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Mom suffers severe foot burns after stepping on sand under ‘cold’ disposable barbecue

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A mother in the U.K. underwent surgery on Monday to treat the second- and third-degree burns on her foot that she got while standing on an area of sand that hours earlier had housed a disposable barbecue. Ruth Jenkins, who shared her photos on Facebook as a warning to others, said that the barbecue had been out for over four hours when her injuries occurred.

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Jenkins, who had been at the beach with her family, said they stopped barbecuing over four hours before her injury. (SWNS)

“The barbecues were stone cold and we started removing them in order to dispose of them,” Jenkins, who was visiting Tor Bay Beach in Swansea with her family, told SWNS. “After the first was picked up I stepped forward while I was barefoot to pick up the second, onto the sand that the first had been on.”

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Jenkins was rushed to the hospital and transferred to a burns unit, where the dead skin was taken off.  (SWNS)

Jenkins said she quickly noticed pain in her foot that was traveling up her leg and hopped off the sand. She was rushed to the hospital and transferred to a burns unit due the severity of her injuries. She told SWNS that she was discharged after the blisters and dead skin had been removed but wound up back in the hospital with an infection.

On Monday, she went into surgery for a skin graft, which she said could “take up to a couple of months to heal.”

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She was sent home the next day but readmitted when she developed an infection. (SWNS)

“Most of us have heard warnings of burying BBQ coals in the sand, this is due to sand being excellent at retaining heat,” she told her Facebook followers last week. “Well, the same applies to BBQs that have been placed directly on sand, ours had been put out for OVER 4 HOURS. I’m just glad it wasn’t any of the children who were with us…or even someone else after had left the beach.”

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Her first round of skin grafts were planned for Monday. (SWNS)

Jenkins warned that when water had been poured on the sand nearly five hours later, “it boiled and evaporated on contact!”

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“If you are going to use throwaway or portable BBQs on the beach, PLEASE REMEMBER: Try to keep them safely above the sand, on purpose built stands or rocks,” she wrote. “Do not assume that a cold BBQ means the sand is safe. Ensure the sand underneath is completely cooled as soon as possible and definitely before you leave the beach. Be aware of anyone walking near the affected sand, especially children and dogs.”

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She said she now faces a months-long recovery and is warning others about barbecuing safety. (SWNS)

It was not clear if the Jenkins had purchased disposable barbecues, or if they had configured their own at home. Her warning has been shared over 5,500 times, and as of Monday had garnered over 1,200 comments.

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Fox News’ Ed Henry out of hospital, ‘beyond grateful’ for support after giving sister part of his liver

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Fox News’ chief national correspondent Ed Henry announced Sunday he’d left the hospital, a major step forward five days after he gave 30 percent of his liver to his sister, Colleen, in a transplant operation.

Henry, who became emotional on-air days before the surgery, shared her positive prognosis on Twitter and said she’s recovering at a good pace.

He’d told “Fox & Friends” his only goal was to “give her a little life.”

ED HENRY DISCUSSES EMOTIONAL DECISION TO DONATE PART OF HIS LIVER TO HIS SISTER

Henry posed for a photo at the hospital alongside Colleen and her son Frank, whose shirt read, “nothing less than the best.”

TRANSPLANT SPECIALIST BREAKS DOWN WHAT ED HENRY CAN EXPECT AFTER LIVER DONATION TO HIS SISTER

He also tweeted a moving photo of a card from his colleague and fellow Fox News personality Martha MacCallum, which came with flowers and a promise of “prayers.”

“I am so gratified that both Colleen and I continue to make progress every day. And I am beyond elated to have gotten out of the hospital already with all of my vitals in the right place, and a functioning liver of my own. This has been a remarkable seven days, starting when I nervously opened up about all of this on ‘Fox and Friends,'” Henry told Fox News. “To think one week ago we were unsure about Colleen’s future, and anxious about two surgeries, yet tonight she has the greatest gift of all — life.

“We have had talented surgeons, doctors, nurses, and support staff. Plus loving parents and family and friends by our sides at every key moment. But opening up about it to a broader audience brought a dimension we could not have anticipated — the love, prayers, and well wishes of thousands upon thousands of wonderful people we have never met. We are blessed and beyond grateful.”

Henry also told Fox News the surgery was an immediate success and that he and his sister will be resting and recovering for the next several weeks.

“We have always known the road to full recovery will be longer for Colleen. But her surgeon says as soon as he put part of my liver in her it started working immediately — a miracle,” he continued. “She still has family and friends by her side every step of the way. And now she has a prayer army that nobody can beat. Our thanks and love always for your continued support.”

