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Doctors Use Part Of Woman’s Arm To Make A Replacement Tongue After She Was Diagnosed With Cancer

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A British woman identified as  Rebecca Patterson has undergone groundbreaking surgery to replace her tongue with arm tissue after battling cancer.

Rebecca was 38 when she was diagnosed with tongue cancer in April 2018 shortly after getting engaged. She had a sore spot on her tongue and a white patch in her mouth for about eight years which never went away.

She was initially diagnosed with oral thrush but she was in so much pain she could barely speak or eat. She then had a biopsy and received the devastating call from a nurse telling her its ‘cancer’.

Patterson said: ‘You can never prepare yourself for hearing the words ”it’s cancer’. I sat in the consultant’s room trying to process what was happening thinking am I going to die?

Will I lose my tongue? How will life ever be normal again? My world had shattered into a million pieces. I remember saying to the consultant: ‘I can’t have cancer, my life with my fiancé is just beginning.’

‘I wanted answers to all these questions but didn’t want to hear them. I felt so overwhelmed with different emotions. I also kept flitting between feeling physically sick with worry – to relief that I finally had a concrete answer.’

After the diagnosis, Mrs Patterson underwent 11 and a half hours of surgery at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. Surgeons removed the right side of her tongue and then removed the skin and an artery from her left arm to build her a new tongue.

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The team of doctors also removed the right lymph nodes in her neck and two back teeth so the tongue would fit.

Patterson added: ‘I woke to find my arm bandaged, two drains coming out of my neck, a tracheostomy and a feeding tube.  ‘Whilst recovering in hospital, I went through a lot of ups and downs. I couldn’t speak for a week and could only communicate through writing everything down.

‘My trachea would leak, and I would end up with crusty secretions around my neck, my arm was like a dead weight and I had very restricted movement in my neck. ‘I couldn’t do anything independently and relied on the nurses to wash, dress and move me. I felt trapped inside my own body. My self-esteem was at an all-time low.’

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Manchester City Stunned 1-2 By Man United At Home As Solksjaer Gives Guardiola Tactical Schooling In Mouth-Watering Clash At Etihad

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Two goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial on Saturday night were enough to do all the magic as a tactically aware Manchester United defeated Manchester City 1-2� at the Etihad.

Guardiola confident of a victory, started the match with a 4-3-3 formation with Sterling, Jesus and Bernardo Silva his preferred front three while Man U. started with a pacy front three of Anthony Martial, Daniel James and Marcus Rashford.

Guardiola was hopeful of a win, while Solksjaer would have happily taken a draw if a genie gave him a draw at the beginning of the match-�but the god of football had other plans!
Solksjaer’s front three partnership caused Man City’s shaky back line of Walker, Stones, Fernandinho and the inexperienced Angelino all sort of problems in the first 30 minutes of the first half.

Martial, Rashford all had their chance to score and were either saved by the post or the goalkeeper Ederson.

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In the 23rd minute, Marcus Rashford opened the scoring from the penalty spot after being brought down by Bernardo Silva before�Anthony Martial made it 2-0, when he sent a fine left foot, shot past Ederson in the 29th minute.�At the end of the first, half Man City saw a penalty appeal rejected after Fred handled Kyle Walker’s cross.

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Man city pounded, prodded, flexed and rigmaroled around United’s defence but United were resolute and the first half ended 0-2.

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Manchester United’s defensive acuteness and attacking verve on the counter was so mature and impressive that it was beginning to look like they will score more goals in the second half and with the time entering the last ten minutes, City were fighting for their life, with Guardiola visibly frustrated.

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United nearing the last minutes of the game started playing more compactly and left only Rashford upfront but were soon broken in the 85th minute as Nicolas Otamendi headed home a late consolation after escaping the attentions of Aaron Wan-Bissaka..

?Manchester City stunned 1-2 by Man United at home as Solksjaer gives Guardiola tactical schooling in mouth watering clash at Etihad

On this night, this special occasion, this Manchester derby, Man United coach Ole Gunnar Solksjaer proved he could be a tactical hero, and what better way to prove yourself than against one of the greatest coaches in the world, Pep Guardiola.

?Manchester City stunned 1-2 by Man United at home as Solksjaer gives Guardiola tactical schooling in mouth watering clash at Etihad

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See More PHOTOS From Heavyweight Boxing Rematch As Anthony Joshua Defeats Andy Ruiz To Regain His Titles

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Anthony Joshua defeated Andy Ruiz Jr in their world heavyweight title rematch which took place on Saturday, Dec 7 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The British-Nigerian boxer who suffered a shocking defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr back in June in New York City, regained his IBF, WBA and WBO titles as he defeated the Mexican-American boxer by unanimous decision.

See more photos from heavyweight boxing rematch as Anthony Joshua defeats Andy Ruiz to regain his titles

 

The bout which lasted until 12 rounds was scored 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 by the judges.

Speaking on his victory, Joshua said:  “I wanted to put on a boxing masterclass.”

“First of all, thanks to god. The first time was so nice, I had to do it twice,” he said. 

“I knew I could win this. This is about boxing, I’m used to knocking guys out.

“I gave the man his credit, I said I would correct myself, I respect Andy, But I wanted to put on a boxing masterclass.

“It’s the sweet science, it’s about hitting and not getting hit.

“No change in mentalist, stay hungry and stay humble. I’m going to remain humble in victory. Thanks to Ruiz and his family, thanks to Saudi, the fans and thanks to god and Eddie Hearn.”

See more photos from the fight below.

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Andy Ruiz Blames ‘Three Months Of Partying’ For Defeat To Anthony Joshua In Saudi Arabia | WATCH

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Mexican-American boxer, Andy Ruiz who spearheaded one of the biggest upsets in boxing by defeating Anthony Joshua to win the world heavyweight titles in New York in June, has blamed his defeat in their rematch on three months of partying and celebration.

The boxer who rolled out his excuses at the post-match conference said he partied, became overweight and undertrained for the rematch which took place in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, December 7.

Andy Ruiz said: “Three months of partying and celebrating affected me, what can I say?

“Being overweight, I wasn’t fluid enough, I wasn’t moving the way I wanted to move.

“I think if I’m lighter I’m going to let my hands go and be a completely different fighter.”

When asked what he would have done differently if granted a rematch against Anthony Joshua, he said;

“Listen to my coach. Listen to my dad. And take it more seriously.

“I’m OK, I’m just a little disappointed. I should have listened to them.

“I tried to do the training on my own. I should have listened to them more.

“There are no excuses…the partying and all that stuff got the best of me.

“For being out of shape I did pretty well, I took all his shots.”

Ruiz recognized that he lost a wide decision to Joshua but said he holds a victory too. He said the scores are tied with one win apiece and he wants a trilogy bout.

“I know for the third one I’m going to be a lot better.”

He added: “There’s a lot of responsibility being a champion of the world. I think the partying and all that stuff got the best of me. Next time it’ll be a lot better.”

Here is the video below.

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