Monday, April 18, 2011

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know You Needed

Teen ticketed for injuring 'car-surfing' girls
Sixteen-year-old Pedro Mendez was ticketed after three teen girls riding on the hood of his car were thrown off and injured.
The Palm Bay teen was traveling between 15 and 20 mph when he suddenly braked flinging the 15-, 16- and 17-year-old girls onto the pavement  The girls suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Surgeons: Time to Remove Battery From Boy
Arizona doctors are going to have to cut a boy open to get a leaking battery out of his stomach. He swallowed the small lithium battery from a DVD remote.
It happened a few months ago, but Friday, surgeons prepared for the operation at the Phoenix Children's Hospital. Doctors say it's especially dangerous because the battery leaked inside the boy, burning his esophagus.
"When we found out that the battery was lodged in his esophagus, we were devastated, sickened, shocked," said the boy's mother, Karla Ranch. "We couldn't believe that this could have happened."
Experts say you can find these tiny batteries in other household items like bathroom scales, hearing aids, and singing greeting cards.
10-year-old boy to have sex change
A Court has allowed a 10-year-old boy to become the youngest Australian to have sex-change therapy.
The boy, known as Jamie, has lived as a girl for two years, dressing in feminine clothes, using the girls' toilet at school and "presenting as a very attractive young girl with long, blonde hair", the court heard.
The court heard Jamie saw herself as a "freak" and a "girl in a boy's body", and had first identified as a girl when she was a toddler.
Her mother said though doctors had told her Jamie would be the youngest patient to start such treatment, she was confident it was in her best interests.
She said before her child changed schools in year 3 and acted as a girl, she told her, "Mummy, it is so hard trying to be a boy", and that she had to "go to school disguised as a boy".
The mother said the family had started treating Jamie as a female in 2008 after her non-identical twin brother accepted her condition and announced: "I have a sister."

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