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Sports presenter opens up on young daughter’s devastating health battle in an emotional interview

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Sports presenter Hamish McLachlan has broken down while recalling his little girl’s fight for life with a rare brain disease and his desperate plea to doctors to save her.

The broadcaster was headlining Channel Seven’s 2013 Australian Open tennis coverage when he and his wife Sophie received the devastating news their miracle baby girl Milla had West Syndrome.

As host of AFL‘s recent ‘Last Time I Cried’ podcast series, the tables turned on McLachlan for the final episode in a heartbreaking interview that left both him and guest interviewer, former Sydney Swans star Alex Johnson, in tears as he relived every parent’s worst nightmare.

McLachlan still remembers the night in January 2013 when he called his frantic wife back after countless missed calls from her while he was live on air with the tennis coverage. 

Milla was Hamish and Sophie McLachlan's miracle baby conceived through IVF. Milla is pictured before she was a diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening brain disease

Milla was Hamish and Sophie McLachlan's miracle baby conceived through IVF. Milla is pictured before she was a diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening brain disease

Milla was Hamish and Sophie McLachlan’s miracle baby conceived through IVF. Milla is pictured before she was a diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening brain disease

‘She said, there’s something wrong with Milla. She sort of has these little twitches and I can’t get her attention for hours, there is something really wrong’,’ McLachlan recalled.

They went to the paediatrician, whose face turned white when she saw footage of eight-month-old Milla’s twitching and ordered the McLachlans to go to Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital immediately. 

Two hours later in the hospital waiting room, they still had no idea what was wrong with Milla, whose tiny head had been fitted with 37 electrodes.

The neurologist walked in with the diagnosis that would rock their world.

‘He looks at me and says: ”I’m Jeremy Freeman, your daughter has West syndrome. There’s a 10 per cent chance she’ll die in hospital. There’s a 80 per cent chance she’ll have brain damage for life. There’s a 10 per cent chance she’ll get through unscathed”,’ McLachlan recalled.

‘He said: ”It’s a very rare disease, one in 2500 kids get it. Two-thirds of cases it’s a brain cancer, it’s a brain tumour, it’s a brain lesion. A third of cases it’s none of those but it is the same outcome. She’ll either die, have brain damage for life or she’ll get lucky”.

‘I picked up Milla. I said: ”This is Milla Freeman, save her”.’  

Hamish McLachlan broke down as he recalled his baby girl's fight for life seven years ago

Hamish McLachlan broke down as he recalled his baby girl's fight for life seven years ago

Hamish McLachlan broke down as he recalled his baby girl’s fight for life seven years ago

Milla was the McLachlan’s miracle baby conceived on the couple’s third attempt to have a child through IVF.

They were unsure Sophie would be able conceive naturally after she was involved in a serious car accident prior to meeting her husband.

‘And so, as a sort of naive parent you sort of think it’s all done, there’s nothing that can happen that can take her away from us,’ McLachlan said.

More devastating news was to come. 

As part of her gruelling treatment, Milla had to be given steroids four times a day so potent they aren’t given to animals.

Her parents were warned Milla would react so badly to it the first time, she wouldn’t open her mouth again and would scream so much she’d lose her voice in 24 hours.

The McLachlans were told their baby’s seizures would either stop after six days or they would continue.

Baby Milla was fitted with 37 electrodes as doctors tried to work out what was wrong

Baby Milla was fitted with 37 electrodes as doctors tried to work out what was wrong

Baby Milla was fitted with 37 electrodes as doctors tried to work out what was wrong

The harrowing days that followed would even break McLachlan’s brother, Gil, who is now the AFL chief executive.

‘On the fourth day, Gillon did the 7am session everyday because he’d do it on the way to work,’ his brother Hamish recalled.

‘And I remember him, I gave him Milla and went to the kitchen, got the steroid out, putting it in the syringe and by the time I got to Gill, she was having seizures in his arms.

‘He was crying saying: ”How can it happen to someone who doesn’t deserve it”?’

Thankfully, Milla’s seizures eventually stopped and her brain patterns had returned to normal at her three month scan.

At her six month scan, Dr Freeman hailed 15-month-old Milla as a miracle – and one of the 10 per cent who recovered without further complications.

Hamish and Sophie McLachlan went through two unsuccessful rounds of IVF before Milla was conceived on the third attempt

Hamish and Sophie McLachlan went through two unsuccessful rounds of IVF before Milla was conceived on the third attempt

Hamish and Sophie McLachlan went through two unsuccessful rounds of IVF before Milla was conceived on the third attempt

‘He said, ”I’ve just done some cognitive tests that three-year old children don’t pass”, McLachlan said.

