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RHOD’s D’Andra Simmons Reveals ‘Severe’ COVID Symptoms After Hospitalization: ‘I Wasn’t Breathing’

RHOD’s D’Andra Simmons is now happily resting at home after a battle with COVID-19, but at one point, her condition was extremely ‘severe’.

The Real Housewives of Dallas‘ D’Andra Simmons, 51, is thankful for the front line workers who saved her life after a scary battle with Coronavirus this past holiday season. “I was actually in a COVID ward,” D’Andra told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY during an episode of TVTalk on Instagram Live on Jan. 18. “It was three nurses to one COVID patient and I went from being the most severe to the middle to OK, it’s now time to go home. I was in a place where I was on oxygen.”

The Hard Morning, Good Night skincare and Ultimate Living founder first knew something was off after recovering at home from ankle surgery, so she called her doctor right away. “I came home and Christmas Day I wasn’t feeling so great, so the next day, the 26th, I woke up with a temperature,” D’Andra shared. “I never have a temperature ever and the temperature kept going up and up and I couldn’t get it down with Tylenol, I couldn’t get it down with any medications, Advil — Anything, Asprin, anything. I called my doctor and she said, “Well, let’s get you a COVID test,” and I thought, ‘I don’t have COVID! There’s no way! There’s no way, I don’t have COVID!’ and of course then, I got the COVID test and the next morning at 5 a.m., my test came back and then she called me.”

Once admitted to the hospital, D’Andra struggled as she lied there without husband Jeremy Lock. “The problem with me is I wasn’t breathing,” D’Andra revealed. “I was having a hard time breathing and I had the pulse oximeter. Mine was below 85. Below 90 is not good and that’s when I went to the hospital and they decided to admit me which was the right decision due to the temperature and the breathing. I was on oxygen and came home with oxygen and luckily I haven’t had to use it since I’ve been home.”

Although her cast mates Kary Brittingham, 50, and Kameron Westcott, 30, gave her a hard time about her COVID anxiety in the Jan. 12 episode, they’ve been supporting her. “I really want to give a shout out to both of those girls,” D’Andra said. “Even though you see Kary and I are obviously having a little bit of a rocky road this year, Kary called Jeremy every day and checked on me. Because of my leg, I needed short short pajamas so they went to Neiman’s and got me short short pajamas. Kam and Kary and Tiffany [Moon] all 3 of them, so they were very concerned. They checked on me every day and they texted me everyday.”

Now that she’s fully recovered at home, D’Andra is trying to help others so they don’t have to go through what she did. “I also decided on my own to do the Regeneron study trial because I don’t have children and I don’t have children,” D’Andra revealed. “There are [a third of] 15 million people worldwide that are going to get this drug and I thought I could use my body for science because I don’t have to worry about going back to little ones at home. I was a lab rat and I actually had a really bad reaction to that but because they were taking good care of me, they were able to bring my temperature down and things like that. I’m still doing it! I think it’s 59 days. This morning I had the research person come to my house. They come to my house every few days to take blood, nose swabs.”

The Real Housewives of Dallas airs Tuesday nights at 8pm on Bravo.

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4 unusual symptoms that could mean you are infected with COVID-19 | The State

Fever, cough and headache are three of the most common symptoms of Covid-19. However, as Healthline points out, there are other symptoms that are not as common and can still suggest that you are in possession of the virus.

Loss of taste and smell, dizziness, cardiovascular complications, and rashes They could be other signs that you have Covid-19 and are present instead of the more common symptoms. We expand below.

1. Loss of taste and smell

The loss of taste and smell is a symptom that is relatively frequent in cases of Covid-19, even being a early warning sign for people before going to a medical center, although it is not manifested in all registered cases.

It is not strictly necessary for the patient to lose his senses of taste and smell simultaneously to be a case of Covid-19, he may well lose one of the two senses as a result of the disease.

Naturally, there are causes other than Covid-19 for the loss of the sense of taste and / or smell, such as seasonal allergies or the common flu. However, these cases must be treated with care due to the common symptoms they have with the new coronavirus.

2. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea

At this time, the Center for Disease Control has not added nausea or other digestive problems to its list of Covid-19 symptoms. However, Initial research suggested that an upset stomach is relatively common in people with Covid-19.

Recently, researchers from a study of the Stanford Medicine reviewed the medical records of 116 people who had tested positive for the new coronavirus, and found that one third of the patients suffered from digestive symptomssuch as nausea, loss of appetite, and vomiting.

Vomiting and nausea do occur in some cases of Covid-19 infection. Source: Shutterstock

3. Delusions, dizziness, and muscle weakness

Neurological symptoms such as confusion and delusions have been observed in some Covid-19 patients. Some of these symptoms develop early in the disease, while more serious ones develop later.

Some patients develop brain swelling and they are monitored to evaluate the symptoms and their possible consequences on the neurological functioning of the individual.

4. Cardiovascular complications

Initial investigations suggested that Covid-19 could promote the abnormal blood clotting in some people. If this occurs in small blood vessels in the feet or extremities, it can cause minor skin symptoms

On the other hand, if clotting occurs in the lungs, brain or heart, they can lead to serious complications such as pulmonary embolisms, heart attack, or a stroke.

Also, if the virus does penetrate the cells of the heart, it can promote a heart condition known as myocarditis, which is associated with chest pain, arrhythmia, and even heart failure.

