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Look at the Septuplets Whose Parents Didn’t Listen to Doctors 20 Years Ago and Decided to Have Them

Doctors were sure that this wonder wouldn’t happen: there were too many risks in a multiple pregnancy. But Bobbi McCaughey had septuplets, she gave birth to them and raised every single one of them despite all the negative predictions. The first septuplets in the world have grown up togetherand they turned 21 in November of 2018.

Kenny and Bobbi McCaughey. Scientists calculated that Bobbi McCaughey was more likely to die because of an asteroid than to be able to have septuplets.

The parents and their septuplets are a regular American family. 27-year-old Kenny and 29-year-old Bobbi McCaughey were already raising a daughter, Mikayla, but they wanted to have another child, and that’s when they found out they were going to need some help getting pregnant. During the fertilization process, the couple was warned that there was a chance they could have a “multiple” pregnancy, and Bobbi said she was mentally ready to have 2 more children. But her guesstimate was a little off.

Kenny remembers the day when he called his wife and asked her what the ultrasound scan showed. His wife’s voice was strange and Kenny was trying to get a clear answer from her about how many. She answered, “7.” From that moment, all they could think of was how they were going to feed all these children and get them everything they needed.

Bobbi admits that she will always remember the day when she found out about the septuplets. “It wasn’t like ‘Woohoo!’ There were so many doubts.” Doctors didn’t know what to do and they insisted on removing at least some of the fetuses which would give a chance to the other kids to survive. The future mother was completely against this option and she decided she would go ahead and try to have the children.

The McCaugheys at a press conference 2 days after the birth of their septuplets on November 21, 1997.

According to an estimate by experts, even when a woman is pregnant with triplets, the chancesof having a healthy child (without neurological or physiological problems) is 50%. Almost half of all multiple pregnancies end in a miscarriage.

Doctors that specialize in difficult pregnancies observed the pregnancy. Right until the very late stages, they were convinced that something was about to go wrong. But nothing went wrong. The future mother felt great despite the fact that her belly alone weighed 15 lbs.

The labor took place in a medical center in Iowa. There were 40 experts in the room: perinatologists, neonatologists, breathing therapists, nurses, and anesthetists.

The children were born 9 weeks before the due date but all of them survived: 4 boys and 3 girls. Bobbi had a C-section and the children remained in the hospital for about 2 months.

Bobbi’s sister put her college education on hold to help the McCaughey family raise their children.

After the tired and shocked mother and her children were sent home, she had a huge load of work. Every day, the children needed 42 bottles of food and 52 diapers. Bobbi said that in the beginning relatives helped her a lot. There was always someone she could rely on.

The US president at the time, Bill Clinton, called the family personally and congratulated them. Non-profit organizations gave the McCaughey family a 2-year supply of diapers, a lot of food, a huge house, and a guarantee of a free education in any college in Iowa.

President George Bush meets 2 of the 7 McCaughey septuplets at his arrival to the Iowa airport, 2002

Not everyone supported the couple: for every 10 good letters, there was at least one where someone judged the family, and accused them of exploiting the children and wasting the resources of the world on just one huge family. Other people would show up at their house and ask to hold their children. The family continued to try to live a normal life in the spotlight of journalist’s attention and this really intense atmosphere.

2 of the septuplets were born with cerebral palsy and during their lives, they have had several surgeries — now they can walk without any outside help. One of the siblings, Alexis, even took part in a beauty contest for children with special needs.

During their first years, volunteers and babysitters helped the family. Over time, once the parents didn’t need to change hundreds of diapers and they had some more free time, Bobbi started working but only part-time in the beginning. Kenny McCaughey worked in a factory that paints metal constructions.

Here, the children are 6 years old: Bobbi, Alexis May, Natalie Sue, Kelsey Ann, Nathan Roy, Brandon James, and Joel Steven. The older girl is Mikayla.

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  • Mother who gave birth during the Yemen war reveals she lived in fear of being killed

    A mother who was pregnant and gave birth during the raging war in Yemen has revealed she lived in constant fear she and her baby would be killed and slept under her bed wearing headphones to block out the sound of bombing.

    Sukaina Sharafuddin, 29, who currently lives in the country's largest city, Sana'a, with her husband and son Elias, now three-and-a-half, told how she struggled with high blood pressure due to the worry and anxiety.

    She found it near-impossible to sleep, worrying an air strike would hit her home and kill her and her loved ones.

    On the night she gave birth, Sukaina travelled to three different hospitals but none of them were able to accept her due to a lack of facilities.

    She was eventually admitted and gave birth by C-section, requesting a general anaesthetic so she didn't hear the sound of warplanes.

    Now Sukaina, who works as a communications coordinator for charity Save the Children, says Elias is a happy and healthy toddler, but it breaks her heart that all he's ever known is his country at war.

    'As a mother you want to make sure your child is safe, happy, and that he sleeps well,' she told FEMAIL.

    'I have taken him to 10 or 11 different nurseries because I keep hearing they targeted a house or a neighbourhood nearby, so I move him, and this goes on and on and on.

    'In the end nowhere is safe; almost every area has been targeted, and it breaks my heart that he doesn't know the country how I knew it before the war.'

    Sukaina found out she was expecting a week before the conflict, which has seen Saudi Arabia and Iran support opposing sides in a four-year civil war, broke out. 

    'I had that joy of being pregnant and threw a small party, the way modern mothers do, I was too excited,' she recalled.

    'Little did I know the war would happen one week later. That's when all hell broke loose.

    'The first night I think there was more than 100 air strikes in Sana'a alone. I remember my doctors during my pregnancy were telling me to put headphones on with loud music to try to sleep.

    'I wasn't able to sleep; most nights I slept under staircases or under my bed. Although it sounds silly, I lived in fear that an air strike could fall on top of our roof and kill many people, like they had all around me.

    'That happens less often than it used to in the capital, but we still hear it almost weekly.'

    Sukaina said she was terrified she would lose her baby and would pray every night for her and her son to stay alive.

    'When you see a lot of destruction happen to people you know, I have seen what an air strike does a single home, a family, the injuries, most of them are dead, so I was always worried,' she said.

