Sydney food delivery rider in serious condition after crash in Rockdale


A food delivery rider in Sydney is in a serious condition after a crash in the city’s south only 200 metres from where another rider died last year while working.

The 20-year-old man was riding a scooter at about 9:00pm yesterday when he was hit by a car at the intersection of the Princes Highway and Rockdale Plaza Drive, Rockdale.

He sustained serious head injuries and remains in a serious condition at St George Hospital where he is expected to undergo surgery.

The 22-year-old woman driving the car was arrested and taken to hospital for mandatory testing and has since been released.

Police are appealing for information and dashcam or CCTV footage from the area at the time of the crash as their investigations continue.

Father of three, Khaled Bouzidi, said he held the hand of the delivery rider to keep him responsive as he lay on the street bleeding.

Khaled Bouzidi saw the crash from his balcony and raced downstairs to provide first aid.(

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He said he heard the crash happen from his nearby home and rushed out to help while others called emergency services.

“I just did my best because that is what I learnt at my first aid certificate, just squeeze their hand and try and get the person to be responsive,” he said.

“A group gathered around him and everyone was shocked as we waited for the ambulance.”

There has been a spate of delivery driver deaths in recent months, with four people killed on Sydney roads late last year.

Bijoy Paul, 22, from Bangladesh was on a delivery for UberEats when he was hit by a car in Rockdale last November.

He was on a bicycle when he was hit by a car at the corner of Princes Highway and Lister Avenue after picking up a delivery from the nearby McDonald’s.

He died several hours later in hospital.

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Police are appealing for information after the crash at the intersection of Princes Highway and Rockdale Plaza Drive.(

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In 2020 the NSW government set up the Gig Economy Joint Taskforce to investigate the recent deaths of food delivery riders.

Last month the taskforce issued draft guidelines to food delivery companies and said common hazards that needed to be managed included “unsafe systems of work”, like “poorly designed apps” and “unrealistic estimated delivery times” resulting in time pressures and unsafe riding.

The guidelines called on delivery companies to make sure the app used by riders is designed to be used safely on the road and is based on average rider speeds and traffic conditions, to not result in “unreasonable time pressures and physical exhaustion”.

They also called on companies to design their apps to recognise rider fatigue, so they can lock riders out after 12 hours of working and not allow them to log back in for another 10 hours.

Better Regulation Minister Kevin Anderson said the draft guidelines would be included in an Industry Safety Action Plan to be released in April.

However the Transport Workers Union said direct government intervention was needed as a non-binding plan will not force food delivery companies to make the required changes.

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SA coronavirus patient in critical condition after being hospitalised; man believed to have South African variant


A coronavirus patient who was yesterday hospitalised in Adelaide is now in a critical condition, South Australian health authorities have confirmed.

The man, aged in his 40s, is one of 12 people in South Australia with COVID-19, all of whom acquired the virus overseas.

SA Health moved the man from a dedicated quarantine hotel for positive cases in Adelaide yesterday.

He is currently in the intensive care unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).

Acting Chief Public Health Officer Michael Cusack yesterday said the man was believed to have the South African variant.

“One person was taken from Tom’s Court [medi-hotel] to the Royal Adelaide Hospital this morning because they were unwell and are currently being assessed there,” Dr Cusack said yesterday.

“This is a male in his 40s we believe has the South African variant.

“Clearly if someone is deemed unwell enough that they have to go to hospital, we have concerns for their welfare, but obviously they are in the right place.”

Dr Cusack yesterday said the patient had been suffering breathlessness.

“Whether they’re sufficiently short of breath or their lungs are sufficiently impaired that they will need to remain in hospital is still to be determined by the emergency department at the Royal Adelaide,” he said.

The man had been at the Tom’s Court dedicated medi-hotel before he was transferred.(

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The 12 active cases in South Australia include a new case — a girl who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival.

“She is considered an old infection but has been added to our case numbers as she has not been diagnosed and counted overseas,” SA Health said.

