Ex-NFL cheerleader diagnoses own rare condition after symptoms dismissed

A former NFL cheerleader is urging others to be vigilant about their health after she claims her chest pain and shortness of breath were repeatedly dismissed as anxiety. Danielle Goldsmith, who spent her fall Sundays cheering on the St. Louis Rams, suffered through three months of painful symptoms before coming up with her own diagnosis, Fox … Continue reading “Ex-NFL cheerleader diagnoses own rare condition after symptoms dismissed”

A former NFL cheerleader is urging others to be vigilant about their health after she claims her chest pain and shortness of breath were repeatedly dismissed as anxiety. Danielle Goldsmith, who spent her fall Sundays cheering on the St. Louis Rams, suffered through three months of painful symptoms before coming up with her own diagnosis, Fox 2 Now St. Louis reported.

“When medical professionals are saying I was crazy, and had anxiety and panic attacks and not to worry about it, and in my mind when you’re told that by medical professionals, you start thinking, ‘Am I crazy?’” she told the news outlet.

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She researched her symptoms and discovered pectus excavatum, which according to the Mayo Clinic is a condition typically noticeable after birth, but can worsen into adulthood and causes a sunken breastbone that can look as if the chest has been scooped out. It’s more common in boys than girls, but severe cases can interfere with the heart and lungs.

In October, Goldsmith was examined at Barnes Jewish St. Louis, and an EKG reportedly revealed that she was “losing 60 percent of my blood flow.”

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She then flew to Phoenix and underwent a corrective surgery to lift her breastbone off her heart and lungs. She has since recovered and is now encouraging patients who are struggling to find a diagnosis through her YouTube channel.

“If medical professionals don’t know enough about your health, you do your own research,” she said.

Surgeons separate 3-day-old conjoined twins in 5-hour operation

Surgeons in India posed for a celebratory selfie after successfully separating 3-day-old conjoined twins in a painstaking operation.

The baby girls – which are yet to be named – had a combined weight of just 7lbs and were joined at the tummy.

Doctors said the pair's parents were anxious about separating them – but thankfully doctors managed to convince them it was for the best.

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A five-hour op saw the medics anesthetize them both at the exact same time, before separating their breastbones and livers.

The surgeons at S S Hospital in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India, performed the procedure for free because the parents were not able to pay.

The girls, pictured before the surgery, were only 3 days old at the time of the operation. (SWNS)

The medics took a photo with the two babies on the operating table to celebrate the op which was tricky due to their tiny blood supply.

"It was one of the rarest operations our hospital does," Dr. Vaibhav Pandey, assistant professor of pediatric surgery, said. "I am very happy that both survived in spite of the long operation and the children being weak. It was a challenging task."

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The operation took place on Dec. 6 and was performed by a team of five surgeons, ten doctors, and 15 nurses.

They are set to be discharged later this week and will be named in a traditional ritual at home. (SWNS)

The babies, who were dehydrated before the operation, are due to be discharged from hospital later this week and are doing well, the hospital said.

They will be named during traditional rituals performed when they get home, it was said.

Formerly conjoined twins head home after 7 surgeries

Twin sisters headed are home this weekend for the first time in separate car seats, seven months after they were born joined at the belly, with their liver and intestines fused together. Jesi and Remi Pitre, of Apopka, Fla., have undergone seven surgeries at Gainesville’s UF Shands Children’s Hospital since their birth.

“I’m terribly excited to have them home,” Andre Pitre, the girls’ father, told Fox 35 Orlando.

Pitre and his wife, Angi, both 34, discovered the girls were conjoined early into the pregnancy, but doctors couldn’t fully determine the complexity of their case until after their birth.

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“You don’t hear about the cases where the babies didn’t make it,” Pitre told the news outlet. “You don’t hear about the 50 percent of cases that don’t even make it to term.”

But Angi went into labor on Mother’s Day, and the girls were born with their arms wrapped around each other. Angi stayed in an apartment in Gainesville to be near the girls, while Pitre drove back and forth for work and to care for the couple’s two other children. A GoFundMe page was started to help cover expenses.

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While they face another surgery next year, their parents are thankful for the progress they’ve made so far.

“They’re the polar opposite,” Pitre told the Orlando Sentinel. “Jesi will be our philosopher and Remi will be our Hannah Montana wannabe.”

