Sunday, January 28, 2007

MSM writing about good news

It seems that journalists always seem to focus on the negative or heart wrenching stories. We hear this a great deal from certain quarters about coverage in Iraq: "Hey, there's great stuff going on in Iraq and all we hear about is death and mayhem." It's like the eleven o'clock news.

Stewart Payne of the Telegraph
in England doesn't subscribe to that only-bad-news format. No, Mr. Payne brings us the story of Nick Wallis, a young disabled man who lives at Douglas House hospice in Oxford, England. Mr. Wallis is 22 years old and was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a debilitating condition.
Mr Wallis told staff at the Douglas House hospice in Oxford that he wanted to experience sexual intercourse. He explained that he had hoped to form an intimate and loving relationship with a woman, but his disability had acted as a barrier.

He told The Daily Telegraph: "It was a decision two years in the making and I discussed it with my carers and my parents. Telling my mother and father was the hardest part, but in the end they gave me their support.

"There are many aspects of life that an able-bodied person takes for granted but from which I am excluded.

"I had hoped to form a relationship when I went to university, but it didn't happen. I had to recognise that if was to experience sex I would have to pay for it out of my savings. My mind was made up before I discussed it with anyone else."

The hospice staff, after taking advice from a solicitor, the clergy and health care professionals, decided to help him.

"I found an advert from a sex worker in a magazine for the disabled," said Mr Wallis. "The initial contact was by email and then by phone."

It was arranged for the prostitute to visit his home in Northampton. "My parents went out," he said.
It's nice to hear that everyone, including Sister Frances Dominica, the nun who runs the hospice, was supportive with his endeavor.

Finally, good, wholesome, uplifting news in the main stream media.

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