    'Every night I would call my mother and we would cry over the phone saying our last goodbyes.

    Sukaina said her number one pregnancy craving was to sleep 'for five or six hours' without being woken by the harrowing sound of warplanes.

    During the final month she suffered from high blood pressure, which doctors put down to the constant fear she felt. 

    'Obviously during pregnancy you're told to relax, not to worry, but this wasn't possible for us,' she said. 

    After giving birth via caesarean, Sukaina was unable to see her son for the first few days as she was recovering. 

    'I remember making everyone who came to visit me during the first few days swear that my son was alive, because I hadn't heard that happy cry that makes all the pain go away,' she recalled.

    Now Elias loves airplanes; he sees them on TV and has lots of toy planes, but he knows the moment we hear an airplane in Sana'a, it means that we have to run away from windows, escape to the holes, sleep under the staircases, because they only mean one thing - an air strike. 

    'Our airport is not functioning, so that's the only time you hear an airplane, when they're about to drop bombs.'

    Sukaina admitted she does 'regret' bringing Elias into the world during the conflict, but said she's lucky to have him as if she didn't, she would have 'lost her mind'.

    'I get scared very easily,' she said. 'I'm shocked at how strong and resilient I've become, but I'm doing all of this for him and trying to pretend that I'm happy rather than showing the worry and crying.

    'We have a place in our house that we call the safety zone, although I live on the ninth floor so it's not really safe, and the building has lots of broken windows, but I have no other place to go so I have to adapt everything and move on.'

    Sukaina said she feels 'trapped' in Yemen, as they can't travel anywhere without a visa.

    She added that working for Save the Children is a 'relief' because she does get to see 'the bright side'.

    'We help children overcome trauma and get back to school. We provide medical aid. I don't know what I would have done if I didn't have this job, I'd be depressed I guess,' she said.

    'I remember when we were working in an office two years ago and the worst air strike ever targeted Aden (a port city and the temporary capital). 

    'Our Save the Children office was in the area where this missile dropped. It killed around 500 people and injured so many, it was the worst ever recorded in Yemen.

    'I remember that day seeing colleagues with injuries, buildings destroyed. It will take us many years to overcome what we have seen and heard.'

    Sukaina considers herself lucky to have an income, as many Yemenis - including her husband - have lost theirs due to the collapsing economy.

    'Everyone is in need, they are drowning in debt, everybody I know is, because there is no income, so they find people to lend them money, and then it goes on and on,' she explained.

    'Public service workers haven't been paid, nurses, doctors, teachers, it's horrible.'

    Sukaina lost her 17-year-old cousin as a result of the war as her diabetes medication became unavailable.

    'The airport was not open for us to transfer her, so she went into a coma and died. It was very sad for us,' she said.

    'People are dying from diarrhoea in Yemen. Anywhere else in the world you'd get medication and get better, but here half of the hospitals have either shut down or are partially working. Medication is hard to get into the country, it takes months, and then once it's available it's ridiculously expensive so many families can't buy it.'

    Despite the bleak situation Sukaina, like many Yemenis, hopes that the conflict will be resolved.

    'We believe with excessive pressure, governments can do something about Yemen,' she told FEMAIL.

    'They need to stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia, they need to put pressure on this war to end.

    'I visit many children in different offices and ask if they have hope, and their message is always, "Look at us in the eyes of mercy". We are innocent people and what's happening here is in the hands of the world.'


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    Boy, 13, stabbed in the face tells how he fought for his life against gang

    A teenage stabbing victim who fought off his attackers in a Liverpool park has spoken out about his horrifying ordeal.

    The schoolboy, who is just 13 years old, was stabbed in a violent attack in Newsham Park at around 9pm on Friday, August 2.

    His terrifying ordeal left him with four stab wounds - two to his chest, one to his face and another to his arm, with one of the wounds narrowly missing a main artery.

    Speaking exclusively to the ECHO , the boy recounted the moment he saw his attacker pull a blade out of his trousers and launch at him in the attack.

    The ECHO has chosen not to name the boy in order to protect his identity - but he described how one of his brave friends tried to fight off his attackers.

    He said: "I was with my mates and [the gang] started arguing with my mates. I don't know what it was about. I walked over to my mates and they started arguing with me and I went over and they tried to stab me.

    "I moved to the side and he started having a fight with me, then all of his mates ran over.

    "There were four or five of them and they were all about 15, it was a group of lads."

    The boy said his attacker "put his hands down his pants" and pulled out a knife in the terrifying attack which left him with multiple injuries.

    He said: "I was trying to fight him off. I ended up smacking one of them and then ran over to the skate park but one of them kicked my legs and I fell over. They kept attacking me when I was on the ground.

    "I stayed conscious but I wasn't thinking about anything. One of my friends was trying to fight them off. She was the one trying to fight them and they ran away. She took my top off and tried to put pressure on.

    "I thought I was getting punched. I didn't feel it. I was scared - right now I'm fine. My dad said I've got PTSD

    His dad, who is not being named in order to protect his son's identity, previously shared harrowing photos of his child in a hospital bed with stab wounds to his jaw and chest.

    Speaking to the ECHO when his son was allowed to come home, he said his injuries "looked like something out of a horror film."

    In an exclusive interview, he described the moment police knocked on the door and told him his son had been stabbed multiple times.

    He said: "I got a knock off the police and I thought he had been picked up because he's that age where he could start getting into trouble now. I said 'what's wrong have you picked up my son?' and they said 'don't worry, don't panic he's in Alder Hey and he has been stabbed multiple times and was found slumped outside a cafe'.

    "You fall to your knees when you hear that about your child."

    The boy was rushed to hospital for treatment after  paramedics  arrived at the scene but his attacker ran from the park with a gang.

    Speaking to the ECHO after the incident, a spokesperson for  Merseyside Police  told the  ECHO : "We are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 13-year-old boy was stabbed in Newsham Park this evening (Friday, August 2, 2019).

    "A report was received at 9pm that the boy had been stabbed by another male close to the skate park.

