Baby born with four legs and two spines separated from parasitic twin which stuck out of her body

Baby born with four legs and two spines separated from parasitic twin which stuck out of her body

A baby girl born with four legs and two spines has been separated from a parasitic twin which protruded from her neck and back.

The ten-month-old girl, identified only as Dominique, was taken from the Ivory Coast to a hospital in the US for a complex surgery which was deemed a success.

A team led by five surgeons operated on the little girl for six hours, and she is said to be thriving following the rare procedure on March 8.

Dominique spent five days in hospital and is now recovering at the home of a foster family until she is healthy enough to fly back home to the West African nation.

Doctors who performed the surgery at Advocate Children’s Hospital, in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, said the bottom half of the parasitic twin’s undeveloped body was protruding from Dominique’s neck and back.

“She’s been home with ‘step-mum’ and just doing very, very well.”

The girl’s foster mum, Nancy Swabb, has been caring for Dominique since she left her family in Ivory Coast and arrived in the US for surgery.

Dominique’s family have been relying on her for updates.

Ms Swabb said: “She’s been a joy. We really enjoyed having her in our family.

Scientists win prize for brain research

Scientists win prize for brain research

Three UK-based scientists have won a prestigious prize worth 1m euros for studying the brain’s reward centre.

Their work helps explain what drives common human behaviours.

Reward is necessary for keeping us alive, but it can also spiral out of control leading to gambling and drug addiction.

According to the BBC, Wolfram Schultz, Peter Dayan and Ray Dolan said winning The Brain Prize – the biggest in the field of neuroscience – was a “great honour”.

Prof Schultz is planning a holiday with the family, but his co-winners are still trying to figure out how to spend their prize money from Denmark’s Lundbeck Foundation.

Dying author writes romantic dating profile for husband

Dying author writes romantic dating profile for husband

An author dying of ovarian cancer has written a dating profile of her husband so he can find “another love story”.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal lists his best qualities and says she hopes “the right person reads this [and] finds Jason”.

“I have never been on Tinder, Bumble or eHarmony,” she writes in the New York Times.

“But I’m going to create a general profile for Jason right here, based on my experience of co-existing in the same house with him for, like, 9,490 days.”

Amy is known for writing books for children, as well as memoirs about her own family and life.

She and Jason have been together for almost three decades and have grown-up children.



The 2014 West African Ebola outbreak killed 11,310 people. Liberian nursing assistant Salome Karwah was not one of them. The disease that tore through her town in August of that year took her mother, her father, her brother, aunts, uncles, cousins and a niece. But by some miracle it left Karwah, her sister Josephine Manley and her fiancé James Harris still alive.

Karwah used to joke that survivors had “super powers” because after overcoming the disease they were forever immune from it. Like any superhero, she often quipped, it was her moral duty to use those powers for the betterment of humankind. So as soon as she recovered, she returned to the hospital where she had been treated – the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Ebola treatment unit just outside of the capital, Monrovia to help other patients.

Not only did she understand what they were going through, she was one of the rare people who could comfort the sick with hands-on touch. She could spoon-feed elderly sufferers, and rock feverish babies to sleep.

But just because Karwah escaped Ebola, it didn’t mean she was secure against the failures of Liberia’s broken medical system. She died on Feb. 21, 2017, from complications in childbirth and the lingering social stigma faced by many of Ebola’s survivors.



The World Health Organization has drawn up a list of the drug-resistant bacteria that pose the biggest threat to human health.Top of the list are gram-negative bugs, such as E. coli, which can cause lethal bloodstream infections and pneumonia in frail hospital patients.

The aim is to focus the minds of governments on finding new antibiotics to fight hard-to-treat infections.Experts have repeatedly warned that we are on the cusp of a “post-antibiotic era”, where some infections will be untreatable with existing drugs. Experts say common infections could then spread and kill.