The case takes the total recorded in SA since the start of the pandemic to 659.

South Australia yesterday reopened its borders to travellers from Greater Brisbane, after a hard border was imposed last week.

The decision was made at a snap meeting of the state’s Transition Committee, and in response to Queensland’s outbreak control efforts.

A total of 145 vaccinations were administered in the state yesterday.

RAH case a reality check, AMA says

Australian Medical Association (AMA) state president Chris Moy expressed his sympathies to the patient in the RAH.

“It can be serious even for people who are not in the older age group.”

Dr Moy said the “increased infectivity” of the new strains meant there was a higher risk of the virus “escaping” from controlled settings.

“Vigilance has to be even higher in these situations,” he said.

“The new variants appear to be more infectious … if you get the infection, you could become sicker.”

He added that, despite the vaccine rollout, the RAH case was an “important reminder” that coronavirus still posed a formidable threat to Australia.

“The risk is still there, particularly with winter coming,” he said.

“Although we’ve been pretty good during the summer and we’ve had talk of the vaccine, any relaxation is not something we should be getting into because [the virus] could make a comeback, as it has in Europe.”

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Two year old boy in a critical condition after being hit by a car in Fairfield Heights


A two-year-old boy is in a critical condition after being hit by a car in Western Sydney this afternoon.

The young child was rushed to Fairfield hospital by paramedics about 4pm and is now being transferred to Westmead Children’s Hospital to undergo treatment.

Police are investigating the incident which took place on Nelson Street at Fairfield Heights.

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F1 news 2021: Michael Schumacher health condition update, documentary to lift veil on Formula One legend


The 52-year-old’s condition and progress have been kept a closely-guarded secret by his family with only a handful of people allowed to visit him.

But the new documentary Schumacher has now been completed and after his family gave the final go-ahead, is now set for release, PlanetF1 reports.

The documentary includes private recordings the German ace’s family have provided.

Interviews with Schumacher’s wife Corinna, son Mick, daughter Gina-Marie and father Rolf are all expected to feature in the film.

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Son of Only Fools and Horses actor Nicholas Lyndhurst dies of a rare brain condition


The mother of teenage actor Archie Lyndhurst has said the CBBC star died from a brain haemorrhage while he slept at his family home in west London.

An inquest into the 19-year-old’s ‘unexplained’ death on September 22 had been abandoned months after the star passed away following a ‘short illness’. 

The teenager, who had been acting since the age of 11 and was son of Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst, starred in the hit CBBC show So Awkward as Ollie Coulton and was dating co-star Nethra Tilakumara.

His devastated mother Lucy Lyndhurst has now revealed that Archie had died in his sleep after an intracerebral haemorrhage caused by acute lymphoblastic lymphoma/leukaemia – an incredibly rare condition which kills just 800 people a year. 

Lucy and her husband Nicholas Lyndhurst, 59, found out the ‘harrowing’ details from his second post mortem just four days before Christmas. 

Actor Nicholas Lyndhurst’s son Archie, 19, was pronounced dead at home in Fulham, West London on September 22 after a ‘short illness’ (Pictured: Lucy, Archie and Nicholas Lyndhurst)

'Darling, magical boy': Sharing nine photos of Archie with his parents, Lucy said the family were still awaiting answers as to why he died (Nicholas Lyndhurst with Archie)

‘Darling, magical boy’: Sharing nine photos of Archie with his parents, Lucy said the family were still awaiting answers as to why he died (Nicholas Lyndhurst with Archie)

Lucy told her followers that 'the pain of our loss is beyond anything we have ever felt before, and wouldn’t wish upon anyone'

Lucy told her followers that ‘the pain of our loss is beyond anything we have ever felt before, and wouldn’t wish upon anyone’

Archie, who was the beloved son of Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst and his wife Lucy Smith, starred in the hit CBBC show So Awkward as Ollie Coulton

Archie, who was the beloved son of Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst and his wife Lucy Smith, starred in the hit CBBC show So Awkward as Ollie Coulton

