Thursday, 26 April 2012

NPF Uncovers Explosive worth N9m

Nigerian Police reportedly discovered a large volume of explosive materials in Kano on Wednesday, April
25.

The homemade bomb planted in an open sewer across from Bukavu military barracks caused people to flee and businesses to shut, a military spokesman said.

Kano state police chief Ibrahim Idris told reporters that policemen discovered three 50-kilogramme sacks of TNT and PENT explosives abandoned in the streets on the outskirts of the city.
He said the explosives were valued at nine million naira ($56,250).
Idris speculated that the owners must have left them out of fear of being arrested at a security checkpoint.

Take a second look at the picture above and check out how innovative they are. Utilized all sorts of 'containers', including the casing of an Automatic Voltage regulator in packaging their instruments of destruction.

World Malaria Day


This short article is from "THT" in honor of World Malaria Day
 
WHAT IS MALARIA?
It is a febrile illness caused by the parasite called Plasmodium present in the saliva of an infected female anopheles mosquito.
  • There are 5 identified species, namely, Plasmodium falciparum, P. vivax, P. ovale, P.knowlesi and P. malariae.
  •  In Nigeria, 98% of all cases is due to P. falciparum.
  •   This is responsible for the severe form of malaria that leads to death.

WHO CAN GET MALARIA?
Everybody and Anybody!!!
But more serious in
  • children,
  • pregnant women and
  • visitors who do not live in endemic areas.

HOW IS MALARIA TRANSMITTED?
Malaria can be transmitted through various means like:
  • the bites of infected female anopheles mosquito;
  •  blood transfusion and organ transplantation;
  •  mother to child transmission, etc
 
DO YOU HAVE MALARIA?
If you have 
  •  fever (hotness of the body), chills (feeling cold) and rigors (shaking of the body)
  •  headaches, 
  •  nausea and vomiting and diarrhoea
  • joint weakness or tiredness

HOW DO YOU TREAT MALARIA?
Simple, uncomplicated malaria can be treated at home
This would involve
  1. Control of fever with antipyretics like Paracetamol, tepid bath and
  2. Use of drugs called antimalarials.
The age specific pre-packed Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACT) which consists of an Artemisinin derivative, like Artesunate, and another effective antimalarial drug like Sulphadoxine-Pyrimethamine, Lumefantrine, Amodiaquine Chloroquine and Mefloquine may be used.

ACT THERAPY
1st dose ------ 0 hour
2nd dose ------- 8 hours after
3rd – 6th doses ------ at 12 hours interval.

NOTE: MULTIVITAMINS AFFECT THE EFFICACY OF ACTs.

SEVERE MALARIA
When a patient has, in addition to the symptoms of malaria,
  1. generalized weakness or inability to sit, stand or walk without support
  2.  impaired consciousness (confusion, drowsiness or coma);
  3.  difficulty in breathing or fast deep breaths; 
  4.  multiple convulsions (>2 in 24hrs); 
  5. pallor; 
  6. jaundice (yellow discoloration of the eyes); 
  7. haemoglobinuria (coca-cola colored urine) and reduced urinary output

Then this is a medical emergency requiring in-patient care and should be treated as such!!!
Take patient to the nearest health facility!!!
 
PREVENTION
The use of drugs to prevent malaria is advised in people with
  •  Sickle cell anemia,
  • non-immune visitors and
  • Pregnant women.
 
HIV and malaria
HIV does not increase the likelihood or severity of malaria except in pregnancy.

CONTROL OF MALARIA
  • Use Insecticide Treated Nets (ITN) and clothing as these repel mosquitoes, kill those which alight on them, protect those sleeping under them and nearby in the same room, reduce vector infectivity and reduce death by up to 20%.
  • Spraying insecticides in the home
  • Covering potholes and depressions around the house.
  • Draining all stagnant water.
  • Covering all water containers around the house
  •  Cutting all water-holding plants
  • Screening windows and doors with nets
  • Using coils and sprays.
  • Using insect repellents


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Friday, 20 April 2012

Wonderful News: Doctors successfully removed extra limbs fron baby who was born with 6 legs!

Remember the story published two day ago?

Please continue reading..

A baby boy born with six legs has had a successful operation to remove his four extra limbs, doctors said today.
The youngster from Karachi in Pakistan was believed to have had a parasitic twin, which had not developed properly in the womb, resulting in the extra legs.
Doctors examined MRI, blood tests, and CT scans before deciding to operate on the boy
The baby after the surgery.

A team of five doctors had fought to save the boy's life at the National Institute of Child Health in Karachi.
The head of the NICH, Jamal Raza, said the abnormal birth was the result of a genetic disease which would affect only one in a million or more babies.

The baby had been in an intensive care unit ward since he was born last week to the wife of an X-ray technician.
Imran Shaikh, the baby's father who lives in Sukkur, said he was grateful his son was treated.



Wish baby Umar and parents the best.

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Doctors battle to save one-in-a-million baby who was born with SIX legs

  • Baby was one half of a conjoined twin who did not completely develop in the womb
  • Doctors believe extra legs belong to twin brother
  • Tests being done to see if experts can operate
  • Parents of baby are cousins
Pakistani doctors are battling the odds to save a newborn baby born with a rare genetic condition that has left him with six legs. 
The one-week-old boy is believed to be one of parasitic twins.
His conjoined twin was born prematurely and incompletely developed, which resulted in the second child having the extra legs, said Jamal Raza, director of the National Institute of Child Health in Karachi, to News.com.
Critical: Doctors in Pakistan are fighting to save the life of the baby boy who was born last week with six legs because of a rare genetic condition
Critical: Doctors in Pakistan are fighting to save the life of the baby boy who was born last week with six legs because of a rare genetic condition
Doctors at the institute are fighting to save the newborn, who remains in an intensive care unit ward.