    "He has been taken to hospital where his current condition is described as serious but not life-threatening.

    "A cordon has been set up in the park and CCTV, forensic and witness enquiries are ongoing."

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    Bride carries premature baby down the aisle as she weds groom in the hospital

    Though Amanda, 27, was heavily pregnant, she had ten weeks until the birth of their son so they didn’t expect her to have any troubles. But the North Carolina family were shocked when Amanda went into labour at 30 weeks pregnant. Throwing their beachfront plans off the track, little Oliver was born at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh where he is still staying. Thankfully the newborn didn’t ruin the wedding as Amanda and Edwin postponed it, celebrating the big day in hospital. And a dapper Oliver even walked down the aisle with his mum. On the big day, he weighed a normal 7lb, a healthier number than the 3lb he was born weighing.

    When she went into labour, Amanda lamented missing their meticulously planned wedding. So when she told the hospital’s Family Navigator, Mallory Magelli McKeown, that she and Edwin would instead get married in a local courthouse, Mallory had other ideas. She encouraged the couple to make the day more special by getting married at the hospital chapel and inviting wee Oliver to attend.

    He was the star of the show, wearing a tiny suit as he walked down the aisle with his mum in lieu of a bouquet. ‘Could not have asked for a more special or memorable wedding, surrounded by family and the wonderful people taking care of my baby,’ Amanda wrote on her Facebook page. ‘Thank you WakeMed Children’s for letting Oliver be a part of our day and everything else you do.’

    A hospital spokesperson told Southern Living: ‘There was not a dry eye in the chapel, and the room was filled with love and celebration for Amanda, Edwin and Oliver.’ Let’s hope Oliver has a speedy recovery so his parents can enjoy their honeymoon.

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    Man goes for haircut and has stroke 2 days later, doctors say they're connected

    It’s something we all do on a regular basis. The time where your hair is just too messy, too long, generally out of control, or you’re just in need of a new look. You’re starting to look and feel a bit like a person who has gone to seed and it’s time to visit the salon to get your hair taken care of by someone who knows what they’re doing.

    So when Dave Tyler, a father of two and successful sound engineer, went to Headmasters Salon in Brighton, England, he had no idea that his health and his life were about to go off the rails. All because of a haircut.

    As Tyler was attended to by the technicians, they bent his head backward in order to give him a full shampoo and wash. His neck was fully extended back for many minutes, pressed up against the porcelain sink. At the end of the appointment, Tyler didn’t feel any different, except for the new look.

    But two days later during a business meeting, he suddenly collapsed.

    As he told the Daily Mail, “I felt the whole side of my body go numb and while waiting for the ambulance my eyes went ping and started rolling. This made me nauseous so I was sick.” Even worse, when he tried to drink some water to help calm himself, he couldn’t swallow and vomited. “Because I wasn’t able to swallow, I ingested some of the vomit into my lungs and developed pneumonia.”

    Tyler was rushed to the hospital, where doctors realized that he was suffering from a stroke. Once he had been stabilized, a neurologist asked him the very unusual question: “Have you had your hair cut recently?” as Tyler shared with the Mail. Then a bell rang for the confused man. He told the doctors about his recent visit to Headmasters.

    According to the Mail, “doctors told Mr. Tyler that he had suffered an initial blood clot in the salon which had given him the headaches. The clot burst two days later, sending lots of smaller clots into his brain – blocking the blood supply and causing a stroke, known as a lateral medullary syndrome.”

    But how could leaning back for a head wash lead to a deadly blood clot? Medical experts believe that when a person leans back into the sink, they can hyperextend the main artery that runs from the spine to the brain. The artery can be blocked or even torn by this movement, leading to blood clots that cut off the blood supply to the brain.

    From being a prominent sound engineer who could pride himself on having worked with British music industry giants including Simply Red, Blur, and Radiohead, Tyler was left with a series of debilitating health problems.

    As he told the Mail, “I will never drive again because I have permanently wobbly double vision.” After spending a substantial period in a wheelchair, he now has to use a cane in order to steady himself as he walks.

    Given the disastrous consequences of his blood clot, Tyler sued Headmasters and was awarded a 90,000 pound (US$140,000) settlement, given that the salon employees hadn’t used enough padding underneath his neck to prevent pinching and extension of the artery.

    What can you do to make sure the same fate doesn’t befall you at the salon?

    1. Ask your hairstylist to put something underneath your neck that provides significant padding to make sure your artery doesn’t get overextended.
    2. You can also ask to forgo a 90-degree angle, having them tilt your head at a diagonal angle so your neck isn’t too stretched out.
    3. You can even ask for a wash with your head bent over forward. While this might result in some water getting in your face, it’s much better than risking a stroke.

    As Tyler looks back on all the activities he used to enjoy with his daughters and in his career, he simply feels a sense of resignation. As he told the Mail, “those days are over.” Don’t let this happen to you!


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    Dad died holding eight-month-old baby son in his arms after cocaine binge

    A dad died falling asleep cuddling his baby son after a 12-hour drink and drug binge, an inquest heard.

    Michael Hollingworth, 42, was found "lying lifeless" in Cleethorpes, near Grimsby, by his ex-girlfriend after a night out that started at 6pm.

    Michael, a top local DJ, had gone back to his ex's house after spending a night with her partner, Robert Robinson, and a friend.

    He dozed off cuddling his eight-month-old baby Sonnie before he was found unresponsive an hour later, 

    He was telling me how he loved me, how he loved his kids. He started dozing off to sleep," his grief-stricken girlfriend Hollie Bridgewater told the hearing.

    "I heard him snoring , but he snored anyway. I tried to wake him up but he wouldn't.

    "He was a deep sleeper and I just assumed he was in a deep sleep."

    An hour later she found him unresponsive and shouted for help from Michael's ex Lashana Nottingham, who was sleeping in the next door bedroom with Robert.

    "Mike was just laid there lifeless," Robert told the court. "Hollie was in shock. I couldn't believe what was happening."

    The two couples had spent the night at Lashana's house in a bid to be "civil" after a series of disagreements. But it sadly ended in tragedy.

