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Perhaps one of the scariest things to encounter on a flight is a crying baby.

So much so that certain airlines are implementing child-free zones and flights, which would have most certainly helped to prevent the following ‘in-flight entertainment’.

A young couple and a mother started squabbling over the ruckus the latter’s child was making on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Wuhan on Monday (Oct 7).

A person who filmed it explains that the baby had been crying ever since the lights in the plane were switched off.

Unable to tolerate the kid’s incessant noise any longer, a young couple in front turned around to ask whether the mother could do something about it.

“If you think you’re so good, don’t ever have children for the rest of your life,” the angry mother burst out yelling.

She continued to berate the pair non-stop, repeatedly announcing out loud that the two had no morals and cursing them never to have kids.

The mother explains herself in a later part of the video, saying that she was already doing her best in pacifying her child, therefore hearing the young couple’s words incensed her.

Netizens, however, were unimpressed with the mother’s explanation. Many believed that her tone was too harsh and she could have easily settled the situation by apologising, as her child was indeed disturbing other passengers.

“To be honest, she really was quite helpless. You can control a kid but not a baby. But the mother was a little rude.”
“People not having kids and your child disturbing people are two completely different matters. You say taking care of a child is difficult, but wasn’t it your choice to have one? Did these passengers force you to? You’ve disturbed others yet you’re so oblivious, even cursing others not to have kids.”
“Your child indeed disturbed others. You could have just apologised instead of saying such things.” PHOTOS: Screengrab/Weibo

Some were more empathetic towards the mother’s predicament, believing that certain things could only be understood when you’re a parent.

“Those who have been mothers would understand how helpless this mother was. Sometimes you just can’t placate the kids.”
“It is really difficult for a mother to bring her children out alone.”
“These young people are too much. They seem to think she didn’t care her child was cying. If a baby’s crying could be stopped immediately, why would being a parent be so tough? They’re young and don’t know anything, they can only cry.” PHOTOS: Screengrab/Weibo

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A seven-month-old baby suffocated to death in the master bedroom after her parents left her alone while she was sleeping. The incident happened on January 15th this year in Singapore and the baby had reportedly been sleeping alone since December last year as her parents wanted her to “transition to the next stage of her development”.

According to CNA, the coroner’s inquiry on Friday (October 4th) revealed that the baby, Yuri Chua Le En, had suffocated when she slipped and got trapped in the 8cm gap between her mattress and the padded bed rail. The investigation found that both Yuri’s parents, who were unmarried, had been allowing her to sleep alone. They also said that they were sick that day and put her in another room so that they would not infect the baby.

Yuri’s mother said that the night before the baby’s death, she had fed and nursed Yuri as normal and put her to sleep at 9pm. Yuri was placed on a blanket in the middle of the full-sized bed in the bedroom while her mother patted her to sleep on the night of January 14th.

During the course of the night, the baby did not make any noise and her father entered the room once at about 11pm to adjust the air-conditioner settings. “He stated that the room was dark and (the baby) was not making any noise. Both parents stated that they did not hear (the baby) make any noise throughout the night,” the court documents stated.

However, her father got the shock of his life when he entered the room at about 7am and found Yuri’s body “almost fully trapped in the gap” between the mattress and the padded bed rail at the foot of the bed. Her face was turned towards the bed rail, and she was unresponsive.

Paramedics were called and when they pronounced her dead at 8am in the Jurong residence. Dr Chan Shijia, consultant forensic pathologist with the Forensic Medicine Division of the Health Sciences Authority performed the autopsy on the baby and confirmed that the baby girl had died suffocation caused by a blockage of the nose and mouth by a surface.

The baby’s mother said that Yuri could roll over, was learning to sit and could lift her head and chest up when lying down. Dr Chan said that while a seven-month-old baby could turn over on the bed, they are unable to climb or crawl properly so when Yuri got stuck in the gap, she would not have been able to free herself.

Apparently, this is not the first time the baby had gotten stuck in that same gap. A few weeks before the tragedy, the parents said that they heard Yuri crying in the middle of the night and rushed in to find her trapped in the same part of the gap before rescuing her.