In the presence of these or other symptoms related to Covid-19, the best thing you can do is go to the competent health authorities and bodies to rule out or confirm the presence of Covid-19 in your body and proceed as appropriate.

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Mother reveals two-year-old daughter’s flu-like symptoms were deadly meningitis

A mother has revealed how her two-year-old daughter had to have both legs amputated after contracting meningitis. 

Restaurant manager Irisa Kelly, 27, of Syracuse, New York, became concerned after noticing her two-year-old daughter Riley had a high fever, lack of energy, and spots all over her body.  

She rushed her daughter to hospital where her condition became life-threatening and both legs were amputated.  

Now three years old, Riley has prosthetic legs and has started preschool.  

Irisa Kelly, 27, from New York (pictured right) revealed how her daughter (pictured left) had to have both legs amputated after her flu-like symptoms turned out to be deadly meningitis 

Riley, now three, had both her legs amputated in January this year but in May got her first pair of prosthetic legs

Riley, now three, had both her legs amputated in January this year but in May got her first pair of prosthetic legs 

Irisa is speaking out in the hope of educating other parents on the symptoms of meningitis. She said: ‘The whole situation was really weird and I never would have guessed it was meningitis.

‘But I knew that there was something not right with her and I did second guess myself at first but it turned out my instincts were correct.

‘We were really scared because the day before this all happened, she was absolutely normal and the next day she was in a critical condition.

‘The doctors didn’t sugarcoat anything and didn’t know if she was going to make it past the weekend – it was all touch and go.’

After surviving against all odds, Riley , pictured at two-years-old, is now loving life and started preschool last month

After surviving against all odds, Riley , pictured at two-years-old, is now loving life and started preschool last month

Riley was rushed to hospital after her mother noticed her two-year-old daughter had a high fever, a lack of energy and appetite, and blue spots all over her body

Riley was rushed to hospital after her mother noticed her two-year-old daughter had a high fever, a lack of energy and appetite, and blue spots all over her body 

Irisa originally thought that Riley’s flu-like symptoms could be due to a breathing condition that she overcame as a baby, which previously turned her purple in hospital.

But after testing her oxygen and heart rate with a monitor, she realized Riley’s levels were fine, but decided to take her to hospital just in case.

Doctors diagnosed the toddler with streptococcal meningitis, caused by a rare ear abnormality that she was born with, which eventually cut off the circulation to both of her legs.

Irisa said: ‘The meningitis was messing with Riley’s blood, which wasn’t clotting properly so she had blood transfusions to up her platelet counts.

Riley, pictured before her double amputation, had previously overcome a breathing condition turned her purple in hospital as a baby

Riley, pictured before her double amputation, had previously overcome a breathing condition turned her purple in hospital as a baby 

The mother-of-one rushed Riley to hospital, where her condition became life-threatening as medics diagnosed her with meningitis

The mother-of-one rushed Riley to hospital, where her condition became life-threatening as medics diagnosed her with meningitis

Pictured, Riley following her five-hour amputation

Pictured, Riley following her five-hour amputation

 Two weeks later in January 2020, meningitis bacteria was still present in Riley’s legs, and her parents decided to amputate both of Riley’s legs in a five-hour procedure

‘It started with her toes going black and wrinkly, like raisins, and throughout the next few weeks they got progressively worse and her whole legs turned black.

‘There weren’t a lot of options to salvage her legs and they were getting so bad that she had to be put on a burns ward.

‘There, we were told her muscles, tissues and everything else in her legs was dead. It was devastating.’

As the weeks went by, medics told Irisa and her fiance James, 27, that the meningitis bacteria was starting to die, meaning Riley was getting better. However two weeks later in January 2020, the bacteria was still present in her legs. 

Doctors covered Riley's stumps with blankets to slowly introduce them to the two-year-old after amputation

Doctors covered Riley’s stumps with blankets to slowly introduce them to the two-year-old after amputation

Riley, pictured in hospital, began rehabilitation towards the end of her stay in hospital before returning home

Riley, pictured in hospital, began rehabilitation towards the end of her stay in hospital before returning home 

The couple decided to amputate both of Riley’s legs in a five-hour procedure, so there was no risk of her contracting meningitis again.

Irisa said: ‘We knew it was the best thing to have her legs amputated and we’d rather have her here than not at all.

‘She’s a very bright child so when the doctors tried to cover her stumps and slowly introduce the idea, she would take the blankets off. She was really angry and confused.

‘But inside, I was certain that she would walk again someday because there’s lots of opportunities for people with limb loss.

Irisa and her fiance James, 27, are pictured with Riley on a boat ride after her amputation in January 2020

Irisa and her fiance James, 27, are pictured with Riley on a boat ride after her amputation in January 2020 

Riley got her first pair of prosthetic legs in May and Irisa said that after being 'stubborn' at the beginning, after a while it was 'like it had never happened'

Riley got her first pair of prosthetic legs in May and Irisa said that after being ‘stubborn’ at the beginning, after a while it was ‘like it had never happened’

Riley began rehabilitation towards the end of her stay in hospital, before being sent home to start getting used to her new way of life. She got her first pair of prosthetic legs in May.

Irisa said: ‘It took her until the end of the summer to accept the fact she doesn’t have legs anymore and she was so stubborn about the prosthetic legs at first.

‘As a mom, it was so nice to see her back on her feet again after all that she had been through and it was like it had never happened.’

