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Submitted by: Dale Appell

Tampa, Florida February 23, 2011 Like any bride, Crystal Hill wanted to look fabulous for her wedding on February 12, 2010. So after losing 60 pounds from dieting and exercise, her girlfriends suggested liposuction so shed look her best for her big day and her new husband. Her girlfriends recommended Dr. Yves Jean-Baptiste because some of them had used him for liposuction procedures without complications. No one told Crystal Hill that Dr. Jean-Baptiste started doing liposuction procedures at his north Tampa family practice after completing a three day course in South Florida. Crytall Hill only became aware of that after reading an article in the St. Petersburg Times on August 7, 2010 entitled Limited training among some cosmetic surgery doctors worries state officials. According to the article, the Florida Board of Medicine recommended Dr. Jean-Baptistes medical license be suspended for one year and pay a $50,000.00 fine for allowing unlicensed assistants to perform liposuction procedures.

Crystal had reservations about having any type of cosmetic surgery, but with her approaching wedding and unattractive loose skin resulting from her weight loss, she decided to make the appointment. She first met with Dr. Jean-Baptiste on April 14, 2009 and felt comfortable with his recommendations because of her girlfriends successes and because Dr. Jean-Baptiste was board certified. Not until later would Crystal come to realize that there is a significant difference between board certification in family medicine which Dr. Jean-Baptiste was, versus board certification in plastic surgery, which he was not.

Dr. Jean-Baptiste performed two separate liposuction procedures on Ms. Hill. The first one went relatively well. The second one to her back side did not. Attorney Dale Appell in Tampa, Florida filed a lawsuit yesterday on Crystal Hills behalf and says, According to our expert, a board certified plastic surgeon, Mr. Hill was not an appropriate candidate for liposuction because even after losing 60 pounds, Crystals body mass index was still too high. During the surgery, the doctor removed too much fat tissue from Ms. Hill and infused too much fluid. This can traumatize the skin around the surgical site causing it to die and makes the patient more susceptible to infection.

And infection in the area of the liposuction is exactly what happened to Crystal. But rather than send Crystal to an infectious disease specialist, Dr. Jean-Baptiste and his staff attempted to treat the infection in his office by removing infected tissue from Crystal on almost a daily basis for approximately two weeks. During one of her last appointments, Dr. Jean-Baptiste sutured the large area with the infection still inside Crystal. Although Crystal grew increasingly concern about the infection and the way it was being treated, Dr. Jean-Baptiste appeared confident and then there was that Board Certification certificate on his wall. Because he was a board certified doctor, I trusted him too much, says Ms. Hill.

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Eventually Crystals fianc insisted Crystal see her primary doctor. Once her primary doctor unwrapped the bandages exposing the large area of infection, that doctor immediately admitted Crystal to the hospital, where the sutures were removed and the infection treated. Crystal cancelled her February wedding since she was still undergoing wound treatment several months after she was first admitted to the hospital. Crystal and her husband did eventually get married but without any family or friends present. Grateful to be alive after the ordeal, Crystal now lives with permanent and significant deformity of the surgical area. She also has a large area of irreversible and permanent scarring in addition to pain and a diminished range of motion.

Similar to the case mentioned in the St. Petersburg Times article, Ms. Hill believes that unlicensed assistants performed liposuction on her and that the reports failed to properly documented both the surgery and the treatment afterward. According to her attorney Mr. Appell, in addition to her lawsuit, Ms. Hill also filed a complaint with the Florida Department of Health. Its Ms. Hills hope that the Department and the Florida Board of Medicine will take appropriate action.

Contact Dale Appell, Esq. if you would like additional information at 813-877-3253 or An interview with Crystal Hill can be arranged as she seeks to bring awareness to the public of the issues regarding board certification, adequate training and cosmetic surgery.

Dale Appell

Personal Injury Law

3001 North Rocky Point Dr., Suite 200, Tampa, FL 33607

Phone: (813) 877-DALE (727) 866-DALE

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27 August

Cleveland, Ohio clinic performs US’s first face transplant

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A team of eight transplant surgeons in Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA, led by reconstructive surgeon Dr. Maria Siemionow, age 58, have successfully performed the first almost total face transplant in the US, and the fourth globally, on a woman so horribly disfigured due to trauma, that cost her an eye. Two weeks ago Dr. Siemionow, in a 23-hour marathon surgery, replaced 80 percent of her face, by transplanting or grafting bone, nerve, blood vessels, muscles and skin harvested from a female donor’s cadaver.

The Clinic surgeons, in Wednesday’s news conference, described the details of the transplant but upon request, the team did not publish her name, age and cause of injury nor the donor’s identity. The patient’s family desired the reason for her transplant to remain confidential. The Los Angeles Times reported that the patient “had no upper jaw, nose, cheeks or lower eyelids and was unable to eat, talk, smile, smell or breathe on her own.” The clinic’s dermatology and plastic surgery chair, Francis Papay, described the nine hours phase of the procedure: “We transferred the skin, all the facial muscles in the upper face and mid-face, the upper lip, all of the nose, most of the sinuses around the nose, the upper jaw including the teeth, the facial nerve.” Thereafter, another team spent three hours sewing the woman’s blood vessels to that of the donor’s face to restore blood circulation, making the graft a success.

