If there IS a God....

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and if you, my fellow seafarers, believe in Him, please pray that He might bring back joy and remove the totally dark despair which has come into the life of a very special doctor and his family, neighbours of very close friends of ours and who saved the life of this, your humble scribe, less than two years ago.

I fell off my bike, totally exhausted in June 2005, cycling back in an irrational hurry from the DIY store to Gouvia Marina in 34c and 78% humidity and had trouble in getting my breath for a good few minutes afterwards. I recovered quite soon but had a recurrence, needing a 999 ambulance five days after returning to the UK. I was stabilised and referred to the Glenfield General Hospital, University of Leicester Hospitals Trust, Rapid Response Chest Pain Unit, where I met Dr Gerry McCann for the first time. Over the months, quite apart from discovering that his early medical training had been in the same med. schools and hospitals as both my elder son James and his younger brother John, establishing a great rapport with this fantastically talented young consultant cardiologist, Gerry also worked out a strategy of tests and treatments for me which used a combination of the best of the NHS and private facilities available here in Leicester [which, incidentally, has, under Professor Anthony (Tony) Gershlick, the finest Cardiac treatment facility in the UK] My wife, Gill has the privilege of being a member of that trust.

This had the result that I, once a beer swilling, cheese addicted, overweight slob, have now lost 50lbs, reduced my BP from 190/112 to 127/72 and my "Bad" Cholesterol to 4.4 is now able to do 8km (equiv.) on an air rower ever day of the week in under 15 minutes. (when I was discharged, I struggled to get under 20 minutes, if I managed to finish 8km at all) I will now take on any one of you so long as you're 15 years younger than me!

In short, Gerry McCann and his colleague co-consultant, Gail Richardson, SAVED STEVE CRONIN'S LIFE!

It is for that reason, as I pack tonight to go out to Greece at 8am that I ask every forumite, even if, like me they have never been to Portugal, to think back in their lives to try to recall ANY possible instance of strange goings-on ANYWHERE that might have even the slightest indication of any link to the events in Algarve which might be even the slightest bit relevant.

Watching television news broadcasts, you can all see what this tragedy is doing to Gerry and Kate - herself a hard-working GP to the residents (what a "comfortable " word!) of Melton Mowbray. To anyone who has had the privilege of meeting either one of them, this is OH, SO DESPERATELY AND STARKLY, more evident..

Many years ago an employee of an old friend of mine got arrested, for possessing a collection of "Snuff" movies. On recollection, my friend actually recalled instances which , in retrospect indicated a leaning towards possible perversion and these were used in the subsequent prosecution.

ANYTHING can be relevant and is worth passing on, no matter how seemingly insignificant. That is the stage we are currently at. If you know ANYTHING, you cannot possibly justify holding it back.

I have two sons of whom I am exceedingly proud and who I am sure will make as good doctors as Gerry Mc Cann in years to come but secretly, I have always yearned for a little ("Daddy I love you") daughter.

PLEASE, PLEASE, if you have even the slightest feeling that anything you know or have seen could possibly bring Gerry & Kate's little angel back to them,. PLEASE let Leicestershire Police know NOW on (0044) 116 222 2222 or www.leics.police.uk/contact/

Thank you

Steve Cronin
 

franky

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Steve
You have really focussed on what matters in life. Family and health.
Perhaps we can all pray in our respective ways to whichever deity we respect that the McCann's daughter is safely returned to the family.
 

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No information to pass on but will certainly remember them in my prayers. I have three wee kids myself - one is nearly 4, so I can only try to imagine what they're going through!
 

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Hi Steve as you can imagine I was a little confused by your story having not heard of the tragedy of the little girl missing.
I closed down and went to see the 8AM Sunday morning TV news to find the story on Australian national news so it is getting good coverage if that will help.
So we send our best wishes and hopes for the parents and the little girl just turned 4 for a speedy return. olewill
 
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