Riley is pictured skateboarding with mom Irisa

Riley is pictured horse riding with dad James

Riley is pictured skateboarding with mom Irisa (left) and horse riding with dad James (right) after her amputation 

Now, against all the odds, Riley reached her first milestone when she began preschool last month

Now, against all the odds, Riley reached her first milestone when she began preschool last month

Now, against all the odds, Riley reached her first milestone when she began preschool last month.

Irisa added: ‘Socially, she was very lonely when she lost her legs and, due to her breathing issues as a baby, she had missed out on making friends earlier on in life.

‘But preschool has given her a new lease of life because she’s managed to make lots of friends and she absolutely loves it.

‘She also gets all of her physical and occupational therapy there to help her along with her prosthetics. It makes me so proud to see how far she’s come.’

WHAT IS MENINGITIS? 

Meningitis is inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Anyone can be affected but at-risk people include those aged under five, 15-to-24 and over 45.

People exposed to passive smoking or with suppressed immune systems, such as patients undergoing chemotherapy, are also more at risk.

The most common forms of meningitis are bacterial and viral.

Symptoms for both include:

  • Pale, blotchy skin with a rash that does not fade when compressed with a glass
  • Stiff neck
  • Dislike of bright lights  
  • Fever, and cold hands and feet
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness 
  • Severe headache 
Headache is one of the main symptoms

Headache is one of the main symptoms

Bacterial meningitis 

Bacterial meningitis requires urgent treatment at hospital with antibiotics.  

Some 10 per cent of bacterial cases are fatal.

Of those who survive, one in three suffer complications, including brain damage and hearing loss. 

Limb amputation is a potential side effect if septicaemia (blood poisoning) occurs.

Vaccines are available against certain strains of bacteria that cause meningitis, such as tuberculosis.

Streptococcal meningitis 

Streptococcal meningitis is a form of bacterial meningitis and is a severe and life-threatening infection that may lead to death, especially when treatment initiation is overdue. 

It is an acute inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord caused by bacteria from the streptococcal species.  

Despite progress in diagnostic methods and treatment as well as the implementation of national immunization programs, bacterial meningitis is still one of the most burdening infectious diseases worldwide. 

Viral meningitis 

Viral is rarely life-threatening but can cause long-lasting effects, such as headaches, fatigue and memory problems. 

Thousands of people suffer from viral meningitis every year in the UK. 

Treatment focuses on hydration, painkillers and rest.

Although ineffective, antibiotics may be given when patients arrive at hospital just in case they are suffering from the bacterial form of the disease. 

Source: Meningitis Now 

 

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EMT who gave CPR to man who died of COVID-19 on United flight now has symptoms

Tony Aldapa was filmed desperately performing CPR for 45 minutes on a fellow passenger who had fallen unconscious on the United flight last week. He says he has been experiencing symptoms since the flight

United Airlines says it is not responsible for notifying passengers that a man who was on their flight and later died had COVID-19 – as an EMT who gave him CPR revealed he is now showing symptoms of the virus.

A coroner confirmed on Tuesday that 69-year-old Isaias Hernandez, of Los Angeles, died last week of COVID-19 and acute respiratory failure.

Hernandez went into cardiac arrest on the United flight from Orlando to Los Angeles on December 14. He died in a Louisiana hospital after the flight made an emergency landing in New Orleans.  

After Hernandez collapsed, passengers say they heard the man’s wife saying he had been experiencing COVID-19 symptoms prior to boarding the flight. 

Despite the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office in Louisiana confirming Hernandez had COVID-19 when he died, United Airlines still hasn’t contacted the 179 passengers who were on the flight. 

A spokesperson said the airline had already given the names of passengers to the CDC. 

TMZ reports that a spokesperson told the outlet they weren’t medical professionals and it is up to the CDC to contact those who may have been exposed.  

It comes as one of the EMTs who gave CPR to Hernandez for 45 minutes mid-flight said he is now showing symptoms of the virus.      

Tony Aldapa says he has been experiencing COVID-19 symptoms since the flight.   

‘Essentially I just feel like I got hit by a train,’ he said. ‘I had a cough, my whole body still hurts, I had a headache,’ Aldapa told CBS. 

He was scheduled to get the COVID-19 vaccine this Friday given he is an essential health worker but is now quarantining awaiting the results of his coronavirus test.   

Aldapa was among the three passengers who helped perform CPR on the 69-year-old man during the flight

Aldapa was among the three passengers who helped perform CPR on the 69-year-old man during the flight

Footage filmed by fellow passengers showed the trio giving the man chest compressions in the aisle

 Footage filmed by fellow passengers showed the trio giving the man chest compressions in the aisle

Aldapa, who is a US Navy veteran, said the man’s wife later told him that her husband had been suffering from COVID-19 symptoms prior to getting on the flight. 

‘She told me he had symptoms, he was short of breath and she just wanted to get him home and they planed on getting tested this week,’ Aldapa said. 

The man’s wife was overheard on the flight saying he had also lost his sense of taste and smell. 

Aldapa said he did not administer mouth-to-mouth when he was giving CPR.  

Passengers are asked before boarding a flight whether they have tested positive for COVID-19 or are suffering any symptoms. 

United has since said the man acknowledged United’s ‘ready to fly” pandemic health checklist prior to boarding. 

Aldapa said he knew the risks when he started performing CPR but that his training kicked in and that he would do it again if needed. 

‘It was all kind of just second nature to see someone in a bad place, you try to bring them out of the bad place,’ Aldapa said. 