    The court heard Michael had taken cocaine throughout the night, drank a litre of straight vodka and took diazepam tablets as the night was drawing to an end.

    Robert said he had come and gone to the house three times throughout the night and "seemed in a good mood".

    He said: "He didn't seem overly intoxicated. He seemed his usual self."

    Michael was obsessed with music, performing on the decks in local clubs as DJ Giddy and living a "party lifestyle" fuelled by drugs and his favourite drink, vodka.

    Hollie, who struck up a relationship after Michael broke his leg in a club, said he drank "all the time, every night" and ignored her warnings to stop.

    Her boyfriend's behaviour, she said, had become erratic and Michael had tried to take his own life in the months before his death.

    A post mortem found lethal levels of cocaine in Michael's system, alongside "low concentrations" of morphine, codeine, fentanyl and diazapem.

    Prolonged cocaine use had already taken its toll on his body, causing damage to his heart, the hearing was told.

    Humberside Police  found a used fentanyl patch by the side of his bed and and packets of diazepam in his pocket, but "nothing to show deliberate act"

    Acting senior coroner Mark Kendall concluded: "There's nothing in the evidence to suggest to me that he had a suicidal intent and therefore I conclude that the cocaine level was unintended.

    "My conclusion is that his death was drug related as the unintended result of taking cocaine."

    A well-known face of Cleethorpes' and Grimsby's night life,  Mike's sudden death prompted an outpouring of sorrow , with Hollie receiving more than 700 messages of condolences.

    Speaking to Grimsby Live in October she said: ""It breaks my heart more than anything because Sonnie is so tiny.

    "He's going to miss Sonnie's first birthday, his first Christmas. That's heartbreaking more than anything.

    "But he will always be remembered. We will never forget him."


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    Cheerleader in tears when military dad is absent, then teen jumps fence and saves the day

    A military deployment can be difficult, especially if you are a parent with young kids. While being away from your family, you will miss important milestones in your child’s life.

    Addie Rodriguez’s father couldn’t attend her special cheerleading performance on “Parents’ Day” back in 2016, in which all the dads were supposed to hoist their girls up on their shoulders, as he was serving in the military, 1,700 miles away.

    While Addie, then 9, was performing with her team of cheerleaders during a football game at Central Catholic High School in San Antonio, Texas, she was left out of routine at one point. When all the cheerleaders on her squad were joined by their fathers, who hoisted them onto their shoulders, Addie had no one by her side.

    Addie, a fourth-grader at St. John Bosco Elementary School, was left alone and lonesome at that moment, because her father, senior airman Abel Rodriguez, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was training on the other side of the country at Travis Air Force Base in California. How sad it was!

    Feeling left out standing solo next to all the father-and-daughter duos, Addie’s tears began to flow. It seemed that nothing could save the girl from her sadness, who was apparently missing her dad.

    “It was really heartbreaking to see your daughter standing out there being the only one without their father, knowing why he’s away,” Addie’s mom, Alexis Perry-Rodriguez, told News 4 San Antonio. “It’s not just an absentee parent. He’s serving our country.”

    Fortunately, a high school senior, Matthew Garcia, saved the day. Matthew was watching his younger brother play in the game when he saw Addie crying. Doing what he felt was right, he leapt into action.

    “I ran down from the bleachers right here and I just hopped the fence, and I went over, and I knelt down, I talked to her and I said, ‘Are you OK?’” Matthew said.

    “I asked, ‘Do you mind if I pick you up?’ She said, ‘Yes,’” the teen said, in an interview with ABC News.

    In the next moment, Matthew lifted Addie up so she would not be the odd girl out, and she was over the moon! “I turned and saw the crowd clapping,” he recalled.

    Alexis, who attended the event to support her daughter, saw what the young man did for her daughter, and her heart just melted. “It was just the most beautiful thing,” she said. Matthew’s action moved the mom to tears to the point where she was unable to even speak.

    Needless to day, Addie was grateful for Matthew’s act of kindness. “I just felt like somebody saved my life,” she said. “I thought that’s so nice, especially since my dad’s serving for us.”

    Speaking of his action, Matthew, whose parents divorced when he was a child, explained he helped Addie out of empathy.

    “I understood what it was like to not have a dad there, so when I saw her crying like that, it just struck a chord with me. It was instinct, I guess. I just couldn’t see her like that,” he told Today.

    After the game, Addie came up to Matthew to say thank you. The girl gave him a hug and beamed the biggest smile on her face as the two took a photo together.

    “Seeing her smile after the way she was crying, that probably made my day even more than hers, to be honest with you,” said Matthew. “When Addie thanked me after the game, it was just really moving to me.”

    Kudos to Matthew for your act of kindness! And thank you all military personnel and their families for their service and sacrifice.


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    Son Exchanged Blows With His 60-years-old Father Over A Slay Queen

    An Angry Son Exchanged Blows With His 60-Year-Old Father Over His Plans To Marry A Third Wife On Monday At Matieko In Mosocho, Kisii County In Kenya. Michael Okioma Accused His Father Vincent Okioma For Planning To Marry A Third Wife Yet He Already Has Two. “I Was Angered After My Father Forced My Mother, A Second Wife To Vacate The House To Give Room For His New ‘Catch’ So I Roughed Him Up And Kicked Him Out Of The House,” Michael Said. According To Michael, His Father Is Too Old To Marry A 3rd Wife And He Could Not Fathom Why He Wanted A Third Wife.

    However, Mr Vincent Said His Decision To Marry A 3rd Wife Came After The Other Two Abandoned Him. “My Two Wives Have Denied Me Conjugal Rights So I Deserve A Young Woman Who Will Cook For Me And Satisfy Me In Bed,” He Said. He Vowed To Go On With His Plans To Marry A Third Wife Amid Fracas With Son.

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    3 Suspected Terrorists Arrested Surveying Kempinski Hotel

    Three suspected terrorists are being held by the police after they were nabbed reportedly surveying Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel, on Sunday.

    According to a report by The Star, the three, Abdi Mohammed Guled, Ibrahim Mohammed Guled and Mohammed Bashi Aden were arrested taking pictures of the picturesque hotel.