ED HENRY CALLS IN TO GIVE UPDATE ON LIVER TRANSPLANT RECOVERY: ‘WE’VE SUCCEEDED IN VICTORY

“For now the only marching order I have gotten from our CEO Suzanne Scott is to rest up for awhile. I will listen even though I will be champing at the bit to get back to work. All I know is I will be ready and eager to get back as the doctors and Suzanne give me the green light because I miss our audience and my Fox colleagues, who have brought my family to tears with their outpouring,” he concluded.

Both Henry and Colleen are expected to regain 100 percent of their livers in about 6-8 weeks, according to transplant specialist Dr. Joe Galati.

“Yes indeed over 6 to 8 weeks, the liver will regenerate for Ed, regenerating back the 30 or 40 percent that he donated. Similarly, his sister who received a portion will get back to 100 percent in a similar time frame,” Galati told Fox News in an email.

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“Keep in mind that the liver is the only such organ that can regenerate like this, which is an amazing feature more people need to know about,” he added.

A GoFundMe page has been taking donations for Colleen Henry’s recovery.

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Toothpick found in woman’s liver: Should you be concerned?

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Ever wondered what a splinter in your stomach might look like? Turns out it might include a sharp object piercing through the digestive tract and traveling to the liver.

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That’s essentially what happened in a 2012 BMJ case report involving a 45-year-old woman who went to the emergency room.

The woman suffered from abdominal pain, loss of appetite, low blood pressure and physical weakness that had progressively worsened for several months. These symptoms were even more punctuated by the woman’s previous history of obesity, diabetes and reflux.

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Although the woman was initially treated for an infection and then released in stable condition, imaging revealed a long, thin object in her liver. Later, surgeons pulled out a toothpick from the organ in its original size and shape.

Weird? It’s a rare scenario, but other cases of sharp objects perforating through the stomach have occurred, states the BMJ case report.

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Objects like sewing needles, fish and chicken bones or dental plates have caused this problem.

But much to many toothpickers’ relief, only 17 cases of toothpick-to-liver perforations have ever been reported.

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Ed Henry and his sister, Colleen, both recovering and making ‘good progress’ after liver donation surgeries

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Fox News chief national correspondent Ed Henry and his sister, Colleen, are making good progress in their recoveries after liver donation surgeries, their family said Wednesday.

Both siblings are “awake, chatty, and visiting with family,” and incredibly, Ed was even able to walk down the hall on Wednesday to see his younger sister for the first time since the surgery.

Ed’s family said doctors have been encouraged by how well both surgeries went and how their old and new livers have been performing so far.

Ed and Colleen have remained in the ICU, where doctors said they’ll continue recovering.

ED HENRY: I’M BECOMING A LIVER DONOR FOR THE SISTER I LOVE, SO SHE CAN LIVE A LONG AND HEALTHY LIFE

Editor’s Note: Interested in becoming an organ donor while you are alive or after death? You can learn more and sign up at the U.S. government website organdonor.gov.

GOFUNDME PAGE FOR COLLEEN HENRY’S RECOVERY

The Fox News correspondent also wanted to thank everyone for the outpouring of love, support and prayers that have been shared since Henry emotionally revealed last weekend he was donating part of his liver to save his sister’s life.

In a piece for FoxNews.com, Henry wrote: “My goal is much simpler: I am determined to do whatever I can to give my sister the greatest gift of all, which quite simply is life.”

He added, “The fact is that the risk of mortality for me is extremely low – less than 1 percent, according to the doctors. I will gladly take on the small risk of what the paperwork I signed at the hospital last week calls a “large midline incision” for the gigantic reward of having my sister around for a very long time.”

Speaking about the decision on “Fox & Friends,” he said the people around him at his job and in his life have helped him bear the burden of taking on the unknown to help save his baby sister.

TRANSPLANT SPECIALIST BREAKS DOWN WHAT ED HENRY CAN EXPECT AFTER LIVER DONATION TO HIS SISTER

“Now that I’ve caught my breath, my parents have been great, my wife’s been great, my kids are strong beyond their years,” he said.

“I can’t forget to say that Suzanne Scott, our C.E.O., you know, it’s funny, you feel a burden and then you feel like it’s lifted when people around you help you. Jay Wallace our president, Lauren Petterson as well, one of our great executives — they were asking me to do all kinds of things like go to the debates in Miami and do these things… but you’re running out to the hospital, taking another blood test. I finally just said, Suzanne, I can’t do this, and she was like, go help your sister. Everybody at Fox — and they are amazing… we’re family.”

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GoFundMe page has been taking donations for Colleen Henry’s recovery.

Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

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Conjoined twins born sharing same heart in India: ‘Separation is almost impossible’

A set of day-old conjoined twins in India who share a single heart are under careful observations as doctors try to figure out what other organs the girls might share.

The girls, who have not been named yet, weighed a combined 8 pounds, 8 ounces upon birth in the Indian state of Odisha, SWNS reported.

