Two-Faced Kitten Born In Florida

A rare two-faced black kitten was born healthy in Port Charlotte, Fla., this week.

 

Dentist Admits To Paper Clip Root Canals

“A former dentist in Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to fraud for using paper clips instead of stainless steel posts in root canals.”

3-Inch Nail Removed From Man’s Brain

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Nail enters man's brain

An Illinois man is recovering after accidentally shooting a 3-inch nail into his head while building a shed.

Michelle Duggar Gives Birth to 19th Child Three Months Prematurely

An emergency C-section was performed and baby #19 arrived 3 months early.

(and why did I think John and Kate make 8 was a large family) ??……..flagranny2

 

Arkansas – Michelle Duggar 43 gave birth to baby #19 to the Duggar’s already clan of 18. 

SLIDESHOW: Duggar family photos.

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.

Indian Baby Born With Heart, Liver Outside of Body

Friday, November 28, 2008

I think it’s safe to say that we all know that birth of a healthy baby is a miracle but how many of us ever consider such extreme conditions as this?

 

1_61_320_heartbabySurgeons in India will attempt to save the life of a baby girl who was born with her heart and part of her liver growing outside her body, Reuters reported.

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.

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Tomb of Real ‘Gladiator’ Found in Rome

Friday, October 17, 2008

Italian archaeologists have discovered the tomb of the ancient Roman hero said to have inspired the character played by Russell Crowe in the film “Gladiator.” 

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.

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How a $2 toy ball saved a little girl’s life

By Kate Sikora
September 24, 2008 12:00am
SOURCE: The Daily Telegraph – AU 

The next time you play table tennis you may look at ping-pong balls differently…flagranny2

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.

World’s Shortest Man Stops Traffic in New York City

Friday, September 19, 2008
Source: Associated Press

A short story – Smallest man is 2’5.37″ to launch 2009 Guinness’s World Book of Records

He Pingping from Inner Mongolia, the world's smallest man, sits on the lap of Svetlana Pankratova from Russia

He Pingping, the smallest man in the world

NEW YORK — It apparently takes a visit by the world’s shortest man to bring New York City to a halt.

Cab drivers, police officers and other busy New Yorkers paused in their hurried lives to look at tiny He Pingping as he walked along 42nd Street in Manhattan on Thursday.

The 20-year-old Chinese man is 2 feet 5.37 inches tall. He was in the city to launch the 2009 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. He is listed as the shortest man on the planet.

His brother-in-law told the Daily News in Friday editions that coming to New York is “like a dream” for Pingping, who lives in Mongolia and was born with primordial dwarfism.

Crowds in Manhattan stopped to gawk wherever he went. His brother-in-law said Pingping likes the attention.

Strange ‘Ant From Mars’ Discovered in Amazon Rainforest

Wednesday, September 17, 2008
By Andrea Thompson

[Ants evolved more than 120 million years ago]

"Ant from Mars"—A newly discovered species of a blind, subterranean predator — dubbed the “Ant from Mars”  is likely a descendant of one of the very first ants to evolve on Earth, a new study finds.

Christian Rabeling, an evolutionary biology graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, found the only known specimen of the new ant species in dead plant material on the ground in the Amazon rainforest at the Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria in Manaus, Brazil, in 2003.

Rabeling and his colleagues named the ant Martialis heureka (“ant from Mars”) because they’d never seen an ant like it before.

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The ant is well-adapted for its underground home, with a long, pale body and no eyes. It also has long, slender forceps-like mandibles that researchers suspect the ant uses to capture prey.

M. heureka not only constitutes a new species, but a new genus and subfamily of ants as well. The new subfamily, one of 21 ant subfamilies, is the first new one to be named by scientists since 1967.

Rabeling says the discovery, detailed in the Sept. 15 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, will help biologists better understand the biodiversity and evolution of ants.

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Yoda the Cat Astounds With Four Ears

Tuesday, August 19, 2008
By Sara Bonisteel
Fox News

How many years, (oops I mean “ears”) does that add to a cat’s life? …..flagranny2

The real Yoda, and the cat named Yoda.     AP/Fame Pictures

The real Yoda, and the cat named Yoda. AP/Fame Pictures

They say cats have nine lives, but this one has four ears.

A genetic abnormality gave Yoda, of Downers Grove, Ill., four ear flaps instead of two.

Ted and Valerie Rock first spied the little guy in 2006 at neighborhood bar on the South Side of Chicago before a Bears game. He was the last of a litter of eight put up for adoption by the bar’s owner.

“The people in the bar, because it was coming up on Halloween, were thinking it was a devil cat or had evil powers or something,” Ted Rock told FOXNews.com. 

But the Rocks, who had lost their cat of 20 years just 6 months prior, saw something special in the gray kitten and decided to take him home.

Their “Star Wars”-loving son thought to name the cat after the tiny Jedi master.

“I had named him Barfly,” Rock said. “But we kind of liked Yoda better, and Barfly lasted only about a day.”

The abnormality can cause hearing impairments, though Rock said several veterinarians have given Yoda a clean bill of health.

“He is perfectly normal, hears well, energetic, cute little cat,” Rock said. “Very friendly, very social.”

The only thing these retirees worry about is a possible catnapping of their curious pet.

“We always let the cats go outdoors, but this one was so unusual we decided we didn’t want to do that,” Rock said. “So we had him chipped, and we keep him inside.”

There his four-eared force is used to entertain the grandkids.

“They come over and he comes running to play with them,” Rock said.