Baby with seven percent chance of survival wakes up from coma, smiles at father
A ten-month-old baby in the United Kingdom has surprised doctors by waking up with a grin on his face from a seemingly irreversible five-day coma. The baby boy was discovered to have heart failure at just fourteen weeks old, according to Fox 2.
After this discovery, the parents set up a GoFundMe page describing the trauma they went through: “We watched our baby breathless, gasping for air while his heart stopped and paramedics worked to save his life. At that moment I did not think Michael would make it through.”
Despite suffering a cardiac arrest, an affliction in which only 7 percent of people survive, the baby made it through. Nevertheless, for his safety, the doctors thought it was necessary to put the baby in a medically induced coma.
Doctors were certain that the baby was not going to regain consciousness, and yet, five days later, the baby was wide awake with an equally large smile.
To thank the hospital, the parents of the baby have established another GoFundMe page to benefit the hospital in which the baby was treated.
“This picture was taken moments after Michael awoke from his coma. The first thing he did was smile at his daddy He truly is our miracle,” wrote the mother on the GoFundMe, which you can donate to here.
A Quebec fat activist is fighting for the rights of fat people everywhere, as she moves to have fat rights in the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Edith Bernier, a fat rights activist, has launched the petition in the National Assembly this Thursday to amend an article of the Charter “to add discrimination based on appearance,” specifically when it comes to people of weight, ie. fat people.
Bernier is the founder of grossophobie.ca, which translates to “fatphobia.” Her petition is sponsored by Manon Masse, leader of the Provincial Quebec Solidaire.
The petition details statistics from the World Health Organization, which finds that fatphobia, or “weight-based discrimination” contributes to social isolation.
“Fatphobia is defined as ‘all hostile attitudes and behaviours that stigmatize and discriminate against fat, overweight or obese people’ and that it is a socially accepted phenomenon,” the petition reads, adding that “this discrimination is largely based on the belief that body weight is the result of personal choices, despite the fact that science has demonstrated the contrary.”
The petition has 477 signatures so far, and climbing.
A study has revealed that the life expectancy in America is declining quickly after decades of progress. This decline largely derives from drug abuse, suicide, hypertension, particularly amongst men aged 25 to 64.
As a result of this, the U.S.A’s life expectancy has fallen dramatically behind other wealthy western countries. This is especially so with the 25 to 64 age bracket, whose decline is almost non-existent outside of America.
The study cited analyzed more than five decades of American medical data. This study revealed that America’s life expectancy grew between 1959 to 2014 and then began to decrease—coinciding almost exactly with the beginning of the opioid epidemic.
The Ohio Valley suffered most significantly, acting like a scar on the statistical map of the United States. This particular region has been devastated by the collapse of the manufacturing industry, and 33 percent of the “excess deaths” have come from these states.
A Tokyo-based company is offering its non-smoking workers an additional six days off per year to make up for the amount of time smokers took off during work hours for cigarette breaks.
Piala Inc., based in Japan, made the decision after non-employees complained that smokers were getting more time off a day than all of those who did not smoke.
“I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion”, said Takao Asuka, the Piala Inc CEO, to Kyodo News.
With the new policy now in effect, 30 out of 120 employees elligble for the break have taken their extra days off, and have already motivated four smokers to give up the bad habit in exchange for vacation days, according to Kyoto News.
Swedish prosecutors have dropped an investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange, the infamous co-founder of the popular document-leaking Wikileaks.
The Australian native has avoided extradition to Sweden for close to eight years, having stayed in refuge at an Ecuadorean embassy in London in 2012.
Assange, who denies the allegations, was evicted from the embassy and has been sentenced to 50 weeks of jail time for breaching bail conditions, is being held at Belmarsh prison in London.
Swedish prosecutors originally intended to drop the rape investigation nearly two years ago, stating that they did not have the means to move forward with the investigation while Assange stayed in the Ecuadorian embassy, according to the BBC.
In May of 2019, Eva-Marie Persson, Sweden’s deputy director of public prosecutions, publicly announced the reopening of the case, due to their being “probable cause to suspect” that Assange had committed the alleged rape.
The alleged rape case against Assange was from a woman who claimed to have been sexually assaulted at a Wikileaks conference in Stockholm in 2010. Assange has vehemently denied all allegations against him, saying the sex was consensual.
In June of 2019, though, UK Home Secretary Sajid Javed approved the U.S.’ extradition request against Assange, where he is wanted on 18 counts of leaking American secrets, including the famous Podesta emails. Those leaks led Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to say Assange must “answer for what he has done.”
Now, though, that same Director of Public Prosecutions, Eva-Marie Persson says they will no longer be moving forward with the investigation.
“The reason for this decision is that the evidence has weakened considerably due to the long period of time that has elapsed since the events in question.”
He also previously faced investigations for accusations of molestation and unlawful coercion. These cases were dropped in 2015 due to statute of limitations laws.