Domestic assault survivor who underwent face transplant loses sight 11 years after lye attack

A New Hampshire woman who survived a horrifying domestic assault 11 years ago and underwent a face transplant in 2013 says she has lost her sight after contracting an infection.

Carmen Tarleton, whose ex-husband attacked her with lye in her Vermont home, suffered chemical burns in over 90 percent of her body and has been through over 60 surgeries since.

The attack initially robbed the then-39-year-old her of her sight, but in 2009 she received a synthetic cornea transplant that partially restored it, WCAX reported. Last month, however, she contracted an infection made her blind again.

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According to WCAX, it will be up to six months before doctors can determine whether the infection will heal on its own, or if another implant is possible due to the immunosuppressant drugs she is on for her face transplant.

“Being completely blind, I need new software, I need new things, I need job training,” she told WCAX.

A GoFundMe page has been started to help her cover additional expenses due to her vision loss. The post said the funds will be used to help transport her from Manchester to Boston once a week, cover caregiver costs, and purchase medical supplies.

“I have always just been so blessed and so grateful for all the help I have received and I have received a lot over the years,” she told the news outlet. “It really does fuel me and fund me to keep moving forward.”

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Tarleton’s assailant, Herbert Rodgers, is serving a 30- to-70-year sentence for the 2007 attack and died in a Pennsylvania state prison in December 2017.

In the years prior to his death, Tarleton said that she forgave him for the attack.

“I have moved on so well and in so many ways,” she previously told news outlets. “I feel like, for me, it ends a big chapter in my life.”

Surgeons remove massive cancerous tumor from man’s jaw

A dad-of-four who hid his face from the world for 10 years has embarked on a new life after having an enormous 5.3kg (approx. 11.6 pounds) tumor removed from his face.

Majeed N, 45, from India, underwent a painstaking 12-hour facelift surgery to have the cancerous lump cut out.

His lower jaw was reconstructed to completely change his appearance using a bone taken from his leg.

For the past decade, Majid has barely left his house in the city of Palakkad because he was ashamed of his facial deformity.

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The tumor, known as a chondroblastic osteosarcoma and measuring 8-inches by 6-inches, also made it difficult for Majeed to swallow and speak.

“Due to the huge deformity on my face, my whole life had collapsed," he said. "I began staying indoors as people made fun of me. It is a huge relief to get the tumor off my face – it is almost like a second birth.”

The complicated surgery was carried out by 12 surgeons at Amrita Hospital in Kochi over the course of a number of hours.

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"Despite having several cycles of chemotherapy, the swelling on Majeed's face continued to enlarge, making his life unbearable," Dr. Subramania Iyer, who oversaw the surgery, said. “The huge mass was leading to grave complications. If the condition had persisted, Majeed would have found it impossible to use his mouth."

"The removal of the tumor, as well as reconstruction of the lower jaw, was a great challenge," Iyer said.

Iyer said that Majeed is recovering well following the successful surgery.

Baby who had spine surgery in womb thriving after birth

A baby who had pioneering surgery on her spine while in the womb has been born completely healthy.

Georgia Axford, 19, and Tyler Kelly, 21, discovered their daughter had spina bifida – a gap in the spine – during the 20-week scan.

The condition causes weakness or paralysis in the lower limbs, leaving patients dependent on supports or crutches, and in severe cases, patients may require a wheelchair.

Medics told the couple the only treatment available in the U.K. was surgery by a doctor who'd never performed the operation before, so they paid £9,000 (approx. $11,550) to have it done in Germany.

Piper-Kohl Kelly was born prematurely at 30 weeks and four days – and now shares a birthday and name with Prof. Thomas Kohl, the surgeon who carried out the operation.

The first-time parents took out a loan to cover the costs and flew to Germany for the procedure. (SWNS)

They won't know for certain whether the operation has been a complete success until she starts to walk – but so far doctors can't see any signs of a problem.

Proud mom Axford, from Yate, South Gloucestershire, said: "She was covered in wires when she was first born but it was just the best feeling to see her. She was just so tiny."

“You could really see the mark on her spine when she was first born," Axford said. "It really makes you think how incredible the procedure was."

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“I just absolutely love being a mum," she said. “We named Piper after the surgeon as a thank you for all he has done. I would honestly recommend the surgery to anyone who is a similar boat to us. It was a bit scary at the time and was a lot of money but it was absolutely worth it. I’m just so happy she’s here."

