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Single mum with cancer promises daughter, 6, ‘magic medicine will make mummy better’

A solo mum has promised her young daughter ‘magic medicine will make mummy better’ after being diagnosed with breast cancer at just 40.

Melissa Lomas, of Poynton, Cheshire, is fundraising for a wig so she can keep her promise to her six-year-old daughter, Scarlett.

After being diagnosed with ‘aggressive’ cancer, she held little Scarlett close and promised to get matching wigs after the schoolgirl pleaded: “don’t lose your hair, you look beautiful.”

Melissa was diagnosed with breast cancer just over a month ago, and is now set to undergo treatment during England’s lockdown period.

Melissa is ready to take on treatment but worries losing her hair will affect her confidence

She said the length of the NHS waiting lists had forced her to go private for a diagnosis.

The solo mum is coping with her diagnosis by keeping up high spirits to buoy her daughter.

Desperate to stop Scarlett from worrying about her, they decided to name her tumour ‘Bugsley’ and are planning on co-ordinating their wigs while they get through this tough time.

Melissa said: “I found a lump on my breast and realised it could be cancer – but I was told the earliest mammogram I could have was in a month because I was only 40 and didn’t have any other symptoms.

“I didn’t want to take the risk so I ended up going private, and I’m so thankful I did. The scan found grade-3 invasive ductile cancer, so I could have been terminal by now if I’d waited a month.

The mum and daughter hope to get matching wigs

“I don’t blame the NHS at all because they don’t have the resources to give everyone the scans they need, so some people like me end up slipping through the net.

“If any good could come from this, I’d love it to raise awareness that it can happen to anyone. Ultimately they need to lower the age for quick mammograms and make sure everyone gets scanned early.

“Breaking the news to Scarlett was really hard, but I made sure to do it in a way she could understand.

“I told her mummy was poorly and I had to have some magic medicine. I said she shouldn’t be worried because the magic medicine would make mummy better.

“We called the tumour ‘Bugsley’, and after my operation I told her Bugsley was gone but I still have tiny little Bugsleys left and the medicine will make them go off into the wild.”

Melissa set up a GoFundMe page for a wig after Scarlett begged her to not lose her hair.

The page has raised more than £1,200 in less than a week – and Melissa has promised that her real hair will be donated to McMillan so kids can get their own wigs made.

The fundraising page, posted on October 28, said the breastcancer diagosis was a “shock” to her, as someone only

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CMS, Verma imposed few penalties at nursing homes despite promises of tough enforcement

The federal agency and its state partners, Verma said, would conduct a series of newly strengthened inspections to ensure 15,400 Medicare-certified nursing homes were heeding long-standing regulations meant to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. It was another key component of a national effort, launched in early March, to shore up safety protocols for the country’s most fragile residents during an unprecedented health emergency .

But the government inspectors deployed by CMS during the first six months of the crisis cleared nearly 8 in 10 nursing homes of any infection-control violations even as the deadliest pandemic to strike the United States in a century sickened and killed thousands, a Washington Post investigation found.

Those cleared included homes with mounting coronavirus outbreaks before or during the inspections, as well as those that saw cases and deaths spiral upward after inspectors reported no violations had been found, in some cases multiple times. All told, homes that received a clean bill of health earlier this year had about 290,000 coronavirus cases and 43,000 deaths among residents and staff, state and federal data shows.

That death toll constitutes roughly two-thirds of all covid-19 fatalities linked to nursing homes from March through August.

Patient watchdog groups acknowledge that not every outbreak could have been prevented, even with adequate infection-control practices in place. But as the pandemic raged, the number of homes flagged for infection-control violations remained about the same as last year.

The facilities that were cited for breakdowns often escaped significant penalties, The Post also found.

Inspectors reported violations at about 3,500 homes, ranging from dirty medical equipment to a lack of social distancing. Though federal law allows CMS to levy fines of roughly $22,000 for each day a serious violation lingers, most providers were fined little or nothing at all.

For failing to ensure staff members wore masks, Sterling Place in Baton Rouge, with more than 80 coronavirus cases and 15 deaths, was fined $3,250.

For failing to separate residents in a common area, Heritage Hall in Leesburg, Va., with more than 100 cases and about 18 deaths, was fined $5,000.

For failing to use protective gear, the Broomall Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Pennsylvania, with more than 200 cases and about 50 deaths — among the highest nursing home death counts in the country — was fined $9,750.

Broomall spokesperson Annaliese Impink attributed the lapses to “covid fatigue” and said staff members are corrected when concerns crop up. Officials with Sterling Place and Heritage Hall did not return calls seeking comment. In its written response to the inspection, Heritage Hall said tables had been rearranged and a nursing supervisor would monitor for compliance. Heritage Hall went on to suffer a second deadly outbreak last month, state records show.

The inspections follow a three-year push at CMS to ease rules long considered burdensome to the nursing home industry, whose lobbyists and leaders include former politicians and government insiders. Even before the coronavirus crisis, the agency took steps to limit the use of some

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