The court ruled that there was no evidence of foul play in the baby’s death and State Coroner Kamala Ponnampalam said that the death was an “unfortunate misadventure” while the cause of death was consistent with suffocation. She advised others that they should ensure their babies are sleeping safely.

Although infants should not be sleeping in the same bed as others, this does not mean they should be placed in a different room. It is advisable to place an infant on his or her back and preferably to be sleeping in a well-built crib that is free of loose bedding, pillows and toys, which could cause entrapment or suffocation.

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LONDON – A teenager was arrested on Sunday (Aug 4) after allegedly throwing a six-year-old boy from a tenth-floor viewing platform of London’s Tate Modern gallery, police said. 

The boy was airlifted to hospital and is in a critical condition, while the 17-year-old male suspect is being held on suspicion of attempted murder. 

The Tate Modern, a leading contemporary art museum on the banks of the River Thames, was initially locked down but visitors were later allowed to leave. 

Several members of the public gave witness statements. 

“Police were called at around 2:40pm (1340 GMT) on August 4 to reports of a young boy thrown from the tenth floor viewing platform of the Tate Modern,” the police statement said. 

“The six year-old victim was found on a fifth floor roof. He was treated at the scene and taken to hospital by London’s Air Ambulance. 

“The boy’s condition is critical; his family are being supported by police.”

Police said the suspect “remained with members of the public on the tenth floor viewing platform. There is nothing to suggest that he is known to the victim”. 

“The teenager was arrested by police officers on suspicion of attempted murder and taken into police custody.”

The Tate Modern is Britain’s top visitor attraction, with 5.87 million visits in 2018, according to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.

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In an act of senseless violence, a mother in Shaanxi, Xi’an, threw her baby daughter off a bridge following a quarrel with her mother-in-law on Aug 3.

On the day of the incident, the mother, surnamed Zhou, had visited her mother-in-law to settle matters regarding her father-in-law’s funeral. Before Zhou left for her home, the pair had quarrelled over household matters.

Zhou, who reportedly had a long history of conflict with her mother-in-law, confessed to police that her anger and resentment at her mother-in-law had continued to build up while she was on the way home.

Coming across a suspension bridge, she took her anger out on her baby daughter, throwing the 10-month-old over the 10m high bridge into the river below.

Zhou then attempted to commit suicide but was held back by passers-by. She was later detained by local authorities.

Search and rescue efforts to locate the child are ongoing.

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While some parents let their kids sample their alcohol of choice, usually just to watch their faces scrunch up in disgust, a video went viral when a two-year-old is seen swigging a can of beer like water.

The video supposedly took place in Iskandar Puteri, Johor Bahru, as reported by Sinar Harian. It immediately gained the attention of netizens who quickly reported the incident to the police, worried that the boy was being abused.

They weren’t the only ones to file a report. According to the head of Johor’s Criminal Investigation Department, Senior Assistant Commissioner Yusof Ahmad, the child’s own mother has also spoken up, claiming that her son had acted of his own accord. She also informed them that her son’s behaviour was beyond her control, emphasising that she didn’t deliberately let him drink the alcohol and that he took the can on his own.

PHOTO: Facebook

However, in the video, the following exchange can be heard.

Voice 1: “He (the child) has taken it.”
Voice 2. “No, he (the father) gave it to him.”
Voice of person filming: “It’s the father’s.”

When one of them takes the can away from the child, the person behind the camera can be heard saying to give the can back to him. The second voice proceeds to call either the child or the father “paradesi”, a Tamil slang that implies one is a good-for-nothing.

Apparently, it wasn’t the child’s first can for the day too, with the second voice pointing out that he had had one earlier in the morning. She also made a remark that the child would grow up to be just like his father in response to the person filming asking the child whether he was a serious drinker.

PHOTO: Facebook

She is then seen handing the can back to the child, encouraging him to drink it up. Despite the commotion around him, the child can be seen downing the last of the alcohol before exclaiming happily.

Alcohol is extremely dangerous for young children – recently an infant in Beijing died after his grandfather gave him a sip.

Due to the low blood sugar effect when the brain is deprived of glucose, a child might suffer from a seizure or fall into a coma. They also run a much higher risk of alcohol poisoning than adults due to their small size. 