Raza added that they were planning to operate on the boy and were considering asking for help from foreign experts with more experience in the rare disease, believed to afflict just one in one million babies.
He tried to clarify that the baby did not have six legs – he had two legs and the other four belonged to the other twin.
Medical marvel: Since Shaikh made his public plea for help, the Sindh Governor has come forward and directed officials concerned to make sure the child receives all the medical care he needs
Medical marvel: Since Shaikh made his public plea for help, the Sindh Governor has come forward and directed officials concerned to make sure the child receives all the medical care he needs
Aid: Since the father of the baby made his public plea for help, the Sindh Governor has come forward and directed officials concerned to make sure the child receives all the medical care he needs
Aid: Since the father of the baby made his public plea for help, the Sindh Governor has come forward and directed officials concerned to make sure the child receives all the medical care he needs
'Operating on such a baby is not an easy task as proper assessments need to be done first,' he said. 'We need to figure out whether the baby has his twin’s limbs or his own. We also need to consider how much the internal organs have developed as the latter could complicate matters and decrease the baby’s chances of surviving.'

PARASITIC TWINS

A parasitic twin is sometimes referred to as an asymmetrical or unequal conjoined twin.
It occurs when a twin embryo begins developing in utero, but the pair does not fully separate.
One embryo continues developing at the expense of the other (the parasitic) which will rely on the body of the other for blood supply and organ function.
It is incompletely developed and dependent on the other twin.
The independent twin is called the autosite.
In some cases the body of one twin absorbs the other during development, known as fetus in fetu.
In January a boy in Peru was operated on to remove his parasitic twin from his stomach.
Speaking to the news site, the baby's father, Imran Shaikh, made a plea for help from the government and charities.
‘I can’t afford to visit Karachi and get treatment for my baby,’ said the X-ray technician, who earns the equivalent of $66-a-month. ‘I appeal to philanthropists and the government to come forward for the treatment.’
Shaikh and his wife of four years live in Sukkur, around 280 miles north of where his son is being cared for. His wife is reported to be recovering well from the birth and in a good state of health.
His wife - who is also his cousin - has been unable to travel because she had a caesarean section delivery.
He said they were planning on naming their son Umar Farooq.
In a statement given to the AFP news wire, the provincial health department said: 'The doctors are examining the infant to plan for necessary treatment to save the baby's life and ensure he lives a normal life.'


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Monday, 16 April 2012

34-year-old virgin becomes father of 82 after launching free 'baby making' service (with an 80% success rate)

Making up for lost time?


A man who stayed a virgin until the age 34 has become a father of 82 in the space of just nine years and he has another ten children on the way.
Dutchman Ed Houben, 42, sleeps with around 15 childless women a month in a bid to make their quests to become mothers a reality. 
He is understood to be the most prolific professional babymaker in the world - and what he does is all legal.

He has sown his seed around the globe but usually waits for women to come to him these days at his home in Maastricht, although he still makes exceptions if his partners are entering a particularly fertile period. Provided they pay his travelling expenses and accommodation.
His 'family' lives in cities like Berlin - three children - and in Holland, Italy, Spain, Belgium, France and even New Zealand. The eldest is now nine while the youngest is two months old.
Strike rate: Mr Bouden gives 80 per cent of the females he has sex with a child.
Strike rate: Mr Bouden gives 80 per cent of the females he has sex with a child

He began donating sperm to local clinics. Then he found there was a market for procreation the natural way and he has never looked back.
Spermaspender.de. in Germany is one of the websites he uses to connect with childless women desperate to conceive. 
They know Ed has a good pedigree; he gives 80 per cent of the females he has sex with a child.
All his partners must submit medical records showing they are disease and drug free while he reciprocates. 
Included in his paperwork is a semen analysis known as a 'spermiogram' that shows he is the real deal a sperm count of less than 20 million shows the potential donor is 'not a good prospect.'

Sperm banks generally charge around four to five thousand pounds for inseminations.  Ed does it for free.
He gets his partners to sign documents waiving legal claims to child support; but experts say these would be invalid in the hands of a good lawyer. 
'If all the mothers decided to sue him for maintenance he would be paying them off for the rest of this life, and the next,' said one German family lawyer.
He has fathered 45 girls and 35 boys.  Two of the the brood he doesn't know the sex of because the mothers won't tell him.



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Ex-governor Ibori may be jailed today

