Laser Eye Surgery Ruins Man’s Life

A former pharmacist has told how laser eye surgery left him suffering from pain so horrific he felt suicidal.

Sohaib Ashraf underwent the surgery nine years ago and life has never been the same again.

The now 36-year-old dad-of-one had to give up his job as a pharmacist and lives in constant, excruciating pain.

For a long time doctors couldn’t work out what was wrong with him, but he was eventually diagnosed with recurrent corneal erosion syndrome, dry eye and neuropathic pain.

He says he’s spent tens of thousands of pounds towards treatments and medication in a bid to ease the suffering, but to little avail, reports Manchester Evening News.

Having worn glasses since childhood, Sohaib had always dreamed of having 20/20 vision and at the age of 26 he started thinking about laser eye surgery.

“I did a bit of research into the surgery and saved up a bit of money for the first time in my life,” he said. “And what better to spend your money on than something that would improve you?”

In 2013 he underwent the surgery at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and apart from some slight discomfort afterwards everything seemed fine.

But just a few weeks later, Sohaib woke with an excruciating stabbing sensation in his eyes. He also had “halos” and glare – as though he was looking at the world through a “dirty car windscreen”.

Sohaib, who lives with his wife and young son in Preston, was working as a pharmacist at the time but his agony became so debilitating, he was forced to give up his job and a career he’d spent years studying towards.

“The pain was just unrelenting,” he said. “I was suicidal. I was forced to look for a new career where I could work around my eye pain. That was the most difficult thing I’ve done in my life. I had to study and find a new career while I was in so much pain.”

Nine years on, the terrible side effects remain. Sohaib still struggles with pain every day and says he’s now “just surviving”.

What particularly frustrates him is that he chose to do the operation.

“The worst thing is blaming yourself and realising that I did this to myself and I chose to do this,” he said. “I do more research when I go to buy a TV, looking at all the specs and using comparison websites. But with this – I suspended my judgement.”

Sohaib was treated with LASEK surgery, a procedure where a cutting laser is used to change the shape of the dome-shaped clear tissue at the front of the eye (cornea) to improve vision.

Once he began experiencing side-effects from the surgery, he visited his clinic month after month for help, but his doctor struggled to find the root of the cause – telling him he was suffering from dry eyes.

“This went on for years, me constantly going back to the doctor,” Sohaib added. “He was getting sick of me. He couldn’t see the cause of the pain. To him, I was wasting his time.”

Eventually, doctors diagnosed Sohaib with recurrent corneal erosion syndrome, which is when the cornea’s outermost layer of cells fail to attach to the underlying basement membrane. He was also diagnosed with dry eye and neuropathic pain – the latter is caused by damaged nerves.

Sohaib’s conditions see him wake up every hour to put drops in his eyes – meaning he hasn’t had a full night’s sleep in nine years.

Every year, around 100,000 people in the UK undergo refractive eye surgery, ranging at a cost of £1,200 to £2,700 per eye.

There are a number of different procedures, including the well-known surgery LASIK, where a flap is cut in the cornea and a deeper layer of the eyeball shaped. There is also LASEK, the type Sohaib had, which reshapes the eye’s surface.

One of the biggest laser eye surgery stories to hit headlines was in 2018 when US meteorologist Jessica Starr committed suicide after having LASIK. The 35-year-old took her own life just weeks before Christmas after struggling with side effects from the procedure.

The Fox 2 Detroit weather presenter was forced to take a month off work because of the pain and vision problems she was experiencing. At the time of her death, she had two young children aged five and three.

According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), where Sohaib previously worked, a haze effect is one of the most common complications seen across laser eye surgery patients. Across different types of treatment, 0-31% of eyes treated with PRK were affected, 0-25% of eyes treated with LASEK were affected and 0-2% of eyes treated with LASIK were affected.

Other problems included difficulty seeing in dim light and seeing ‘halos’ of light around things at night. The NHS says common side effects of laser eye surgery include mild and gritty discomfort and visual disturbances including glare from oncoming headlights when driving at night.