‘There were three of us that were essentially tag-teaming doing chest compressions, probably about 45 minutes.’ 

Aldapa, as well as another EMT and an ICU nurse, helped give the man during the flight. 

Aldapa, who is a US Navy veteran, said the man's wife later told him that her husband had been suffering from COVID-19 symptoms prior to getting on the flight

Aldapa, who is a US Navy veteran, said the man’s wife later told him that her husband had been suffering from COVID-19 symptoms prior to getting on the flight

Once the plane landed, medics from the New Orleans fire department boarded the flight and the man was rushed to a nearby hospital. The flight continued on to Los Angeles shortly after

Once the plane landed, medics from the New Orleans fire department boarded the flight and the man was rushed to a nearby hospital. The flight continued on to Los Angeles shortly after

Footage filmed by fellow passengers showed the trio giving the man chest compressions in the aisle after he stopped breathing about an hour into the flight.

Passengers say the man was seen on the plane shaking and sweating and having a hard time breathing even before the flight took off.   

Once the plane landed, medics from the New Orleans fire department boarded the flight and the man was rushed to a nearby hospital. 

The flight continued on to Los Angeles shortly after. 

Aldapa said United contacted him several days ago to say they were providing the CDC with information about passengers on the flight.

United said they had been asked by the CDC to provide a list of passengers so the agency could work with local health officials on contact tracing.  

‘We are sharing requested information with the (CDC) so they can work with local health officials to conduct outreach to any customer the CDC believes may be at risk for possible exposure or infection,’ United said in a statement. 

Aldapa said the CDC has still not reached out to him yet regarding contact tracing, despite the coroner’s office revealing the man’s cause of death was related to COVID-19.

In a statement, the CDC said they were in the ‘process of collecting information and proceeding according to our standard operating procedures to determine if further public health action is appropriate. 

‘To protect the privacy of the individual, we aren’t providing this information to the public.’ 

Other passengers on board the flight have also said the CDC hasn’t yet contacted them. 

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How Soy Can Improve Menopausal Symptoms | The State

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Soy is a very nutritious and healthy food. It is a good source of complete protein, iron, calcium, and also contains a high concentration of isoflavones.

Isoflavones are a type of plant estrogen (phytoestrogen) which has a similar function to human estrogen but with much weaker effects.

Soy products can improve menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes. This is based on mixed evidence, according to HealthLink British Columbia.

In Asian countries where it is consumed soy daily, women have lower rates of menopausal symptoms.

The Harvard Nutrition Source explains that the effects of soy can vary depending on the level of hormones in the body. In pre-menopausal women, soy may act as an anti-estrogen, but among women postmenopausal women, soy can act more as a estrogen.

Hot flashes and night sweats

Soy has been a popular treatment for unpleasant symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness, but it is not clearly supported by research.

Harvard notes that in theory, the possible estrogenic effects of soy isoflavones could help control hot flashes by giving an estrogen-like boost during a period of declining estrogen levels.

The soy has been an alternative option to treatment with hormone replacement drugs, that while it is usually effective for menopausal symptoms, its long-term use carries the concern of an increased risk of diseases such as breast cancer and stroke.

Soy foods with higher isoflavones content

Tempeh. Photo: Ella Olsson / Pexels

Soy, ripe, boiled, ½ cup contains 55 mg.

Soybeans, dry roasted, 1 oz contains 40 mg.

Miso, 3 oz. Contains 37 mg.

Cooked tempeh, 3 oz. Contains 30 mg.

Soft Tofu, 3 ounces contains 20 mg.

Does soy cause cancer?

Some people they reject soybeans because they fear it causes cancer. The American Cancer Society notes that Soy-based foods are healthy and safe. The evidence does not indicate that there is any danger to people from eating soy.

The organization also shares that there is growing evidence that eating traditional soy-based foods like tofu, tempeh, edamame, miso and soy milk can reduce the risk of breast cancer, especially in Asian women (population with a higher lifetime consumption of soy).

Regarding soy supplements, for their much higher concentrations of isoflavones that foods should not be eaten until more research is done, suggests Marji McCullough, Ph.D., strategic director of nutritional epidemiology for the American Cancer Society.

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Vertonghen played with concussion symptoms for 9 months in bid to earn new deal

Jan Vertonghen has made a bombshell admission after claiming a head injury affected him for nine months.

Former Tottenham defender Vertonghen’s remarkable comments will only heighten the demands for concussion substitutes and stronger protocols to be introduced into football.

Vertonghen, 33, says his problems started after a horrific clash of heads with ex-team mate Toby Alderweireld during a Champions League semi final with Ajax last year.

The Belgium defender, who joined Benfica on a free transfer last summer, was physically sick on the pitch after trying to play on and Tottenham later insisted medical reports showed he did not suffer concussion.

Vertonghen after the clash of heads with Alderweireld

Vertonghen, talking on a podcast about the incident, said: “This is now the first time I speak about it. I should not have continued playing, it affected me in total for nine months and that’s why I couldn’t bring on the field what I wanted to.

“I just didn’t know what to do. It was game after game and training after training. Every time there was a new impact.

“Then the lockdown came and I was able to rest for two months, after that it was a lot better.”

Vertonghen says specifically that he did not tell anyone, does not blame Tottenham or Jose Mourinho who took over from Mauricio Pochettino the following season and did not play him because he was struggling for form.

“Lots of people don’t know it but I suffered a lot from that hit: dizziness and headaches,” Vertonghen said.