Fortunately, Senior Assistant Commissioner Yusof has reassured the public that the boy did not experience any health issues. The case, on the other hand, continues to be investigated.

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24-hour convenience store operator 7-Eleven recently made a pledge to fund a baby girl in America who was born at 7.11pm on 11 July. Surprisingly, the baby also weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces.

The convenience store chain pledged to fund USD7,111 (RM29,000) worth of college money for J’Aime Brown, who is affectionately referred to as the ‘7-Eleven Baby’.

According to USA Today, 7-Eleven wanted to “honour her entry into the world”.

J’Aime Brown was born to Johntez Brown and Rachel Langford in St. Louis, Missouri, USA on 7-Eleven Day (11 July).

According to the mother, she started noticing a pattern when she saw the numbers 7 and 11 throughout her pregnancy

“I thought it was weird at first, and I didn’t know that (the numbers) meant so much,” Rachel told CNN.

 “A lot of the times (during the pregnancy) I would look at the clock and it was 7:11,” she added.

Image from CNN

Image via CNN

When 7-Eleven heard about J’Aime from a local news, they immediately sent goodies to the family

According to Business Insider, 7-Eleven spokesperson Christina Figg said that the company sent newborn basics such as diapers and 7-Eleven onesies to the family.

Figg also shared that J’Aime is ‘7-Eleven’s future best customer’, adding that they couldn’t believe the news when they heard it.

Image from Business Insider

Image via Business Insider

Rachel expressed that she was ‘completely shocked’ by 7-Eleven’s act

“I kinda freaked out,” said the mother, adding that she and her husband were grateful for the company’s generosity.

The parents also shared that it was difficult to work and care for their kids at the same time, revealing that they have a six-year-old child as well.

It’s hard for anybody to even get a trust fund for their children. To get a blessing like that, it just helps a lot. Rachel

Well, this is one hell of a coincidence and one that ends on such a sweet note. Way to go, 7-Eleven!

Image from giphy.com

Meanwhile, ever wondered why the 7-Eleven logo is spelled with a small ‘n’?

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On 15 July, conservationists were surprised to discover a two-headed baby turtle emerging from the sand

According to Scuba Junkie SEAS (SJ SEAS) Chairman Mohd Khairuddin bin Riman, the two-headed hatchling emerged from a nest of 93 hatchlings at the Mabul Turtle Hatchery.

Malay Mail reported that the hatchery is operated by SJ SEAS, a conservation arm of dive operator, Scuba Junkie and is located in Mabul Island, Sabah.

Marine scientists and wildlife enthusiasts claimed that they have never seen anything like it before

“We have released around 13,000 hatchlings from the hatchery and have never seen anything like this before. This is extremely unusual,” said Khairuddin as quoted by Borneo Post Online. 

“The Sabah Wildlife Department’s Honorary Wildlife Wardens (HWWs) were all intrigued, as well as busy – we had two batches of hatchlings emerged last night and yet another turtle nesting,” the chairman added. 

According to SJ SEAS marine biologist and conservation manager David McCann, both of the turtle heads are able to breathe independently

The Star Online also reported that the hatchling’s both heads were reacting to stimuli separately. 

“It is utterly fascinating. The right head seems to control the front right flipper, and the left head the front left flipper,” David McCann said, adding that the turtles are capable of coordinating their movements when they walk or swim.

The condition of the two turtle heads in one body is described scientifically as dicephalism

According to Chief Veterinarian for the Sabah Wildlife Department’s (SWD) Wildlife Rescue Unit Dr Sen, the condition is highly unusual but not unheard of. 

“There was a similar instance in Redang in 2014. The hatchling was studied for three months before it sadly died from pneumonia,” said Dr Sen.

The Chief Veterinarian also added that the hatchling in Sabah would not survive in the wild as the plastron, the underside of a turtle’s shell, is not fully developed or closed. 

“Observation by the biologists on-site also indicated that in deeper water, one head couldn’t get above water comfortably to breathe. The hatchling is being kept in shallow water allowing it to breathe easily,” said Dr Sen.