    They were also found in possession of several items including Kenyan IDs, mobile phones and electronic gadgets which were taken for forensic analysis.

    Confirming the incident, Sergeant Joseph Mwiti, who is attached to the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit, swore an affidavit that the three were arrested on suspicion of carrying out surveillance with an aim of carrying out a terrorist attack.

    “The respondents were covertly taking photographs at the hotel and when questioned, they did not give an explanation.

    “I want to retrieve their digital prints for forensic examination as well as examine their social media accounts. It is important for them to be detained by the ATPU to enable detailed criminal enquires to be carried out,” swore Mwiti.

    It was also revealed that, based on intelligence reports collected so far, the three suspects were a part of a large organisation and have other associates.

     “There is a need to carry out detailed interviews with the suspects and their associates to find out their co-conspirators,” continued Mwiti.

    The officer, as a result, asked Milimani Law Courts not to grant the suspects bail as they pose a greater threat to national security.

    He also wanted them held at a police station within Nairobi and its details concealed from the public.

    If found guilty, the three are facing between 20 and 30 years in prison for conspiring to commit a terrorist act and being members of a terrorist group.


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    South Florida Pastor Accused of Molesting 15-Year-Old Boy

    A South Florida pastor has been arrested after police say he molested a 15-year-old boy at the teen's home.

    Maurice Dave Lyn, 44, was arrested Tuesday on one count of lewd and lascivious molestation and two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct, according to a Coral Springs Police arrest report.

    Lyn, originally from Jamaica, came to the U.S. in 2002 and is the senior pastor at Deerfield Beach Ministries, according to their website.

    According to the arrest report, the teen said Lyn picked him up at his home on August 6, promising he would help the boy get school supplies. Lyn took the boy to get lunch and then drove him back to the boy's home, where he lives with his mother.

    Lyn asked the boy if anyone else was home, and the boy told him he was home alone, the report said. That's when the boy said Lyn pinned him up against a counter and started kissing him, the report said.

    The boy said he froze, and Lyn started fondling him, then stopped and said he had to leave, the report said. Lyn told the boy he'd perform a sex act on him the next time he sees him, the report said.

    According to the report, the boy's mother later recorded a conversation she had with Lyn, where she confronted him about the incident. Lyn told her he was "praying and fasting for forgiveness," the report said.

    Lyn was arrested and booked into jail, where he was being held on $75,000 bond Wednesday, records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.



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    Ghost' spotted in window behind councillor - but can you see it?

    People are claiming to have seen a "ghost" in a window behind a councillor in a picture being widely shared online.

    The photo taken in Caernarfon has been a huge source of debate.

    Councillor Jason Wayne Parry arranged for this photo to be taken on the Peblig Ward.

    He wanted the picture snapped in a bid to highlight problems with the 'dog mess' on the streets.

    But when he shared the photo to Facebook to raise awareness, the response he received wasn't what he was expecting at all.

    Some people said they could see a strange 'ghostly' figure standing in the window of one of the homes in the background of the picture,

    Cllr Parry, who owns Magic Clippers Gwallt Co in the town, said: “I was putting up signs warning against dog fouling in the area to bring attention to the problem we have in the estate. 

    “When I do jobs like that, I like to take a photo and share it on my Facebook page to let people know what's being done.

    “I was leaving work the other day and someone ran up to me and asked if I had noticed anything strange about the photo I'd put up.

    “She had said it was her friend's home in the background of the photo and while they were looking at it, they noticed something unusual in the window.”

    Curious, Cllr Parry decided to enlist the help of a friend who works as a TV editor to help shed some light on the mystery. 

    It was only when the photos were enhanced that in Cllr Parry's own words "it became obvious there was something there."

    Shocked, Cllr Parry sent it to the woman who currently lives in the at the address who then duly posted it online

    The image has attracted a flurry of speculation as to what - if anything - is in the window.

    Some say they see the image of a little girl or a woman.

    Others however have dismissed it as a simple optical illusion.

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    Slay Queen Caught Redhanded After Stealing A Hotel's Plasma TV In Delta

    The woman after she was caught A woman has been apprehended and paraded after stealing a Plasma TV belonging to Kevleyn Hotel in Delta State. It was gathered that the woman identified as Laurenta, conspired with her boyfriend to commit the said act after lodging in the hotel for one week. 

    The receptionist’s guard was let down after the lady claimed her boyfriend was retaining the hotel room after being spotted leaving with a “Ghana Must Go Bag” which had the TV inside. 

    It was also learnt that her boyfriend who stole the hotel’s towel, umbrella and key left 3 hours later with claim of buying something. Upon being traced to her sister’s house, the hotel’s management were told that Laurenta was subjected to mob action earlier after stealing N800k from a guy who slept with her. 

    The matter was taken to court and she was almost jailed with her boyfriend. Laurenta however confessed to the crime when dragged to the hotel and she reportedly said she used the TV to get a loan of N5k. The TV has been retrieved from the men who loaned her the money.

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    Woman Looks Out of Window to Check on Hired Plumber, What She Captured Goes Viral

    Talk about going above and beyond with one’s duties, this earnest plumber from the Acton Municipal Utility District went below and under—literally submerged headfirst—into a muddy pit to fix a 1-inch broken pipe that had burst. When his photo was shared online, it made a huge splash, and the hardworking plumber became an internet sensation overnight.

    When Jimmie Cox, a utility worker in his 20s from Fort Worth, Texas, was called on by Andrea Adams to fix a broken water line one day in 2016, he didn’t know he would soon become an internet star.

    Upon arriving at Adams’s place, Cox found water shooting out of a 5-foot (about 1.5-meter) hole near her front driveway. It was a mess! The water was muddy, spewing all over, and Adams was running around.

    Cox went under and tried to stop the leak. “The hole was about five-and-a-half foot deep,” he told WFAA.

    “I wasn’t even able to get the clampers, so we had to cut it and put a valve on there when it was underwater,” he said.

    So, he went above and beyond to solve this situation. He plunged himself into the pool of muddy water again—headfirst.