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The twin girls, who have not been named yet, are joined from their chests to their stomachs. (SWNS)

“This is a case of thoracopagus,” Professor Saroj Satpathy, of the Sadar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute for Pediatrics, which is where the girls were born, told SWNS. “The two girls have one heart as they have the same pulse and blood pressure.”

BABY BORN WEIGHING LESS THAN 2 POUNDS DEFIES ODDS

Conjoined twins occur once in every 50,000 to 60,000 births, with about 70 percent of cases involving females. About 75 percent of conjoined twins are joined at least partially in the chest and share organs with one another, according to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Their doctor sid separation in cases involving a shared heart is nearly impossible. (SWNS)

“If they have separate sets of organs, chances for surgery and survival are greater than if they share the same organs,” according to CHOP. “As a rule, shared heart conjoined twins cannot be separated.”

It was not clear if the twins’ parents, identified as Renubala and Pradeep Behera, were aware that their daughters were conjoined before their birth. Because of their shared chest, the girls are both faced inward toward each other.

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“Separation is almost impossible in such cases as there might be sharing of several other vital organs and survival chances become less,” Satpathy said.

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Doctors pull foot-long parasitic worm from woman’s intestines

A woman in China who had been suffering from stomach pains over the last decade underwent surgery this week to remove a foot-long parasitic worm from her intestines. The 41-year-old woman, identified only as Ms. Yang, had reportedly visited numerous hospitals over the years, but the worm went undetected.

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This is the moment a woman who has been suffering from stomach pains for a decade has a foot-long parasitic worm pulled out of her intestines. (AsiaWire)

“I couldn’t believe my eyes,” Dr. Li Juan, who treated Yang at the Second People’s Hospital of Haining in East China’s Zhejiang Province, told AsiaWire. “Her intestines provided the ideal conditions for the parasite to grow, but it was still surprising to see a case in person.”

IS ‘FLESH-EATING’ BACTERIA HEADING TO A BEACH NEAR YOU?

Li treated Yang and her family members for Ascaris, which is the most common human worm infection. It’s passed through the feces of an infected person, such as if an infected person defecates outside or if the feces of an infected person is used in fertilizer. Ascariasis is caused by ingesting infective eggs, which can happen when hands or fingers that have contaminated dirt on them are put in the mouth or by consuming vegetables or fruits that have not been carefully cooked, washed or peeled, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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She had been suffering from abdominal pains on and off for the last decade. (AsiaWire)

While not all patients have symptoms, those who do may present abdominal discomfort. However, in severe cases, like one involving a 4-year-old boy in Cameroon who had dozens of worms pulled from his stomach, the parasites may cause an intestinal blockage which may stunt growth.

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According to AsiaWire, Yang said she drank unboiled water, which may have led to her infection.

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Kansas teen miraculously survives 10-inch knife in face: ‘It was really shocking’

A Kansas teen is lucky to be alive, let alone talking and joking around, after he was rushed to the hospital with a 10-inch knife sticking out of his skull. Eli Gregg’s mom, Jimmy, said she was making dinner when she heard her kids playing around outside and what she thought was a scream from her 15-year-old son.

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Jimmy Gregg said she still isn’t sure what happened, but she heard her son screaming before he showed up at the door with a knife sticking out of his face. (The University of Kansas Health System)

“At first I thought it was just normal, and then he came to the door and when he opened the door it was just blood and he had a piece of metal in his face, and it was really shocking,” Jimmy Gregg, who still isn’t sure exactly what happened, said. “I thought it was a metal rod, and then when he came all the way in the door I could see that it looked like a knife handle or something – and that’s what it was and my immediate thought was to call 911.”

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Paramedics rushed the teen to Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas, where doctors saw the potential for damage to the carotid artery in his brain, opening up the possibility for stroke or serious damage, and decided to transfer him to the University of Kansas Health System.

“It could not have had a pound more force on it and him survive that event,” Dr. Koji Ebersole, of The University of Kansas Health System, who helped remove the knife, said.

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The blade was actually indenting the vessel but miraculously did not cause any damage. (The University of Kansas Health System)

Ebersole explained that the sharp side of the blade was resting on the area of the blood vessel that leads right into Gregg’s brain, meaning that a slight cut or tear would have led to massive bleeding.

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“If we get a cut there, it’s going to have overt bleeding that I don’t think we would be able to survive, so we had to come up with a number of strategies to protect that,” he explained.

Doing so meant controlling the blood supply to the area with balloons and catheters before actually removing the blade from Gregg’s face. Another challenge, Ebersole said, was the dangerous nature of the knife, meaning surgeons had to use a surgical vice rather than their bare hands to grip the blade.

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The teen, pictured before his injury, suffered no lasting damage but said he plans to stay away from sharp objects. (The University of Kansas Health)

The procedure went as well as the team hoped, and less than 24 hours later Jimmy Gregg said her son has returned to his usual self. He’s been placed on antibiotics and will likely need a tetanus shot, but his immediate plans involve staying away from any sharp objects.