Green and Hawksbill turtles are listed as protected under Schedule 1 of the 1997 Wildlife Conservation Enactment in Sabah

“For this reason, the hatchling is being kept under observation by the dedicated biologists and Honorary Wildlife Wardens who run the Mabul Turtle Rehabilitation Centre,” said SWD Director, Augustine Tuga. 

McCann also added that their primary concern was the turtles’ welfare. 

“Although these guys may not have a good prognosis, we will do our best to ensure that they are comfortable and taken care of,” said McCann as reported by Borneo Post Online.

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Tragedy befell a family recently when a newborn baby died after his grandfather fed him a sip of alcohol, on his first-month celebration. The incident shows the dangers of giving alcohol to a baby, even in tiny amounts.

GIVING ALCOHOL TO A BABY ENDS IN TRAGEDY

According to an article on Sin Chew Daily on 12 July 2019, the incident happened in Beijing, China. Many friends and relatives had turned up at the baby’s full month celebration, which is traditionally held to bless the child and celebrate the arrival of a new member of the family.

The child’s paternal grandfather was apparently carrying him when he proposed a toast to his relatives. Things took a rather weird turn when one of the relatives joked that the grandfather couldn’t drink if the baby didn’t drink.

The grandfather fell for the taunt, he grabbed a cup of alcohol and gave the baby a sip, to “save his face”.

When the child’s mother got to know what had happened, she was furious. She grabbed her baby back into her arms. But the damage had been done. The baby became breathless after just 30 minutes.

He was rushed to the hospital, but hospital staff were unable to save the little one.

“BABIES CAN’T DRINK ALCOHOL, HOW CAN YOU TREAT A CHILD’S LIFE AS A JOKE?”

Doctors found out that, the cause of the child’s death was alcohol poisoning. “Babies cannot drink alcohol, how can you treat a child’s life as if it’s a joke?” they asked the grandfather.

It has been reported that the baby’s heartbroken mum was unable to believe what had happened, and she slapped her father-in-law multiple times.

Apparently, the mum had been ill-treated by her in-laws previously, because she was unable to conceive even after 3 years of marriage. Things got better only after she was blessed with a baby boy.

Fate though had other plans.

DANGERS OF GIVING ALCOHOL TO A BABY

According to a report by Dr Taylor McCormick (Department of Emergency Medicine, Los Angeles County & University of Southern California Medical Center), babies appear to metabolise alcohol faster than adults.

Alcohol affects the central nervous system. Children’s bodies absorb alcohol quickly, and this can occur in less than 30 minutes. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning in babies can include difficulty breathing, reduced activity, and seizures. Some studies have also found a risk for low blood sugar.

The long-term effects on the baby are unclear. However, breathing difficulties could deprive the baby’s brain of oxygen, possibly causing brain damage.

In the case of breastfeeding mothers, the CDC recommends that not drinking alcohol is the safest option.

Generally, moderate alcohol consumption by a breastfeeding mother (up to 1 standard drink per day) is not known to be harmful to the infant. However, the mother should wait for at least 2 hours after a single drink before breastfeeding her baby. Breast milk will contain alcohol as long as alcohol is still in the mother’s bloodstream.

Alcohol levels are usually highest in breast milk 30-60 minutes after alcohol is consumed. The length of time alcohol can be detected in breast milk will increase the more alcohol a mother consumes. For example, alcohol from 1 drink can be detected in breast milk for about 2-3 hours, alcohol from 2 drinks can be detected for about 4-5 hours, and alcohol from 3 drinks can be detected for about 6-8 hours, and so on.

Exposure to alcohol above moderate levels through breast milk can damage an infant’s development, growth, and sleep patterns. High alcohol consumption can also impair a mother’s judgment and ability to safely care for her child. Over time, excessive alcohol consumption can also lead to decreased milk production.

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After over 200 days of intensive effort and treatment, Dami, a premature baby girl born weighing merely 370 grams, has been stabilised at a hospital in Lanzhou, Northwest China’s Gansu province. She is now ready to return home.

Dami’s survival has set a record in China in the field of treating premature infants with ultra-low birth weight and severe diseases.

