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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.’

roona begum3

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.


Man visiting from India accused of groping 6 people at Disney water park

Aman would have had my knee in his groin.

Photo from Orange County Sheriff's Dept.

Photo from Orange County Sheriff’s Dept.

From Fox News: A man has been accused of groping six people, including teenagers, at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park in Florida.

According to news reports, one of the victims told Orange County Sheriff’s deputies she and 27-year-old Aman Bhatia were in the wave pool Sunday. She says that as waves crashed over her, she felt Bhatia’s hands all over her body.

Another victim says she was in the wave pool when Bhatia grabbed her waist from behind. She was able to break loose from his grasp, but he grabbed her again.

Four others reported similar incidents to authorities.

Bhatia told officers he had broken his glasses and couldn’t see clearly, causing him to unintentionally touch people.

Dog eyeroll

It’s unclear if he has an attorney. Bhatia was arrested and faces several charges. Disney has banned him from the park.

According to Breitbart, Bhatia was visiting from India and some of the victims were minors.


Happy New Year Chuckles.

Happy New Year To all at FOTM.  😀


A New Year Prayer For the Elderly

God, grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
The good fortune to run into the ones that I do,
And the eyesight to tell the difference.

New Year’s Day Prayer for One and All

Dear Lord

So far this year I’ve done well.

I haven’t gossiped, I haven’t lost my temper, I haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent. I’m very thankful for that. But in a few minutes, Lord, I’m going to get out of bed, and from then on I’m probably going to need a lot more help.


A New Year’s Wish

On New Year’s Eve, Marilyn stood up in the local pub and said that it was time to get ready. At the stroke of midnight, she wanted every husband to be standing next to the one person who made his life worth living.

Well, it was kind of embarrassing. As the clock struck – the bartender was almost crushed to death

Lecture Tour with A Difference

On New Year’s Eve, Daniel was in no shape to drive, so he sensibly left his van in the car park and walked home. As he was wobbling along, he was stopped by a policeman. ‘What are you doing out here at four o’clock in the morning?’ asked the police officer.

‘I’m on my way to a lecture,’ answered Roger.

‘And who on earth, in their right mind, is going to give a lecture at this time on New Year’s Eve?’ enquired the constable sarcastically.

‘My wife,’ slurred Daniel grimly.

Happy New Year



Persecuted by militant Islam, Christianity is close to extinction in Middle East

Nothing can be sadder in this Christmas season than the news that Christianity is facing imminent extinction in the land of its birth.

And the cause is the systematic and mounting persecution of Christians by militant Muslims. In fact, persecution by the “religion of peace” is now the greatest threat to Christians across the world.


reports for The Telegraph, Dec. 23, 2012, that a new report entitled Christianophobia, by the think tank Civitas says “It is generally accepted that many faith-based groups face discrimination or persecution to some degree. A far less widely grasped fact is that Christians are targeted more than any other body of believers” and suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group. As many as 200 million Christians, or 10 per cent of Christians worldwide, are “socially disadvantaged, harassed or actively oppressed for their beliefs.”

The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam. The “lion’s share” of persecution faced by Christians is in countries where Islam is the dominant faith. “Muslim-majority” states make up 12 of the 20 countries judged to be “unfree” on the grounds of religious tolerance by Freedom House, the human rights think tank.

Quoting estimates that between a half and two-thirds of Christians in the Middle East have left the region or been killed in the past century, the Civitas report concludes “There is now a serious risk that Christianity will disappear from its biblical heartlands.”

The report identifies a fear among oppressive regimes that Christianity is a “Western creed” which can be used to undermine them. The report catalogs hundreds of attacks on Christians by religious fanatics over recent years, focusing on seven countries: Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria, India, Burma and China.