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“I haven’t really had a chance to process it – everything happened so fast,” she said. “It’s amazing that 24 hours later he’s back and how he is supposed to be. He’s got some healing to do but he’s out of danger for the most part. It’s such a relief.”

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Colorado hospital faces lawsuit from dozens of patients over ‘severe infections’ causing at least 1 death: report

Dozens of people sued Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver on Saturday, a year after the Colorado hospital said reported “breaches” in sterilization procedures involving surgical instruments may have put patients at risk of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.

Many of the 67 patients and 20 spouses who filed the lawsuit have said the infections they suffered led to serious pain.

“This is not about money, it’s about Porter not doing this to anybody else,” Michael Pitcock, one of the plaintiffs who developed an infection after a knee replacement four years ago, told The Denver Post. “This should be preventable.”

Centura Health, which operates the hospital, did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver was sued by dozens of patients over sterilization processes on Saturday. (Porter Hospital-GE)

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The lawsuit detailed the Denver hospital’s alleged missteps in cleaning equipment sufficiently, triggering “hundreds of severe infections.” The infections, which dated back to 2015, have caused at least one death, the newspaper reported.

Back in April 2018, the hospital acknowledged issues with sterilizing equipment. However, it reportedly downplayed the frequency with which the equipment got close to patients. “We have not seen a bump in our overall totals or infection rates,” Dr. Patty Howell, Porter’s chief medical officer, told The Denver Post at the time.

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The hospital reportedly sent around 5,800 letters that year warning patients who’d had orthopedic or spine surgeries in the previous two years that they were at risk for contracting Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV.

An investigation reportedly found 76 instances of surgical instruments and trays contaminated by items including chunks of bone, cement, blood and in one case, a dead insect. The findings spanned 2017 and early 2018, the newspaper added.

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LAPD officer dies after surgery stemming from 2015 on-duty accident, police say

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A Los Angeles police officer died Sunday during a surgery stemming from an on-duty traffic collision — that occurred four years prior, officials said.

Officer Esmerelda Ramirez, 49, died following complications from the surgery related to the 2015 collision, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Ramirez was a member of the department since 2008, and “was a valued member of Pacific Division where she worked in a variety of assignments.”

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Police did not immediately release information on the crash that led to her death.

Chief Michel Moore tweeted that the LAPD was “mourning the loss of one of our own,” and said she served Los Angeles “with honor, integrity, and pride.”

“We will, not as an organization but as a family, never forget her sacrifice,” he wrote.

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Ramirez, who leaves behind three adult children, was the 2,010th LAPD officer to die in the line of duty, according to officials.

Police said Ramirez’s death serves as “a reminder of the potentially life-altering and tragic events that an officer faces every day they come to work.”

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Missouri mom battling deadly sepsis infection loses all 10 toes, hand, several fingers

A Missouri mother who spent over a month in the hospital in dire condition is adapting to life without her 10 toes and right hand after they were amputated in an effort to stop a deadly infection from spreading throughout her body.

Rachael Acuff, who first went to the hospital in June 2018 after noticing blood in her urine, said that she even heard hospital staff tell her family to prepare their goodbyes while she was sedated.

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Acuff’s health issues didn’t end with her release from the hospital in August, as she underwent her most recent amputation just two weeks ago. (MDW Features)

“Once I got to the hospital everything started happening really fast after they took my blood pressure which was so low it almost didn’t register,” Acuff, 32, told MDW Features. “They moved me to a room right away and began running a list of tests. The last thing I remember was being told they were moving me upstairs and then I was sedated for three weeks. When I woke up my mom explained to me that I had septic shock, DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulation) and toxic shock syndrome from an unknown source.”

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Acuff said that she was treated with four antibiotics while in the hospital’s intensive care unit and that at one point she was on a ventilator, feeding tube and dialysis to treat kidney failure. She was eventually moved out of the ICU before being sent home after 46 days in the hospital, but the damage from the infection had wreaked havoc on her hands and feet.

In August 2018, she started her amputation journey, which continued through last month. Doctors began with the removal of dead tissue on four fingers on her left hand, followed by the removal of dead tissue on all five fingers on her right hand. In September, she had the amputation of all 10 toes.

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Acuff said she has grown closer to God and stronger in her faith. (MDW Features)

In March of this year, Acuff endured the amputation of her right pinky finger, and just two weeks ago had a trans-radial amputation of her right hand two inches above the wrist, MDW Features reported.

Acuff told the news outlet that she’s grown stronger in her faith and relationship with God, and has learned to “soak up every moment good and bad.”

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“There is no medical reason I should be alive,” she told MDW Features. “So, something more powerful is in my corner for sure.”

She said she is sharing her story in the hopes of encouraging others to speak up for their own health.

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