Category Archives: Health Care

Little girl whose head was three times bigger than normal receives life-changing surgery

Baby Roona before surgery

Baby Roona before surgery

From Daily Mail: Roona Begum is enjoying a new lease of life after her swollen head was reduced from 37 to 23 inches during life-changing treatment. Indian-born Roona, 3, suffers with the illness hydrocephalus, which affects up to 500,000 children worldwide. The condition stems from a blockage in the valve that drains cerebral spinal fluid to the spine – squashing the brain, restricting its development and stunting its growth.

At three-years-old Roona’s head reached 37 inches in diameter – more than triple the average size for her age.

Her parents, Fatima Khatun and Abdul Rahman, were unaware of the severity of her condition for a long time because they could not afford routine medical care. Abdul said: ‘This all feels like a bad dream. We did notice her head getting bigger and bigger, people in our village would come see our baby. Children would come to our village to play with her and there were some children who would get scared looking at her head.

Following an MRI, doctors warned Roona’s parents that she could die if the fluid from her brain was not drained as soon as possible. Fatima said: ‘We were worried about the baby and how to provide her with better medical care as we were helpless with our financial condition.’

Roona’s neurosurgeon Dr. Sandeep Vaishya, was the first to asses her at Fortis Memorial Hospital in New Delhi. He said: ‘I thought it would just be a routine hydrocephalus. When I saw her for the first time my first reaction was ‘oh my god’ – it is stupendously big.’

Roona’s family, who lived in a single room hut with no running water or electricity in India’s remote Tripura state, could not afford treatment on their own – but several charities intervened and raised the money for her surgery.

Roona after surgery

Roona after surgery

Sadly Fatima and Abdul’s unwavering love for Roona was not always matched by those around them. Abdul said: ‘A lot of people said a lot of things in our village, some thought she was a deity and some suggested that we should give her away to an orphanage or an ashram, but we refused. We said if she lives she will stay with us. Otherwise she will go back to him who made her like this.’

In her first surgery, Dr. Sandeep Vaishya drained fluid from her brain and applied a pressure bandage to reduce the circumference of head and remodel the bones. The operation was the first of many for little Roona and the surgeons drained nearly eight pints of fluid from her skull over three weeks. Neurosurgeons then inserted a shunt to redirect the fluid to her stomach and remodelled her skull to fit it to her new head size.

Dr. Sandeep Vaishya said: ‘Surgery itself is a major challenge in such small babies because when we remodel the skulls we have to open the whole scalp and a lot of bone cuts are done. And actually in the last remodelling surgery her blood pressure dipped so much that we had at one point in time thought we might even lose her.

But Roona surprised everyone and now six months later, she is out of the danger zone and recovering well. Her head remains larger than average, but the diameter of her head has been reduced to 23 inches – there will be no further reduction in size.

Fatima and Abdul have even welcomed a healthy little boy to the family and are hopeful that Roona will one day learn to walk and talk on her own. Roona’s mother said: ‘The doctors said she would not live, but she has lived to see more than two and a half years. For that I’m happy. She is much better now.

‘She can hold her head straight and she can move her head from side to side on her own. I would be very happy if she could become a normal child and could stand like normal kids.’

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Abdul is just as happy with Roona’s miraculous journey and is thankful for the flood of support they received from around the world. He said: ‘Roona’s case is known to the world. They are discussing it and other cases are also getting attention because of Roona. All of those who have supported Roona in the treatment and all those who were around during the tough phase – I want to thank every one of them.’

Little Roona is just one of four children whose journeys to recovery are explored in the upcoming TLC show My Baby’s Head Won’t Stop Growing.

Parker Hendrix was diagnosed with hydrocephalus in utero and at the time her brain was so crushed by fluid pressure, it was hardly visible on scans. Now seven, she has undergone three shunt replacements and has just started first grade.

In Uganda, Tumuewabze sought treatment for her baby Lyndos Tumuramye at CURE children’s hospital Talent, who are pioneering new corrective surgeries to treat hydrocephalus.

Another patient at CURE hospital, ten-year-old Vincent Kintu, underwent life saving surgery by Justin Onen to reduce the swelling on his brain – a tough operation made more complex by his age.

Roona appears in My Baby’s Head Won’t Stop Growing on TLC, Monday, July 25th.

DCG

Dr. Death opens shop in Berkeley

Last month, California became the 5th and most populous state to adopt a law legalizing physician-assisted suicide after Governor Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act last year. The new law went into effect on June 9.