Ex-governor Ibori may be jailed 10 years today

Former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori
Former Delta State Governor James Ibori, who has pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering charges at Southwark Crown Court 12 in London, may be sentenced today (Monday).
Ibori had pleaded guilty to 10 counts of fraud, money laundering and corruption put at about $250m before Justice Anthony Pitts.
He faces up to 10 years in a UK prison and is coming barely a few days after his accomplice and financial advisor, Ghanaian-born Elias Preko, had been acquitted.
In a short submission, Crown Prosecution Service lawyer, Sasha Wass, QC, had said the prosecution did not seek to go ahead with Ibori’s trial anymore because “Mr. Ibori has accepted the entirety of the prosecution’s case as it has always been set out.”
But the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which had expressed happiness with the confession of Ibori before the London court, had also indicated that the former governor would also be tried in Nigeria after serving his jail terms in UK.
The spokesperson for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, had said the commission had been vindicated that the ex-govenor had a case to answer.
He said, “The interesting aspect of the development in London is the fact that Ibori chickened out of a full blown fraud and money laundering trial by changing his plea.
“This was purely a gambit to run away with a lighter sentence, rather than the product of a plea bargain as erroneously reported earlier in sections of the media. For the avoidance doubt, plea bargain is not recognised in UK criminal justice system.
“Sadly, it has taken five years of legal rigmarole and high drama for the former governor to own up to having committed some of the crimes for which Justice Marcel Awokulehin of the Federal High Court, Asaba, sensationally acquitted him in December 2009. The commission challenged the ruling. That appeal is still pending before the Court of Appeal, Benin City, Edo State.”
The EFCC is however not happy with the country’s judiciary since a Nigerian court acquitted him in Asaba, Delta State.
The spokesman said, “While the EFCC looks forward to the sentencing of Ibori on April 16, it is however, a matter of concern that it took the intervention of the UK criminal justice system for justice to be served in the Ibori case.
“While all who worry over the effect of corruption on our nation may celebrate the Ibori guilty plea, we must all spare a thought for our judiciary, which needs urgent reform to ensure that those who loot our treasury do not get away with their loot.
“Indeed, Nigerians must rally in support of the dogged efforts of the incumbent Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapher, to reform the judiciary for greater efficiency.
“Now that Ibori has owned up to his crime, the commission is mindful of the concern in some quarters as to what becomes of his case with the EFCC. Will he be arrested and tried again on the completion of his jail term in London?
“Or, will the EFCC close the Ibori case? For the benefit of stakeholders and lovers of justice, it is interesting to note that the offences for which Ibori faces imminent jail term in London is only a minute aspect of the bouquet of offences committed by the former governor during his eight-year rule in Delta State.”
There were also indications that the ex-governor could still face trial after his ordeal abroad.
Uwujaren added, “The bulk of the criminal charges against the former governor are still before courts in Nigeria and there are no plans to vacate those charges. Moreover, the former governor didn’t steal alone.
“There were accomplices and as recent as two weeks ago, some persons who allegedly assisted him to launder stolen funds were questioned by the Commission. EFCC is determined to bring all Ibori accomplices to book, no matter how long it takes.
“For now, the commission awaits the sentencing of Ibori and, more importantly, the repatriation of the funds stolen from the treasury of Delta State government.
“That will be some just reward to Nigerians for the efforts and resources that have been committed to the corruption and money laundering investigation and trial of Chief James Ibori.”

Source: The Punch 

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Sunday, 15 April 2012

The new or not so new menace on the block: Cardiac Arrest!

Cardiac Arrest..cardiac arrest..cardiac arrest...

With sad news of people slumping and dying without visible 'symptoms' flying around; Old and young alike, people seemingly strong and agile just passing on 'suddenly' without prior illness or ailment; cause of death: CARDIAC ARREST!

This brings a few questions to mind:
What is Cardiac Arrest?
What are the causative factors?
Is it preventable? What can one do to escape the clutches of this menace?
What are the signs to watch out for?..besides the heart stopping that is..
So many questions begging answers.

Agreeably, this is just one of the numerous deadly ailments that causes death, but let's just spare some moment to check this out.

Cardiac arrest, also known as cardiopulmonary arrest or circulatory arrest, is the abrupt cessation of normal circulation of the blood due to failure of the heart to contract effectively during systole.
Medical jargons!!!

Simply put, Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating! That made sense? Maybe it doesn't but that is the hard fact. Some people may be fit as a fiddle one minute and the next they are gone!

In fact, dropping dead from a Cardiac Arrest is all too often the first symptom a person experiences that alerts them to the fact that they have a heart "condition."

When a person suffers a Cardiac Arrest, the most common result is Death.

More medical jargons..

Ventricular fibrillation, the primary cause of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, occurs when the heart's pumping centers, the ventricles, begin to beat too fast -- up to 350 beats per minute. Actually, they're not really even beating anymore. They're quivering and totally out of control.
If ventricular fibrillation is not stopped within a few minutes, death results. In fact, if as little as about 4 minutes go by without treatment, serious, long-term organ damage begins.
The only way to stop ventricular fibrillation is by applying an electrical shock to the heart using a defibrillator, such as the Philips OnSite Defibrillator.
Basically, your heart is a pump powered by electrical signals. If those signals become disturbed, the ventricles may begin to vibrate or flutter in an irregular manner. This is called "fibrillation." As a result, the ventricles are not able to pump the blood through the blood vessels. When the heart stops pumping, blood no longer flows through your body. When oxygen-rich blood stops nourishing your brain, you lose consciousness. If "de-fibrillation" does not occur immediately, you die. 

If ventricular fibrillation is not stopped within a few minutes, death results. In fact, if as little as about 4 minutes go by without treatment, serious, long-term organ damage begins.
The only way to stop ventricular fibrillation is by applying an electrical shock to the heart using a defibrillator.

(A defribillator is An apparatus used to control heart fibrillation by application of an electric current to the chest wall or heart)

Basically, your heart is a pump powered by electrical signals. If those signals become disturbed, the ventricles may begin to vibrate or flutter in an irregular manner. This is called "fibrillation." As a result, the ventricles are not able to pump the blood through the blood vessels. When the heart stops pumping, blood no longer flows through your body. When oxygen-rich blood stops nourishing your brain, you lose consciousness. If "de-fibrillation" does not occur immediately, you die.
In fact, for every minute that passes without your heart receiving an electrical shock from a defibrillator, your chances for survival decline by 10%. After 10 minutes, your chances for survival are less than 1%.
Note that while it is possible for one to experience a Sudden Cardiac Arrest without any underlying heart disease, this is highly unusual and pretty much confined to people engaged in recreational drug use or to those who suffer a severe trauma. And by severe trauma, we mean like maybe your kid out playing soccer or baseball or basketball or tennis (get the picture?) takes a hit in the chest.
Usually a Sudden Cardiac Arrest occurs in an individual with some form of previous heart disease, such as previous heart attack (resulting in heart damage), coronary artery disease or artheroschlerosis. (Culled from www.dontdropdead.com)

How do I prevent it?

You have probably heard all these before:
  • Eat 'heart-healthy'
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Exercise..exercise..exercise..regularly
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Lose weight if you are overweight
  • Quit smoking if you are a smoker
  • Manage stress effectively
  • Relieve depression
  • Avoid or control diabetes
  • Know your family's medical history
If your diet is high in saturated fats and oils, you're a Sudden Cardiac Arrest waiting to happen. A diet rich in those fats and oils increase the chances of developing coronary heart disease, and obesity all contributing factors to a myriad of heart-health concerns.