In a race against time, the couple took out a loan and traveled 570 miles to Germany for the intricate operation, which has to be carried out before 26 weeks.

The three-hour operation saw surgeons insert a "fetoscope" – a small telescope with a camera and light and two instruments – through a hole in Axford's abdomen.

Surgeons attached a 3.5-cm collagen patch used to treat burns victims over Piper’s spine when she was just 2 pounds, 1 ounce.

Doctors won’t know how successful the surgery was until she begins walking, but so far they are pleased with the results. (SWNS)

The patch covered the exposed nerves and will repair cognitive and lower limb development, to stop the baby being paralyzed.

After the successful operation on June 13, the couple returned home where Axford was told to rest up until her due date on Oct. 2.

But on the day of their follow-up scan, six weeks later, Georgia went into an early labor.

She was rushed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol, where doctors performed an emergency c-section delivering Piper-Kohl born at 9:31 am, on July 28, weighing 3 pounds, 10 ounces.

Born nine weeks premature she spent the next two months in intensive care, before being allowed to go home.

In a touching nod to Kohl, the first-time parents named their daughter after the pioneering doctor.

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Axford, who was also born early, said: “I woke up about 11 p.m. and just thought it was a backache so went back to bed. But by 12:30 a.m. I was having full blown contractions. Tyler drove me to the hospital and he was great because he just remained really calm.

“It was weird because we had a scan that day and she was right up in my rib cage," she said. “Looking back on it she was probably getting herself ready to come out. I didn’t get to hold her until 5 p.m. that evening as the nurses said I needed to get some rest."

“We won’t know if the operation completely worked until she starts walking, but all looks good at the moment," Axford said. "In a couple of months, she'll be able to sit up by herself so that might help show if it worked."

"We were a bit anxious when Georgia went into labor but Piper was actually a lot bigger than we were anticipating," Kelly said. "When she was first born there was a little open red wound from the operation. It wasn’t until we took her home that we felt like proper parents."

“Beforehand we had all the nurses around us so we didn’t feel alone," he said.

Kelly called Kohl and "amazing bloke" and said they wanted to honor him.

“She was also born on his birthday so it all just fell into place," he said. "We're still in contact with him and keep him posted on Piper's progress. We’d love to take Piper to Germany so she could meet him.”

The couple has set up a fundraising page to help pay off the loan they took out for the op.

Man’s ‘beer belly’ was actually 77-pound tumor

A California man who for years heard friends tease him about his “beer belly” even though he didn’t drink is now more than a 100 pounds lighter after discovering over the summer that the extra weight was actually a massive cancerous tumor. Hector Hernandez, who sought help in July, knew something was wrong because, while his stomach continued to grow, his legs and arms were getting thinner, CBS Los Angeles reported.

His family urged him to seek help and, when he finally did, a CT scan revealed the massive tumor, later identified as a retroperitoneal liposarcoma, which is cancer that starts in the fat cells in the abdomen, according to a HSC news release.

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Hernandez's surgeon, William Tseng, a sarcoma expert and associate professor of clinical surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, said the 77-pound tumor was the largest he’s ever removed in his career.

Hernandez, pictured after the surgery, dropped more than 100 pounds in just one week. (Courtesy Hector Hernandez/HSC News)

“It’s standard in surgical oncology to take a cancerous mass out whole, but a large tumor will almost certainly be in contact with other important organs and sometimes major blood vessels,” Tseng said, in an HSC news announcement. “The question then becomes whether these also need to be removed.”

The surgery took six hours, and just one week later, Hernandez weighed over 100 pounds lighter.

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“It was very gratifying to see his before and after photos and see him back at the size he was four or five years ago,” Tseng said, in the news release. “To be able to take it out safely and see him enjoy a good quality of life after, that’s a big thing.”

Mom who survived internal decapitation makes ‘miracle’ recovery

It looked as if she had been sent to the guillotine.

That was the assessment of a doctor in Michigan after a mother of two was internally decapitated during an Aug. 16 car crash in Cedar Springs just outside her home, as her husband stood in the driveway awaiting her arrival, WOOD-TV reports.

“He was looking at my car when she hit me,” the crash victim, Lila DeLine, told the station.