And in Berkeley, the belly of the liberal beast, the new law drew an emergency-room physician out of retirement to open a one-stop-shop for killing people, at a price of $2,000 per pop.

Dr. Death, Lonny Shavelson

His name is Lonny Shavelson, age mid-60s, and he’s opened California’s first End of Life Options clinic in the Bay Area — apparently a cottage office in his backyard in Berkeley (his clinic’s mailing address is a mailbox in a UPS Store) — where he will consult with and provide lethal prescriptions for patients who request them, refused by other doctors who actually hold true to their professional Hippocratic oath of “First do no harm” and “Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. Above all, I must not play at God.”

Lisa Aliferis of KQED reports that Shavelson’s website, Bay Area End of Life Options, went up in April, and he’s outlined the law at “grand rounds” at several Bay Area hospitals this spring. His practice will be focused on consulting not only with physicians whose patients request aid-in-dying, but also with patients themselves, including offering care to patients who choose him as their “attending end-of-life physician.”

, a reader of the KQED article with a visceral hatred of traditional, i.e., orthodox Christians, is ecstatic over Berkeley hosting Doctor Death:

“This is huge progress in every sense of the word. At a time when basic human rights like abortion are under attack from the WhiteSIS YallQaeda American-Taliban religious subset of our population, it’s truly inspiring to see California steadily marching forward toward real human progress.

We certainly need to fumigate out and eradicate the corrosive, backward and destructive infestation of religion in our government throughout America (we do have this thing called separation of church and state). It is unthinkable and immoral that for so many decades those deranged mentally-ill elements of our population have been directly responsible for extraordinary levels of suffering because of their dark-age and backward religious beliefs.

Things like this are what I love about Berkeley….”

Under the California law, two doctors must agree that a mentally competent patient has six months or fewer to live. The patient then agrees in writing to administer the lethal prescription themselves. Currently, the law does not mandate doctors to provide lethal prescriptions if they choose not to do so.

Dr. Burton PresbergDr. Burton Presberg, an Oakland psychiatrist who works specifically with cancer patients and their families, said he’s concerned that patients suffering from clinical depression at the end of life, sometimes feel they are a burden to family members who could “really push for the end of life to happen a little sooner than the patient themselves.” Expressing concerns that physicians may not be aware of patients’ depression, Presberg nevertheless enthuses that “it’s really good that this [euthanasia] is an option.”

Shavelson, Davidzon, Presberg — all Jewish surnames. It is curious how enthralled some (fake) Jews are with death, given the Holocaust.

“…those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars….” –Revelation 3:9

~Eowyn

Twin sisters who were born holding hands are still inseparable two years after they defied the odds to survive

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From Daily Mail: Twin sisters who held hands in the first seconds of their lives can’t stand being away from each other, two years after their odd-defying birth.

Jenna and Jillian Thistlethwaite were born on May 9, 2014 in Akron, Ohio after sharing the same amniotic sack – a condition that affects about 1 in 10,000 pregnancies and increases the chances of complications. Their mother Sarah had spent 57 days on bed rest to minimize the risks and was relieved to give birth to two healthy girls.

The twins were born 45 seconds apart and as soon as the doctors held them close to each other, they clasped hands, stunning everyone in the delivery room.

Two years later, the bond between the sisters has grown stronger than ever, their mother told People magazine. ‘Sometimes if my husband goes to the store, he’ll take one twin and I’ll keep the other,’ Thistlethwaite said. ‘When that happens, they both get really upset and ask for each other. They’re definitely really close. They’re like two peas in a pod.’

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Jenna and Jillian were born two days before Mother’s Day in 2014 to Thistlethwaite and their father Bill.

Doctors had detected the monoamniotic pregnancy at 19 weeks during the third ultrasound. That day, the parents, who already had a one-year-old son named Jaxon, also found out they were having twins.

Most twins have their own amniotic sack during the pregnancy. But monoamniotic twins, who are always identical, share the same one, which comes with additional risks. Their umbilical cords can become entangled or compressed, or one of the cords can get wrapped around the other twin’s neck.

Thistlethwaite took a leave from her job as an eight-grade math teacher and went inpatient at Akron’s Children’s Hospital. Her husband, a clinical director, went there every day after work from their home in Orrville. Doctors told them they could deliver the twins at 32 or 34 weeks of gestation and the parents settled on 33 weeks.

Jenna and Jillian were born on May 9, weighing almost five pounds each after what was already a rare birth. But what they did during the first seconds of their lives stunned the doctors even further.