Exercise is really very amazing. Not only can it help prevent heart disease, it can also improve the quality of life for those already suffering from heart disease. It can help you lose weight. It can give you more energy. It can help you sleep better at night. It can lower your blood pressure; and amazingly, it's free. 

Having high blood pressure and making no attempt to reduce it is like begging for a Cardiac Arrest. If you have high blood pressure (i.e., hypertension) you should be working with your doctor to devise a plan to lower it. This may include changes to your diet, lifestyle, exercise routine or even medications.

Lose weight. This is arguably easier said than done, but if you can think it, then you can do it.
Take control of your diet, limit your fat intake and exercise more.

The average smoker dies nearly 7 years before a non-smoker. If that's not enough to make you quit smoking (or not start), then how about this:  Smoking is a major cause of coronary artery disease, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and Sudden Cardiac Death. 
Save the money you would normally spend on tobacco, and you may be able to go on a much needed vacation to relieve stress!
Everybody lives and tries to cope with stress. But when stress causes us to overeat or smoke or cut down on exercise, the result is always catastrophic. Stress can cause blood pressure to rise and chronic stress can cause that elevated blood pressure to become permanent.

Like heart disease, diabetes is known as a "silent killer." Diabetics are more likely to develop heart-related diseases. If you don't already have diabetes, work to ensure that your lifestyle doesn't invite it. If you already have diabetes, work with your doctor to reduce your exposure to the onset of heart disease.

Finally, know your family's health history as much as you can trace it. If heart disease runs in your family, then no matter how well you care for yourself, you are more likely to develop some form of heart disease than is a person whose family has no such history. Armed with this knowledge, you can take aggressive steps to avoid a lifestyle that invites heart disease. You may not be able to prevent it, but you should be able to delay it or reduce its seriousness.

There, that's it.
Your health is in your own hands, be responsible, live resposibly, and take proactive actions to forestall this menace.

Additional resources from 'dontdropdead.com'

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Livorno midfielder Morosini dies during Serie B game after collapsing on the pitch

Livorno midfielder Morosini dies during Match

This is just too sad.. Just last month Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch at Tottenham's White Hart Lane, luckily he survived, unfortunately Morosini did not.
 
Former Italy Under 21 and Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini has died in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest during his team's Serie B match at Pescara.
The 25-year-old collapsed in the 31st minute and received treatment on the pitch - reportedly including a heart massage in a bid to resuscitate him - before being rushed to hospital. The match was abandoned and the players left the field in tears.
Lega Serie B then confirmed on their website: 'Tragedy on the field. After suffering a cardiac arrest during the match between Pescara and Livorno, Piermario Morosini has died.
Scare: Piermario Morosini collapsed during Livorno's game with Pescara
Scare: Piermario Morosini collapsed during Livorno's game with Pescara

'The 25-year-old player, who came through the youth ranks with Atalanta, arrived at Livorno from Udinese in January and played nine times for the Amaranto.'

All matches in Italy this weekend have been called off as a result.

The Lega Serie A said in a statement on their website: 'The football world mourns the tragedy that occurred this afternoon in Pescara, where during the game between the hosts and Livorno, the player Piermario Morosini slumped to the ground suffering from a heart attack.

'Transported to the hospital, the young midfielder was put into an induced coma, but died at around 1700. The FIGC has suspended, in memory of Piermario, all games scheduled over the weekend.'

The ambulance came onto the field in Pescara to take Morosini away, with both sets of players standing by in distress.

The tragedy comes four weeks after Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest during his team's FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham.


The former England Under 21 international was given extensive treatment on the field before being carried off on a stretcher and rushed to the London Chest Hospital.

It took 78 minutes for Muamba's heart to start working on its own again, but he has made incredible progress since.

The Muamba incident invoked memories for many of Cameroon international Marc-Vivien Foe, who collapsed during a Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia in 2003 and died in hospital.

There have been two similar tragedies with players suffering heart attacks on the pitch in Spain in recent years - Sevilla's Antonio Puerta in 2007 and Espanyol's Dani Jarque in 2009 - while Motherwell's Phil O'Donnell died after suffering a cardiac arrest against Dundee United in 2007.

Roberto Baronio, a former team-mate of Morosini at Udinese, expressed his disbelief to Italy's Sky Sport 24 at the death of his friend.


Treatment: Medics attended to Morosini on the pitch for several minutes
Treatment: Medics attended to Morosini on the pitch for several minutes

'He was such a very unfortunate person,' he said. 'A few years ago, he lost his parents and his brother in such a short space of time. I got to know him when I was at Udinese and there are no words to describe such a chilling feeling. It is absurd - he was just 25 years old.

'When I was at Udinese, he was just coming through the youth ranks and he made his debut that year against AC Milan. You could see he was a hot prospect.'

Baronio believes that, given the number of tests professional footballers are subjected to, the tragedy could not have been avoided.

'I think it is just destiny,' he said. 'It is not down to the lack of (health) checks because we have so many check-ups and tests nowadays.

'It could happen to anybody. What surprises me is that it happens to a professional footballer. Last year, we had the number of tests increased - every two months we have them.

'How can this happen? Like (Fabrice) Muamba. We cannot understand why. It is destiny which has taken him away.'


Baronio also welcomed the decision by the Italian Football Association (FIGC) to postpone all the remaining games scheduled for this weekend.

'Piermario has played in many different clubs and I think there are lots of his former team-mates who are in mourning,' he said.

'I played in Udine with him and I think there is no chance people can play tomorrow serenely. It would not be right to play and would have seriously affected many players.'

Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo was understandably shocked and saddened by the news, and said his club's players would have been in no fit state of mind to contest the scheduled Serie A game against Inter Milan.