    “You basically start holding your breath and if stuff starts going up your nose that is too bad,” Cox told Inside Edition.

    When Adams saw Cox “snorkeling” in the muddy hole, submerged from the waist up, she just couldn’t believe what she was seeing. She said: “When I walked back outside, the kid was in there.”

    Adams was overwhelmed at the worker’s dedication and took a photo of Cox jumping into the murky abyss.

    Adams asked Cox if she could take a photo of him, because her husband surely wouldn’t believe her if she told him what happened in their front yard. Then, Adams posted the photo on Facebook, and it became a hit.

    “Then, I posted the photo to Facebook, and within two hours, people in Brazil were commenting,” Adams said.

    Cox couldn’t believe how much attention he was suddenly receiving. Even show host Mike Rowe, from Dirty Jobs, called him. He said: “Tell me that was a water line, because if that was a sewer line I’m going to have to buy you a whole case of beers.”

    Luckily, this plumbing job didn’t involve a sewer line.

    Cox told Rowe: “It feels pretty crazy that that many people are staring a picture of my butt.”

    Cox’s story even got the attention of jeans company Wrangler, because in the photo, the utility worker was wearing a pair of Wrangler jeans. “Now this is an #EverydayHero. Keep up the good work, buddy, & expect to see some #WranglerJeans coming your way,” Wrangler Jeans tweeted.

    To reward Cox’s dedication at work, Wrangler offered him a free year’s supply of jeans!

    Later on in the year, when Wrangler hosted Jeansboro Day, the company even invited Cox to be their guest of honor. At the event commemorating the city’s denim history, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan presented Cox the key to the city.

    But that’s not the end of the surprises. Inside Edition flew him to New York, where a stylist helped him pick out new clothes, in addition, he got his hair styled, beard trimmed, and enjoyed a relaxing spa session.

    It looks like going that extra mile paid off very well! But as Cox humbly put it, “you gotta do what you gotta do.”

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    46-year-old banker commits suicide hours after posting suicidal note on Facebook

    A 46-year-old male banker committed suicide hours after going to Facebook to share a suicide note.

    Ibeakanma Onyechere, a married father, was found dead in his room in his house at Victoria island, Lagos state.

    Reportedly, banker Umuakam Afugiri in Umuahia, in the north of the LGA, in the state of Abia, left his wife with a suicide note before committing suicide by consuming a harmful substance on Friday, August 9, 2019. His wife, who, According to reportedly went shopping when he took her life, found the ticket when she returned.

    The note, reportedly obtained by Igbere TV, reads: “The best, that’s what I used to call you. Finally this is the end of my journey here on earth. The evil I have been battling with has succeeded in quenching the flame.

    “You married a wrong man. You’re a good woman and you deserve the best. You need to be happy. You need to soar. Please take care of our princess Chinenyenwa.

    “Tell her that I love her so much. Be peaceable with everyone though not gonna be easy. Tell my family not to harbour any resentment against you. You’re a blessing to us.

    “That’s the wish of a dying man. Don’t cry for me but pray for me. I love you and chinenye so much. Good Bye My beloved.”

    He also shared a Facebook post that hinted at his imprending suicide. It reads: “THE LIGHT IS GRADUALLY DIMMING OUT…………”

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    Connor (left), 17, discovered his mother at the bottom of the stairs and made sure sisters Aleysha, 13 and Chiara, 12, didn't have to see their mum injured

    The 17-year-old also dealt with the police and paramedics after the accident on July 20.

    Connor's auntie, Amanda Curtis, said: 'For a 17-year-old boy he has shown such maturity.

    'When he found his mum, he immediately thought of the two young girls and didn't want them to see their mum at the bottom of the stairs.

    'He called their father to come pick them up and come straight round.

    'He also dealt with the police and paramedics, it is unbelievable how a 17-year-old boy could deal with that situation.

    'I think the girls do know what is going on, but it is going to be a really long process.

    'I think there's a bit of denial as to what has happened. There will come a point that they will realise their mother is not coming back.'

    The grief-stricken family are now coming to terms with the fact they will never see Suzanne again.

    Tony Curtis, Suzanne and Amanda's father, said: 'You just go over and over it time and time again and ask yourself: 'Did this happen?' or 'Did that happen?'

    'It's hard to find closure and we won't have that until the inquest takes place next January.

    'There are ups and downs, you get good moments and moments where you see something or hear a song and it all comes flooding back.'

    Suzanne was born in Aberdeen, and then followed her dad around the world as he travelled in his Royal Air Force fuel installations job, which saw her live in places such as Scotland, Germany and the Midlands.

    She and Connor moved to Wales after she met her former partner who was from Port Talbot.

    It was there that her two daughters were born and around five years later she took on a job as a teaching assistant at St Joseph's Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre.

    She later became a well-respected health and wellbeing coordinator, which she excelled at and took pride in.

    Along with her role at the school, she went above and beyond to get involved in putting on the St Joseph's Community Summer Festival, a popular event which would bring the community together and raise money.

    She had aspirations to go into the world of child psychology and was studying inclusive education at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David when she died.

    She had a flair for art, and loved 'upcycling' old furniture and raising money for charity, but mainly loved spending time with her children outdoors.

    Before she entered the world of education, she also worked in retail, and had been manager at River Island.

    Tony said: 'She was kind, caring and had a little bit of a wild side.

    'She always thought of other people and could not do enough for others. She was really, really family orientated and her children always came first.

    'She was the life and soul. I'll always remember her for being my daughter.

    We had so many happy memories right through childhood where we'd all go out on big family get-togethers.

    'For me, I just liked coming down from Leeds and sitting and talking to her. It was always so nice.

    'She will always be remembered for her fun-loving nature and kindness, she definitely had a wicked side and a great sense of humour.

    'She will just be remembered for being Suzie, she was definitely one of a kind and she touched so many people in a lovely way.

    'She loved to help the kids and she was very well-respected, not just as an employee but as a person. She just had this way with children, they all seemed to listen to her.

    'Some of them had problems at home and she had a knack of calming them down. She will be missed not just by the staff but by the pupils too.'