According to the United States’ National Library of Medicine, around 1 in 900 people were found to suffer from Neuropathic Corneal Pain, one of the most severe complications. The damaged nerves can cause sensations such as burning, stinging and eye ache.

But Sohaib says more people need to be warned about the possible side effects – and has made it his mission to properly inform those considering having the surgery. He helps run a Facebook group called LASIK Complications Support Group, which almost has 8,000 members.

“As a pharmacist, I had people come in saying things cause cancer. I would close my eyes and shake my head and say, ‘If these things were dangerous, the doctor would tell you about it,’” he said.

“These procedures been around for decades. The issue I have is if they’ve been around for 20 years, where is the long-term safety data? It’s not like there are a lack of patients, they just haven’t collected it because they don’t want to. It shows it’s not as safe as they claim.”

A spokesperson for Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust said: “We understand Mr. Ashraf’s complaint was dealt with directly by the doctor who undertook this procedure on a private basis. Mr. Ashraf can still contact our dedicated Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) if he would like to raise any further concerns with the Trust.”

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Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen Hire Divorce Attorneys

Megastar couple and Gisele Bündchen have reportedly retained divorce lawyers, signaling a possible end to their 13-year marriage.

NBC News reported Tuesday that the seven-time Super Bowl champion and supermodel had both hired divorce attorneys. The couple has been living separately in recent weeks, a source close to the couple told CNN.

Brady and Bündchen have been married since 2009 and have two children together, ages 9 and 12. Brady also has a 15-year-old son with his ex, actor Bridget Moynahan.

Brady and Bündchen have been married since 2009 and share two children, Benjamin Rein, 12, and Vivian Lake, 9. (Photo: Karwai Tang via Getty Images)

Brady, 45, retired from the NFL in February only to reverse his decision the following month to announce a return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for another season.

In an interview published last month, Bündchen told Elle that she had concerns about Brady’s return to the sport. 

“Obviously, I have my concerns ― this is a very violent sport and I have my children and I would like him to be more present,” she told the magazine. “I have definitely had those conversations with him over and over again. But ultimately, I feel that everybody has to make a decision that works for [them]. He needs to follow his joy, too.”

Brady took an 11-day leave of absence from training camp in August, which the coach said was to “deal with personal things.”

Both Brady and Bündchen, who has her own product lines and various beauty and fragrance deals, have repeatedly appeared on Forbes’ list of the world’s richest celebrities.

British Couple Killed and Thrown to Crocodiles Days after BBC Interview

A British couple were brutally killed and their bodies thrown into a river filled with crocodiles in South Africa, just days after they happily appeared on BBC‘s Gardeners’ World.

Botanists Rod Saunders and his wife Rachel spent six months a year searching wild mountains for rare seeds stock for their online business.

It was their pursuit of these rare seeds that led to them travelling to the Drakensberg Mountain region in South Africa, which would ultimately lead to their gruesome murder.

Accompanied by a BBC film crew in February 2018, the pair were interviewed on the popular gardening programme Gardeners’ World by TV presenter Nick Bailey as they continued their horticultural search.

Expert horticulturist Rod and microbiologist wife Rachel were seen in a selfie on Rod’s Twitter in what is now believed to be their last photo alive, before they parter company with the film crew and headed off to camp in a remote forest.

They were last seen alive on 8 February

The married couple were beaten to death with blunt instruments, then put in their sleeping bags and thrown into a river infested with predators. Their unrecognisable bodies were pulled from the river by fishermen days later.

The couple’s bodies were only identified after police could find no trace of them, and ordered all unidentified or unclaimed bodies in morgues to be tested for DNA.

Now three people have been charged with the gruesome killing as well as kidnap, robbery and theft of the married couple. They are currently on trial in South Africa at Durban High Court.

