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Tiny miracle: Smallest twin home at last


SOUTH WALES: Liz and Jeff Barrett were devastated when they lost their daughter Mollie just two days after Liz went into premature labour at 23 weeks.

But they were thrilled and amazed when her smaller twin Freya-Grace refused to give up the battle for survival despite only weighing 13oz at birth, reports Daily Mail.

Over eight months she had nine blood transfusions, a plasma transfusion, and a delicate heart valve operation.

The feisty youngster was allowed home from hospital today to Deri in South Wales with an oxygen supply to help strengthen her lungs.

Many hospitals leave babies born before 24 weeks to die because they only have a two per cent chance of survival and often have severe disabilities.

However, doctors are hopeful that Freya-Grace will go on to live a normal life.

Liz and her self-employed builder husband Jeff, 33, kept a cotside vigil - taking it turns to be with their little girl.

When their daughter was born she fitted easily into Liz's hand and her skin was so transluscent some of her veins were visible.

She told the daily her brave little girl is living proof that babies are viable at 23 weeks.

She is furious after a leading consultant questioned whether babies should be resuscitated when born at 23 weeks.
Lioness spends hours grooming her dying mate


PITTSBURGH: They spent their whole lives together and their love was plain for all to see.

But now Juma, the lion king, is dead and his queen Shiba is having to get used to life on her own after 21 years of 'married bliss.'

Juma, the pride of Pittsburgh Zoo, passed away after battling age-related ailments including feline dementia.

His death followed weeks of barely eating anything. In his final days and he ate nothing and Shiba barely left his side, constantly grooming him as he grew too weak to move.
Kathy Suthard, the zoo's lead carnivore keeper, said: 'As you watched Juma and Shiba, they reminded you of an old married couple.

'They were always together. They would curl up together at night on one of the sleeping platforms.

'When Juma’s arthritis prevented him from jumping up to the platform, Shiba would join him on the straw bed we made for him.'

Fortunately Shiba, who at 22 was a year older than Juma, seems to be coping with life alone.

Miss Suthard said: 'I think that she sensed that Juma wasn’t feeling well.

'Days before he died, she spent hours grooming him and would stay very close. A couple days after his passing, she seemed distracted.

'Shiba stayed inside for a couple of days but is now back to her routine.'
Student tracks down iPhone using GPS


MANCHESTER: Guided by U.S. military satellites, two young men sprinted across Manchester city centre.

Like a scene from spy drama 24, the position of their target was tracked second-by-second via GPS, and relayed to them by mobile phone.

They dashed through a subway and emerged on Grosvenor Street, still in hot pursuit of their suspect.

At the last second one picked up the pace and, jumping on-board a departing bus, cornered the suspect. 'You've got my phone, haven't you?' he gasped.

The hi-tech drama started when James Bird, 20, noticed his £500 iPhone 4 had disappeared from a computer room at Manchester University.

Unfortunately for the suspect, the second-year student from Burnley, Lancashire, used a new app to track its location and get it back.

It uses GPS satellite technology to show the exact location of the phone on a map, updated live.

'The tracker is a free application I had set up. You log into the account and activate the service, and using the GPS in the phone it tells you where it is,' said Mr Bird.

'One of my mates Nick Crisp watched it on the map on his phone and me and Alex went out to track it down.'
Japanese road repaired SIX days after it was destroyed by quake


JAPAN: The picture of gaping chasms in a Japanese highway demonstrated the power of the March 11 earthquake.

Now the astonishing speed of reconstruction is being used to highlight the nation’s ability to get back on its feet.

Work began on March 17 and six days later the cratered section of the Great Kanto Highway in Naka was as good as new. It was ready to re-open to traffic last night.

Many workers returned to their jobs the day after the quake and subsequent tsunami and some businesses in the worst-hit regions have already reopened.

The Japanese recovery has prompted some investors, including American Warren Buffett, one of the world’s richest men, to declare that the disaster which has left 23,000 dead or missing represents a ‘buying opportunity’ in the money markets.

Meanwhile, mothers in Tokyo were warned yesterday not to give tap water to their babies.

Cars with loudspeakers toured the streets of the capital after levels of radiation from the damaged nuclear plant at Fukushima, nearly 150 miles away, reached more than twice the safety level for children aged a year or less.

Supermarkets were quickly emptied of bottled water in many parts of the city. Parents were also told to ensure that milk was not from cows in the Fukushima district.

Tokyo residents said they had growing concerns about radiation.

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