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Parents and Doctors, Hold Off on This 'Devastating' Surgery

Don't operate on intersex kids until they're the age of consent and can fully participate

(Newser) - When Kimberly Mascott Zieselman was 15, she had surgery she now says caused "irreversible harm" due to others' "discomfort with difference." In her op-ed for USA Today , Zieselman explains how, as a young teen, she didn't get her period like other girls, and when her parents... More »

In Possible World First, Heart Surgery Saves Baby in Womb

Doctors in Canada perform in utero balloon atrial septoplasty

(Newser) - Doctors in Canada are patting themselves on the back after what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind heart surgery that saved the life of an unborn child. Halfway through her pregnancy, Kristine Barry of Barrie, Ont., learned her unborn son had a heart defect in which the two main arteries... More »

What McCain's Recovery Could Mean for Health Care Bill

Speculation flying on how senator's absence after surgery could affect ObamaCare repeal

(Newser) - Despite the hopes of Senate Republicans that John McCain would be back in Washington sooner rather than later following his surgery last week, some doctors are warning that recovery could take much longer than the week or so originally anticipated, the New York Times reports. On Friday, the longtime Arizona... More »

Thumbs-Up for What Doctors Did With Aussie Man's Big Toe

They replaced Zac Mitchell's severed thumb with his toe after farm accident

(Newser) - It was just another April day on a Western Australia farm for Zac Mitchell, until it suddenly wasn't. In a freak accident described by the ABC , the cattle worker was herding the animals in his charge when one bull "cleaned me up and kicked my hand up against... More »

Mom Tweets Son's $231K Surgery Bill in Plea to Save ACA

Alison Chandra fears her son will lose coverage under 'TrumpCare'

(Newser) - A New Jersey mother has given an adorable face to the healthcare debate in a viral Twitter thread detailing her toddler son’s rare genetic disorder and the costs it could incur should ObamaCare be repealed. Alison Chandra’s foray into the debate began Friday, when she posted a photo... More »

Hospitals Are Scrambling for the 'Simplest of Drugs'

There's a critical shortage of sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda

(Newser) - The "simplest of drugs" is in short supply at hospitals around the country, causing crucial surgeries and other treatments to be reprioritized, and it's a cheap drug whose main ingredient may be found in your own pantry, the New York Times reports. That drug is sodium bicarbonate solution,... More »

'Odd Retching' Noise, Then a Mom's Panic

Her 10-year-old daughter had swallowed a piece of her fidget spinner toy

(Newser) - Fidget spinners, the hottest toy on the market, may also pose a serious choking risk. So says a mother in a Facebook post that's gone viral with more than 710,000 shares after her 10-year-old daughter swallowed one of the toy's weighted bearings. Kelly Rose Joniec, a Houston-area... More »

Surgery a Success on Baby With 4 Legs

The procedure took 5 surgeons 6 hours to complete

(Newser) - Many new parents joke about counting fingers and toes when their baby is born, but a mother in the Ivory Coast was confronted with an entire extra pair of legs—and those legs were growing out of her baby girl's spine. The cause is actually straightforward: Baby Dominique (her... More »

What Led to the Stroke That Apparently Killed Bill Paxton

TMZ: death certificate notes complications after valve replacement surgery for aneurysm

(Newser) - It's been just over a week since the world found out about the sudden death of actor Bill Paxton at the age of 61, and now there's reportedly more info on what happened. Per an apparent copy of Paxton's death certificate now in the hands of TMZ... More »

Cargo Plane, Crane Move 'Heaviest Woman' to India

Egypt's Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty about to undergo extreme weight-loss regimen

(Newser) - It took two months of preparation and could take more than four years of treatment, but doctors are determined to help the person believed to be the world's heaviest woman survive. The Times of India reports that Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty was flown Saturday from her home in... More »

They Shared a Liver, Bladder, and Leg, Until Now

17-hour procedure separates conjoined toddlers Erika and Eva Sandoval

(Newser) - "From one to two" is how the Sacramento Bee is framing the successful result of an intense surgery that separated 2-year-old conjoined twins in California. About 50 doctors and other medical staff at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto were in attendance during the 17-hour separation... More »

Hospital Report Blames Patient's Fart for Surgical Fire

Laser evidently ignited gas during operation at Tokyo Medical Center

(Newser) - An operating room snafu out of Japan is generating headlines because of its bizarre nature: It seems a patient's fart ignited a fire that left her with serious burns. The incident took place at Tokyo Medical Center, reports the Asahi Shimbun . A laser was being used on the cervix... More »

After Separation Surgery, Mom Holds Twin Alone for First Time

A week after surgery, Jadon is well enough to snuggle with mom

(Newser) - Nicole McDonald had "one of the most profound moments of [her] life" on Friday, when she finally got to hold her son Jadon, who was born conjoined to his twin brother at the head. The twins were successfully separated last week during a dangerous, 27-hour surgery in NYC. After... More »

Hospital Removes Patient's Kidney by Accident

The patient had the same name as a patient with a kidney tumor

(Newser) - A surgeon removed a kidney from the wrong patient last July in what a Massachusetts hospital is calling a "deeply unfortunate situation," the Boston Globe reports. According to the Worcester Telegram , two patients with the same name had CT scans done in June. One of the scans showed... More »

Twins Conjoined in Highly Rare Way Separated in NYC

'Well, we did it,' said head surgeon after successful procedure on Anias, Jadon McDonald

(Newser) - Conjoined twin brothers Anias and Jadon McDonald, who've been attached at the head for their entire 13 months of life, were successfully separated at NYC's Montefiore Medical Center during a 16-hour-plus surgery that went into Friday morning, mom Nicole McDonald tells the New York Daily News . "Well,... More »

Docs Say iPads Work Like Sedatives for Kids Pre-Surgery

The non-pharmacological approach appears to work as well as, if not better than, sedatives

(Newser) - For kids at least, tablets are as good as sedatives. So report doctors in a press release after presenting their findings at this year’s World Congress of Anaesthesiologists. The team studied 4- to 10-year-olds prior to surgeries and found that the decreased anxiety levels of those given midazolam (a... More »

Texas Woman Comes Out of Surgery With British Accent

Lisa Alamia was born and raised in Lone Star State but doesn't sound like it anymore

(Newser) - When Lisa Alamia says the word "kitten," she's not talking about a cat—it's just what it sounds like when the Texas woman says "kidding," a British affectation that isn't an affectation at all, but a symptom of the foreign accent syndrome she... More »

Little House Star 'Devastated' to Drop Bid for Congress

Upcoming surgery won't allow Melissa Gilbert to meet 'rigorous demands' of Mich. campaign

(Newser) - A star from Little House on the Prairie won't be moving to a bigger House after all—at least not this time around. Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls Wilder in the Little House TV series, is "devastated" to have to drop out of her bid for Congress... More »

What TV Surgeries Often Fail to Convey: It Stinks

Surgeons say there are some smells that permeate everything

(Newser) - Surgical rooms might look like the most sterile of places on TV or in the movies, but a post at Atlas Obscura reveals a gross truth: Surgery can smell, and terribly so. The daughter of one surgeon writes that as a child she was allowed to attend a surgery but... More »

Why America's First Uterus Transplant Failed

Lindsey McFarland was so close

(Newser) - Lindsey McFarland made history in February by becoming America's first recipient of a uterus transplant . Then her dream of finally bearing children was put on hold —if not dashed—by something that forced doctors to remove the transplant. Turns out it was nothing more than a common yeast... More »

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