Less than 1 percent of twins share an amniotic sac in their mother’s womb. The situation is rare and risky and some 20 percent of what are called monoamniotic twins die, often because the umbilical cord becomes entangled, cutting off the blood and food supply. But not Kate and Annie Carlson who were born at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital on November 7 at only 30 weeks old. These miracle twins defied the odds even though their cords were tied in a dangerous knot. A delivery team led by Dr. Susan Crowe performed a successful cesarean section
Comments: Nothing can diminish the tragedy in Newtown today. I offer this only as a reminder that all is not lost. See precious photo Ramona (the Pest)
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I had a very dear friend who had twins late in life. She said the babies didn´t quiet down and want to sleep after they were born until she wrapped them in the same blanket and put then in the crib together. This beautiful picture of the twins snuggled up to each other reminded me of my friend´s story about her babies. Thanks, Ramona, for posting
Army Ranger Josh Hargis was unconscious, hooked to a breathing tube at a military hospital in Afghanistan after losing both his legs in battle last week. But when the Purple Heart ceremony began at Hargis’ bedside, it turned out he was not unconscious, as doctors believed. Instead, he struggled with an attending doctor to raise his heavily bandaged hand to salute a commanding officer presenting him with the medal. "I cannot impart on you the level of emotion that poured through the intensive care unit that day," the commander wrote to the Ranger´s wife.
These photos might cause a double-take. Look closely: These white balls of fur aren´t puppies, or lambs, they´re lion cubs. And they´re adorable. The rare white color is due to a recessive gene. Seven of the cubs were born in captivity to three South African mama lions since last month.The baby white lions are being introduced by the zookeepers at Himeji Central Park in Japan later this week. There are only about 300 white lions left (snip). The white lion—classified the same as its tan-colored counterpart (snip) are considered a sacred species,
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand walked into a Senate Armed Services committee markup Wednesday prepared to fight. Her expected opponents: committee chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), conservatives on the committee, and many other members of both parties in a quest to strip military commanders out of the process for prosecuting sexual assault cases. But Gillibrand walked away with a very unlikely ally: Tea party freshman Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Cruz made a surprise announcement (snip) that he would support Gillibrand´s effort to afford military prosecutors, not commanders, the power to decide which sexual assault cases to try…
Sweden´s Princess Madeleine, the youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf, married New York businessman Chris O´Neill in Stockholm Saturday in Sweden´s second royal wedding in three years. Crowds of flag-waving Swedes gathered outside the royal palace in Stockholm cheered as the newlyweds kissed three times before riding in a horse and carriage procession through the heart of the capital. At the ceremony inside the royal chapel, O´Neill held back tears as his bride walked down the isle to a Swedish wedding hymn, minutes before Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson performed one of her best
Buffalo police are investigating a Breckenridge St. man´s claims that police killed his dog when they mistakenly raided his apartment while executing a search warrant. Adam Arroyo wants police to apologize for the death of his pit bull Cindy, which was chained inside the kitchen during a raid on his home Monday. Arroyo, an Iraq War Vet with no criminal record, was not home at the time of the raid. "I got here as fast as I could and I saw the carnage. I saw what happened. My house was flipped upside down, my dog was gone," (snip)
A town in western Sweden has agreed to pay damages to a man who was told he wouldn´t be hired if he refused to shake a woman´s hand for religious reasons. The decision by officials in Trollhättan to pay the man 30,000 kronor ($4,500) means the municipality won´t have to face a review of the case by Sweden´s Equality Ombudsman (Diskriminerings ombudsmannen). The incident stemmed from an office visit by a man who had been offered an internship with the integration division at Trollhättan municipality.
Among the thousands of people who will celebrate the Irish and Ireland this weekend, you´ll find a small group whose accents give them away as natives of the Emerald Isle. They might stand out as the only people not draped in bright green from head to toe. Although members of the most recent wave of immigrant Irish are happy and proud to find Western New Yorkers exuberantly celebrating their culture and heritage, they also are a bit perplexed by some of our traditions.
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News´ Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch. The startling statistic comes from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis of Obama’s own official White House calendar, as well as the Politico presidential calendar, and raises new questions about Obama’s executive leadership and management throughout the implementation of his singular legislative achievement. More alarming still, the president’s schedule lists 277 private
Last summer on his $100 million family tour of Africa, Barack Obama hoped for a priceless photo op with Nelson Mandela, the ailing freedom pioneer who went from prison cell to the presidency of South Africa. Mandela´s family suggested that wouldn’t happen. So, the Obamas did a photo op in Mandela´s former prison cell. Which Obama’s White House quickly tweeted upon word of the icon´s passing at 95. [Skip] But Obama was also caught staring at television coverage of Mandela’s passing, which became Obama’s Photo of the Day.
Hardly a week goes by without Hillary Clinton receiving another award. Last month she was named a “Global Champion” by the International Medical Corps, received the American Patriot Award at the National Defense University Foundation and the Hermandad Award from the Mexican American Leadership Initiative. [Snip] At this rate, if a bunch of elderly left-wing Swedes toss her the Nobel Peace Prize early on, the way they did to Obama, it will barely rate mention among all the other glittering trophies that have been bestowed on a woman whose only actual accomplishment was being married to a crooked governor with
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long
Speaker John Boehner said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates and urged his colleagues to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women. “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said. When asked if he thinks his party should support gay candidates, Boehner simply said: “I do.”