I don’t normally read the Daily Star, but when I saw the headline “Sex-swop doc in stag gore horror” in a copy lying around at work, I had to pick it up. There is something to the sub-editor’s skill in creating an eye-catching headline with seven words and just eight syllables.
The Sun carried the same story with the headline “Gored by mad stag” with “Deer spears sex-swop Kate, 30, in the neck” in smaller writing underneath. Whilst both headlines and both articles mentioned Dr Kate Stone’s transgender status, I thought both papers coverage was sympathetic. Both did mention that Kate’s height – she is apparently 6 feet tall – may have contributed to the stag choosing to attack her rather than one of the shorter members of her group. Yesterday’s Herald reports that Kate remains in an induced coma following surgery to repair her trachea. I wish her a full recovery.