His devastated mother Lucy Lyndhurst has now revealed that Archie had died in his sleep after an intracerebral haemorrhage caused by acute lymphoblastic lymphoma/leukaemia - an incredibly rare condition which kills just 800 people a year

His devastated mother Lucy Lyndhurst has now revealed that Archie had died in his sleep after an intracerebral haemorrhage caused by acute lymphoblastic lymphoma/leukaemia – an incredibly rare condition which kills just 800 people a year

Posting on Instagram, she wrote: ‘He died from an Intracerebral Haemorrhage caused by Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma/Leukaemia. 

‘This is not Leukaemia as we know it, the word Acute in medical terms means rapid. He assured us that there wasn’t anything anyone could have done as Archie showed no signs of illness.

‘Archie had numerous bleeds on the brain and the Dr went to great lengths to reassure us that he wouldn’t have been in any pain as it happened in his sleep.’

Lucy also shared pictures of Archie as a young child and pictures of him with Nethra, who she called ‘the love of his life’.

Paying tribute to her only son, she said: ‘The world is a very different place without him. One of my last conversations with him was about all that was going on in the world, the chaos, anger about all different subjects.

‘He looked at me with his huge blue soulful eyes, shook his head and said ‘All the world need is love Mama, it’s so easy to love’.

‘He loved life, he valued everyone in it and every moment he was given. He was always singing, and had such energy and passion in everything he did.

‘To be part of his life has been the biggest joy mad honour. We miss him everyday and always will.’ 

The teenager starred in So Awkward as Ollie Coulton and also appeared as a young Jack Whitehall in the BBC’s Bad Education in 2014.  

Heartbreak: Sharing a photo of actor Nicholas kissing Archie as a young boy, Lucy said: 'We will love you forever and ever'

Heartbreak: Sharing a photo of actor Nicholas kissing Archie as a young boy, Lucy said: ‘We will love you forever and ever’

Lucy Lyndhurst said her son 'was and remains our absolute world' in the heartbreaking social media post. She added the couple would miss their son 'every day'

Lucy Lyndhurst said her son ‘was and remains our absolute world’ in the heartbreaking social media post. She added the couple would miss their son ‘every day’

Actor Luke Milligan also paid tribute, saying: 'Tonight my brother travelled to heaven on the Pussy Wagon, to join his fellow angels and start his new journey!'

Actor Luke Milligan also paid tribute, saying: ‘Tonight my brother travelled to heaven on the Pussy Wagon, to join his fellow angels and start his new journey!’

Police were called ‘to a report of a concern for welfare’ on September 22 and the young actor was declared dead at the scene. His death is being treated as ‘unexplained but not suspicious’. 

Sharing nine images of her late son on social media, Lucy told her followers: ‘The pain of our loss is beyond anything we have ever felt before, and wouldn’t wish upon anyone.’ 

Inquests: What are they and why are they held?

An inquest is an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding a death where the cause is still unknown, or if the person died a violent or unnatural death, or in prison or police custody.

The purpose of the hearing is to find out who the deceased person was and how, when and where they died.  

Coroners can reach one of a set list of conclusions, or return a ‘narrative conclusion’ if none of the categories are appropriate. Among the mots common conclusions are:

Accidental death

Misadventure

Suicide 

Natural causes

Unlawful killing

The coroner can also make recommendations designed to prevent similar deaths occurring in future.

Some inquests require a jury, for instance after an unnatural death in custody or in relation to health and safety at work.   

Deaths due to natural causes and most illnesses do not require an inquest to be held.

She added: ‘We’ve never known anyone live like Archie. He cherished and absorbed every moment he had. 

‘Until we meet again our darling magical boy. We will love you forever and ever and will be forever grateful for choosing us to be your parents. We were beyond lucky.’  

Fellow actor and Archie’s close friend, Luke Milligan, also paid tribute, writing: ‘Tonight my brother travelled to heaven on the P**** Wagon, to join his fellow angels and start his new journey! 