The pair were beaten to death before their bodies were thrown off a bridge and eaten by predators. Credit: Pacific Bulb Society
The pair were beaten to death before their bodies were thrown off a bridge and eaten by predators. Credit: Pacific Bulb Society

The three defendants are Sayefundeen Aslam Del Vecchio, his wife Bibi Fatima Patel, and their lodger at the time Mussa Ahmad Jackson. All three deny the charges against them.

An additional fourth suspect was also involved in the case and found to have bought cell phones belonging to the Saunders. However they were cleared of the kidnap and murder, and given a suspended sentence in exchange for their evidence in the case.

The Durban High Court was told: “Around February 10 the investigating officer received information that Rodney Saunders and his wife Dr Rachel Saunders from Cape Town had been kidnapped in the Kwa-Zulu Natal region.

“It was established on February 13 that the defendants were drawing money from various ATM’s which amounted to theft of R734,000 (£37,000) and there was the robbery of their Land Cruiser and of camping equipment.

“It is alleged that between February 10 and 15 at the Ngoye Forest the accused did unlawfully and intentionally kill Rachel Saunders and between the same dates did unlawfully and intentionally kill Rodney Sanders.”

Three stand accused of the kidnap, murder, robbery and theft of the married couple. Credit: Pacific Bulb Society
Three stand accused of the kidnap, murder, robbery and theft of the married couple. Credit: Pacific Bulb Society

One piece of the incriminating evidence against the three include shopping receipts bought on Dr Saunders’s bank card, which were recovered from Bibi Patel’s handbag.

Another piece of evidence included a text message sent on 10 February from Del Vecchio to his wife and lodger stating there was an elderly couple in the forest. The message also said that it is a good ‘hunt’ and he has the ‘target’.

The trial continues.

New Horrific Details Emerge on Brad Pitt’s Alleged Violence Towards Angelina Jolie & Their Children

It’s hard to believe that six years after Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s split, their divorce is still playing out in court. While they have been officially declared single, their child custody case and the battle over their French winery, Chateau Miraval, continue to plague them. The latest details emerging from their battle give fans an insider view of how horrific the 2016 plane ride that led to their split actually was.

Jolie filed a cross-complaint on Tuesday against her ex as a part of their winery case with her lawyers alleging that Pitt asked her to sign “a nondisclosure agreement that would have contractually prohibited her from speaking outside of court about Pitt’s physical and emotional abuse of her and their children” before he would agree to buy her shares of the vineyard, according to documents obtained by The New York Times. While that seems unfair, it’s the new information that she released with this filing that is absolutely jaw-dropping and horrific.

While the details about Pitt pouring beer on Jolie emerged as a part of her case against the FBI, it’s the additional parts that add more context to the scary altercation. The 47-year-old mother of six claims that “Pitt choked one of the children and struck another in the face” and also “grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her.”

This is the first time it has been publicly revealed that Pitt may have struck one or more of their children on that plane in 2016. While the FBI agent on the case recommended that charges be filed against Pitt for domestic violence, it was the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles who declined to pursue the case.

Jolie eventually sold her shares of Chateau Miraval to a Russian oligarch, which did not please Pitt very much. That’s why they are in this legal battle and both sides are using every tactic they have to win the case. The disagreement may be about business, but it’s the personal details that are showing the marriage was not as glamorous as their red-carpet status led fans to believe.

Decomposed Bodies Of 2 Women Found, Doctor Arrested

A doctor in Nigeria was arrested after decomposed bodies of his girlfriend and his wife were found in his office, the police confirmed Sunday.

The accused, identified as Adio Adeyemi, worked at Kaiama General Hospital. He had allegedly kidnapped and killed his girlfriend, identified only as Ifeoluwa, and his wife, Nofisat Halidu, in 2021.

Ifeoluwa was declared missing in the Tanke area, while Nofisat, was reported missing by her husband.

“On assumption of office as Commissioner of Police, Kwara State, while going through some petitions written by some citizens, a particular case struck the CP, Paul Odama, regarding a reported case of one missing lady, Nofisat Halidu, in Kaiama, Kaiama Local Government Area of Kwara State, on November 21, 2021,” police public relations officer, SP Ajayi Okasanmi, said in a statement, according to Punch news.

