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15-year-old performs surgery in India

NEW 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 surgeon.
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 said.
“We will definitely take action against the concerned medical officers.”

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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 time.
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.

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Frozen-juice treat

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.

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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 rare species.
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.

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