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NYT reported this riot in Noida, your newspaper did not
21.07.17 - PT Bureau
NYT reported this riot in Noida, your newspaper did not



Outside of Delhi, the Indian media has largely ignored this reportage, much in keeping with the average Indian middle class' attitude of ignoring an issue that comes to its homes every morning and remains there for many hours. An issue called maid, house help, servant, mayee, bartan safai wali or whatever fancy or crude name they choose to refer to a working human being.

In Delhi, a dispute between a maid and her employer ignited a riot at Noida's tony Mahagun Moderne complex.

Maids who work in the houses in this apartment complex live in a nearby slum. They cross the gated community's imposing iron gates to clean utencils, do the dishes and wash soiled laundry so that upper class women can attend yoga classes or arrange kitty parties. 

One day, a brawl broke out, a near riot. The New York Times reported it in detail, local supplements of Delhi's newspapers had full coverage and the Indian Express chose to write even an editorial, but by and large, the news did not percolate much deeper into India's non-metro cities or villages.

A small dispute over an alleged non-payment of arrears, and a counter allegation of theft became a full-blown riot. Hundreds of the maid’s neighbours, armed with stones and iron rods, forced their way into the complex and stormed her employer’s apartment. In response, thousands of families have sacked their maids, saying they can no longer trust them in their homes.

The madams are now looking for posture-friendly brooms. Some are studying floor-sweeping robots, while others are planning still more imaginative alternatives. The only thing they are not discussing is the broad daylight human rights violations that happen in the confines of their homes.

"Very soon, Amazon will find a solution to this, too," said a madam to this PT correspondent. Really? If that's where Indian middle class plans to look for a solution, you can bet the Indian media will not be able to confine this story to Delhi for too long.
 
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Bengaluru man plays guitar while doctors perform surgery on his brain
20.07.17 - TEAM PT
Bengaluru man plays guitar while doctors perform surgery on his brain



In the first ever Live Brain Circuit Surgery performed in India, doctors operated on a musician as he strummed his guitar. Surgeons carefully burnt parts of his brain to relieve the young musician of a neurological movement disorder that cramped fingers on his left hand.
 
The seven-hour surgery at a city hospital relieved the youth of musician's dystonia, a condition that cramped three fingers on his left hand. He experienced the first cramps more than a year and a half ago while playing the guitar. Musician's dystonia occurs due to abnormal and involuntary flexion of muscles, because of rigorous use.

While the doctors operated on the part of his brains that triggered the abnormal muscle contractions, the guitar-freak stayed glued to his instrument to help them find the problem areas. Dr Sanjiv C C, a senior neurologist from University of British Columbia said, ""This problem occurred when he tried to play the instrument and real-time feedback was important for us to ascertain the exact location of the target to be repaired."
 
 

While the guitar strumming patient made the surgery seem like a cakewalk, extreme precision and caution were required. A special frame was fixed to the patient's head with screwed drilled into the skull. An MRI scan helped doctors zero in on the problem area. "In this case, the target area was about 8-9 cms deep in the brain. We then had coordinates of the entry point to the skull and the path through which we had to reach the target area," said Dr Sharan Srinivasan, HOD of Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Hospital.

The patient is cured now. "I was amazed to see my fingers improve magically on the operation table itself. By the end of the surgery, my fingers were 100% cured and I could move them like before. Within three days of surgery, I walked out of the hospital all set to play guitar again," he said.
 
A similar case happened back in 2013, when a man named Brad Carter played guitar during his own brain surgery and allowed the doctors to live stream the surgery on Twitter. 




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10-year-old Rape victim will have to carry pregnancy to term after Chandigarh Court rejects abortion plea
19.07.17 - TEAM PT
10-year-old Rape victim will have to carry pregnancy to term after Chandigarh Court rejects abortion plea



A Chandigarh district court has refused to allow a 10-year-old girl, who got pregnant after her uncle allegedly raped her multiple times over seven months, abort her 26-week old foetus.
 
According to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, medical termination of pregnancy is allowed up to 20 weeks or in cases when the foetus is genetically abnormal.
 
The judge rejected the plea, filed by the city police, on the grounds that it would put the girl’s health and life at risk. The decision was based on a report submitted by two gynaecologists of the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32, The Tribune reported.
 
According to the TOI report, the case has left doctors perplexed and in a quandary, since cases of such young girls getting pregnant are rare and pregnancies like these are difficult to detect in time for safe abortions.

Doctors insist the pelvic bones are not fully developed in girls at this age and, therefore, tolerating a full-term pregnancy is very risky. While normal delivery is ruled out, even a Caesarean section at that age is dangerous.

"I have not seen a 10-yearold girl pregnant ever before," said Rashmi Bagga, department of obstetrics and gynaecology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. She added that in contrast to a normal pregnancy, underage pregnancy is difficult to detect. "When a menstrual cycle is missed, it is not noted by underage girls," she said.
 