Speaking at a press conference in Udine, he said: 'It is one of the saddest days in my career in football. I cannot remember a tragedy like this in my 26 years in the game.








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Friday, 13 April 2012

A short Story to kickstart the weekend -Chaotic Bliss

CHAOTIC BLISS
By Olaleye Abiola

Ada tenderly patted her bump for reassurance for the umpteenth time.

"Let the poor guy rest, darling", Dave her husband said as his eyes caught the gesture.

They were on their way to the clinic as Ada could not sleep all night with complaints of body ache and general restlessness; she was only 37weeks along. Dave had to call the office to reschedule all appointments so he could accompany his wife to the hospital.

A little over 4 years ago, they met during the 'camp fire night' at Owerri.They belonged to different platoons but fate in the person of Tope, Ada's mischievous platoon leader had thrown them together. She would later find out Tope was Ada's buddy from Lautech.

"Hello angel, can I join you?" She had just taken part in her Platoon's amateurish attempt to inject a bit of nollywood into the activities of the night and was trying to catch her breath after the rigorous dancing exercise.

Not that he needed permission anyway as he dropped on the log beside her before she could open her mouth to decline as she was in no mood for his or any guy's antics for that matter. He wasted no time in chatting her up and putting her at ease, she soon cracked up under his adept skills showing he was not a novice in the game.

A year later, he came to Lagos to take up an appointment with one of the leading ICT companies at Ikeja. He reestablished contact with her and a couple of visits and dates later, they were totally hooked onto each other.

Fast forwarded to the present.

Dave took a break from humming to the Lionel Richie music wafting from the CD player and took a moment to gaze at his wife swiftly, tenderly patting her huge tummy with his left hand while keeping the right one on the steering wheel.

They had only been married for two years.

In that brief moment memories of their memorable honeymoon in Accra flashed across his mind.

"I took the best decision of my life, I have been blessed immensely", he mused to himself.

So lost was he in his reverie that he did not hear Ada shout "watch out" a split moment before the damfo rammed into their car from the left side.

Sounds of screeching and screaming blended with the pungent odour of clutches and tyres grazing the tarmac.

"Jeez, what just happened here?" Instantly, bystanders waiting some moments back to board vehicles to their various destinations were already gathered round the two vehicles in the usual Lagos fashion.

"Ada, you're okay? "
"Please talk to me, angel...angel..."
Ada was numb with shock, holding to her tummy and side, blood trickled from a small cut on her temple where bits of the side mirror the 'damfo' shattered had hit.

The damfo driver who was at fault was forgotten in an instant, thoughts of how to get her to the nearest hospital was uppermost in his mind.

"Madam, you dey okay so?"
"Oga, make we help you carry iyabeji?"

"Please get out of here..gerrout..move this junk out of my way, need to get to the hospital fast"

"Oga, sorry o"
"These damfo drivers always drive too dangerously"

A couple of minutes later, they were on Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, straight into the Eko hospital he drove.
Thank goodness the hospital was on his HMO list.

Ada still wasn't talking. As Dave carried her, holding her close - sniffing the scent of the hair cream she hurriedly applied to her hair earlier in the morning - on the short walk to the OPD, he felt moistness on his palms, spreading steadily across their bodies' contact area.
As he gently transferred her to the wheel chair with the aid of a nurse, he saw her trouser had turned crimson.

Her 'water' or amniotic sac had broken!

By now, Ann was moaning gently.

"Emergency..."




"Dave, my tummy...my back..my legs"

Her cut tended to, she was swiftly transferred to the maternity ward;  a quick check by the hippy doctor they met some minutes earlier established labour has started in earnest.

"Thank goodness, I heeded the instinct to throw in the baby's bag in the booth"

The long but short wait began. Nothing else mattered than the deep agonizing shards of pain, starting from the base of Ada's tummy, to her spines spreading through every nerve.


"Angel, breath through it please, you can do it...together, we can do it...think..very soon our boy would be in our arms...we are together in this...I'm here for you baby" Dave babbled on trying to mask his fear, reassuring himself more than Ada, he's a man after all.


Through the pacing, screaming when the waves of pain peaked & scratching, he stood firm, holding her trembling body.

"I can't bear this anymore, epi..epidu...epidural..." she screamed in pain.


"The Doctor said you are just 4cm dilated, let me get the matron to check again...hold on darling, be back in a jiffy"

An eternity later, he practically dragged the matron in.

She had to bear the pain..again..she could not even decide which was more painful -the waves of contraction or the matron invading her private domain, again trying to check how far dilated she was.


Thankfully, the burly matron decided she was ready to be moved to the delivery room.


"Remember to breath deeply, conserve your energy for the real action"..from the matron.
"Now push only when I instruct you to"
"Ready?"

"Not good enough, now, ready, with all your strenght, push hard like your life depends on it"
"Angel, you can do it..yes..you can"
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....grrrrrrrrrrrr....
"Oh Goooooooooooooddddddddddddddddd....

"yes, yes, yes, there is the head, yes, push the shoulders out...

Out popped the baby.

A wave of calmness and accomplishment pervaded Ada's whole being, like a wave of fresh, cool air after hours in the scorching sun.

'Thank you Lord..my baby.."


"Now, the afterbirth, madam...your baby is being cleaned up and will be handed to you in a moment"

More pushing and heaving, the placenta came out.

"Your baby, madam, congratulations"

"Dave..Dave...come see our baby boy, isnt he the most beautiful baby in the world? And what in the world are you doing in that green gown?"

Dave collapsed beside her out of exhaustion and blissful relief.


TGIF.