‘Once they made sure they were OK, they held them up so mom and dad could see,’ hospital spokeswoman Amy Kilgore, who was there for the birth, told Fox 8‘As soon as they were side by side, they held hands. It gave me chills.’ ‘When they held them up and I saw their hands together… It’s indescribable, really,’ their father said.

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The sisters, who were born premature, spent some time in the neonatal unit before going home.

By the time they turned 1, Jenna and Jillian kept grabbing each other at every opportunity while sitting together or during meals. Two years on, they have developed distinct personalities. Jenna is the cautious one while Jillian is more of a daredevil. If one of them starts crying, the other will try to comfort her by rubbing her back, hugging her or finding a pacifier.

But even though their bond remains strong, Jenna and Jillian have started to dabble in a bit of sibling rivalry. ‘If Jenna does something bad, I’ll ask her about it and she’ll say, “No, Jillian did it!”‘ Thistlethwaite told People. ‘But they look so much alike that sometimes I really can’t tell which one of them is in trouble.’

DCG

Bernie sells out; endorses one-percenter Hillary Clinton

After spending months presenting himself as an anti-establishment crusader against the superwealthy 1%, today Bernie Sanders reveals who he really is by 100% endorsing superwealthy, one-percenter Hillary Clinton who, as the wife of a former president and herself a former U.S. senator and former secretary of state, is the epitomy of the Establishment.

Hillary Bernie, two peas in a pod

Hillary Bernie, two rotten peas in a pod

Below are exerpts of phony Bernie’s endorsement speech (words colored teal are mine):

“Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process, and I congratulate her for that. She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.

I have come here today […] to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president. […] This campaign is about the needs of the American people and addressing the very serious crises that we face. And there is no doubt in my mind that, as we head into November, [I’m a brown-noser who will lie about anything — that] Hillary Clinton is far and away the best candidate to do that. […]

Hillary Clinton understands that we must fix an economy in America that is rigged and that sends almost all new wealth and income to the top one percent [– an exclusive club of which she and Bill are members]. […]

This campaign is about moving the United States toward universal health care and reducing the number of people who are uninsured or under-insured [because Obamacare has worked so well — not!]. Hillary Clinton wants to see that all Americans have the right to choose a public option in their health care exchange, which will lower the cost of health care [just like Obama had promised lied!]. She also believes that anyone 55 years or older should be able to opt in to Medicare and she wants to see millions more Americans gain access to primary health care, dental care, mental health counseling and low-cost prescription drugs through a major expansion of community health centers throughout this country [and greatly adding to America’s multi-trillion-dollar national debt]. Hillary is committed to seeing thousands of young doctors, nurses, psychologists, dentists and other medical professionals practice in underserved areas as we follow through on President Obama’s idea of tripling funding for the National Health Service Corps [– the money for which will come from thin air]. […]

This election is about the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality that currently exists, the worst it has been since 1928. Hillary Clinton knows that something is very wrong when the very rich [like her and her Wall St. funders like Goldman Sachs] become richer [….]

This election is about the thousands of young people I have met who have left college deeply in debt, the many others who cannot afford to go to college and the need for this country to have the best educated workforce in the world if we are to compete effectively in a highly competitive global economy. Hillary Clinton believes that we must substantially lower student debt, and that we must make public colleges and universities tuition free for the middle class and working families of this country [–the money for which will also come from thin air]. […]

I have known Hillary Clinton for 25 years. I remember her as a great first lady [who accomplished nothing as first lady] who broke precedent in terms of the role that a first lady was supposed to play as she helped lead the fight for universal health care [which was a complete failure]. I served with her in the United States Senate and know her as a fierce advocate for the rights of children [by aborting killing millions of children in their mothers’ wombs].

Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here today.”

Source: The Hill

Hey, Bernie supporters!

It must suck to be gullible suckers like you.

~Eowyn

Promoting Obesity: PC “acceptance” of loving your body no matter your size

At the end of June, I did a blog post about how JC Penney is now promoting obesity, under the guise of “body positivity.”

As I noted in that blog post, there is not one positive thing about being obese. From the CDC – The Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity:

  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint)
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)
  • Low quality of life
  • Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders
  • Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning
Plus-size model Ashley Graham

Plus-size model Ashley Graham

In 2016, plus-size model Ashley Graham became the first model of her size to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. Ashley is 5’9” and, according to Bodymeasurements.org, weighs 170 pounds and is a dress size of 16. (For comparison, I am 5’9”, weigh around 140 pounds and am a size 6.)