  • Converts from Islam face being killed in Saudi Arabia, Mauritania and Iran, or risk severe legal penalties in other countries across the Middle East.
  • In Iraq, the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq left Iraqi Christians “more vulnerable than ever”, highlighted by the 2006 beheading of a kidnapped Orthodox priest, Fr Boulos Iskander, and the kidnapping of 17 other priests and two bishops between 2006 and 2010. “In most cases, those responsible declared that they wanted all Christians to be expelled from the country,” the report says.
  • In Pakistan, the murder last year of Shahbaz Bhatti, the country’s Catholic minister for minorities, “vividly reflected” religious intolerance in Pakistan. Shortly after his death it emerged that Mr Bhatti had recorded a video in which he declared: “I am living for my community and for suffering people and I will die to defend their rights. I prefer to die for my principles and for the justice of my community rather than to compromise. I want to share that I believe in Jesus Christ, who has given his own life for us.”
  • In India, Christians have faced years of violence from Hindu extremists. In 2010 scores of attacks on Christians and church property were carried out in Karnataka, a state in south west India.
  • In Burma, while many people are aware of the oppression faced in Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi and other pro-democracy activists, little exposure has been given to targeted abuse of Christians. In some areas of Burma the government has clamped down on Christian protesters by restricting the building of new churches. Christians employed in government service who openly profess their faith “find it virtually impossible to get promotion.”
  • In China, where more Christians are imprisoned than in any other country in the world, state hostility towards Christianity is particularly rife. Ma Hucheng, an advisor to the Chinese government, claimed in an article last year that the US has backed the growth of the Protestant Church in China as a vehicle for political dissidence. Writing in the China Social Sciences Press, Ma claims that “Western powers, with America at their head, deliberately export Christianity to China and carry out all kinds of illegal evangelistic activities. Their basic aim is to use Christianity to change the character of the regime…in China and overturn it.”

But the persecution and oppression of Christians in Muslim countries is often ignored by the media because of a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism”. Politicians, too, have been “blind” to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Rupert Shortt, journalist and author of the Civitas report who’s a visiting fellow of Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, says:

“Exposing and combating the problem ought in my view to be political priorities across large areas of the world. That this is not the case tells us much about a questionable hierarchy of victimhood. The blind spot displayed by governments and other influential players is causing them to squander a broader opportunity. Religious freedom is the canary in the mine for human rights generally.”


Your Helpful Customer Service, At Last!

We’ve all talked to this guy.

At last, we have a picture of him.

Mujibar was trying to get a job in India.

The Personnel Manager said, “Mujibar, you have passed all the tests, except one. Unless you pass it, you cannot qualify for this job.”

Mujibar steeled himself and said, “I am ready.”

The manager said, “Make a sentence  using the words YellowPink, and Green.”

Mujibar said, “The telephone goes green, green,
And I pink it up, and say, Yellow, this is Mujibar.”

Mujibar now works at a call center.

No doubt you have spoken to him. I know I have.

H/t beloved fellow Joseph!


FaceBook for Seniors.


The 76-year-old woman walked down the hallway of Clearview Addictions Clinic, searching for the right department. She passed signs for the “Heroin Addiction Department (HAD),” the “Smoking Addiction Department (SAD)” and the “Bingo Addiction Department (BAD).” Then she spotted the department she was looking for: “Facebook Addiction Department (FAD).”

It was the busiest department in the clinic, with about three dozen people filling the waiting room, most of them staring blankly into their Blackberries and iPhones. A middle-aged man with unkempt hair was pacing the room, muttering,”I need to milk my cows. I need to milk my cows.”

A twenty-something man was prone on the floor, his face buried in his hands, while a curly-haired woman comforted him.

“Don’t worry. It’ll be all right.”

“I just don’t understand it. I thought my update was LOL-worthy, but none of my friends even clicked the ‘like’ button.”

“How long has it been?”

“Almost five minutes. That’s like five months in the real world.”

The 76-year-old woman waited until her name was called, then followed the receptionist into the office of Alfred Zulu, Facebook Addiction Counselor.