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Man's Inhumanity to (Wo)Man

'He's robbed me of one of the most precious things in life': Tears of mother blinded by boyfriend who GOUGED her eyes out

  • Tina Nash was subjected to 'sickening' 12-hour assault while her two children were in home
  • She was also left her with broken nose and jaw in an attack described as 'the most harrowing' police had seen
  • She had suffered abuse at Shane Jenkin's hands before but had helped him get out of jail
  • The 32-year-old said the worst thing was not being able to see her children


A mother whose eyes were gouged out by her partner said today he had 'robbed me of one of the most precious things in life'.
Shane Jenkin, 33, subjected 32-year-old mother-of-two Tina Nash to a sickening 12-hour attack at her home in Hayle, Cornwall, leaving the attractive blonde completely blind.
Surgeons removed one eye and could not save her sight in the other, after Ms Nash was suffocated and had her jaw and nose broken during the 'vicious' assault, Truro Crown Court heard.
Tina after the attack
Tina Nash before the attack
Devastated: Tina Nash, pictured left speaking out today, and right before the attack, said she missed 'the things people take for granted' like seeing the sea and sky
She faced the cameras for the first time today since the vile attack, after attending a hearing last year hiding behind large, dark sunglasses.
In a statement released after Jenkin admitted GBH with intent in court this morning, Ms Nash said she was glad he had 'at least taken responsibility for changing my life forever'.

She said: 'I truly feel that, when he was strangling me, he was trying to murder me.
'He has taken everything from me and robbed me of one of the most precious things in life - my sight.
'I miss the things which people take for granted the most such as seeing the sky and the sea.'
Powerfully-built Jenkin, of Hayle, Cornwall, was originally charged with attempted murder but admitted GBH at the court today. He will be sentenced next month with two psychiatrists present.
Outside court, Inspector Chris Strickland of Devon and Cornwall Police, said it was the most 'harrowing' case he had been involved in.
Vile: Shane Jenkin, 33, assaulted his girlfriend in a 'premeditated and vicious attack'
Vile: Shane Jenkin, 33, assaulted his girlfriend in a 'premeditated and vicious attack'

Ms Nash, who had bravely faced Jenkin in court at a previous hearing, added that she had been left feeling 'buried alive, claustrophobic and not in control of my life' by the assault.
Her sons, who were aged 13 and three at the time, were in the house on the night of her violent ordeal.
Ms Nash said that what she misses the most is seeing their faces, adding that, were it not for them, she would 'rather not be here like this.'
Abusive Jenkin had been violent towards her before, but she had stood by him and even helped him to get out of jail.
She said she hoped he was not 'buzzing' at the thought that he was last person she ever saw and admitted to wondering if he was 'bragging' about it.
The scarred woman warned other victims of domestic violence to 'get out before it was too late', saying she had thought she could change her partner, but that he had only got worse.
'I actually look forward to going to sleep because in my dreams I have sight. It's when I wake up that the truth hits home,' she said.
'Some days I just don't want to get up but I'm determined to provide a future for my children and this is my motivation.'
Sobbing as she spoke out in an interview with the BBC, Ms Nash said: 'I feel like a ghost. i can hear everyone around me, but I can't even see my own hand in front of my face.'
The 32-year-old confessed that her confidence had gone as she has no idea what she looks like following the loss of her eyes.
'This isn't me,' she added. 'I miss the world, I just miss everything.'
She said that Jenkin had shouted at her that the attack was her own fault as she lay bleeding on the floor of her home.
Despite losing her sight in both eyes, she will need further surgery to try and repair her damaged eye socket, after weeks spent in hospital at the time.
Ms Nash was discharged from hospital shortly before her 31st birthday last year and began re-learning how to DJ without her sight.
Relatives of Ms Nash said they were 'shocked' at what had happened to the 'friendly' and 'outgoing' young woman.
Suffering: Ms Nash is led into Truro Crown Court by a police officer last year, her damaged eyes covered by sunglasses
Suffering: Ms Nash is led into Truro Crown Court by a police officer last year, her damaged eyes covered by sunglasses




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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

New Born Baby Found alive in morgue after 12hrs!!

Mother finds 'stillborn' baby ALIVE in morgue 12 hours after she was pronounced dead

A 'stillborn' baby was found alive in a drawer in a hospital morgue by her distressed mother 12 hours after the girl was declared dead, it emerged today.
Analia Bouter was 26 weeks pregnant when she gave birth to her fifth child prematurely at a hospital in Resistencia, in Argentina's northern Chaco province.
But after medical staff told her that the infant was born with no vital signs, her distraught parents went home with a death certificate.

Analía Bouter of Argentina said she fell to her knees when she discovered her 'stillborn' daughter alive in a morgue drawer
Twelve hours later, Mrs Bouter and her husband decided to go to see their baby's body, which was being kept in a refrigerated drawer at the Perrando hospital morgue.
She  told Argentina's Clarin newspaper: ‘That night, we went to the morgue. We wanted to take a photo of our daughter.
'But when a worker opened the drawer, we heard a cry and she was alive.’
She said she ‘stepped back and fell to my knees’ after she ‘saw her stretching,' the mother added.
‘My baby was born at 10.24am and at 11.05am was already in the drawer. She spent 12 hours in the freezing cold of that morgue. I saw for myself the ice on her body.’
Mrs Bouter said that her pregnancy was normal until she suddenly went into early labour on April 3.

Miracle: The infant born about three months premature (file photo) was found alive and well though extremely cold after laying in the morgue's freezer for 12 hours
Miracle: The infant born about three months premature (file photo) was found alive and well though extremely cold after laying in the morgue's freezer for 12 hours

She said: ‘At first the doctors said that she was born dead, then said she had died shortly after birth because she was too small to survive.
‘I don't know who is to blame, and I'm not thinking about it at this moment. The joy of knowing she's alive is covering every other feeling. I'm a Christian, and I believe this was a miracle of God.’
And she said that her daughter is ‘getting stronger by the minute’.
The parents, who were going to call their daughter Luciana Abigail, said she will now be baptised Luz Milagros, which means Light Miracles.
Meanwhile, the Perrando hospital has suspended the medical staff involved in the birth while they conduct an investigation.
The hospital's director Jose Luis Meirino said: ‘At the moment we have no explanation.
'The baby was attended to by obstetricians, gynaecologists and a neonatologist. They all reached the same conclusion, that this girl was stillborn.’
He said that hypothermia may have caused the baby to go into a type of hibernation, causing her vital signs to vanish completely.

