Monday, March 9, 2009

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Prisoner amputates own penis
A Monroe Correctional Complex prisoner with a history of mental illness was rushed to the hospital Thursday after his second attempt to cut off his penis.
The prisoner already had amputated much of his genitals several years ago, prison spokeswoman Cathy Kopoian said.
On Thursday the man apparently used a razor blade to cut off what remained.
Penile amputation is a rare condition and doctors in Seattle deal with only about one case each year, the urologist said.
This kind of self-mutilation typically is caused by psychosis, said Dr. Bruce Gage, the chief of psychiatry for the state Department of Corrections.
"People who cut themselves or hurt themselves are rarely trying to kill themselves," he said.
More often they are trying to bring about some kind of change or find relief from inner pain, Gage said.
Do you know the difference between head and butt?
A midwife has mistaking a baby's bottom for his head.
Gaynor Rostron, 36, failed to realize she was dealing with a difficult breech birth - despite a scan showing the problem - putting the woman and her baby in danger.
Colleagues at Tameside General maternity unit in Manchester had previously reported that she did not carry out proper checks on a baby, allowing his heart rate to plummet before getting medical help. She is nolonger working as a midwife because of her incompetence.
NMC Chairman Catherine Duthie said: "Although breech presentations can be difficult to diagnose, in this case the baby was presenting feet first, so it was obvious that something was unusual. Furthermore, a record of an ultrasound scan was available to Miss Rostron."


Anon Y. Mous said...

Midwife certification requirements: 4 hour online course, 36 hours community service.
Doctor certification: 8 years college learning, 3-8 years of intership/residency.

Tattoo Jim said...

Maybe the dude who was cutting his shit off could give it to the midwife... kind of a starter lesson on the magic of conception and birth.

The Man said...

Both of the news stories are f**ked up.