”She’s through it … She’s the best response I’ve ever had to this disease”.

‘That’s when I started crying and really cried. You just don’t know when life is going to change, when a seemingly perfect word becomes imperfect nor when it becomes perfect again.’ 

Today, Milla is happy and healthy eight-year-old who has a younger sister Indi and brother Lex. 

‘Every time I put her to bed, I think, how good you’re here. That was the last time I cried,’ McLachlan said.

Milla (right), pictured with her parents and baby sister Indi in 2016 is one of the lucky ones

Milla (right), pictured with her parents and baby sister Indi in 2016 is one of the lucky ones

Milla (right), pictured with her parents and baby sister Indi in 2016 is one of the lucky ones

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Former NRL star Daniel Conn threw rock and intimidated staff at Potts Point gym he once worked at

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An ex-NRL star has admitted to throwing a rock through a window of a boxing gym he once worked at as well as intimidating staff.

Daniel Conn, 34, who once starred for the Canterbury Bulldogs, Gold Coast Titans and Sydney Roosters faced charges from three separate instances at the Hustle Boxing gym in Potts Point in Sydney.

Conn pleaded guilty to intimidation and stalking, destroying property and breaching an AVO, and on Friday was sentenced to an aggregate 14 month conditional release order.

Daniel Conn has pleaded guilty to damaging property and intimidation at the Hustle Boxing gym he used to work at in Potts Point in Sydney

Daniel Conn has pleaded guilty to damaging property and intimidation at the Hustle Boxing gym he used to work at in Potts Point in Sydney

Daniel Conn has pleaded guilty to damaging property and intimidation at the Hustle Boxing gym he used to work at in Potts Point in Sydney

Conn had quit working at the boutique gym last year and on December 8 he threw a rock through one of the glass windows, the Downing Centre Court heard.

Within days he returned to the gym only to be told by an employee he ‘wasn’t welcome’, The Daily Telegraph reported.

The 34-year-old then shouted: ‘You don’t know what you’ve done, you don’t know what will happen next’.

The owner of the Hustle Boxing gym then took an AVO out against Conn, which banned him from being within 100 metres of the fitness centre.

The retired NRL player then drove past the gym on a scooter on December 19 and waived to those inside.

Conn on Friday said he would cover the $4,520 cost of the broken window.

Magistrate Michael Antrum took into account that Conn had been receiving help for mental health issues but condemned his behaviour towards the gym’s staff.

The 34-year-old had also starred on the hit reality show Geordie Shore with Vicky Pattison

The 34-year-old had also starred on the hit reality show Geordie Shore with Vicky Pattison

The 34-year-old had also starred on the hit reality show Geordie Shore with Vicky Pattison

The pair briefly dated after Conn appeared on the show as a personal trainer while the cast filmed in Australia in 2013

The pair briefly dated after Conn appeared on the show as a personal trainer while the cast filmed in Australia in 2013

The pair briefly dated after Conn appeared on the show as a personal trainer while the cast filmed in Australia in 2013

‘We live in a generally peaceful community and while a boxing gym may not be an obvious target for intimidation, all persons are entitled to attend a workplace without fear of intimidation,’ he said. 

The conditions of Conn’s release order means he must pay compensation to the gym as well as continue mental health treatment.

The 34-year-old retired from the NRL in 2011 and became a personal trainer.

He also featured on the hit reality show Geordie Shore in 2013 and briefly dated star Vicky Pattison.

Conn was also once the face and global athletic director of the F45 fitness chain.

Recently the ex-footy star opened up about his struggles with depression and his attempts at taking his own life.  

Conn starred for the Sydney Roosters before retiring from the NRL in 2011 (pictured in March, 2010)

Conn starred for the Sydney Roosters before retiring from the NRL in 2011 (pictured in March, 2010)

Conn starred for the Sydney Roosters before retiring from the NRL in 2011 (pictured in March, 2010)

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Gary Ablett claims coronavirus vaccine will ‘change our DNA’ in bizarre rant

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AFL legend Gary Ablett Sr has taken to YouTube to deliver a complex rant linking the coronavirus pandemic to ‘End Times’ biblical prophecies, and conspiracy theories about Freemasons and the Illuminati.

The 27-minutes long video filmed in his car and posted to YouTube on Friday provided a very rare insight into the state of mind of a man who many regard as the greatest to have played the sport.

