15-year-old performs surgery
DELHI - The 15-year-old son of two doctors performed a filmed Caesarean
section birth under his parents’ watch in southern India in an apparent
bid to gain a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest
Instead, the boy’s father could be stripped of his licenses and may face
criminal charges, officials said Thursday.
Dr. K. Murugesan showed a recording of his son performing a Caesarean
section to an Indian Medical Association chapter in the southern state
of Tamil Nadu last month, said Dr. Venkatesh Prasad, secretary of the
association. The video showed Murugesan anesthetizing the patient.
“We were shocked to see the recording,” Prasad told The Associated
Press, adding that the IMA told Murugesan that his act was an ethical
and legal violation.
Murugesan owns and runs a maternity hospital in the city of Manaparai,
Prasad said in a telephone interview from Manaparai. The family could
not be immediately reached for comment.
Murugesan, who could possibly be prevented from practicing and face
criminal charges for allowing his son to perform the operation,
expressed no regret and accused the Manaparai medical association of
being “jealous” of his son’s achievements, Prasad added.
“He said this was not the first surgery performed by his son and that he
had been training him for the last three years,” said Prasad.
Murugesan told the medical association that he wanted to see his son’s
name in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Prasad said that his team had reported the surgery to the state’s top
medical association in state capital, Chennai.
State health secretary V.K. Subburaj told reporters Thursday that the
government would investigate.
“We’ll get the report and then we’ll see whether there are any
violations ... prima facie it looks like there is a big violation,” he
“We will definitely take action against the concerned medical officers.”
Tiger Woods shows off baby daughter
US golfer Tiger Woods’ new-born
daughter Sam Alexis has appeared in front of the cameras for the first
US golfer Tiger Woods’ new-born daughter Sam Alexis has appeared in
front of the cameras for the first time.
Tiger’s wife Elin gave birth to the couple’s first child eight days ago
on June 18 in Orlando Florida, less than 24 hours after he finished
second at the US Open on Father’s Day
“Both Elin and Sam are doing well and resting peacefully,” Woods wrote
soon after the birth.
A female lowland gorilla named Kiki
eats a frozen-juice treat prepared by its keeper at Franklin Park Zoo in
Boston, Tuesday, June 26. Temperatures in the Boston area were expected
to reach into the 90s on Tuesday.
Pygmy hippo is born at Paris Zoo
PARIS - Aldo looks, eats and lazes like
a hippopotamus — but he’s only about as big as a human baby, at 21
inches. The pygmy hippo, born this month at the Paris Zoo, is one of
only a few dozen in Europe, bred in a special programme to boost the
There are no more than 3,000 around the world, mostly concentrated in
west African countries such as Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau or Liberia,
said Juliane Villenain, a biologist at the zoo in the Bois de Vincennes,
a park on Paris’ eastern edge. According to the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species, pygmy hippos have already
disappeared from Nigeria.
Pygmy hippopotamuses are, unlike their bigger brethren, lonely animals,
except during reproduction season. The female takes care of the newborn
by herself, as little Aldo’s mother Anais did, Villenain said.
His older brothers, now 7 and 6 years old, live in Spain and Britain.
Aldo likes alfalfa, carrots, apples and all sorts of vegetables. When
captive, pygmy hippos also enjoy grainy feed specially made for them.
The fact that Aldo is a male is good news to the European breeding
programme. Since the project started in the early 90s, there have been
46 males and 66 females born. Aldo is the 47th male of the species.
Aldo, born June 5, was kept away from the public eye immediately after
his birth. He will be on view to visitors starting Wednesday afternoon.