‘Will miss you forever buddy! Until we meet again, go flyyyy high my man! Goodnight and Goodbye for now!’

Archie’s girlfriend, actress Nethra Tilakumara, who starred alongside Archie in the CBBC show So Awkward, hasn’t yet commented on his funeral but described the teenager as a ‘beautiful soul’ at the time of his death, writing: ‘Every day with you was the best day ever.’  

She shared the poignant tribute to her Instagram, alongside a photograph of her late boyfriend taking pictures with a Polaroid camera.

Ms Tilakumara wrote: ‘There was once a boy named Archie Lyndhurst and he made me the happiest girl in the whole wide world. 

‘A boy in a white beanie with his skateboard, swaggered through two wooden doors with an unimaginable lust for life down the hallway of Sylvia Young Theatre School. 

‘He sat across from me while my head was buried in a script, trying to book a job. 

‘He was there for his friend who was really nervous and auditioning too, he was always there for his friends.

‘Blissfully unaware, I had no idea my future was sitting right in front of me.’ 

She added: ‘Boyfriend doesn’t do it justice. Archie you were my Person and Best friend all in one. 

‘To spend the rest of my life laughing and going on adventures with you, was just it for me. 

‘Everything made sense with you. You made me laugh like no one else and you loved me in such a way that I will forever just be grateful for. 

‘Being loved by you was a bonus, but I can proudly say you are the most incredible person that I have ever met and had the pleasure of being in love with.’ 

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Professional Tennis Player With Rare Genetic Condition

Francesca Jones

Now Up For Australian Open Supremacy

She was just eight-years-old when doctors told Francesca Jones she would never be able to play professional tennis.

The 20-year-old Brit was born with ectrodactyly ectodermal dysplasia syndrome, a rare genetic condition, which left her with three fingers and a thumb on each hand and a total of seven toes.

She has had to endure multiple surgeries and, due to her dominant right foot only having three toes, she has struggled with balancing her body throughout her career.

During an interview with the International Tennis Federation, she revealed “The doctors told me I wouldn’t be able to play tennis due to whatever disadvantages they thought I had. That was kind of my decision … because you’ve said that, I’m now going to go and prove you wrong.”

And yes, she did prove them wrong.

When she was 10, Jones was accepted to the Sánchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona. She honed her game on the clay courts where the early career of her fellow countrywoman and 2016 Australian Open semi-finalist Johanna Konta, and former world number one Andy Murray were nurtured.

Last Wednesday, Jones beat the odds to qualify for the main draw of a grand slam tennis tournament for the first time. She needed just over an hour to defeat Lu Jai-Jing of China, 6-0, 6-1 in Dubai. This was her third win of the week, securing her spot on Friday’s flight to Melbourne.

Prior to the qualification tournament, Jones told media “I’m just playing the game with a different set of cards. But it doesn’t mean those cards can’t win the game.”

Those cards amount to a lighter racquet with a smaller grip and everything else is Jones’ own dogged determination.

When asked what she thinks her advantages are, she cited “My mental strength is one of my biggest strengths, if not my biggest strength. I do have that edge against my opponents purely because of the experiences that I’ve gone through. I use it [the condition] as a positive and advantage in many ways. I’m not playing out of revenge. “

She further explained that she is playing on a greater purpose, and that is to have a positive impact on people who read her story.

As of now, she ranked 241 in the world and is now guaranteed a $100,000 payday, which will double her career earnings. She is truly pumped up for the Australian Open as it gets underway in Melbourne on February 8.

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Teenager Allegedly Slipping Under Car Now Under Critical And Unstable Condition

Police Looking For More Information

In a critical condition, a teenager is fighting for his life in a hospital bed after he was found lying in the street with serious head injuries in Sydney’s north-west overnight.

It was around 10.30 pm when the 17-year-old boy was found in Kellyville, after allegedly slipping under a car.