Ablett, 58, who had seldom spoken publicly throughout his playing career and since, made up for lost time with an extraordinary video that linked COVID-19 to the ‘new world order’ and the second coming of Jesus Christ.

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AFL legend Gary Ablett Sr (pictured) has taken to YouTube in a bizarre rant linking the coronavirus pandemic to a litany of conspiracy theories.

AFL legend Gary Ablett Sr (pictured) has taken to YouTube in a bizarre rant linking the coronavirus pandemic to a litany of conspiracy theories.

AFL legend Gary Ablett Sr (pictured) has taken to YouTube in a bizarre rant linking the coronavirus pandemic to a litany of conspiracy theories.

Gary Ablett Sr (pictured) is regarded as one of the greatest-ever AFL players

Gary Ablett Sr (pictured) is regarded as one of the greatest-ever AFL players

He kicked 1031 goals in 248 matches during the 1980s

He kicked 1031 goals in 248 matches during the 1980s

The normally reclusive Australian sporting icon is regarded as one of the greatest-ever AFL players with 1031 goals in 248 matches during the 1980s

‘It’s not natural. It didn’t come from bats. They’re lying to us and they have been for decades,’ Mr Ablett said of the virus.

‘It was man made in a lab. Deliberately designed and deliberately released.’

‘They don’t want a cure. Why? Because they want us to take their vaccines. And their vaccines are going to kill us. They want to wipe out billions of people.’

The 58-year-old says later in the video that the development of a vaccine is part of a ‘trans-humanist’ plot.

‘These vaccines they are talking about, they want to change our DNA and there are things in them… and they are trying to link us up with artificial intelligence so we can both give and receive messages.’ 

Ablett, who is the father of dual Brownlow Medallist Gary Ablett Jr, said the virus is ‘camouflage’ for globalist agendas like the introduction of a one-world currency and the banning of cash.  

Gary Ablett Jr (pictured with his wife Jordan and his son Levi) followed in his father's footsteps playing 352 matches for Geelong and the Gold Coast

Gary Ablett Jr (pictured with his wife Jordan and his son Levi) followed in his father's footsteps playing 352 matches for Geelong and the Gold Coast

Gary Ablett Jr (pictured with his wife Jordan and his son Levi) followed in his father’s footsteps playing 352 matches for Geelong and the Gold Coast 

‘They need to crash the global economy… [so that] cash will be gone and what they are trying to bring in is their global digital currency,’ he said.

‘A one-world money system that is going to lead to the mark of the beast.’

Mr Ablett repeatedly touched on religious themes in the lengthy monologue and said the rapture – when Christians are unified with God – was ‘imminent’.

He also argued the Victorian Premier was being used by those who were conducting the conspiracy.

‘Daniel Andrews is nothing but a puppet to a very corrupt establishment and Victoria is the test case for what they are wanting to do in the entire nation,’ Mr Ablett said.

‘We need to wake up and rise up and stand against this stuff and expose them for who they really are because it’s all satanic.

‘The only real answer for the world at this time is to repent of your sins and give your heart to Jesus Christ.’ 

Gary Ablett Jr (pictured with his wife Jordan and his son Levi) won two Brownlow medals during his career

Gary Ablett Jr (pictured with his wife Jordan and his son Levi) won two Brownlow medals during his career

Gary Ablett Jr (pictured with his wife Jordan and his son Levi) won two Brownlow medals during his career

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Sunscreen creator Jake Paterson busts five biggest myths about sun protection

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With summer fast approaching in the southern hemisphere, a sunscreen creator has busted the biggest ‘myths’ around the protective cream.

Former professional surfer Jake Paterson, 47, is the managing director of We Are Feel Good Inc, a sunblock brand that is free of parabens and preservatives.

Jake, from Dunsborough in Western Australia, partnered with skin cancer physician Dr Scott McGregor to ensure each of the products had a positive impact of the skin, were non-greasy, SPF 50+ and water-resistant for four hours.

Despite the average Australian broadly knowing how important sunscreen is, we still have one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world, just behind New Zealand.

So the Australian-made brand is working hard to dispel some of the ‘myths’ around using the life-saving cream.

A sunscreen creator has busted the common 'myths' around the protective cream

A sunscreen creator has busted the common 'myths' around the protective cream

A sunscreen creator has busted the common ‘myths’ around the protective cream 

‘The concern for us as a sunscreen company is that these myths stop people from properly protecting their skin,’ Jake told FEMAIL.

