival.
Her parents were unable to hold their tiny daughter and could only watch helplessly as she battled against the odds.
At just two days old, Lauren developed a dangerous blood clot that destroyed one of her kidneys.
She was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis, MRSA and necrotising enterocolitis – a painful condition that destroys the bowel.
Lauren was rushed to Yorkhill sick children’s hospital in Glasgow for emergency surgery and doctors prepared the couple to say goodbye to their little girl, telling them she was unlikely to pull through.
Against all odds, she survived the eight-hour operation – but then slipped into a coma.
For two weeks, her family prayed she would recover and when she finally opened her eyes, it was the miracle they had hoped for.
Now eight, Lauren is fed 24 hours day through a tube into her stomach and has a central line to her heart delivering vital nutrients to her body.

Andrew NeilLauren with mum Laura and sister Erin
Lauren with mum Laura and sister Erin
She has to carry around three separate machines in backpacks just to stay alive and is incontinent after having her colon and most of her bowel removed.
But, despite being in constant chronic pain, she never complains and always has a smile on her face.
Her remarkable courage is the reason why Lauren has been
nominated as Little Hero at Our Heroes Awards 2014.
Lauren’s mum Laura, 35, from Barrhead, Renfrewshire, said: “She is such an incredible little girl and we are so proud of her. When she was born at 27 weeks, no one expected her to survive and we were told she wouldn’t make it through surgery.
“It was heartbreaking. We thought we were going to lose her and were unsure if she would ever wake up from the coma.
“We kept a daily vigil by her little incubator and when she finally opened her eyes, it was the best feeling in the world.
“Her illness means that she suffers from a lot of medical problems and has undergone countless operations and trips to the hospital.
“But it never breaks her spirit. No matter what’s thrown at Lauren, she always comes out fighting.
“She’s our very own Little Hero and continues to amaze us. We are so pleased she has been nominated, it’s a real honour.”

Lauren was dangerously ill when she was born and was in a coma for two weeks
Lauren was dangerously ill when she was born and was in a coma for two weeks
Lauren spent her first birthday in hospital but her life-threatening illness means she regularly has to return for treatment.
Just last year she spent seven months at Yorkhill hospital, missing her first day at school.
Laura, who is a full-time carer for her daughter, said: “We never thought we would reach the stage where Lauren would be able to go to school.
“She’s suffered so many setbacks in life and has had to fight from the second she was born. Going to school was a huge hurdle for her but she was determined to do it.
“Sadly, she took ill a few days before she was due to start and was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.
“Her illness means that her body is no longer able to absorb nutrients and she is fed 24 hours a day through a tube in her stomach.
“Lauren also has a line into her heart that delivers nutrients and fats to keep her alive and she carries three machines around at all times to keep her going.
“We were worried about how she would handle it but she just puts her machines in little bags and goes about her business.
“She knows she needs them to keep her alive and understands just how important they are.”

Phil DyeWith one of her vital bags
With one of her vital bags
Laura and her husband Cameron, 35, are also parents to Steven, 17, Erin, 11, and three-year-old Cameron, and had to undergo 10 weeks of specialist training to deal with Lauren’s
medical equipment.
Laura said: “At first, it was quite daunting and we were worried that we would do something wrong.
“But the nurses were incredible and took time to show us how to monitor her equipment properly.
“Lauren also knows how her machines work and if we are doing something wrong, she is quick to tell us how to do it properly.”
After leaving hospital, Lauren was finally well enough to enjoy her first day at school – a proud moment her family will never forget.
Laura said: “She was so excited and never thought we would get to this stage. Lauren has two assistants who help at school and her classmates are very supportive of her. She has made so many friends and it’s great to see how well she is doing at a mainstream primary school.
“We really don’t know what the future holds for Lauren but we all try to make as many happy memories as we can.
“She does ask about the future but we try to take it one day at a time.
“So far, she’s been through so much and she will face more surgery when she’s older.
“Right now she’s doing well and her brothers and sister all look out for her.
“When I look back at pictures of when she was born I still can’t believe just how far she has come.”
Despite dealing with her own illness, Lauren is also determined to help other critically ill children and has set up a charity called Lauren’s Life Lines. It aims to raise awareness of necrotising enterocolitis and raise money for further research into the condition.
Laura said: “Lauren wants to do all she can to find a cure. It was her idea to set up a charity and she is very committed to it.
“She is planning a host of fundraising events and has also decided to cut off all of her lovely long hair, which will be turned into wigs for children with cancer.
“When she was staying in hospital she saw a lot of children who lost their hair through cancer treatment.
“That’s when she decided to do something to help make them feel better. Lauren also lost her hair a few years back because of her medication and knows how it feels.
“Her hair grew back but she wants to help others.
“She is such a special little girl and when she told me what she was planning to do, I burst into tears of pride.
“She’s an incredible, brave girl. She’s our little miracle.”