    An inquest into Suzanne's death has been opened and adjourned until January 9 next year pending results of a post-mortem examination and toxicology reports.


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    Homeless Orphaned Man Gets Out Of Jail To Find His 8th Grade Teacher Taking Him Back To Her Home

    In 2013, a teenage boy named Amonte Green moved to Winter Park, Florida, with his mother. He was 15 years old when his mom died, leaving him alone to fend for himself.

    Amonte had no other choice than to crash at his friends’ houses and bounce from one homeless shelter to another. During his junior year, he dropped out of Winter Park High School so he could focus on earning whatever money he could by working at local fast-food restaurants.

    While staying in a group home for at-risk youth, Amonte got into an altercation after another resident reportedly began mocking him and talking ill about his late mother. Amonte was charged with aggravated assault and thrown in jail.

    He grew lonelier and more hopeless as the days passed. He had no friends or family to help him. He had nowhere to live and no money to his name.

    After 33 nights in jail, Amonte — now 20 years old — was released, and the charges against him were dropped. He was fully ready to make positive changes in his life.

    With nowhere else to turn and nowhere to go, Amonte placed a phone call to the one person who always seemed to care the most: his former eighth grade math teacher whom he met when he was 15 … the same year his mother died.

    Kate Demory received Amonte’s desperate call, leading to an incredible string of kindness — and a story of hope and friendship — that is touching hearts across the country.

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    Father 'marries' his dying daughter at her hospital ward

    A Chinese father has held a special 'wedding ceremony' with his four-year-old cancer-stricken daughter to help the girl realise her dream of being a bride. 

    The little girl, named Yaxin, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia and could die within two months if her family fail to find money to treat her, according to her father Yuan Dongfang. 

    The heart-broken parent told Chinese media that his family had spent all their savings and run into massive debts in order to treat Yaxin in the past two years. 

    He said they had borrowed around 400,000 yuan (£45,800) to pay for the medical bills, but were told by the doctors that further treatment would cost around 600,000 yuan (£68,700) more.

    Mr Yuan said his daughter told him she wanted to be a bride, therefore he decided to arrange the ceremony at her ward in Boren Hospital in Beijing.

    During the ceremony on November 17, Mr Yuan knelt down to give his daughter a small bouquet of flowers as Yaxin wore one white towel on the head and another around her waist as her make-shift wedding costume. 

    Mr Yuan told local media that the idea occurred to him when he was comforting his crying daughter one day after an operation. 

    He said his daughter, who was about to turn five, was in such pain that she kept asking him to take her home. 

    'I told her that we could go home when she recovers. She could go home to find her playmates, go to the zoo or school, find a job or get married,' he told

    'Then she asked me "when would I be able to get married?" And I answered: "When you grow to the age of me and your mother".'

    The girl then told her father it would take too long before asking him if he could be her 'boyfriend' or 'husband' to marry her. 

    'She might not understand the meaning of getting married. She might just think that it is a wonderful thing and therefore wants to do it,' the man explained. 

    Yaxin's family are originally from Dandong, a city in north-east China's Liaoning province bordering North Korea. 

    Yaxin's grandparents have poor health and her parents have had to lead a thrifty life and work extra hours in order to pay the medical bills for the elderly couple. 

    The family's fate was changed all of sudden in September, 2016, when a two-year-old Yaxin was found to have acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a type of blood cancer that mainly affects younger people and starts from young white blood cells in the bone marrow. 

    In order to save their daughter, Mr Yuan and his wife sold the majority of their assets and borrowed money from their relatives before taking the child to the capital city for nine-month-long chemotherapy sessions. The girl's condition stablised after the treatment.

    However, Mr Yuan said Yaxin's health took a turn for the worse in September and his family were devastated to learn from the doctors that the girl's condition had transformed from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia into acute myeloid leukaemia.

    Doctors allegedly said that Yaxin's case was extremely rare and that the transformation of her disease was caused by a genetic mutation which was in turn caused by long-term chemotherapy.  

    Acute myeloid leukaemia is an aggressive and rare form of blood cancer. Its symptoms usually develop over a few weeks and become more severe.

    After diagnosis, patients need urgent chemotherapy due to the aggressive nature of the cancer, according to NHS Choices.

    The health of Yaxin's grandparents also reportedly became worse after they heard of the sad news of their granddaughter.

    Mr Yuan and his wife have moved to Beijing and now live in a small rented flat near the hospital. They are desperate to raise money for Yaxin to have an emergency transplant. 

    The emotional father has plead for help from the public through the press. 

    He said: 'She really wants to keep on living healthily. 

    'She is so innocent, native, cute and mature. We cannot leave her behind. 

    'We hope kind-hearted people in the society could help us save our beloved daughter.'

    The family have received 150,000 yuan (£17,158) donation from the public through an online fund-raising campaign.

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    Woman, 28, reveals how she met her husband while she was on a Tinder date with someone else - and he proposed on the SAME night

    A woman has revealed how she met her husband while she was on a Tinder date with someone else - and he proposed on the same night.

    Jorinda Liebenberg, 28, from Perth, was on a Tinder date with someone else at a rugby event in Perth when her sister ran over to her in the bar and said she needed to meet Gys.

    'I was kissing my Tinder date when my sister interrupted and loudly whispered that I have to tell him I have to go to the loo,' Jorinda told FEMAIL.

    'She told me she had just met my future husband!' 

    Confused, the 28-year-old said she followed her sister, first to the bathroom where she re-did her makeup, and then over to meet Gys. 

    'We hit it off instantly and spent the evening getting to know each other,' Jorinda said.

    She said the night she met him, he even went down on one knee and proposed to her.

    'It was all laughs and jokes, but who knew that we would really end up marrying each other three years later?,' she joked.

    Jorinda said the first night they met, the pair got on 'extremely well' and she found out more about him and where he came from.

    'Gys grew up on his family's farm in Namibia and studied mineral sciences at university,' she said.

    'He kept wanting to kiss me that night, but I wouldn't let him and said I don't kiss on the first night, as I was aware my Tinder date, Dylan, was still somewhere dancing in the background.'