‘Some of them include sunscreen causes health problems, sunscreen causes a vitamin D deficiency and a tan is healthy. The bottom line is Australian sunscreen is safe and if you don’t use sunscreen you will prematurely age and increase your risk of serious skin cancer.’

MYTH 1: YOU DON’T NEED SUNSCREEN IN WINTER

You need sunscreen whenever the UV rating is over three, and the UV rating is over three in most parts of Australia all year long. 

If you’re based in or north of Margaret River, Adelaide or Sydney the chances of the UV rating reaching three on most days in winter is high. Once it hits 3, it takes less than 10 minutes for sun damage to occur, the We Are Feel Good blog reported. 

Even cloud cover only blocks out 20 per cent of UV rays. 

The free to download SunSmart app will tell you what the UV rating is on any given day, wherever you are.

You need sunscreen whenever the UV rating is over three, and the UV rating is over three in most parts of Australia all year long

You need sunscreen whenever the UV rating is over three, and the UV rating is over three in most parts of Australia all year long

You need sunscreen whenever the UV rating is over three, and the UV rating is over three in most parts of Australia all year long

Former pro surfer Jake Paterson (middle), 47, is the managing director of We Are Feel Good Inc, an Australian-made sunblock brand that is free of parabens and preservatives

Former pro surfer Jake Paterson (middle), 47, is the managing director of We Are Feel Good Inc, an Australian-made sunblock brand that is free of parabens and preservatives

Former pro surfer Jake Paterson (middle), 47, is the managing director of We Are Feel Good Inc, an Australian-made sunblock brand that is free of parabens and preservatives

MYTH 2: I WILL GET A VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY IF I WEAR SUNSCREEN

The sun is one of the best sources of vitamin D for humans but you only need 10 to 15 minutes a day to convert enough for a healthy dosage.  

‘Sunlight can penetrate clothing and sunscreen too so you will be surprised by just how much you are inadvertently gaining,’ the blog read.

‘No sunscreen can completely block out 100 per cent of UV light so you are absorbing UV light and converting it to vitamin D even if you expertly reapply every two hours.’

Ensure your sunscreen is applied 20 minutes before you go outside. This is the amount of time it takes to sink into your skin and do its optimal job.

'Sunlight can penetrate clothing and sunscreen too so you will be surprised by just how much you are inadvertently gaining,' the blog read

'Sunlight can penetrate clothing and sunscreen too so you will be surprised by just how much you are inadvertently gaining,' the blog read

‘Sunlight can penetrate clothing and sunscreen too so you will be surprised by just how much you are inadvertently gaining,’ the blog read

MYTH 3: SUNSCREEN MAKES ACNE WORSE

In a YouTube video Dr Scott McGregor said he gets asked this question ‘a lot’ by acne-sufferers who are concerned by the ‘greasy’ nature of sunscreen.

‘Sunscreens containing zinc can be a little bit thick and it might be thought that it blocks pores. But there is actually no evidence that it can cause pimples or make them worse,’ he said.

He recommends shopping around and finding a ‘thinner’ textured lotion that sits more easily on the skin, to give you peace of mind, but says the worst thing you can do is skip the step altogether.

In a YouTube video Dr Scott McGregor said he gets asked this question 'a lot' by acne-sufferers who are concerned by the 'greasy' nature of sunscreen

In a YouTube video Dr Scott McGregor said he gets asked this question 'a lot' by acne-sufferers who are concerned by the 'greasy' nature of sunscreen

In a YouTube video Dr Scott McGregor said he gets asked this question ‘a lot’ by acne-sufferers who are concerned by the ‘greasy’ nature of sunscreen

MYTH 4: TANNED SKIN PROTECTS YOU FROM THE SUN

While it’s true that there is more protective melanin in darker skin types, which is thought to diffuse UVB rays, they are still at risk of skin cancer, pigmentation and collagen depletion.

This is because melanin alone doesn’t counteract the affect of UVA rays, which penetrate much deeper into your skin and cause permanent damage to your DNA.

‘Everyone should be using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF rating of 50+,’ the blog read.

MYTH 5: I DON’T NEED MUCH SUNSCREEN

The average-sized body will require 35ml of sunscreen for every application. 

‘This means 5ml for the face [and] 5ml for each limb, front and back. Obviously this is a lot, so use protective clothing and a hat as much as you can,’ Jake said.

If you apply less than that you won’t be receiving the full SPF50+ protection, and the same goes for SPF 30+ and 15+.

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