Authorities said the investigation was opened last month after they received a lead. The cops grilled Adeyemi, who confessed to killing his girlfriend and dumping her body.

“Investigation led the team to Kaiama General Hospital, where the suspect’s office was forced opened. A cursory look at the office presented a suspicious sight of freshly cemented floor tiles; curiously, the tiles were broken and a gory sight welcomed the detectives. Behold, lying inside the shallow grave was the decomposing corpse of an unidentified female,”

“Further search of the office led to the opening of a trash can, where another body of a lady later identified as the earlier reported missing Nofisat Halidu identified by the husband, one Mr Halidu, and other members of the community, who were present at the scene as of the time of the search,” Okasanmi said.

Okasanmi disclosed other items recovered in the detained doctor’s office included, “two telephone handsets found in the handbag of one of the ladies found in the doctor’s drawer, two female handbags, a female wig, a veil and a female pants.”

“In furtherance of the investigation, the Kwara CP has contacted the Edo State Police Command requesting the release of the suspect to the Kwara State Police Command to answer some questions regarding the discoveries in his office.”

An investigation is currently underway into the incident. The motives behind the killings remain unknown. It also remains unclear how he killed the two women.

Man Rescues Toddler Hanging from 7th Floor of Building

A man in Kazakhstan has been dubbed a “hero” after saving an unsupervised 3-year-old found dangling from an 8th-floor window.

A 2014 study led by Patricia G. Schnitzer of the University of Missouri in Columbia found that young children are “more likely to get hurt when they are not fully supervised by adults, and especially when they are out of arm’s reach,” said Reuters.

Speaking to the news agency, Amy Damashek, a psychologist at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, said, “Kids are going to still get some minor bumps and bruises and things like that, but what we really want to prevent are those more serious injuries. If you’re not right there with young kids, they’re so mobile and curious that they’re going to find a way to get into things.”

Such was the case for the toddler in Kazakhstan.

In a Facebook post last week, Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations said that Shontakbaev Sabit was on his way to work on May 11 when he saw the screaming toddler hanging from the window’s ledge.

According to The Independent, emergency services had already been alerted to the situation by the time Sabit saw what was happening. However, he chose to save the toddler himself.

Shocking footage obtained by The Independent shows Sabit climbing out of a 7th-floor window located directly beneath the toddler.

The vertical windows are hinged at the top of the frame, pushing out only at the bottom, so the man had to squeeze through the bottom opening and around the window pane, using his right leg to stand on the ledge and hooking his left leg awkwardly around the open windowpane.

Once he stabilizes himself, he reaches out and grabs the toddler’s legs, who is wearing a footed onesie and holding on to just the ledge of the window about three feet above him. He wiggles her legs a few times to encourage her to let go, she does, and he pulls her into his arms.

He holds the toddler in his arms for a few moments before passing her to his friend, who is sitting inside the 7th-floor apartment, holding Sabit’s leg.

In honor of his “bravery,” the Ministry of Emergency Situations presented Sabit with a medal and dubbed him a “hero.”

“The hero has been awarded,” read the ministry’s Facebook post.

The ministry also stated that “no one was with the girl” at the time of the incident, said The Independent. So, it issued a warning to all parents, reminding them to “never” leave their children unsupervised.Do not leave windows open if there is a small child at home, because you could be distracted for a second, and this could end your child’s life or disable them forever.

Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations

“Dear parents, this was a happy occasion when the child was rescued safely, but there are many other incidents with a tragic outcome,” the ministry said via The Independent. “Never leave children unsupervised by adults! Do not leave windows open if there is a small child at home, because you could be distracted for a second, and this could end your child’s life or disable them forever.”

