Cristina Torre, Daughter Of Former Yankees Coach Joe Torre, Catches Randomly Falling Baby In Brooklyn

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The daughter of former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre made a quick-thinking save Wednesday when she caught a baby who had tumbled off of a second-floor Brooklyn apartment’s fire escape, the baseball great has confirmed.

“I am very proud of my daughter Cristina’s actions today during an incident in Brooklyn involving a small child,” Torre, now Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of baseball operations, said in a statement. “Fortunately for that child she was in the right place at the right time to lend a hand.”

Cristina Torre did not respond to a request for comment.

Police said a 44-year-old woman caught a 1-year-old boy after he fell from a fire escape outside a Brooklyn apartment building but did not identify the bystander. They said the baby somehow climbed out of the apartment onto the fire escape and tumbled from above. That’s when Torre caught the baby as she walked on the sidewalk below.

The baby is in stable condition, police said.

The baby’s parents – Sam Miller, 23, and Tiffany Demitro, 24 – were arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17, police said.

The parents were in custody and unavailable for comment Wednesday.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/20/cristina-torre-daughter-yankees-joe-torre-catches-falling-baby-brooklyn_n_3471287.html?utm_hp_ref=new-york

German man spends 15 years with pencil in head

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Aachen University Hospital says the 24-year-old man sought help in 2011 after suffering for years from headaches, constant colds and worsening vision in one eye. A scan showed that a four-inch pencil was lodged from his sinus to his pharynx and had injured his right eye socket.

The unnamed man said he did not know how the pencil got there but recalled that he once fell badly as a child.

The German doctors removed the pencil and say the man has recovered.

Hospital spokesman Mathias Brandstaedter said that the case was presented for the first time at a medical conference this week.

In 2007, a German woman plagued by headaches and nosebleeds had a pencil removed from inside her head after more than 50 years.

Margret Wegner, 59, fell over carrying the pencil in her hand when she was four.

“The pencil went right through my skin – and disappeared into my head,” she said at the time.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/10086679/German-man-spends-15-years-with-pencil-in-head.html

School baseball team lifts car to free girl pinned beneath vehicle after mom accidentally backs over her

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Sixteen members of a Northern California high school baseball team ran from a practice to save a 16-year-old girl who was pinned under a car, working together to lift it off her while their coach pulled her to safety.

The girl, a student visiting Valley High School in Elk Grove on Wednesday afternoon, was pinned under the car when her mother accidentally backed over her after dropping her off in the school parking lot, Sacramento police said told KCRA-TV.

The team, in the middle of their last practice of the season, heard her cries for help and ran to her.

“We all just ran out there as a team,” varsity coach James Millholland told the TV station. “There was no one really saying much. The guys just got around the car and then everyone just lifted it up.”

Players said it wasn’t difficult to lift the four-door sedan off the girl while their coach pulled her out.

“With all the teamwork we had going on it didn’t feel heavy,” said player Sukhminder Gill. “It felt like we could pick anything up right now. The adrenalin was pumping up.”

The girl, whose name has not been released, was home from the hospital Thursday. Her exact injuries were not clear, but she’s expected to recover.

Players said it was a satisfying way to help finish their season.

“I felt like we were heroes,” Ysidro Castro said. “We did something that actually saved the day.”

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/05/10/school_baseball_team_lifts_car_to_free_16yearold_girl.html

Brazilian woman almost killed by train while trying to retrieve her dropped cell phone

This video shows a woman trapped on the tracks below a commuter rail platform in Brazil escape within an inch of her life from an oncoming train. Two men pulled the woman to safety less than a second before the train speeds by at the Corinthians-Itaquera station in Sao Paulo.

Bystanders said she jumped onto the tracks to retrieve her dropped cellphone, but couldn’t climb back out.

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2013/04/02/20704421.html

Chinese man kept alive for 5 years with homemade ventilator that his family members squeeze 18 times a minute

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A Chinese man has been kept alive for the last five years thanks to a homemade ventilator that his family have to manually squeeze hundreds of times a day. Fu Xuepeng was 25 when he collided with a car while riding his motorbike to a supermarket. He was diagnosed with severe damage to his nervous system and has been paralysed from the neck down and unable to breathe unaided ever since. Instead, he must rely on a ventilator with a breathing tube in his airway.

But after four months on breathing equipment in Taizhou First People’s Hospital, his parents were forced to bring him home because of the unbearably high medical expenses. Despite receiving 300,000 yuan (£30,0000) in compensation from the driver, it cost more than 10,000 (£1,000) yuan per week to keep Fu on a medical ventilator, according to a report by the website china.org.cn. His mother Wang Lanqin and father Fu Minzu were left with only one option – to remove him from hospital and try to care for him at home. They bought a bag valve mask ventilator and have manually pumped lifesaving oxygen into his lungs by hand ever since. To keep Fu, now, 30, alive, the attached air ball must be squeezed at even intervals to manually pump oxygen into the body.