Along with this new “body positivity” craze, is something called “fat shaming.” Urban Dictionary defines fat shaming as: “A term made by obese people to avoid the responsibility to actually take proper care of their body and instead victimize themself by pretending they’re discriminated like an ethnic group. When confronted with someone like that they will ignore all the facts about obesity being unhealthy and pretend it’s some sort of evil socially constructed conspiracy by the patriarchy.” Feminists love to call out the “fat shamers” on Twitter.

Not to be outdone by JC Penney, a “reality TV star” is on a mission to promote obese body positivity.

"Fat Activist" Whitney Way Thore

“Fat Acceptance Activist” Whitney Way Thore

Whitney Way Thore has a TV show called “My Big Fat Fabulous Life” which airs on TLC. According to Wikipedia, she is a “fat acceptance movement activist” who has achieved national recognition for her online campaign for positive body image, No Body Shame. She is 5’2” and weighs 378 pounds.

People Magazine reported on July 6th that Whitney realized that her weight was to blame after she was injured and got stuck in the shower. In an episode of her Big Fat Fabulous Life, while Whitney was in the shower she knocked the shampoo into the tub, bent over to pick it up, and ended up with back pain in her whole lower back. She said, “…the thought of getting from inside the tub to my bedroom is impossible.”

Whitney after being injured in the shower.

Whitney after being injured in the shower.

Whitney isn’t letting any physical ailments from her being overweight get in her way of promoting a new plus-size woman’s magazine.

FabUplus...unless you're injured in the shower.

FabUplus…unless you’re injured in the shower.

Excerpts from Elle Magazine: Now she’s on the cover of a magazine, FabUplus. Better yet, her full body is on the cover magazine, not cropped up-close so it’s just her face. “To see my entire body and my sleeveless arms, you know, all of it on the cover of the magazine and know nobody wanted to diminish me or minimize me or just make me smaller in any way felt kind of vindicating,” Way Thore says, emphasizing that she’s not “size-14-plus-size” but a size 30. “I feel like plus-size women in the media are often made to do just that, to be made smaller.”

Shannon Svingen-Jones

Shannon Svingen-Jones

You can thank Shannon Svingen-Jones, a Vancouver-based, self-described “healthy, fit plus-size woman” who launched the online and, as of June, print publication herself. Svingen-Jones, both editor-in-chief and publisher, came up with the idea last August. While out for a run she thought about a fitness magazine she just picked up—one of those that promise “sexy shoulders,” a “tight butt,” and “how to lose belly weight”—and saw a model doing some exercises with a 25-pound sandbag. “I thought, there’s no way I can physically do that. Everywhere I looked there were no types of exercises that I could do, so I thought: How great would it be if I had a magazine that actually had plus-size women with great fitness [content],” she says. The magazine has all the content you’d expect from a lifestyle publication, just catered to plus-size women with a body-positive twist.

Pushing a positive message, Svingen-Jones had no trouble finding collaborators. What she did find challenging, however, was being intentional about advertisers. “My magazine reaches a vulnerable community,” she says. “I have had to turn away some advertisers, which is very risky to do, especially when you are a new magazine, because they just didn’t have the total imagery that reflects my reader.” As a solution, throughout the magazine you’ll see brands that are plus-sized focused, like Curvy Fit Yogawear, Sympli Grand, and K-Deer. Readers are then more motivated to shop with the advertisers “because they care enough about me to represent my kind of people.”

“My hope is that they can relate to the content in the magazine. I want them to say: I am pretty good with what I am, which is plus-size, and that they are not any less than any thin human being,” Svingen-Jones says, adding that she’s looking forward to featuring active plus-size women like kayakers, paddleboarders, professional weight lifters, yogis, and boot campers. “They all do it in their extremely plus-size bodies. And I think this is incredibly motivating for women,” Svingen-Jones says. “Because I think many women think they ‘can’t’ because of their plus-size bodies, but they so can. And I hope they realize that.”

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Me, being an obvious “fat-shamer,” wonders if Whitney is pretty good with the pain caused by her physical weight that makes her vulnerable. That doesn’t sound incredibly motivating to me.

DCG

New gun restriction could be headed for Washington State ballot

I-1491 campaign manager Stephanie Ervin (r). Photo from her LinkedIn bio.

I-1491 campaign manager Stephanie Ervin (r). Photo from her LinkedIn bio.