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Three Dead After Plane Crashes into Home, Sleeping Residents Spared by Inches

 In a deadly and miraculous incident, a small airplane crashed into a northern Minnesota home while the occupants of the house were sleeping at night. Unfortunately, the crash resulted in the death of the three flyers on the plane. Two men and a woman, all in their 30s, were killed after the aircraft crashed into the Hermantown, Minnesota home, police said.

Duluth International Airport reported to the police that Cessna 172 had disappeared from radar shortly before midnight on October 1 and later, authorities were able to locate the wreckage after the small aircraft hit the second floor of a home. The occupants of the house reportedly said they were sleeping inches away from the crash and luckily were unharmed in the accident.

A large hole was left in the roof and side of the building and the plane eventually crashed in the backyard of their home, according to reports. The victims were identified as Tyler Fretland, 32, and siblings Alyssa Schmidt, 32, and Matthew Schmidt, 31. Fretland was the pilot of the plane, reported officials. The residents of the home said they are shocked and are still coming to grips with the incident. “I don’t think we’ve come to grips with it just yet,” said homeowner Jason Hoffman. “It kind of comes and goes, a little bit of shock,” he added.

Aftermath of crash

Hoffman further said that the plane crashed into his backyard, missing him and his wife, who were sleeping, by a few inches. “Every time I think about the folks that passed away, it’s gut-wrenching,” he said.

“Thinking about all the ‘what if’ can drive you mad,” Hoffman added. “So, my wife and I, we just have to accept what happened, and we’re fortunate.” Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the scene of the crash.

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Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak Shuts Down Celebrity Contestant

Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak has shut down a contestant for calling him by a strange name during Sunday’s new episode.

Season 3 of the game show spinoff has aired three episodes so far, and the latest showing featured guests Kristen Schaal, Kevin McKidd, and Ron Funches.

During the new Celebrity Wheel of Fortune episode, contestant Kristen surprised the host when she called him by a name he’s not used to hearing.

The moment came after the Mysterious Benedict Society star made it to the first bonus round.

Pat told her: “So, we’re going to show you three categories. 

“You pick one that seems attractive to you for the bonus round: Phrase, Around the House, or Things.”

She quickly replied: “Take me around that house, Patrick!”

Though Patrick is the host’s full name, fans and the TV personality alike found it strange for him to be called by the moniker, as he’s always gone by the shortened version throughout his career.

Even when he hosted his own talk show in the late-80s, early-90s, it was titled The Pat Sajak Show instead of The Patrick Sajak Show.

As such, the 75-year-old tried to shut that down real quick, telling the celebrity contest: “Only my mother calls me Patrick!”

Viewers were just as confused by Kristen’s decision to call the host by his full first name, after hearing just the clipped version over the course of his 41-year run with the Wheel of Fortune franchise.

One shocked fan tweeted: “Kristen is going to the bonus round! Did she call Pat ‘Patrick’? #CelebrityWheelofFortune”

Another pointed out that the contestant referred to him by his full name multiple times and insisted: “She won’t stop calling pat sajak ‘Patrick’ and it is killing me!”

Celebrity Wheel of Fortune contestants have been surprising fans with their wild comments and puzzle solves a lot lately.

Aside from Kristen’s moment, Snoop Dogg also shocked viewers during the season 3 premiere episode.

The rapper had quite a few incorrect answers, but it was just how far off he was with those responses that sent everyone over the edge.

For one puzzle, he guessed, “Baking onions,” instead of the right answer of “Baking brownies.”

He looked pained by his failure to get this one, in particular, correct, with fellow contestant Amanda Seales even telling the rapper: “You should know that! That’s your whole bag!’

While another contestant, Mark Duplass, joked: “Martha [Stewart] is gonna be disappointed. Martha’s gonna be upset!”

Some of Snoop’s other incorrect solves included “Toilet atlas,” “Swallowing the not,” and “Airport teacher.”

Each one had Celeb Wheel of Fortune viewers and the stars, alike, cracking up over their absurdities.

One fan joked: “@celebritywof BAKING ONIONS will be on both the highlight and blooper reel for a long time.”