    She eventually left the date with plans to meet up with Gys in the coming days.

    And over time, Jorinda said she realised the 28-year-old was in fact her 'soulmate'.

    'It sounds corny, but I can't imagine my life without him,' she said. 

    Despite the initial joke proposal on the first day they met, Jorinda said they eventually married last year in Namibia.

    'It was magical,' she said. 'A breathtakingly beautiful setting, where the desert meets the ocean.'

    Jorinda said she kept things relatively simple for her big day, but did have a wedding planner to help - who assisted with the colour palette, greenery and flowers.

    'It's a strange story how we met,' Jorinda said.

    'But I wouldn't have it any other way. We were so lucky to have found one another.'

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    Policeman killed by mob for ‘shooting’ pregnant woman dead

    A mob on Saturday lynched an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) attached to the Area M Command for allegedly shooting a pregnant tailor dead.

    The incident occurred at Agbole area of Ijegun in Egbe-Idimu Local Council Development Area (LCDA) yesterday afternoon.

    It was gathered that two other policemen sustained injuries and ran to the Palace of the Ijegun monarch at Ologun for safety.

    Trouble was said to have started after stray bullet fired by the cops who were chasing suspected kidnappers hit the woman identified as Biliki in her shop.

    She was said to have been rushed to the hospital but died shortly after she was taken to the clinic.

    Her death, it was gathered sparked outrage in the neighbourhood as residents wondered why the police team would open fire at the place with so many defenless civilians going about their lawful businesses.

    According to one Damilare Olarenwaju the policemen fired shot at a roundabout where there were a lot of people.

    He said: “How can policemen fire shot at a roundabout, on a Saturday close to festive period in Ijegun?

    The Nation gathered that angry youths in the area had blocked the road to the Oba’s palace, while anti-riot policemen have been drafted there to restore normalcy.

    “The road in front of the king’s palace is impassable at the moment. Vehicular movements have been diverted into a nearby street to access Ijegun bus stop.

    “The information I gathered is that the policemen from Area M fired gunshots while chasing suspected criminal and the bullet killed a woman. Youths in the area killed him and injured his colleagues. One of them managed to crawl to the Oba’s palace,” said a resident.

    Contacted, police spokesman Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP) confirmed the death of the ASP, adding that efforts were on to restore peace in the area.

    “I cannot tell you what really happened at the moment but it is true that we lost an ASP and two order ranks were injured. They are of the Anti-kidnapping unit attached to Area M.

    “Reinforcement has been deployed to the area for the restoration of peace. Let us first calm the situation before we can talk of what happened,” he said.

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    Woman paid money for the dangerous hobby that killed her, warned others before dying

    As summer begins to wane in the northern parts of the United States, many people start to think about how to hold on to one of the most precious things they got at the peak of the heat and sunshine—their tans.

    But while getting some color is one thing, tanning can be even more deadly than smoking.

    Disturbing studies from the American Cancer Society have shown that skin cancer “is by far the most common type of cancer.” It takes twice as many lives as lung cancer, a disease that’s well known and whose dangers are advertised on every pack of cigarettes and tobacco products. But when have you ever seen an image of a person with melanoma posted on a tanning bed?

    If there’s an image that should be seen, it’s that of Ashley Trenner, a woman from Washington state, who was one of the 35 percent of Americans who have used a tanning bed, a figure reported from an AMA study, per USA Today. But Tanner didn’t just go from time to time; she made it her mission to keep her tan all year round.

    As friends of hers told the SkinCancer Foundation, this beautiful, energetic retail worker would always say, “I don’t care if I die from tanning as long as I die tan.” Living in one of the least sunny parts of the country and being fair-skinned by nature, Trenner had to work hard to keep it going. Tanning was just one part of her focus on her appearance. “She was into looking good and being thin,” her mom, Karen, told the Foundation.

    But Trenner had no idea what all that tanning was really doing to her skin. She was only thinking about the great look it gave her, and the good feeling that came from the UV rays, which aren’t in abundance in the rainy Pacific Northwest. As the SkinCancer Foundation notes, “studies show that UV light from tanning can increase the level of feel-good chemicals in the brain, leading to dependency, not unlike drug addiction.”

    For people like Trenner, who are prone to seasonal depression, tanning not only boosts their self-image, it also makes them feel as though they have received a booster shot of sunshine.

    All this time, Trenner was oblivious to very real downsides of tanning. When her mom pleaded with her to stop, given the history of melanoma in the family, Trenner said she didn’t care. As she wrote in a blog post, “I didn’t listen when I was warned about the dangers of tanning beds and not using sunscreen.”

    For a while, Trenner was able to get away with it, but the millions of UV rays eventually caught up with her. At age 33, about 15 years after she had started tanning, Trenner was diagnosed with melanoma. It started small enough with small lesions on her buttocks that the dermatologists removed. But Trenner didn’t have insurance at the time and couldn’t get over her pride to ask her parents for financial help.

    As Trenner wrote on her friend’s blog, the key is catching the disease early. “If the melanoma is caught in the beginning stages and hasn’t metastasized the survival rate is over 95% and highly treatable.” But if like Trenner, you delay, the disease spreads like wildfire throughout your body and can’t be treated. “It’s a cancer that’s not taken seriously. The majority of people say, ‘oh, it’s just skin cancer, you[‘re] lucky.’ If not detected early skin cancer is deadly.”

    Perhaps the worst thing about Trenner’s melanoma was the knowledge that she did it to herself. As she told KING in Seattle, “I paid. I paid money to be in the position I am now […] It wasn’t just like I wanted to be tan. I was literally paying someone to get this terrible disease that’s killing me.”

    In March 2013, after seven years of painful and expensive surgeries, drugs, and treatments, Ashley Trenner passed away. While her life was lost unnecessarily, before she died, she made sure to share her story far and wide to save others.

    As per the Skin Cancer Foundation, “if there’s one person’s life I can affect, that’s a beautiful gift I can give to somebody. I don’t want them to end up like me, it’s just not worth it.”

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