Vertonghen has claimed he suffered with symptoms for nine months

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“Not a lot of people knew it. It was my personal choice. That’s not a reproach to anybody.”

When asked whether there was a fear they might not play him, Vertonghen added: “Maybe. And also the image: what does it mean for the rest (of my career). You know. I am fine now since four or five months.

“Everybody thought I was angry at Mourinho but at that moment I just couldn’t go on anymore. I had only one year of contract left, so I had to play. But when I played, I played badly.

“The fact I got benched had nothing to do with him. I was in a period I could not bring what I should have. I even though he played me a lot compared to how I performed.”

Premier League clubs are set to vote on introducing concussion substitutes – which allow players to be brought on temporarily while injuries are assessed – on Thursday if they get the go-ahead from law makers IFAB who will discuss it this week.

The horror injury to Wolves striker Raul Jimenez at Arsenal earlier this month plus also David Luiz being allowed to carry on playing despite a head wound and the raft of former players suffering from dementia and Alzheimers has put the spotlight on concussion.

Tottenham are aware of Vertonghen’s comments but have stressed they followed strict concussion protocols.

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Study: Omega-3 to improve symptoms of COVID-19

A recent Canadian study finds that prescribing omega-3s can reduce inflammation and improve symptoms of COVID-19.

The Health Canada approved study was conducted by the Canadian Medical and Surgical Knowledge Translation Research Group.

About 100 COVID-19 positive patients have been randomized to receive Vascepa, an omega-3 fatty acid available by prescription.

At the end of the 14-day treatment period, the prevalence of symptoms decreased by 52%, according to the results of the study which noted that the treatment was well tolerated with no major side effects.

“This study provides the first evidence of an early anti-inflammatory effect of icosapent ethyl in symptomatic COVID-19 positive outpatients – who represent the majority of patients affected by this disease in the community,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

“Significant and significant improvement in patient-reported symptoms may be a safe, well-tolerated and relatively inexpensive option for influencing morbidity associated with COVID-19,” added Dr Bhatt.

The study was presented by Professor Bhatt on Saturday at the National Lipid Association conference.

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Shia LaBeouf ‘hid STD symptoms with make-up and knowingly infected another woman before FKA twigs’

Shia LaBeouf allegedly hid his STD symptoms with make-up and knowingly infected at least one other woman before FKA twigs, according to the singer, who described her ex-boyfriend as ‘a danger to women everywhere’. 

The 32-year-old British singer, whose real name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Thursday accusing LaBeouf, 34, of sexual battery, assault and infliction of emotional distress.   

In the suit, twigs alleges LaBeouf ‘knowingly’ gave her an unspecified STD and abused her – emotionally, physically and sexually – during their relationship. 

She details numerous alleged incidents of abuse including a time he threatened to crash a car if she didn’t say she loved him and when she was woken up by him choking her. 

The singer also says in the suit that LaBeouf would boast about driving round Los Angeles shooting stray dogs to get into character for an acting role as a killer. 

The pair dated for less than a year before ending things in May 2019 with sources saying at the time the separation was down to twigs’s work schedule. 

Shia LaBeouf allegedly hid his STD symptoms with make-up and knowingly infected at least one other woman before FKA twigs, according to the singer, who described her ex-boyfriend as ‘a danger to women everywhere’. The pair pictured in Paris in September 2018 when they were first romantically linked

In the lawsuit, twigs claims LaBeouf went to great lengths to hide his STD from her after they had been in a sexual relationship for many months, reported The Sun. 

She claims she confronted him when she started experiencing ‘unusual and painful symptoms’ in March 2019 and he admitted he had known for years about his diagnosis.

LaBeouf admitted to her then that he had a flare-up of symptoms of his STD the previous December but had disguised the physical appearance with make-up, the lawsuit says.  

‘Despite experiencing a flareup of his symptoms, LaBeouf continued to engage in sexual relations with Tahliah, further exposing her to his disease,’ the suit says. 

‘LaBeouf admitted that he had never told Tahliah about his condition before, even though they had been sexually intimate for many months.’

The suit details how twigs had bloodwork done to test for the disease and learned she had been infected. 

The singer also says in the lawsuit that she learned later that he had also infected at least one other woman prior to her. 

FKA twigs also says in the suit that LaBeouf would boast about driving round Los Angeles shooting stray dogs to get into character for a role as a killer

FKA twigs also says in the suit that LaBeouf would boast about driving round Los Angeles shooting stray dogs to get into character for a role as a killer

LaBeouf allegedly also concealed his condition from this sexual partner.

In the suit, twigs says her ex’s ‘reckless disregard for the health and safety of his partners makes him a danger to women everywhere.’

The singer also alleges LaBeouf boasted that he would drive around neigborhoods in LA and shoot dead stray dogs.

She claims he told her he killed the animals because he wanted to ‘know what it felt like to take a life’ so he could get into character for his acting role in crime film The Tax Collector.

twigs says in the suit that his claims left her ‘profoundly disturbed and terrified.’ 

The New York Times first reported on the suit this week.  

Twigs said she first met LaBeouf in 2018 when she starred in the Honey Boy movie he wrote, and the pair started dating after they finished filming.

She said he eventually convinced her to stay in Los Angeles with him instead of moving back to London where she is from. 

The lawsuit says LaBeouf initially showed ‘over-the-top displays of affection’ towards her but then he started insisting on rules, including how many times she had to show affection to him in a day.  