Another wrote: “Snoop’s guesses on #CelebrityWheelofFortune were truly next-level hilarious.”

A third guessed: “Pretty sure the record is being broken for the most incorrect solve attempts in a single episode of Wheel. #CelebrityWheelOfFortune”

The host and viewers at home were both shocked as they weren't used to hearing his full name, as he's gone by the shortened version throughout his career
The host and viewers at home were both shocked as they weren’t used to hearing his full name, as he’s gone by the shortened version throughout his careerCredit: Hulu

Loretta Lynn, Feisty First Lady of Country Music, Dies at 90

Loretta Lynn, the acclaimed singer and songwriter whose ascent from a small Kentucky coal-mining community to national country music stardom became the stuff of Hollywood legend, has died. She was 90. 

In a statement provided to The Associated Press, Lynn’s family said she died Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. In May 2017, she suffered a stroke that ended her touring career.

Lynn’s life story was memorably told in the Michael Apted-directed Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) based on her 1976 memoir. Sissy Spacek won the best actress Oscar and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the singer, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame since 1988.

Survivors include younger sister (and fellow country star) Crystal Gayle.

Beyond the dramatic particulars of her life, Lynn, who recorded 16 No. 1 country singles and won three Grammy Awards, was among music’s groundbreaking female singing stars.

She became one of the industry’s brightest luminaries in an era when men dominated country. She wrote much of her hit material, and it was sharply penned stuff, crafted from the point of view of a woman (usually a married one) who would take no guff from her man. And she did not shrink from controversial subject matter.

She was born Loretta Webb on April 14, 1932, in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. “I’m always making Butcher Hollow sound like it’s the most backward part of the United States — and I think maybe it is,” she wrote in her autobiography.

The second eldest of coal miner Melvin Webb’s eight children, she grew up in sometimes dire poverty in the heart of the Great Depression. One of the few distractions she had was the radio; 11-year-old Loretta became enamored of the Grand Ole Opry and its early female star, Molly O’Day.

At age 15, she married Oliver Lynn, known by his nicknames “Doolittle” and “Mooney.” A year later, the couple moved from Kentucky to Custer, Washington, a town of a few hundred near Bellingham. By 18, Lynn had four children. (Two more would follow.)

Encouraged by her husband, Lynn began singing in Washington clubs. In 1950, Don Grashey of tiny Zero Records arranged a session for her in Los Angeles. Backed by top-flight guitarists Speedy West and Roy Lanham, she cut her composition “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” inspired in part by Kitty Wells’ 1952 hit “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonky Angels.”

With tireless promotion by the country neophyte, the song became a surprise hit, and Lynn was soon touring with the Wilburn Brothers and appearing on the Grand Ole Opry. She was signed by the major label Decca Records in 1961, and the title of her first top 10 hit for the company harbingered the rest of her career: “Success.”

A run of chart-topping country singles followed, sung in a warm voice but taking a tough-minded stance. Just the names of many of these hits telegraph Lynn’s point of view: “You Ain’t Woman Enough” (No. 2, 1966), “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” (No. 1, 1966), “What Kind of a Girl (Do You Think I Am?)” (No. 5, 1967), “Fist City” (No. 1, 1968) and “Your Squaw Is on the Warpath” (No. 3, 1968).

Other signature tunes by Lynn took an autobiographical tack; these included 1965’s “Blue Kentucky Girl” (memorably covered by Emmylou Harris) and 1970’s No. 1 single “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

In 1971 — the year she charted her biggest solo hit, “One’s On the Way” — Lynn began a productive collaboration with labelmate Conway Twitty. The pair’s No. 1 duet “After the Fire Is Gone” was followed by a dozen more top 10 country singles.

In 1975, as the national debate over women’s liberation continued to roil, Lynn incited comment with her song “The Pill.” The tune, which reached No. 5 on the country chart, was, in her words, “about how the man keeps the woman barefoot and pregnant over the years.” It was one of the best examples of the no-nonsense spunk of her songwriting.