IT is now time for you to nominate your heroes of 2014.
We want you to tell us about extraordinary people who you think deserve recognition.
We’re looking for people who put others’ needs above their own.
It could be a doctor, a nurse, lollipop lady, a cheery bus driver or caring postman, anyone who goes above and beyond the call of duty.
We also want to know about people who show unusual courage or bravery. You can nominate for the following categories: Little Hero, Community Hero, Senior Hero, Forces Hero, Emergency Services Hero, Fundraising Hero, Caring Hero, Entertaining Hero and Sporting Hero. We’ll share their stories with the rest of the country.
? To propose your hero, visit www.dailyrecordourheroes.co.uk . Nominations close on March 23. You can also nominate at the information desk in Buchanan Galleries shopping centre in Glasgow.
• To buy tickets or sponsor the awards on May 9 at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow call 0141 309 4913

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In memory of all who lost their lives on that dreadful day. Tuesday September 11th, 2001: [8:46 AM: Flight 11 crashes into the (World Trade Center) north tower. 9:03 AM: Flight 175 crashes into the south WTC tower.]

What ever that happens in life, happens for good.....so stop worrying about the future and forget the past.

After Sept. 11th, one company invited the remaining members of other companies who had been decimated by the attack on the Twin Towers to share their available office space. At a morning meeting, the head of security told stories of why these people were alive...... and all the stories were just the 'L I T T L E' things.
As you might know, the head of the company survived that day because his son started kindergarten. Another fellow was alive because it was his turn to bring donuts. One woman was late because her alarm clock didn't go off in time. One of them missed his bus. One spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change. One's car wouldn't start. One went back to answer the telephone. One had a child that dawdled and didn't get ready as soon as he should have. One couldn't get a taxi. The one that struck everyone was the man who put on a new pair of shoes that morning, took the various means to get to work but before he got there, he developed a blister on his foot. He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid. That is why he is alive today.

Now when I am stuck in traffic, miss an elevator, turn back to answer a ringing telephone......... all the little things that annoy me. I think to myself, this is exactly where God wants me to be at this very moment... 
Next time your morning seems to be going wrong, the children are slow getting dressed, you can't seem to find the car keys, you hit every traffic light, don't get mad or frustrated. God is at work watching over you. 
Pass this on to someone else, if you'd like. 
There is NO LUCK attached. If you decide not to pass it on that's okay: "God's Love & Goodness Is Not Dependent On... blogging, emailing, texting, liking, tweeting, plus-one-ing or any other type of message sharing".

Are You From One Of The Hebridian Isles?

You know you are an islander if ...

You have a dog called Dileas

You have ever worn a biannag

You have at least 3 eyebrow hairs over 1.5 inches long
(extra points for on each eyebrow)

You have a pair of 'posh' cords for evenings out

You admire your father so much you have grown an inch long tuft of hair in each ear (extra points if you're female.)

When in Glasgow/ Inverness/ Aberdeen/ Edinburgh/ you get on the bus and say "I'm going to Woolies, how much is it to Woolies?" When the driver looks at you quizzically, you clarify, "WoolWORTHS."