She claims he forced her to sleep naked and that he kept a loaded gun by the bed. In the lawsuit, twigs claims she feared going to the bathroom at night in case he thought she was an intruder and fired the gun. 

The singer also says in the lawsuit that she later learned he didn’t like it if she spoke or even looked at male waiters. Twigs started keeping her eyes down when men spoke to her, the lawsuit says. 

The 32-year-old British singer, whose real name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Thursday accusing LaBeouf, 34, of sexual battery, assault and infliction of emotional distress

The 32-year-old British singer, whose real name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Thursday accusing LaBeouf, 34, of sexual battery, assault and infliction of emotional distress

Shia LeBeouf responds to allegations: 

‘I owe these women the opportunity to air their statements publicly and accept accountability for those thing I have done. As someone in recovery, I have to face almost daily reminders of things I did say and do when I was drinking.

‘It has always been easy for me to accept responsibility when my behavior reflects poorly on myself, but it’s much harder to accept the knowledge that I may have caused great pain to others. I can’t rewrite history. I can only accept it and work to be better in the future. I write this as a sober member of a twelve-step program and in therapy for my many failings. 

‘I am not cured of my PTSD and alcoholism, but I am committed to doing what I need to do to recover, and I will forever be sorry to the people that I may have harmed along the way.’ 

The lawsuit details how LaBeouf started isolating her so much that she started doubting her creative team and her manager couldn’t reach her. 

It came around the time she was finishing her Magdalene record, which resulted in the album’s release having to be delayed several times and her tour rescheduled.    

Twigs said she eventually started seeing a therapist who started helping her plan her exit.

She was packing to leave in spring 2019 when LaBeouf came to her house and allegedly ‘violently grabbed’ her in front of her housekeeper. He locked her in a room and screamed at her, the lawsuit says.   

In another incident detailed in the lawsuit, LaBeouf was allegedly speeding in Los Angeles in February 2019 when they were returning from a trip to the desert. 

He removed his seat belt and threatened to crash the car unless she told him she loved him, the lawsuit says.

LaBeouf stopped at a gas station after twigs begged him to stop and let her out. When she removed her bags from the trunk, LaBeouf allegedly threw her against the car, screamed in her face and then forced her to get back in the vehicle.  

Just prior to the gas station incident, twigs alleges she woke in the middle of the night to find the Transformers actor choking her.  

In an interview with the NYT, another one of LaBeouf’s ex-girlfriends, Karolyn Pho, described similar allegations related to her relationship with the actor. 

She claims he pinned her to the bed while drunk and headbutted her until she bled.  

In a statement to the NYT, LaBeouf said many of the allegations ‘are not true’ but he isn’t in a position to ‘defend any of my actions’. 

He blamed his alcoholism and PTSD. 

‘I owe these women the opportunity to air their statements publicly and accept accountability for those thing I have done. As someone in recovery, I have to face almost daily reminders of things I did say and do when I was drinking,’ he said.  

The singer tweeted about the alleged abuse this week saying she was in an 'emotionally and physically abusive relationship'

 The singer tweeted about the alleged abuse this week saying she was in an ’emotionally and physically abusive relationship’

‘It has always been easy for me to accept responsibility when my behavior reflects poorly on myself, but it’s much harder to accept the knowledge that I may have caused great pain to others. I can’t rewrite history. I can only accept it and work to be better in the future. I write this as a sober member of a twelve-step program and in therapy for my many failings.  

‘I am not cured of my PTSD and alcoholism, but I am committed to doing what I need to do to recover, and I will forever be sorry to the people that I may have harmed along the way.’  

Twigs said she never reported LeBeouf to police because she initially feared it would harm her career and then because she thought authorities wouldn’t take it seriously.  

She said that given the gas station incident happened in daylight, she feared no one would take her allegations seriously.

‘I just thought to myself, no one is ever going to believe me,’ she told the NYT.

‘I’m unconventional. And I’m a person of color who is a female.’

Twigs said she filed the lawsuit and was speaking out about it to show how even someone with a large network like herself could be caught up in an abusive cycle. 

‘The whole time I was with him, I could have bought myself a business-flight plane ticket back to my four-story townhouse in Hackney,’ she said. 

‘He brought me so low, below myself, that the idea of leaving him and having to work myself back up just seemed impossible.

‘What I went through with Shia was the worst thing I’ve ever been through in the whole of my life. 

‘I don’t think people would ever think that it would happen to me. But I think that’s the thing. It can happen to anybody.’ 

In the suit, twigs says LaBeouf would boast about driving round Los Angeles shooting stray dogs to get into character for a role as a killer. The couple pictured at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival on in Utah in January 2019

In the suit, twigs says LaBeouf would boast about driving round Los Angeles shooting stray dogs to get into character for a role as a killer. The couple pictured at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival on in Utah in January 2019

twigs spoke out about the alleged abuse on social media Friday.

In a new Twitter thread she wrote: ‘it may be surprising to you to learn that i was in an emotionally and physically abusive relationship. it was hard for me to process too, during and after i never thought something like this would happen to me.’  

Barnett continued: ‘which is why i have decided it’s important for me to talk about it and try to help people understand that when you are under the coercive control of an abuser or in an intimate partner violent relationship leaving doesn’t feel like a safe or achievable option.

‘i hope that by sharing my experience i can truly help others feel like they are not alone and shed some light on how those who are worried somebody they care about may be in an abusive relationship can help because i understand it can be confusing and hard to know what to do.’