A woman surnamed Yang, who was carrying twins showed signs of premature birth on Dec 10 and was admitted to the obstetrical ward in the Gansu Provincial Maternity and Child-care Hospital.

Due to various abnormal indicators in the week-long treatment, she had to deliver the babies, over 100 days earlier than expected.

On Dec 16, a faint baby’s cry from the delivery room announced the start of an intense fight with death.

All medical staff present were shocked at the sight of the newly born twins. The two infants only weighed 370g and 480g respectively, with their skin transparent like jelly, their eyes unable to open, and their breaths extremely weak.

Although the centre had successfully rescued a premature 23-week old infant with a birth weight of 550g in July 2018, it had no experience in such a situation.

But without hesitation, NICU medical staffs did all they could to safeguard the two lives. For easier distinction, they even gave each lovely nickname: Dami and Xiaomi.

Even though strenuous efforts were made, Xiaomi struggled, surviving for only two days, a devastating blow to Xiaomi’s parents. The medical staff encouraged them to concentrate all their energy on still rescuing Dami.

She suffered from oxygen saturation and severe bronchopulmonary, creating a complex battle that medical staff had so far never faced. Still, Shi Jingyun, director of the Newborn Intensive Care Center, decided not to give up.

On March 6, 2019, after the team’s unrelenting efforts, Dami was successfully saved from death’s hands.

Combined with the previous rescue success, this demonstrates how Gansu has entered an internationally advanced level for the treatment of critically ill newborns.

According to global medical statistics, there are 216 premature newborns worldwide with a birth weight of less than 400g, none of which are from China. The lightest premature infant currently alive is a child named Saybie from San Diego, US, with a birth weight of only 245g.

Currently, the occurrence rate of ultra-low birth weight infants (less than 1,000g) in China is 0.2 per cent. The survival rate of those weighing 501g to 750g at birth accounts for only 55 per cent, while those under 500g when born can rarely survive at all.

Fortunately, treatment for critically ill newborns in China has been continuously improving, and the survival rate of ultra-low birth weight infants has increased significantly over the years, thanks to the development of neonatology as well as the overall improvement of medical conditions.

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BEIJING – Doctors in central China’s Hubei province said they have successfully transplanted kidneys from a prematurely born donor baby in the body of a 47-year-old woman who was suffering from kidney failure.

The donor weighed only 1.3kg, Wuhan Union Hospital said on Wednesday (July 10), calling the baby the lightest kidney donor ever reported.

The woman, surnamed Wang, from Duchang county, Jiangxi province, was diagnosed with uremia in June last year and the transplant was performed a month later.

Without the transplant, Ms Wang would have had to receive blood dialysis for the rest of her life in order to survive.

The kidneys used in the surgery were from a premature baby, whose parents decided to donate the organs after the infant died, the hospital said.

Following a year of follow-up treatment, the baby’s kidneys, which were between 3cm and 4cm long before the transplant, have grown to 6.9 cm and 7.6 cm in the patient’s body, closer to the usual size of 10 cm for an adult.

The two kidneys are functioning normally and Ms Wang has recovered, the hospital said.

Transplant operations using kidneys donated by infants are very difficult compared with kidneys donated by adults. Generally, infants that weigh less than 5kg are not considered abroad as sources of organs for transplants, the hospital said.

Dr Wang Zhendi, a transplant surgeon in the hospital and the woman’s doctor, said the blood vessels and ureter, a tube that carries urine from the kidney to the urinary bladder, are very thin in infants’ kidneys.

This makes precision surgery very difficult, with higher chances of post-surgery complications. It is also more difficult for such kidneys to function in an adult’s body as they are not fully developed.

“The less the weight of the donor, the slower the kidney recovers its functions in the body where it is transplanted,” he said.

Although an adult can survive with just one kidney, usually two kidneys are transplanted from an infant to improve the chances of a healthy outcome, he said.

The success of the surgery means sources for kidney transplants can be expanded to include infant donors.

This will ease the gap between the number of organs donated and the number of patients with terminal kidney disease waiting for transplant in China, the hospital said.

In Wuhan Union Hospital alone, more than 500 registered patients with kidney failure are waiting for suitable organs for transplantation, the hospital said.

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