A truly amazing story in the midst of all the doom and gloom.

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Internet Mobbing / Bullying

Just read about the Model -Claudia Boerner who was found dead in her apartment. She just appeared on a TV show, German Come Dine With Me last month. She consequently reportedly suffered abuses and negative feedback after appearing on the show with many criticizing her looks and motives. 

 It is really sad that in this day and age people are so cowardly, hiding behind their laptops or systems to attack strangers they completely know nothing about, spewing negative comments.

This brings the issue of control to the fore. Should'nt there be a sort of regulatory body actively monitoring comments posted online and stuffs like that? While there is freedom of speech and expression, care should be taken to curtail abuse as is rife today. 

If the rate of death occassioned by internet bullying is on the rise daily, then drastic measures should be taken to restore some level of sanity to the system.

Of course, people should learn to stand up for themselves, develop thick skin to negative feedback, the 'delete' option is on most of the social networking sites for a reason. If you do not like any user's comment, just delete or block them. 

Simple or maybe it is not so simple.

I rather think it is sad for people to be made to feel so low, to be driven to the point of taking their own lives. 

Maybe beyond putting control measures in place, the solution is in seeking and finding strength within.

Remember, nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.

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Three –month old baby, five others abducted in Delta

Three –month old baby, five others abducted in Delta



Six members of a family, including a three-month-old baby were at the weekend kidnapped by armed men in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.
It was gathered that the victims were abducted while leaving their home located around Oru Standard Hotel, Jakpa Road, on Saturday afternoon, in a Honda CRV Sport Utility Vehicle.
The three children (aged two, four and 14 years) were later abandoned in a nearby bush in Ughelli area of the state.
The release reportedly followed persistent wailing by the two-year-old.
The whereabouts of the three month-old baby, her mother and another victim, said to be related to the family, remained unknown at the time of this report on Monday afternoon.
However, our correspondent gathered that the fate of the victims assumed a dramatic twist on Sunday after members of the family reported the incident at the Ekpan Police Station, much to the anger of the kidnappers, who had earlier warned them against going to the police.
“Immediately the matter was reported at the police station they called to tell us (family members) that we have gone to the station, the station, how many persons went to the station and what transpired there.
“Thereafter they refused to negotiate with the family and even upped the ransom from N5million to N11million. What is surprising to us now is how the kidnappers knew everything that transpired at the police station,” a source close to the family wondered.
Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Charles Muka, who was contacted, said he was yet to get details on the issue.
Culled: The Nation

Will this ever stop?


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Salon Vibes

Yes, I was at the salon yesterday to..you know..in readiness for the new week.

And what is so spectacular about that, you may want to ask, abeg, let me land first. So where was I? Okay, I was at the salon and as I was sitting and trying to arrange myself and legs to prevent passersby from seeing..you know...while enduring the head pushing and pulling that normally accompany such 'endeavors' without wincing, I could not but listen to the conversation between the 'manageress' and her friend that came visiting.
They apparently just lost somebody dear to them, a woman in her early forties. While any death (human or animals) at all is sad, be it of the elderly or youth -we all have people to whom we are very dear, people to whom we are everything- this was especially painful to them because the kids are still young and she has 'suffered', etc
According to them, she stuck with the husband through thick and thin, when they lived in 'face me I face you', not being able to afford 3 triangular abi square meals, etc. Even then, claims of the husband harsh treatment of the wife were rife and then the husband's breakthrough came and they were liberated from suffering and joined the big league or high flyers.

To compensate the wife for her patience and endurance, the husband built and 'handed' her a 'duplex' which was greatly celebrated few months (I think I heard 2 mths) before her demise...and took a new wife! And then the wife's ailment started eventually culminating in her death sometimes last week.


Cause of death (medical): Cancer of...(didnt get that)
Cause of death (spiritual):   'Ofa Aye'  (how do I translate this?..ok, death caused by 'wicked forces')

Of course the proponents of the second cause pointed to one source..(I leave you to fill in the gap)
While not disputing the fact that wickedness in the high places truly exist, we must be careful not to attribute every bad occurences to 'them'. Steadfast prayers do work (I can attest to that) but giving Chloroquin to treat an ailment that requires antibiotics might not bring out the desired effect. While I do not have the full facts and as the discussants later moved out of hearing range, maybe if proper medical attention was combined with prayers, maybe, she would still be alive. I don't want to delve into the issue of second wives and beastly husbands, etc.

May her soul RIP and may her kids be divinely taken care of.

To the living, appreciate life and make the most of it.

(By this time, I was almost done, thankfully and couldn't wait to get out of the place)










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Monday, 9 April 2012

Salon Vibes

Yes, I was at the salon yesterday to..you know..in readiness for the new week.

Nothing spectacular about that, you might want to add, abeg make I land.

So as I was sitting down and trying to properly arrange myself in order not to show people around a glimpse of the 'inner haven' while also trying hard to endure the head pulling and pushing without wincing; I could not but listen to the conversation between the 'manageress' and her friend who came visiting.

They apparently just lost someone dear to them, a woman in her early forties. While death is always painful..be it of a loved one or animal, the aged or youth, it is always very painful. We all have people to whom we are the world, people to whom we are everything.

This particular death was very painful because according to them, the kids were still young and she had 'suffered' (together with the husband). Before the husband's 'breakthrough' came, they lived in 'face me I face you' apartments, sometimes finding it difficult to afford 3 triangular or square meals, etc coupled with claims of the husband's harsh treatment of the woman even in their squalor.