Lynn continued to chart records through the ’80s, but her recording career slowed and then stopped.

She re-entered the scene at age 70 in 2004 through the agency of an unlikely fan and collaborator: Jack White, then of the popular Detroit garage-punk act The White Stripes. They teamed on the Interscope album Van Lear Rose, which was designed to reignite her career just as Johnny Cash’s series of American Records albums had returned him to prominence.

The album became the biggest of her career, and the Lynn-White duet “Portland Oregon” received serious radio play.

Brian Laundrie’s Parents Hit with Hurricane and Gabby Petito Movie in Same Week

Brian Laundrie’s parents have been spotted for the first time since the debut of The Gabby Petito Story movie on Lifetime.

The film – which follows the story of Petito and Laundrie on their ill-fated cross-country road trip – has received significant backlash in the days following its October 1 premiere.

Both Roberta and Christopher Laundrie were spotted outside of their North Port, Florida home on Monday.

Roberta wore a big floppy hat as she walked to get into a pickup truck parked in the Laundrie’s driveway.

Christopher, meanwhile, appeared to be looking around the property following Hurricane Ian before joining Roberta in the truck.

Their home had been hit along the storm’s path but doesn’t appear to be damaged.

The Laundries have kept a low profile amidst various lawsuits being pursued against them by the Petito family, as well as the Lifetime film’s premiere.


The Gabby Petito Story premiered on Saturday, October 1, with Skyler Samuels playing Gabby and Evan Hall acting as Laundrie.

Both actors have faced significant backlash for participating in the film.

“I honestly don’t know what I think of this. I feel like I’m watching a bad after-school special,” wrote one person on Twitter. “And Gabby seemed more timid in real-life than she is in this movie.”

“They already got a show about Gabby Petito? Seems gross,” wrote another.

“This #GABBYPETITO movie is very cringe. I can honestly imagine Brian being weird like this character playing him. He gives jealous narcissist.”

Other viewers took shots at the actors being “too old” to play Gabby and Laundrie. 

“Why did they cast thirty year olds that look old to play Gabby Petito and Brian???” wrote one person.

“Watching the Gabby Petito Story and the actors playing Gabby and Brian look about 10 years older than they were in real life,” said another with a laughing emoji.


Other actors have defended their decisions to act in the film.

Douglas Taurel, who plays Gabby’s father Joe Petito, spoke exclusively to The U.S. Sun about his decision to accept his role.

Taurel admitted that he had ignored the case that captivated the country last summer until he was cast in the film.

“When the story came out, I saw it on TV, I was just like the rest of the nation, but I ignored it mainly because I didn’t want to watch it as a TV show because I knew that was someone’s family,” Taurel said.

“I know people were talking about it, blogging about it, and I just felt like, this is actually someone’s daughter. I don’t need to watch his tragedy.”

Once he was cast in the role, Taurel began researching the details of the story of the doomed young couple, and used his own experience as a father-of-two to get into the mindset of Joe Petito, who the nation got to know as a father desperately searching for his daughter.

“What I deduced from watching [Joe’s interviews] over and over, is that he had a public and private persona,” Taurel shared. “Privately he probably was a mixture of angry and emotional, sadness and frustration, but in public, he needed to present this strength not only for himself and his family but also for Gabby.

“I don’t know when is the right time. As an actor, you just step into the role that you’re presented and you try to present it with as much integrity, truth, and honesty as you possibly can,” Taurel said of the movie’s timing.

“At some point, the story’s going to have to be told, and I think the main thing is to raise awareness about violence against women, to underscore that important message for all women.”

While the Petito family did not give their approval for the movie, Taurel said he would want them to know the project was meant to honor Gabby.

“We’re trying to honor Gabby’s life and her legacy and the way she lived her life, and bring respect to the family for what they’re going through,” he told The U.S. Sun.

Christopher was seen surveying his property following Hurricane Ian
Christopher was seen surveying his property following Hurricane Ian Credit: The US Sun

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