When on the mainland you make a concerted effort to go into shops that don't exist in Stornoway. Like LIDL and Poundstretcher. Oh, and ASSSSDA

You do a monthly Big Shop in Ullapool

Your father knows someone called Tormod who works on
The Isle Of Lewis ferry

The first time you tried to get a bus in Glasgow/Inverness/Aberdeen/Edinburgh it took 10 buses flying past you to make you realise you had to hold your hand out to make it stop

You have ever worn your father's boiler suit for the peats when you were 8 years old

You have ever got lost in the peats - 10 feet away from where your dad and mum were working

When you move to Glasgow/Inverness/Aberdeen/Edinburgh, you become a central point for free accommodation in said place

You have made a sandcastle on the beach that when you stamp on it find has at least 1 ball of sheep's business in it

You have almost killed your father doing a 3 point turn at 30 mile an hour while 'learning to drive' on the machair

You have at least 4 deteriorating cars in your garden but won't give anyone any parts (extra points if not a Niseach)

You were a softy if you ever used an umbrella

You were a softy if you had glasses

Anything over minus 10 Celsius is sleeves-rolled-up weather

You walked into what you thought was your own empty house to find that a friend of your gran's has let himself in and is making himself a pot of tea on the gas

You slip into the Gaidhlig inadvertently in the middle of sentences (extra points if you have done this to English-only speaking friends.)

You insist that your lowland friends that they call you by your Gaelic name and that it's not that hard to pronounce Domhnall Aonghas Roddy Iain

You have never been a farmer, but have a barn out the back just for good measure

You thought Pizza Hut was a place you could buy fuel for the fire (think about it...)

You know someone in America (extra points if they are relations)

You have a relative who has a disused loom in the barn who is
waiting for the tweed business to pick up

You have ever gone to the well to get water for tea when the plumbing was wrong

You consider black and white portable televisions with dial tuning to be 'good enough' for the kitchen

You have at least one school photo where you have a bald patch on your head after your dad decided to save money by using one of those red combs with razor blades in them

You nearly burnt the house down trying to install dimmer lights in the lounge at home

Your gran has at least 10 family photos on display on the sideboard.

You have realised that you and all your cousins look exactly the same, but still think your immediate family is best as you have a brother at Glasgow University

You have a third cousin in the RAF.

You still have all your own teeth.
You store them in 'a bag from the dentist's.'
The oldest tooth is 30 years old

Your uncle's party trick is pushing his upper denture plate out and showing the remains of what he had for breakfast that morning

You saw your first tree on the mainland

You have a passport but have never actually been past the Barvas moor

You enjoy spinning aimlessly around town at 10 o'clock at night and beeping at people you think you know

You try to apply the rules of football to all sports

When you were 12 you thought Pointers was Kool90

When you were 8 you got a row from your friend's dad for breaking up his new roofing timber so you could use it to build a ganghut out of the old blackhouse out the back

As a teenager for some reason you wanted a bowling alley, ice rink and cinema in Stornoway.

You then realised that working in WISCOs was much cooler, and you were so tired by the end of the day that you had no energy to do anything

When laying a new living room carpet, you cut up the old one and use it for the wee bit in the porch

You lift your index finger to say hello even when out of your car

You had had 5 different nicknames before one finally stuck at age 10.

The nickname you have is the only one of the 5 that you really dislike, but are too hard to admit it

You attach the ending '-boy' to the end of men's names when addressing them

From age 11 your haircut's direction permanently matched that of the prevailing wind on your side of the island. Wonderfully, this did not affect your dossan

You play for at least 10 village football teams, as having a fourth cousin in Bragar entitles you to do so. Has Berti Vogts ever visited the Island?

You know 20 people called Seonaid.
They all wear exactly the same style of clothes

Your ancient Ford Fiesta has go faster stripes, a red spoiler and a white passenger door

You know that despite what they say, wherever you lay your hat, it's not Home
unless it's up north

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