Barnett noted: ‘The statistics on domestically abusive and intimate partner violence relationships are shocking and during covid i have been really anxious because i know many victims will have been literally trapped with their abusers with no relief or way to get out.’

She added: ‘My second worst nightmare is being forced to share with the world that i am a survivor of domestic violence my first worst nightmare is not telling anyone and knowing that i could have helped even just one person by sharing my story.’

She concluded: ‘here are some amazing charities and helplines that i recommend donating to and calling if you or somebody you know needs support…’ 

The singer said she plans to donate a significant portion of any damages she receives from litigation to domestic-violence charities.  

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Rudy Giuliani admits he had COVID-19 symptoms when he traveled to four states in five days

Rudy Giuliani has revealed he was showing coronavirus symptoms for several days but continued to travel to four states in five days before he was hospitalized with the disease earlier this week.

The 76-year-old was released from Georgetown University hospital Wednesday after receiving the rare and experimental drug, Remdesivir, and being treated in part by Dr. Sean Conley, the physician to the president.

Giuliani, who has been heading Trump’s legal effort to overturn the election results, spoke about his time in the hospital and his recovery from coronavirus in an new episode on his YouTube channel on Friday. 

He also demonstrated the breathing machine he is still required to use, despite claiming he is now back to ‘100% health’, stating to his viewers that ‘you may have to use it someday’.

The former New York City Mayor claimed that despite continuing to travel while showing symptoms for the virus, he would not change how he has responded to the outbreak, claiming that ‘it’s not a nice disease, you don’t want to get it’ but that it shouldn’t stop people from leaving their homes. 

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Rudy Giuliani demonstrated the breathing machine he is still required to use during Friday’s video, despite claiming he is now back to ‘100% health’ after his bout with coronavirus

During the video, Giuliani urged Americans to be diagnosed as early as possible if they start to show symptoms but admitted that he did not do the same.

‘I’m not going to say I passed that test completely,’ he began.

‘A couple of times I did because a couple of times I was exposed and immediately, within one day, I went for a test reported my symptoms to a doctor.

‘But this time though, I had symptoms, I probably did have symptoms for a few days, I was traveling, I was traveling very fast and going to one state after another testifying at the hearings concerning the election.

WHAT IS REGENERON’S ANTIBODY COCKTAIL?

Regeneron’s drug ‘cocktail,’ REGN-COV2, contains an antibody made by the company from mice and another isolated from a recovered COVID-19 patient, each of which may help to neutralize coronavirus. 

The firm’s latest data from the ongoing trials, show the drug drove down the viral loads of patients who were not hospitalized and cut their recovery times by nearly half. 

But it’s very much an experimental treatment, and the data announced earlier this week are the first published from the trial. 

Two patients treated with the antibody cocktail had ‘adverse events’ – undesirable side effects. One of those was a ‘serious’ adverse event, but Regeneron did not reveal details of what happened to the patient, who received a low dose of the drug. 

REGN-COV2 is comprised of a duo of therapeutics in a class of drugs known as monoclonal antibodies (hence REGN-COV2’s distinction as a ‘polyclonal antibody’), which are clones of antibody that attacks a specific antigen.

‘I had gone in 5 days to 4 states – Pennsylvania, to Michigan, to Arizona and to Georgia – and about five to six hearings in that period of time, preparing witnesses,’ he added, saying that it had been ‘very stressful’ because they were allegedly being threatened.

‘The whole anti-Trump thing has become a horrible sickness, eating away at the soul of many people. It’s encouraging them to threaten to kill and take away jobs, destroy families of people who just testify they saw cheating,’ Giuliani continued.

He said that by the middle of last week he was feeling worn down but failed to call a doctor until he was told he looked pale while doing his radio show on Sunday.

A test showed he had low blood oxygen and he was then hospitalized after being told to do so by his son Andrew and President Trump’s doctor.

‘Thank goodness they did,’ he said. ‘When I got admitted, I had shortness of breath, fever, mild cough.’

The former mayor revealed that X-rays showed he had pneumonia and that he was placed on oxygen before taking four days of Remdesivir and one day of a monoclonal antibody treatment manufactured by Regeneron.

Only about 200,000 doses of the experimental antibody treatment have been provided to U.S. hospitals, according to Health and Human Services Department data.  

Trump, former New Jersey Governor and Trump aide Chris Christie and Health and Human Services Secretary Ben Carson were all also treated with emergency antibody treatments after contracting coronavirus. 

Questions are being asked around why Trump and his friends are able to easily access COVID-19 treatments that are not readily available to the American public. 

In D.C., where Giuliani got treated, only 108 doses have been distributed. D.C. currently has 24,000 cases, and has suffered more than 700 deaths. 

Despite Remdesivir also still being an experimental drug and him having to seek special approval to take it, Giuliani said that he was ‘willing to take the risk’.

Giuliani wore a mask for part of the video but still claimed that are excessive at times

Giuliani wore a mask for part of the video but still claimed that are excessive at times

A masked Rudy Giuliani flashed a thumb's up as he left hospital on Wednesday

A masked Rudy Giuliani flashed a thumb’s up as he left hospital on Wednesday

‘I recovered the doctor thought it was almost miraculous how fast I recovered,’ he claimed.

‘From the first day to the second day there was remarkable recovery. By the third day I was just about fully recovered and on the fourth day, I was able to leave. Now it’s the end of the fifth day and I feel 100%.’

