1. “A heart of gold.” An Adelaide teacher has suffered burns to 80 per cent of her body while volunteering in Thailand.
An Adelaide teacher volunteering in Thailand has suffered burns to 80 per cent of her body after a freak cooking accident.
Victoria Nikoloudis, 37, has spent the last two years working for a non-profit organisation helping Thai people in remote villages as well as orphan children in Chiang Mai.
But last week, while cooking in her apartment, Victoria was burnt with oil and fire and is now in intensive care, undergoing daily surgery in a Thai hospital.
WATCH: The family of an Adelaide woman, burnt in Thailand, want her home, from Nine News.
Her family and friends are trying to raise funds to bring her home.
“Victoria is a fun, loving, energetic human being with a heart of gold and a passion for life and gets great pleasure out of seeing people happy,” the GoFundMe page, put together by her friends, reads.
“Her parents and one of her three sisters have flown from Australia over to Thailand to be by her side and to hopefully be able to bring her home.
“[Once she is home], she will have to be transported via ambulance to the RAH Burns Unit in Adelaide, where her ongoing medical treatment will continue and to be close to her loved ones.”
The costs of this transportation and treatment is estimated to be around $100,000.
According to Seven News, Victoria’s clothes caught alight, and she slipped over into them, when a pot of oil caught fire in her apartment in Chiang Mai.
“It’s traumatising knowing that I’m here and can’t do anything to help,” her twin sister Nicole Taverna told Seven News.
“She’s also now suffering malnutrition and severe dehydration, she’s been undergoing daily surgery.”
Though she's been in intensive care for the past week, Victoria's recovery isn't yet certain. There is risk of infection and the 37-year-old is in constant pain.
"It can go from bad to worse quite quickly so our main objective is getting her home and getting the care and treatment she needs to keep her alive," Nicole told Nine News.
"It's bit of a nightmare for us all but we need to remind ourselves we've got her and it could have been a lot worse. We have to get her back home."
To donate to help bring Victoria home, click here.
2. A seven-year-old was killed after being trapped inside a runaway jumping castle at a family fair.
A father in Harlow, Essex tried to pull a runaway jumping castle to the ground, screaming "my daughter is in that", as it blew through the air and down a hill at a family fair on Easter Saturday, a court has heard.
Lee Grant's seven-year-old daughter Summer was tragically inside the jumping castle as it was blown away in winds from an approaching storm.
The little girl died from her injuries after being rushed to hospital.
According to The Sun, the castle cartwheeled 300 metres down a hill and smashed into a tree with the Summer still inside.
Now, the organisers of the Thurstons Fun Fair are in court facing charges of negligence.
Heartbreakingly, William Thurston, 29, and his wife, Shelby Thurston, 26, said they were "planning to take it down" but wanted to allow Summer a few more minutes.
"Then there was a gust, like a freak tornado type wind - a massive gust that came out of nowhere," Shelby told police, The Sun reports.
Tracy Ayling, who is prosecuting the case, told the court on Tuesday:
"[Lee] turned and saw that the dome inflatable had lifted into the air, appeared to hit a caravan before flipping over. He said 'My daughter's in there'."
"It's the Crown's case that [the Thurstons] breached the duty of care they owed to Summer Grant by failing to ensure that the bouncy castle was adequately anchored to the ground and failed to monitor weather conditions to ensure it was safe to use."
Whatever the outcome of the negligence trial, it's a heartbreaking end to what should have been a happy Easter Saturday.
"Summer was a bright, beautiful and most loving little girl," her mother, Cara Blackie, said.
3. "I shoved my board in its mouth." Father-of-two in WA describes how he survived a shark attack.
A father-of-two has described how he survived a shark attack while surfing off Western Australia.
Alejandro Travaglini, 37, has had surgery on both legs after being bitten by a white pointer off Cobblestones beach at Gracetown, nearly 270km south of Perth, on Monday.
"The pain was not really the main concern then. I think survival mode kicked in," he told the Seven Network from hospital on Wednesday.