Officials from Government Medical College and Hospital told TOI that they have submitted their medical advice to the court regarding termination of the foetus, but refused to give more details.

The judge had sought a report from the doctors after the police had approached the court on Saturday. The uncle, a native of Nepal identified as Kul Bahadur, was arrested on allegations that he had raped his niece seven to eight times.
 
Unfortunately, this is not the first case of its kind. Even though there is legal precedent of courts ruling in favour of termination of advanced pregnancies in raped minors, individual judgements in different parts of the country vary dramatically. In 2015, the Supreme Court, in a landmark judgement ruled in favour of the 14-year-old rape victim, after which her 25-week pregnancy was terminated.

In May this year, another 10-year-old girl from Haryana faced a similar situation. Raped by her stepfather, her pregnancy was inconclusively pegged at 18 to 22 weeks along when the courts decided to leave the decision of whether it was safe to abort with the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), the hospital she was admitted at. Doctors at PGIMS decided to terminate the pregnancy.




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Gym workout proves fatal: 22-year-old Techie in Hyderabad dies while working out
14.07.17 - TEAM PT
Gym workout proves fatal: 22-year-old Techie in Hyderabad dies while working out



A place like a gym that is supposed to make you healthier and give you fit body can even kill you. A 22-year-old techie who used to work for Dell lost his life while working out in the gym.
 
According to Madhapur police, Varun Kumar, 22, was a native of Vizag, residing in Madhapur. He was working as a software professional in Dell company for the past one year.
 
As per reports, Varun went to the gym, which is on the premises of Dell campus at around 11am. Around noon, Varun suddenly complained of chest pain and started to sweat profusely.

"The gym instructors asked him to sit for a while, but he suddenly collapsed in a heap and became unconscious. Varun was rushed to the company clinic on the campus. The doctor checked Varun’s blood pressure, and found that his pulse was hovering at 40,” Madhapur sub-inspector P Vijay Kumar said.
 
Later, Varun was rushed to Max care hospital, where he was declared brought dead. It was suspected that Varun died due to exhaustion caused by an excessive workout in the gym.Police suspect that Varun did not eat properly the previous night, and worked out, which may have led to extreme exhaustion.  
 
According to initial reports Varun also had some heart problems.
 
"An autopsy was conducted, and the body was handed over to the parents. A case of suspicious death under Section 174 of Criminal Procedure Code has been registered, and the viscera was sent for a forensic exam," Vijay Kumar said.
 
Varun's tragic and untimely death should make one realise the importance of understanding that the body cannot adapt to an overworked lifestyle. Excessive exercise for which the body is not prepared can cause extensive oxidative damage.




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Miracle Kids: Brain dead mum kept alive for 123 days to give birth to twin babies
12.07.17 - team pt
Miracle Kids: Brain dead mum kept alive for 123 days to give birth to twin babies



A brain dead pregnant woman was kept alive for 123 days - the longest time ever - before delivering twins by emergency caesarean section. 
 
Frankielen da Silva Zampoli Padilha from Campo Largo in South Brazil suffered from Cerebral Haemorrhage last year in Ocotber, following which she was declared dead. Doctors were surprised to see that babies in her womb were doing perfectly fine. 
 
Her ventilator was switched off in February this year and her heart and kidneys were donated.
 
Nosso Senhora do Rocio hospital decorated the space around the woman and sang songs to the unborn babies to compensate the love of their mother. The babies’ birth is being described as a miracle birth after everyone lost hopes. Doctors decided to save the nine-week-old embryos after their hearts continued to beat inside their mothers' womb. 

The unique case involved many complications stabilised only through the continuous intervention of medications to prevent the young mum's body from shutting down.
 
Dr Dalton Rivabem, head of neurological ICU at the hospital, said: 'We did an ultrasound on the embryos thinking they would be failing in the womb but to our surprise they were clinging to life.

'Frankielen's organs were all intact and working as if she was still with us. We took the decision to keep her alive to save her unborn children. And every day we watched them grow normally.'
 
Muriel, who has a 2-year-old daughter, Isa Beatriz, with his deceased wife recalled: "I was on my way to work last October when Frankielen called begging me to come back home urgently.

"She said her head was killing her. I told her to take a tablet. But she said there was a sharp pain at the back of her neck and it was so strong she felt she was going to collapse."

Muriel, an agriculture farmer, rushed to his home in Contenda, to find his wife shaking, crying, dizzy and vomiting from the pain.

"As I drove her to hospital, she said 'I want you to be prepared to accept this because I will be staying there, I won't be coming home.' Then she passed out and those were the last words she spoke to me and the last time I saw her alive," said the devastated dad.
 
 

The doctors, nurses, nutritionists and host of other health professionals routinely sang to the babies and caressed Frankielen’s pregnant belly. The ICU was filled with love to welcome the miracle babies. Everyone including the father cried when the babies were born.
 
The babies were born at seven months' gestation in February and discharged from the hospital in the end of May.




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