His parents, two sisters and brothers-in-law all take it in turns to squeeze the resuscitator bag 18 times per minute. Incredibly, if they stop for just three minutes Fu would die. As a result of such tireless work, their hands have now been deformed by constantly squeezing the device. Their only break is at night, when a home built DIY ventilator, crafted by Fu’s younger brother in 2009 after watching how to make one on TV, is used. This comprises an electric motor and a pushing pole attaching the device to the bag valve mask. However the high cost of electricity means they cannot use it all day, forcing them to continue their bed side vigils throughout the day.

But the family’s fortunes are now set to change after a blog documenting his heart-wrenching story was spotted by a Chinese company that makes ventilators.
It has now pledged to donate a ventilator to him and other well-wishers have set up a fund to raise money for him. Government staff and doctors from the local hospital are also set to visit the family now its plight has come to light.

Last week MailOnline told the story of Hu Songwen, a Chinese man who has been kept alive by his homemade dialysis machine for 13 years. Hu, who suffers from kidney disease, made it from kitchen utensils and old medical instruments after he could no long afford hospital fees. He was a college student when he was diagnosed in 1993 with kidney disease, which means waste products cannot be removed from his blood. He underwent dialysis treatment in hospital but ran out of savings after six years. His solution was to create his own machine to slash his costs.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2270178/Chinese-man-kept-alive-years-HOMEMADE-ventilator-family-squeeze-18-times-minute.html#ixzz2KzGBncHK

Man found dead standing up in his kitchen

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Andrew Evans was discovered by a friend, who visited him at his home in East Grinstead, West Sussex, on May 10 this year.

Horsham Coroner’s Court heard how the 35-year-old had injured his head earlier in the day, but is not believed to have realised how serious the injury was.

The court heard how Mr Evans had consumed a lot of alcohol on the day and was four times over the drink drive limit.

It is believed he died after blacking out as he reached into a cupboard in his kitchen, with his body falling against the kitchen fittings and remaining standing up.

The court heard how a friend of Mr Evans, who was not named, arrived at this home on May 10 to see him “standing in the kitchen” with his right hand reaching into a cupboard.

The friend started calling out to him, but after receiving no response let himself in and realised that Mr Evans was dead.

The court heard how Mr Evans had a “serious injury” to his head, which had caused him to bleed heavily, but that he might not have realised how serious the injury was “because of his intoxicated state”.

Coroner Dr David Skipp said at the inquest last week that the death was “strange”, but that Mr Evans died from asphyxiation of the lungs.

He said: “It is unusual for a man whose alcohol levels were high to be found stood against a work surface.

“He obviously did not try to get out of the flat after banging his head and the evidence suggests he was not bothered by what was going on. It is bizarre.”

He recorded a verdict of accidental death.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/9758505/Man-found-dead-standing-up-in-his-kitchen.html

Freezer malfunction at Harvard destroys crucial supply of brains being used to study autism

A freezer malfunctioned at a Harvard-affiliated hospital that oversees the world’s largest collection of autistic brain samples, damaging a third of the scientifically precious specimens and casting doubt on whether they can be used in research.

The director of the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center said the loss was “devastating,” particularly in light of the increasing demand for brain samples among scientists searching for the cause of autism and potential treatments.

“Over the last 10 years, the autism tissue program has been working very hard to get the autism community to understand the importance of brain donation,” Dr. Francine Benes said. Now many of those samples have been compromised.

The freezer failed sometime late last month at the center, which is housed at McLean Hospital in the Boston suburb of Belmont. At least 54 samples earmarked for autism research were harmed. Many of them turned dark with decay.

However, an initial review indicates that the DNA in the samples is intact and can still be used for genetic research. It’s unclear, however, whether the samples could be used for the full range of neuroscience needs.

Thirty-two of the brains had been cut in half, with one side placed in a formaldehyde solution and the other placed in the freezer. The samples in the solution remain available for all research projects, the hospital said.

The frozen tissue samples are normally maintained at about minus 80 degrees Celsius, but the temperature had reached about 7 degrees — the temperature of a common refrigerator — when the failure was discovered, Benes said.

That means an important chemical cousin of DNA called RNA was destroyed, she said.

Center officials say they’ve already completed an inspection of the equipment to ensure the safety of the collection.

Dr. Fred Volkmar, an autism researcher and director of the Child Study Center at Yale University, said the damage is even more disheartening given recent advances in autism research.

Some of that research, including autism studies involving stem cells, wasn’t even possible at the time when some of the brains were donated.