Finally, the silver lining appeared and they said goodbye to suffering. In no time, the husband built and handed over a duplex to the wife in compensation for her patience and endurance and...took a new wife!
And then the first wife's ailment started culminating in her demise sometimes last week.

Cause of death (medical): Cancer of ..(didn't get that)
Cause of death (spiritual)  'Ofa Aye' ..(how do I translate this? Ok, death caused by spiritual wickedness)

Though I do not have the full facts as the discussants have moved out of hearing range, the proponents of the second cause however pointed to one source..(I leave you to fill in the gap)
While not disputing the fact that spiritual wickedness truly do exist, fervent prayer / divine intervention do go a long way in helping combat that. However, there are instances where giving chloroquin to treat acute infection rather than antibiotics may not achieve the desired effects. Maybe divine cum excellent medical intervention would have saved her, maybe..I don't want to delve into the issue of second wives or the husband's bestiality.

May her soul RIP.
May her kids be 'divinely' taken care of.

And to the living, appreciate life and health, make the most of it.

(By this time, I was almost done, thankfully and getting ready to get out of the place)





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Easter tragedy: Blast kills 40, injures others in Kaduna (Very sad)

Some or all of us may have read and heard about this, nonetheless, it still doesnt detract from the gravity of it; from the pain and sorrow permeating the atmosphere of the affected homes.

The 'massive' bomb blast left several people dead and many injured, these are people just ;like you and I; people with dreams, hope and ambition. People who woke up and left their abodes to fend for themselves on a day when they should probably be in their houses, relaxing with their families, etc. This much could be gathered from the report as most of those affected are 'okada' riders going about their businesses.

I read in the dailies on Saturday that the Army uncovered a plot by boko haram to bomb Kaduna; also gathered that the United Kingdom and United States issued warnings to their citizens to stay away from Borno, Niger, Kano, Sokoto, Kaduna and Yobe State. Also read that the Presidency issued a statement that there was no cause for alarm and people should go about their businesses and discountenance the alarm cum report!

It beggars the question of the relevance of the (spineless) Government in place.  What exactly are the people in authority doing about this? Afterall the resources are available to combat this, maybe what 'they' lack is the intellectual ability to effectively employ the resources in resolving this. Methink this might be deep rooted in fear, afterall they are also human and these days, the fear of boko haram is the beginning of wisdom.

My heart bleeds for my dear country. A people living on the river bank yet washing her hands with spittle.

How sad.

But, is this ever going to stop? Are we all just going to continue folding our arms, shaking our heads and writhing our bodies in consternation while a fragment, a tiny one at that destroy what has taken over 5 decades to build?
Do we continue to perpetually dwell in danger and fear? 

When are going to be free?

May those that lost their lives RIP;
To those that are still writhing in pain, may the healing balm of Gilead come upon you IJN. 
To our Government, may you receive the courage to do what needs to be done in protecting those that are entrusted into your care.









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Little boy's brain tumour discovered after routine eye check-up | Mail Online

Little boy's brain tumour discovered after routine eye check-up

A mother in the UK revealed how a life threatening brain tumor was detected following a routine check-up.


The little boy was scheduled to see a specialist about a rare condition - heterochromia (got to look this up) and the large mass at the back of his head was spotted. This condition reportedly causes both eyes to be different colors. An emergency nine - hour surgery saved the young guy.


People, if things don't seem right, something might be wrong, so don't brush or shrug off even the smallest sign, get it checked and who knows...



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Sunday, 8 April 2012

Thank God It's Sunday?

Just came up with a parallel one to tgif..lol

Seriously, does anyone ever feel this way? Have you ever, in all honesty, said thank God it's Sunday?

I for one (always) dread Sundays. Now do not get me wrong, Sunday is holy and we keep it free to serve and worship and relax in preparation for Monday.
But...if you ever have to get up 3.30am, Monday to Friday, doing chores, getting kids ready, doing the school run, facing work, etc etc..then you would understand my drift.

Well I suppose we can still say thank God for Sunday as it represent the last 'resting' day of the week, and ain't we supposed to be refreshed after the activities of saturday?

One special blessing of this particular Sunday though..its Easter Sunday and we get to add Monday to our 'weekend'..

So thank God it's Sunday. (And thank God for the gift of life)

Enjoy your day, folks.

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Happy Easter, and welcome (to my blog)

In the Spirit of Easter

I have thought hard of what should be my introductory message to debut this page and what better idea than to write about Love!

While not trying to be overly religious, today being Easter Sunday when the Lord Jesus Christ arose from the dead, broke free and made a mockery of the evil forces, triumphing over them some 2000+ years ago brings to mind the essence of it all.

Why would anyone want to go through so much pain for some people you do not know, some yet unborn..already prempting them knowing the human nature - strong yet so weak.
Why would anyone stand the torture and anguish of nails being driven, hammered into his / her flesh, tearing through tendons and ligaments..(I can almost hear the sound of the hammer accompanied by screams in my mind) just for some strangers -some unworthy and unfriendly!
Why would anyone bear the burden of several millions of unique specie ever created; hanging on a tree, suspended in space by nails harshly driven through the palms and feet for 3days, nothing to eat or drink (now, that would be the least of my worries in the same situation)

Deep and unfathomable as that is, the underlying message is of a love so great, unexplainable so much it transcends all human / inhuman understanding; so pure transcending race or age or color;
It is of mercy so great, of grace so undeserved.

And it is a reminder of the service we owe Him, to spread the message and the love.

Happy Easter, everyone.

PS.
I am a thirty-something year old woman (or lady, if you please) with a mission, to make an impact in my generation, starting with my space.
Many would go..oh..another one just jumped on the blogging bandwagon, well we are all entitled to our opinion; however, please follow up and see how much steam I have got within in the coming days.

Thank you all, and I love you.

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