Via Seattle Times: Supporters of a proposed ballot measure in Washington state that would create protection orders to take guns from people deemed a serious threat to themselves or others turned in more than 330,000 signatures to the secretary of state Thursday.

Initiative 1491, backed by the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, comes after legislative efforts to create “extreme risk” protection orders failed earlier this year. Stephanie Ervin, I-1491’s campaign manager, said that the initiative creates “an import tool for families and law enforcement to prevent crisis from turning into tragedy.”

Under the measure, concerned family or household members or police can petition the court by filing an affidavit stating specific concerns, such as mental illness or domestic violence, and the number and types of firearms owned. Following a court hearing, if the court finds evidence that a person poses a danger to themselves or others by having a firearm, they can have their guns taken away and be prevented from buying a firearm for up to one year.

Only three states — California, Indiana and Connecticut — have enacted similar laws. California passed its bill after the mass shooting in 2014 near the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Marilyn Balcerak, whose son fatally shot his stepsister and then himself in Auburn last year, said she knew her son was suicidal, but that she was powerless to prevent their deaths. “I did everything I could to keep him from getting a gun, and even went to the police, but was twice turned down,” she said. “If extreme-risk protection orders had been law just two years ago, those police officers I talked to would have been able to help me.”

Messages left with the National Rifle Association and the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation were not immediately returned Thursday.

An initiative requires at least 246,372 valid signatures of registered state voters to be certified, though the Secretary of State’s Office suggests at least 325,000 in case of any duplicate or invalid signatures. The signature validation process is expected to take a few weeks.

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility was also behind a 2014 ballot measure, approved by voters that year, which requires background checks on all sales and transfers of guns, including private transactions and many loans and gifts. Maine and Nevada both have universal background check measures on the ballot this November.

John Feinblatt from Everytown for Gun Safety

John Feinblatt from Everytown for Gun Safety

“For too long, there has been a disconnect between what the American people demand on gun safety and how American politicians vote,” John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, wrote in an emailed statement. “In 2014, we took this issue to the people of Washington State for an up-or-down vote — and they spoke loud and clear to prevent gun violence by requiring background checks for all gun sales.

The initiative (which is 21 pages) has some text that is questionable, in my opinion. For example:

  • An action under this chapter must be filed in the county where the petitioner resides or the county where the respondent resides. This means that someone living on the west side of the state could be forced to defend themselves in a court on the east side of the state.
  • A petition must: a) Allege that the respondent poses a significant danger of causing personal injury to self or others by having in his or her custody or control, purchasing, possessing, or receiving a firearm, and be accompanied by an affidavit made under oath stating the specific statements, actions, or facts that give rise to a reasonable fear of future dangerous acts by the respondent. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Isn’t there a higher burden of proof if you are going into a courtroom already “guilty” of an incident?
  • SERVICE BY PUBLICATION OR MAIL. (1) The court may order service by publication or service by mail under the circumstances permitted for such service in RCW 7.90.052, 7.90.053, 26.50.123, or 26.50.085. Service by mail or publishing in a newspaper may be enough. Therefore, the gun owner may have no idea that there is even a hearing before their rights are taken away.

There’s several other items in this initiative:

  • The court can consider threats, even if they don’t involve a firearm.
  • The court may consider use of controlled substances, whether or not it is related to any firearms. FYI: Marijuana is legal in Washington State.
  • The recent purchase of a firearm may be grounds for a protection order.
  • One of the factors for consideration by the Court is “The respondent’s ownership, access to, or intent to possess firearms.” So if you intended to own a firearm, the court can restrict that right?

There appears to be a lot of leniency in the Court’s hands here. Slippery slope.

DCG

Texas to require burial or cremation of aborted fetuses

Cue the outrage from the pro-aborts in 3, 2, 1…

unborn baby

Via NY Post: Texas intends to require that aborted fetuses be buried or cremated under new rules following the US Supreme Court’s decision to strike down two of the state’s most restrictive abortion laws.

A federal judge has blocked similar fetal remain requirements in Indiana as part of a preliminary injunction against a sweeping anti-abortion law signed by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

But Texas is moving forward under orders from GOP Gov. Greg Abbott instead of waiting for lawmakers to pass a bill.

An Abbott spokeswoman said Thursday that talks began months before the proposed rules were quietly released for public comment this week. The new rules are expected to take effect in September.

Abortions in Texas plummeted in the first year under anti-abortion laws that the high court threw out last week.

DCG