“We can’t always know where the science is going to take us,” Volkmar said. “In that respect, it’s a horrible loss. The hope is that at least it’s not a total disaster.”

The hospital launched an investigation to determine why the freezer malfunctioned and why two alarm systems failed to go off as the temperature rose.

Benes said her biggest fear is that the loss of samples could make it harder in the future to encourage brain donation from autistic children and young adults.

“There has been a lot of resistance of brain donations for religious and cultural reasons,” she said.

The collection is owned by the advocacy and research organization Autism Speaks.

The Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center is the largest and oldest federally funded “brain bank” in the United States. It provides thousands of postmortem brain tissue samples annually to researchers across the nation.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/freezer-malfunction-thaws-brains-harvard-research-hospital-article-1.1094094#ixzz1xnz81QSj

Kansas Man Struck By Lightning Hours After Buying Lottery Tickets

A Kansas man was struck by lightning hours after buying three Mega Millions lottery tickets, proving in real life the old saying that a gambler is more likely to be struck down from the sky than win the jackpot.

Bill Isles, 48, bought three tickets in the record $656 million lottery Thursday at a Wichita, Kan., grocery store.

On the way to his car, Isles said he commented to a friend: “I’ve got a better chance of getting struck by lightning” than winning the lottery.

Later at about 9:30 p.m., Isles was standing in the back yard of his Wichita duplex, when he saw a flash and heard a boom — lightning.

“It threw me to the ground quivering,” Isles said in a telephone interview on Saturday. “It kind of scrambled my brain and gave me an irregular heartbeat.”

Isles, a volunteer weather spotter for the National Weather Service, had his portable ham radio with him because he was checking the skies for storm activity. He crawled on the ground to get the radio, which had been thrown from his hand.

Isles had been talking to other spotters on the radio and called in about the lightning strike. One of the spotters, a local television station intern, called 911. Isles was taken by ambulance to a hospital and kept overnight for observation.

Isles said doctors wanted to make sure his heartbeat was back to normal. He suffered no burns or other physical effects from the strike, which he said could have been worse because his yard has a power line pole and wires overhead.

“But for the grace of God, I would have been dead,” Isles said. “It was not a direct strike.”

Isles said he had someone buy him 10 more tickets to the Mega Millions lottery on Friday night. While one of the three winning tickets was sold in Kansas, Isles was not a winner.

Officials of the Mega Millions lottery, which had the largest prize in U.S. history, said that the odds of winning lottery were about 176 million to one. Americans have a much higher chance of being struck by lightning, at 775,000 to one over the course of a year, depending on the part of the country and the season, according to the National Weather Service.

Isles, who is out of work after being laid off last June by a furniture store, said he did once win $2,000 in the lottery and will keep playing.

“The next time I will use the radio while sitting in the car,” he said.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46915119/ns/us_news-weird_news/

Dead Bunny

 

Til, a two-week old earless bunny,seemed destined to become Germany’s newest animal celebrity until a TV cameraman accidentally stepped on the bunny, instantly crushing him to death.

The unidentified cameraman was filming a story on the small zoo in Saxony as it prepared to present the 17-day-old bunny to the world at a press conference.

He says didn’t see Til, who was covered with hay, when he took a step backward, Spiegel Online reports.

“He was immediately dead, he didn’t suffer,” zoo director Uwe Dempewolf tells the website for the magazine Der Spiegel. “It was a direct hit. No one could have foreseen this. Everyone here is upset. The cameraman was distraught.”

Spiegel Online notes that earless rabbits are very rare and Til would have been a media sensation in Germany, which has a history of worshipping furry baby animals.

Til’s body will now be frozen while zoo officials decide whether to have him stuffed.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/03/tv-crew-accidentally-kills-celebrity-bunny–/1

Thanks to Nicole Stricker for bringing this to the It’s Interesting community.

23 Year Old College Student Hit by SUV While Playing Real-Life Frogger Game

Clemson police said a game ended up with a 23-year-old man struck by an SUV.
Emergency crews were called to the intersection of Highway 123 and College Avenue at about 9 p.m. Monday.
Clemson police Chief Jimmy Dixon said the injured man was taken Anderson Memorial Hospital by Pickens County EMS.
Investigators said they later determined that the man and his friends were talking about playing a game known as “Frogger.”
Frogger is an arcade game that was introduced in 1981. Many versions of the game can be found on Internet game sites. In the game, players move frogs through traffic on a busy road and through a river filled with hazards.
Police said before he was hit, the 23-year-old yelled “go” and darted into oncoming traffic where he was struck by a 2010 Lexus SUV. 
At last check, the man was in stable condition at the hospital. No charges are expected against the driver.
Police said that the man is not a Clemson student. His name has not been released.Read more: http://www.wyff4.com/news/26295132/detail.html#ixzz1nVIFCsqc