Giuliani does, however, still need to ‘expand’ his breathing by using a machine, which he demonstrated by telling his viewers ‘you may have to use it someday’. 

‘It helps a lot, I’ve tripled my ability with that,’ he claimed. ‘It makes me feel very good. I probably have more energy now than I did before I went in and I’m very thankful for the care.’  

In particular, he thanked Dr. Conley, saying that the White House Doctor ‘stayed in touch and helped him’.   

Although Giuliani worked decades ago for the federal government and is the former mayor of New York, he has no official government position. He served as Trump’s personal attorney during impeachment and has traveled the country seeking to overturn the result in states that went for Joe Biden.

Those travels took him to at least three battleground states in the week before his coronavirus test hit.  

In his video Friday, Giuliani claimed that despite his hospital stay, his work on the attempts to overthrow the election results continued with the help of his son and that he had returned to a hearing that morning with another one scheduled for Saturday. 

Rudy Giuliani appears at a hearing in Michigan unmasked just days before his diagnosis

Rudy Giuliani appears at a hearing in Michigan unmasked just days before his diagnosis

‘I missed a little but haven’t missed too much,’ he said, claiming that he still wouldn’t advise people to quarantine too much, claiming that Democrats were trying to spark fear in Americans with ‘excessive panic and hysteria’. 

‘I quarantined in the sense that stayed in a lot,’ Giuliani said. 

‘I don’t go to restaurants and I didn’t go flying around all over the place but I also didn’t stay in a basement and lock myself out of life for the past eight months.

‘If I did, I don’t know what I would have done to myself and I see the damage that has been done to this country. 

‘If it was ever necessary, it is no longer necessary, a shutdown of this country is no longer necessary,’ Giuliani continued. 

Antibody drugs from Eli Lilly and Regeneron are in short supply with some hospitals giving them out by a lottery as there is nowhere near enough but were received by Giuliani

Antibody drugs from Eli Lilly and Regeneron are in short supply with some hospitals giving them out by a lottery as there is nowhere near enough but were received by Giuliani

‘The shutdown now will do more damage than covid will do. We have treatment for the china virus. The treatments are getting better, the fatalities are dropping and dropping and dropping,’ he claimed, despite the US surpassing 3,000 deaths just two days ago and setting a new record for daily fatalities. 

‘It’s not a nice disease, you don’t want to get it,’ Giuliani continued, ‘but you don’t want to get flu either, you don’t want to get TB, you don’t want to get hit by a car, or hit by a brick. 

‘You don’t want to get cancer… but you don’t stay in your house and shut down the American economy because of it. You go about your life with courage. 

‘Part of the courage that America has is to take risks’. 

Giuliani also branded Democrats ‘insecure’ people as he claimed that they were making a mess of the cities that they control. 

‘It’s why we have the disaster called California, the disaster called New York and if this election doesn’t work out right, the disaster we call the United States.’ 

‘I will remember to remind people to be cautious, wear a mask where necessary,’ Giuliani said of his coronavirus advice. 

‘But also willing to warn people not to overdo it, not to let fear overtake the great courage of the American people, not to let fear of any disease, particularly one thrust on us by China, to stop us from growing and growing as Americans, from doing what we want to do and what we have to do and what’s necessary for us to do.

‘I’m wary of this whole excessive panic and the hysteria caused which has really eroded many of our sacred rights that have to be fought back for,’ he added. 

‘We went too quickly like sheep to the slaughter. We gave up Palm Sunday, the high holy days, Easter Sunday. We gave up some of our right to speak out that things were too excessive incase we would be yelled down as stupid and mean and ignorant.’

‘We allowed complete censorship come into our election, censorship of crimes that are now going to come out and haunt us for years, crimes that are big and substantial and frightening to the security of the US.’ 

The Supreme Court declined to take the case Trump called 'the big one'

The Supreme Court declined to take the case Trump called ‘the big one’

Just hours after Giuliani published the latest video, he and the Trump campaign were dealt yet another blow after the  Supreme Court reject the Texas Attorney General’s bid to overturn the election in four states that went for Joe Biden. 

The court voted 7-2 to dismiss the case. Justice Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito said they would have heard the case – but that they would have refused to overturn the election result effectively making the result 9-0. 

The stunning end to Trump’s legal bid to overturn the election came just after 6.30pm in a one-page ruling from the court. 

‘Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections,’ the ruling said – refusing to even take up a case that legal scholars had already ripped as a legal farce. 

Trump had called the case ‘the big one,’ and tweeted a series of messages designed to push the court to rule in his favor.

Now, with the high court dismissing the high-profile effort – the mother of all the ‘Kraken’ lawsuits – he is without an avenue to overturn the election he calls ‘rigged’ despite dozens of lower courts ruling against allied efforts. 

The president sought to intervene in the case – and 126 Republican House members followed suit, while 17 states signed a friend of the court brief supporting the Texas suit. 

That didn’t stop the four states being sued, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia, from blasting the suit as ‘legally indefensible and is an affront to principles of constitutional democracy.’

But the majority found that Texas lacked ‘standing’ to even bring the case. 

It also had not demonstrated a ‘judiciably cognizable interest in the manner in which another state conducts elections.’ 

In other word, its legal argument failed to justify why it was justified in having a court consider it’s objections to how another state chose to run its elections.

Nationwide, 15.7 million people have been infected by the coronavirus and more than 293,000 Americans have died.