A rare two-faced black kitten was born healthy in Port Charlotte, Fla., this week.
“A former dentist in Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to fraud for using paper clips instead of stainless steel posts in root canals.”
An Illinois man is recovering after accidentally shooting a 3-inch nail into his head while building a shed.
TLC says the child is in stable condition in the neonatal intensive care unit for extended care at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.
The network airs the show starring Duggar, her 44-year-old husband, Jim Bob, and their brood.
It says the Duggars named their 19th child and ninth daughter Josie Brooklyn.
The Duggars’ first grandchild was born October 8, when their oldest son, Josh, and his wife, Anna, also had a daughter, Mackynzie Renee Duggar.
Friday, November 28, 2008
The 4-day-old girl is being cared for at the Bengal Medical College, which is located on the outskirts of Siliguri, India.
“This is a very rare case, we are not sure if we can perform surgery to put her heart and liver back, but we’ll try our best,” said Miridula Chatterjee, a child specialist.
Last year, then 2-year-old Lakshmi Tatma, underwent surgery in Bangalore, India, to remove six extra limbs and a parasitic twin.
The surgery took 27 hours and Lakshmi has been able to live a relatively normal life ever since. Lakshmi’s surgeon spoke to FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly in June.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Daniela Rossi, an archaeologist based in Rome, said the discovery of the monumental marble tomb of Marcus Nonius Macrinus, including a large inscription bearing his name, was “an exceptional find.”
She said it was “the most important ancient Roman monument to come to light for twenty or thirty years.”
The tomb is on the banks of the Tiber near the via Flaminia, north of Rome. Cristiano Ranieri, who led the archeological team at the site, said the tomb had long ago collapsed into the mud but its columns, roof and decorations were intact. Some parts of the tomb had slipped into the river, but had been recovered.
Marcus Nonius Macrinus, born in Brescia in northern Italy, was a general and consul who led military campaigns for Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor from 161 AD to 180 AD.
He became part of the Emperor’s inner circle and one of his favorites, serving as proconsul in Asia.
By Kate Sikora
September 24, 2008 12:00am
SOURCE: The Daily Telegraph – AU
IT costs as little as $2 and until now has been considered little more than a toy, but a simple ping-pong ball is keeping liver transplant patient Mackenzie Argaet alive.
In a world first, a Sydney surgeon has used the radical method in a transplant operation, which has won him international accolades.
Dr Albert Shun, from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, used the unorthodox approach when confronted with a medical problem while operating on the two-year-old.
Born with biliary artresia, Mackenzie, from Canberra, needed the life-saving operation earlier this year.
But after inserting a portion of the adult-size liver in the little girl, Dr Shun discovered it was too big and was placing pressure on her blood vessels which could have been fatal.
Having heard about the use of ping-pong balls in operations overseas, he decided to test their suitability in transplant surgery.
“I rang my wife and asked her to go to Big W and buy me some ping-pong balls,” he said.
“I was using a sponge as a back-up purpose but there was no way I could close her up the way it was.
“She is the first (transplant patient) in the world that the ping-pongs have been used for these purposes.”
In Mackenzie’s case, the ball keeps the liver off the arteries. Since Mackenzie’s operation, Dr Shun and his team have performed the procedure several times.
However, the ball has only remained in the patients for a few days to allow the swelling to reduce after the transplant.
Dr Shun said Mackenzie’s liver would grow around the ball without causing an infection.
“There shouldn’t be any complications. We are in a unique situation in Australia because we have a low donor rate so we have to be adaptable,” he said.
Unaware she has a foreign object inside her body, little Mackenzie is now running around like every toddler her age.
Her parents Letice Darswell and Guy Argaet are thrilled their daughter is well after she was so seriously ill from birth.
“We didn’t get told about the ping-pong until after the operation,” Ms Darswell said.
“It was a shock when (Dr Shun) came out of surgery.”
Biliary artresia is a rare gastro-intestinal disorder in newborns where the ducts that carry bile from the liver to the intestine are destroyed. Mackenzie’s liver became so scarred that she began to develop cirrhosis and needed a transplant.
“She is so normal now. She is a happy kid,” Ms Darswell said.