Erinn Louise Kerr

Magazine journalist, reporter and feature writer based in Northern Ireland.
BBC News

Eye contact experiment brings strangers together

How often do we really look into someone's eyes? We share quick glances with strangers in the street and look lovingly at friends and family, but how often do we hold their gaze for longer than a few seconds? Not often enough says Nuala McKeever, who calls herself a happiness teacher. Nuala believes eye contact could help us reconnect with each other in a powerful and spiritual way, and the 40-year-old knows a thing or two about the human spirit. After leaving a high-pressured job in the fin
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Woman meets surgeon who saved her life with pioneering operation

A young woman who was "sent home to die" as a baby has met the surgeon who saved her life. Amy Patterson, 21, was 18 months old when staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast told her parents a tumour on her spine was incurable. But they later discovered a surgeon at Birmingham Children's Hospital who agreed to carry out a pioneering operation. And 20 years on, doctor and patient have come face-to-face. After a short stay at the Royal as a toddler, Amy was taken back to her home in Lim
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Domestic abuse: Men 'need more help', victims' organisation says

An organisation that provides help for male victims of domestic abuse has seen an increase in people coming to them for help. The Men's Advisory Project said it supported 536 clients in 2015 compared to 294 in 2013. But while victims often suffer similar hardship, it said the services available for men in Northern Ireland are less extensive than for women. One man who knows how difficult it can be to get help is Paul. Paul, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, walked away fro
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Portadown mother's warning about underage drinking after daughter hospitalised

A mother whose 13-year-old daughter was found "intoxicated and unresponsive" in the street has shared her story as a warning to other parents. Paula, who did not want to give her surname to protect her daughter Catherine, was at home on a "normal" Saturday afternoon when police called. They said they had found Catherine and taken her to Craigavon Area Hospital. At the time, Paula issued an appeal through a police Facebook page and has now spoken exclusively to the BBC. Paula said she couldn'
BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Emotional reunion as girl of 12 flies in to surprise her dying dad

A brave 12-year-old girl who flew from Cardiff on her own to surprise her terminally-ill dad at Christmas was among the thousands of emotional passengers who arrived in Belfast yesterday. Karson Turner, whose dad Willie was diagnosed with lung cancer in August this year, was greeted at the airport by two nervous aunts who had not seen the youngster for almost 10 years. Belinda Turner and Susan Quinn, both sisters of Willie, had tears in their eyes as they waited for Karson to come through arri
BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Family of road accident victim Gerry Kingsbury try to carry on with Christmas - that's what hee'd want party

There will be an empty seat at the Christmas table this year where Gerry Kingsbury would have sat among his four grandchildren and four grown-up children. In years gone by, Gerry would have let the youngsters use his legs as a slide or spent the afternoon singing and dancing, but this year he'll be sorely missed. The 56-year-old was tragically killed when a taxi hit him as he walked home from his work's Christmas do on Friday night at about 2.30am. The devastated driver was a friend of the fam
BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

There isn't a day goes by I don't think of Adam and sometimes I set out an extra plate, or call him in for his dinner

A heartbroken mother will today return to the scene of the crash that took the life of her eight-year-old son, one year on from the tragedy. Sarah Hanna (33) has not been able to face going back to the road where her son Adam was killed, since his death on this day last year. But she hopes that the sad anniversary will mark a turning point for the family and that going to the place where he died will help her to begin to come to terms with her terrible loss. Sarah was walking six of her nine
BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Charlene Campbell's grieving family vow to raise £10,000 for charity in tribute to mum and baby they lost to cancer

The family of a young woman and her baby daughter who both died of cancer within five years of each other have pledged to raise £10,000 in their memory. Charlene Campbell (33) lost her short battle with cancer in October, five years after her daughter, Myla, who died aged 12 months and 12 days, passed away in her arms. Little Myla was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive rhabdoid tumour when she was just days old and underwent a raft of treatment including chemotherapy. Charlene's aunt, Liz
BBC News

Eye contact experiment brings strangers together

How often do we really look into someone's eyes? We share quick glances with strangers in the street and look lovingly at friends and family, but how often do we hold their gaze for longer than a few seconds? Not often enough says Nuala McKeever, who calls herself a happiness teacher. Nuala believes eye contact could help us reconnect with each other in a powerful and spiritual way, and the 40-year-old knows a thing or two about the human spirit. After leaving a high-pressured job in the fin
BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Sent home to die from a tumour as a baby, Amy celebrates her 21st birthday

A mother whose daughter was "sent home to die" as a baby has celebrated her 21st birthday by publicly thanking the surgeons who saved her life. Amy Patterson, from Limavady, was a perfectly healthy and happy baby before developing a deadly tumour at just 16 months old. But after a stay in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital back in 1996, Hazel and her husband Trevor were told their daughter's illness was incurable. Hazel (48), told the Belfast Telegraph: "Amy was sent home to die. "It was hear
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