Speculations led the police to believe that a group of people, driving a Holden Colorado, had arranged to buy vapes from the teen when a disagreement surfaced.

In a statement, Detective Inspector Chris Laird revealed: “It looks like the 17-year-old has gone underneath the car and has been seriously injured.”

The Detective also emphasized that the police already spoke to three people who were in the car at the time saying they were “very shocked” at the incident. They are now cooperating with the police in the investigation.

To date, the police are still on the hunt for an 18-year-old who was also in the car at the time of the incident. “He knows who he is and he needs to come forward,” the Police pointed out.

Shortly after the victim was found, he was immediately treated at the scene by the NSW Ambulance paramedic right before he was taken to the Westmead Hospital in a very critical condition.

 Updates reveal that he is currently undergoing surgery and in an unstable condition.

According to Mr Laid “We need to find out what’s happened. This is a tragic incident which has occurred essentially over nothing. A young man has been seriously, seriously injured and we need members the community to help up piece this puzzle together.”

Meanwhile, a crime scene has been established and a canvass of the neighbourhood is underway as the police are still seeking any helpful information regarding the incident that happened to the boy.

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Crowd-funding boost for baby born with rare skull condition


THE parents of a Casino four-month old baby with a rare cranial condition have received welcome support from the community ahead of life-changing treatment.

Koby Goodwin was born four months ago at Lismore Base Hospital.

 

Casino baby Koby Goodwin has been diagnosed with a condition called Craniosynostosis.

After a couple of months, a Ballina doctor offered a diagnose of craniosynostosis, a rare birth defect in which one or more of the joints between the bones of a baby’s skull (or cranio sutures) close prematurely, before the baby’s brain is fully formed.

The brain then continues to grow, giving the head a misshaped appearance.

Image of a typical newborn's suture compared to a sagittal closure.

Image of a typical newborn’s suture compared to a sagittal closure.

This condition affects approximately one in every 2500 to 3000 babies in Australia.

Parents Sophie Mckay and Bradley Goodwin found out their first child will need surgery at the Brisbane Childrens Hospital by the time he is six months old.

With Ronald McDonald House closed due to COVID-19, the couple will have to find accommodation in Brisbane for more than a month at their own expense.

Ms Mckay, who was born and raised in Casino, said there is no exact date for his surgery yet.

“We know his CAT scan will happen on February 23, and his surgery swill happen about a week after,” she said.

 

Casino family Sophie Mckay, Brad Goodwin and baby Koby.

Casino family Sophie Mckay, Brad Goodwin and baby Koby.

“Not many doctors knew of this condition locally so we got in contact online with Cranio Care bear, a non-for-profit organisation that supports children with craniosynostosis.

“It’s been really good for us to watch other children go through the same, it’s helped us to know what to expect.”

The family started up a GoFundMe campaign on Monday, December 28, 2020, which in three days hit their target of $6,500.

On December 31, they raised the target to $10,000, with any extra money after their expenses to be donated to Cranio Care Bears, Ms Mckay said.





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NT Police say four people injured with two in critical condition after Katherine crash


Northern Territory Police say four people are injured — with two in a critical condition — after a high-speed crash on the Stuart Highway in the Katherine township on Thursday night.

A spokesman from St John Ambulance said the two people critically injured have been airlifted to Royal Darwin Hospital and the other two involved in the crash were expected to be transferred to the hospital this morning.

NT Police said general duties officers spotted a red Holden Commodore heading north along the Stuart Highway at high speeds at about 11:00pm last night.

By the time police located the car, it had crashed into a light pole on a median strip, caught alight and burst a water main.

Police said they were able to extract the driver and the front passenger, but the two rear passengers were pinned in the vehicle and were more seriously injured.

The two rear passengers required emergency services to extract them from the vehicle.

The Stuart Highway is closed between the Bicentennial Intersection and Giles Street and traffic is still being diverted this morning.

Two people have been transferred to Royal Darwin Hospital.(ABC News: Jon Daly)



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