DeLine’s mangled car landed in a nearby ditch and her husband, Ben, raced over to the scene, quickly securing his wife’s head as the other driver in the two-car wreck held a phone to the frantic husband’s ear so he could speak to police dispatchers.

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Dr. Charles Gibson, a trauma and acute care surgeon at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, said the man’s quick thinking likely saved his wife’s life.

“Just her getting here is nothing short of a miracle,” Gibson told the station. “Most people don’t even make it from the scene of the crash with this sort of injury.”

Internal decapitation — which results from extreme trauma to ligaments, muscles and joints connecting the skull to the spine, leading to the dislocation of the head from the spinal cord — is often fatal, and those who survive can have significant neurological impairments.

But the injury, which is often associated with high-speed motor vehicle accidents, is “potentially survivable” due to improved management of patients with traumatic injury, earlier diagnosis and more aggressive treatment, according to a 2015 study by the National Institutes of Health.

When DeLine first went into the hospital, she “couldn’t move anything,” Gibson said.

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“The best that she could do is blink to commands,” he said. “She couldn’t move. She couldn’t talk. She couldn’t do anything. She wasn’t even breathing on her own.”

DeLine miraculously recovered at the hospital and a rehab facility in the ensuing months. She credits her two daughters and the ongoing encouragement and support from doctors and nurses as the key to her improbable comeback.

“I thought that was going to be my life,” she told the station. “I thought that my life was going to be ventilators and diapers and not being able to communicate.”

But not only is DeLine back on her feet again, she has been able to resume homeschooling her children, something her surgeon never thought was possible just several months ago.

“It’s one of the most remarkable things that I’ve ever seen,” Gibson told WOOD-TV. “I was completely floored.”

DeLine still needs physical therapy twice a week, but she takes some solace in the macabre reality of her injury.

“There’s still times where I sit here now and go: ‘My head is screwed on, literally screwed on, and that’s the only thing keeping it on,’” she said.

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Man suffers third-degree burns after vape pen explodes in pocket

A Florida man underwent surgery Monday after his vape pen exploded in his pants causing second- and third-degree burns on his legs. The victim, who is being identified only as “Mike,” had just sat down in his office at Euro-Wall when the explosion occurred, Fox 13 Tampa Bay reported.

“There was smoke in the office. He had opened the door. He was in shock,” Brant Julius, a witness, told the news outlet. “You could see the chemical burns are a little different, and seeing it fresh like that, literally I could smell the difference between flesh burning.”

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Mike was airlifted to Blake Medical Center and while his co-workers don’t know what caused the device to explode, the state’s fire marshal’s office is investigating.

North Port Fire Chief Scott Titus said users should follow device guidelines and “make sure that it’s covered” so that it doesn’t come into contact with any metal.

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“He’s very lucky,” Julius told the news outlet. “He could have lost his hand. He could have had it up by his face. You’ve seen reports like that it would have been devastating for him and his family.”

It was not clear what type of device Mike had purchased.

Man’s ‘beer belly’ was actually 77-pound tumor

A California man who for years heard friends tease him about his “beer belly” even though he didn’t drink is now more than a 100 pounds lighter after discovering over the summer that the extra weight was actually a massive cancerous tumor. Hector Hernandez, who sought help in July, knew something was wrong because, while his stomach continued to grow, his legs and arms were getting thinner, CBS Los Angeles reported.

His family urged him to seek help and, when he finally did, a CT scan revealed the massive tumor, later identified as a retroperitoneal liposarcoma, which is cancer that starts in the fat cells in the abdomen, according to a HSC news release.

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Hernandez's surgeon, William Tseng, a sarcoma expert and associate professor of clinical surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, said the 77-pound tumor was the largest he’s ever removed in his career.

Hernandez, pictured after the surgery, dropped more than 100 pounds in just one week. (Courtesy Hector Hernandez/HSC News)

“It’s standard in surgical oncology to take a cancerous mass out whole, but a large tumor will almost certainly be in contact with other important organs and sometimes major blood vessels,” Tseng said, in an HSC news announcement. “The question then becomes whether these also need to be removed.”

The surgery took six hours, and just one week later, Hernandez weighed over 100 pounds lighter.

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“It was very gratifying to see his before and after photos and see him back at the size he was four or five years ago,” Tseng said, in the news release. “To be able to take it out safely and see him enjoy a good quality of life after, that’s a big thing.”