"I started using my board as a sort of shield ... but it's turned around, bit me on the other leg.
"I remember seeing the shark right in front of me and it turned around and pretty much it opened its mouth.
"And all I could think of was (to) shove that board in its mouth."
Fortunately, a wave came along and carried Mr Travaglini to the shore, where other surfers helped him.
Since the attack, a crowdfunding campaign has raised almost $10,000 to cover medical expenses and help the 37-year-old investigate shark behaviour.
Mr Travaglini was one of two people attacked in the area on Monday, causing the Margaret River Pro to be called off part way through the surfing competition.
4. The Queen's last remaining corgi, Willow, has died.
The Queen's last remaining corgi, Willow, has died at the age of 14 following a cancer-related illness.
The Queen made the choice to end the dog's suffering, ending the British monarch's association with the breed dating back eight decades, according to UK media reports, AAP reports. And the dog was put to sleep at Windsor Castle on Sunday.
Willow was the 14th generation descended from Susan, a gift to the then Princess Elizabeth on her 18th birthday in 1944.
As a teenager, Princess Elizabeth fell in love with her father's dog Dookie, a Pembrokeshire corgi, and wanted one of her own, and was given Susan.
During her reign, she has owned more than 30 corgis, many of them direct descendants of Susan, who was so loved that she accompanied Princess Elizabeth on her honeymoon.
Willow appeared in the 2012 James Bond sketch which the Queen recorded for the London Olympics opening ceremony.
The Queen has always held a particular fondness for corgis, and they have enjoyed the run of Buckingham Palace - even in the middle of formal state events.
5. A man who was found lurking outside T-Swift's home, a knife in his car, has been released from prison.
A man who had a knife in his car when he was arrested outside a Beverly Hills home owned by Taylor Swift has been released from custody as police continue their investigation.
Julius Sandrock, 38, of Colorado was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of stalking after officers went to the home. The singer, who lives in New York, wasn't at the house, police said, AAP reports.
Sandrock was freed from jail on Tuesday morning, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department website.
Meanwhile, police obtained a temporary restraining order preventing Sandrock from possessing guns.
According to the document, Sandrock was wearing a mask and rubber gloves when he was taken into custody and told police he had driven from his home in Broomfield, Colorado, to see Swift.
Sandrock told officers he owned three handguns and was on probation in Colorado for firing one, police said.
A search of his car turned up a knife, rope, ammunition and more masks and gloves, according to the restraining order.
Prescription medications, including oxycodone, were also found and Sandrock told arresting officers that he had depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and manic episodes, according to the document.
6. Nearly 80 genes have been linked to depression, adding to evidence it could be a genetic disorder.
Scientists have pinpointed nearly 80 genes which they believe could help explain why some people are more susceptible to depression.
A team of experts led by the University of Edinburgh analysed the genetic codes of 300,000 people to identify areas of DNA which may be linked to the condition.
They found 78 genes which could help explain what triggers depression and assist with the development of better treatments, AAP reports.
Dr David Howard, lead author of the report, said: "This study identifies genes that potentially increase our risk of depression, adding to the evidence that it is partly a genetic disorder.
"The findings also provide new clues to the causes of depression and we hope it will narrow down the search for therapies that could help people living with the condition."
Depression affects one in five people in the UK every year and is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
Life events such as trauma or stress can contribute to its onset but it has not been clear why some are more likely to develop the condition than others.
The scientists used information from a UK Biobank - a research resource containing health and genetic information for 500,000 people - to conduct their study.
Some of the genes discovered are known to be involved in the function of synapses, tiny connectors that allow brain cells to communicate with each other through electrical and chemical signals.
They then confirmed their findings by examining anonymised information held by personal genetics and research company 23andMe, with the donors' consent.
Professor Andrew McIntosh, who leads the Edinburgh-based research group, said: "Depression is a common and often severe condition that affects millions of people worldwide.
"These new findings help us better understand the causes of depression and show how the UK Biobank study and big data research has helped advance mental health research."
Australian readers seeking support and information about depression can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.