NI newspaper review: 'Mystery illness' kills fifth child

NI newspaper review: 'Mystery illness' kills fifth child
From BBC - February 27, 2018

Most parents would struggle to imagine what it feels like to lose one child, but in Dundonald, County Down, a family are coming to terms with the death of their fifth.

The News Letter reports that Lacey Pollock, aged 4, died from the same "mystery illness" that cut the lives of her four siblings short.

A close friend of the family told the paper that mum, Jamie, and dad, Mark, were "heartbroken".

The couple's first-born child, Jordan, died in 2001, aged 11 months, she said.

Jamie-Lee died aged 13, Ellie, aged six and Lexi, aged nine weeks also died.

Each child suffered from the same physical and mental development issues.

The News Letter reports that "the best medical minds in the UK," including those from Great Ormond Street Hospital, have grappled with the condition for more than a decade, but have been unable to provide the answers the family so desperately need.

The family have four other boys who do not suffer from the condition, according to the paper.

'Frampton's 1m fight'

Also on the front page of the News Letter is a warning to famers as "arctic" conditions move in.

The advice is to move livestock to lower ground, keep an eye on pipes and taps and make sure animals are kept near to food in case paths become impassable.

Carl Frampton appears across the papers this morning as his case against his former manager continues.

The boxer claims Cyclone Promotions failed to look after his interests and withheld money he says he was entitled to.

The Daily Mirror leads with the story on its front page under the headline "Frampton's 1m fight".

The Belfast Telegraph, News Letter and the Irish News all also carry the story.

Elsewhere the Irish News reports that former Sinn Fin MLA Francie Brolly has left the party over its stance on abortion.

His wife, Anne, a former Limavady mayor, previously resigned over the issue.

'Totally opposed to abortion'

'Thinks he is a dog'


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