“Please have a seat, Edna,” he said with a warm smile. “And tell me how it all started.”

“Well, it’s all my grandson’s fault. He sent me an invitation to join Facebook. I had never heard of Facebook before, but I thought it was something for me, because I usually have my face in a book.”

“How soon were you hooked?”

“Faster than you can say ‘create a profile.’ I found myself on Facebook at least eight times each day — and more times at night. Sometimes I’d wake up in the middle of the night to check it, just in case there was an update from one of my new friends in India . My husband didn’t like that. He said that friendship is a precious thing and should never be outsourced.”

“What do you like most about Facebook?”

“It makes me feel like I have a life. In the real world, I have only five or six friends, but on Facebook, I have 674. I’m even friends with Juan Carlos Montoya.”

“Who’s he?”

“I don’t know, but he’s got 4,000 friends, so he must be famous.”

“Facebook has helped you make some connections, I see.”

“Oh yes. I’ve even connected with some of the gals from high school — I still call them ‘gals.’ I hadn’t heard from some of them in ages, so it was exciting to look at their profiles and figure out who’s retired, who’s still working, and who’s had some work done. I love browsing their photos and reading their updates. I know where they’ve been on vacation, which movies they’ve watched, and whether they hang their toilet paper over or under. I’ve also been playing a game with some of them.”

“Let me guess. Farmville?”

“No, Mafia Wars. I’m a Hitman. No one messes with Edna.”

“Wouldn’t you rather meet some of your friends in person?”

“No, not really. It’s so much easier on Facebook. We don’t need to gussy ourselves up. We don’t need to take baths or wear perfume or use mouthwash. That’s the best thing about Facebook — you can’t smell anyone. Everyone is attractive, because everyone has picked a good profile pic. One of the gals is using a profile pic that was taken, I’m pretty certain, during the Eisenhower Administration. ”

“What pic are you using?”

“Well, I spent five hours searching for a profile pic, but couldn’t find one I really liked. So I decided to visit the local beauty salon.”

“To make yourself look prettier?”

“No, to take a pic of one of the young ladies there. That’s what I’m using.”

“Didn’t your friends notice that you look different?”

“Some of them did, but I just told them I’ve been doing lots of yoga.”

“When did you realize that your Facebooking might be a problem?”

“I realized it last Sunday night, when I was on Facebook and saw a message on my wall from my husband: ‘I moved out of the house five days ago. Just thought you should know.'”

“What did you do?”

“What else? I unfriended him of course!”

~Steve~             H/T   Our Own Joseph.


Earth to satellite: When will you hit — and where?

By MARCIA DUNN – AP Aerospace Writer | AP – 11 hrs ago

I don’t know about you but 1 in 3200 is not that bad. You have a better chance of getting hit with space junk than the lottery or getting struck by lightning.

~ Steve~                                    H/T  igor


By MARCIA DUNN – AP Aerospace Writer | AP – 11 hrs ago

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — NASA scientists are doing their best to tell us where a plummeting six-ton satellite will fall later this week. It’s just that if they’re off a little bit, it could mean the difference between hitting Florida or landing on New York. Or, say, Iran or India.

Pinpointing where and when hurtling space debris will strike is an imprecise science. For now, scientists predict the earliest it will hit is Thursday U.S. time, the latest Saturday. The strike zone covers most of Earth.

Not that citizens need to take cover. The satellite will break into pieces, and NASA put the chances that somebody somewhere will get hurt at just 1-in-3,200.

As far as anyone knows, falling space debris has never injured anyone. Nor has significant property damage been reported. That’s because most of the planet is covered in water and there are vast regions of empty land.

If you do come across what you suspect is a satellite piece, NASA doesn’t want you to pick it up. The space agency says there are no toxic chemicals present, but there could be sharp edges. Also, it’s government property. It’s against the law to keep it as a souvenir or sell it on eBay. NASA’s advice is to report it to the police.

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