The New York Times reported that “three partial face transplants have been performed since 2005, two in France and one in China, all using facial tissue from a dead donor with permission from their families.” “Only the forehead, upper eyelids, lower lip, lower teeth and jaw are hers, the rest of her face comes from a cadaver; she could not eat on her own or breathe without a hole in her windpipe. About 77 square inches of tissue were transplanted from the donor,” it further described the details of the medical marvel. The patient, however, must take lifetime immunosuppressive drugs, also called antirejection drugs, which do not guarantee success. The transplant team said that in case of failure, it would replace the part with a skin graft taken from her own body.

Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital surgeon praised the recent medical development. “There are patients who can benefit tremendously from this. It’s great that it happened,” he said.

Leading bioethicist Arthur Caplan of the University of Pennsylvania withheld judgment on the Cleveland transplant amid grave concerns on the post-operation results. “The biggest ethical problem is dealing with failure — if your face rejects. It would be a living hell. If your face is falling off and you can’t eat and you can’t breathe and you’re suffering in a terrible manner that can’t be reversed, you need to put on the table assistance in dying. There are patients who can benefit tremendously from this. It’s great that it happened,” he said.

Dr Alex Clarke, of the Royal Free Hospital had praised the Clinic for its contribution to medicine. “It is a real step forward for people who have severe disfigurement and this operation has been done by a team who have really prepared and worked towards this for a number of years. These transplants have proven that the technical difficulties can be overcome and psychologically the patients are doing well. They have all have reacted positively and have begun to do things they were not able to before. All the things people thought were barriers to this kind of operations have been overcome,” she said.

The first partial face transplant surgery on a living human was performed on Isabelle Dinoire on November 27 2005, when she was 38, by Professor Bernard Devauchelle, assisted by Professor Jean-Michel Dubernard in Amiens, France. Her Labrador dog mauled her in May 2005. A triangle of face tissue including the nose and mouth was taken from a brain-dead female donor and grafted onto the patient. Scientists elsewhere have performed scalp and ear transplants. However, the claim is the first for a mouth and nose transplant. Experts say the mouth and nose are the most difficult parts of the face to transplant.

In 2004, the same Cleveland Clinic, became the first institution to approve this surgery and test it on cadavers. In October 2006, surgeon Peter Butler at London‘s Royal Free Hospital in the UK was given permission by the NHS ethics board to carry out a full face transplant. His team will select four adult patients (children cannot be selected due to concerns over consent), with operations being carried out at six month intervals. In March 2008, the treatment of 30-year-old neurofibromatosis victim Pascal Coler of France ended after having received what his doctors call the worlds first successful full face transplant.

Ethical concerns, psychological impact, problems relating to immunosuppression and consequences of technical failure have prevented teams from performing face transplant operations in the past, even though it has been technically possible to carry out such procedures for years.

Mr Iain Hutchison, of Barts and the London Hospital, warned of several problems with face transplants, such as blood vessels in the donated tissue clotting and immunosuppressants failing or increasing the patient’s risk of cancer. He also pointed out ethical issues with the fact that the procedure requires a “beating heart donor”. The transplant is carried out while the donor is brain dead, but still alive by use of a ventilator.

According to Stephen Wigmore, chair of British Transplantation Society’s ethics committee, it is unknown to what extent facial expressions will function in the long term. He said that it is not certain whether a patient could be left worse off in the case of a face transplant failing.

Mr Michael Earley, a member of the Royal College of Surgeon‘s facial transplantation working party, commented that if successful, the transplant would be “a major breakthrough in facial reconstruction” and “a major step forward for the facially disfigured.”

In Wednesday’s conference, Siemionow said “we know that there are so many patients there in their homes where they are hiding from society because they are afraid to walk to the grocery stores, they are afraid to go the the street.” “Our patient was called names and was humiliated. We very much hope that for this very special group of patients there is a hope that someday they will be able to go comfortably from their houses and enjoy the things we take for granted,” she added.

In response to the medical breakthrough, a British medical group led by Royal Free Hospital’s lead surgeon Dr Peter Butler, said they will finish the world’s first full face transplant within a year. “We hope to make an announcement about a full-face operation in the next 12 months. This latest operation shows how facial transplantation can help a particular group of the most severely facially injured people. These are people who would otherwise live a terrible twilight life, shut away from public gaze,” he said.

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26 August

‘Twin Towers’ warship set to enter New York

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A warship built with steel from the World Trade Center is set to enter New York and travel up the Hudson River to the site of Ground Zero. 7.5 tons of steel from the buildings have been used in the construction of the USS New York. When the ship reaches Ground Zero it will fire a 21-gun salute. The ceremony will be viewed by relatives of those who lost their life during the September 11 attacks as well as rescuers and the public.

The official commissioning ceremony takes place on Saturday.

The crest of the ship features the images of the Twin Towers and the colours of the departments that first responded to the attacks.

The ship has 361 sailors serving aboard of which around 1 in 7 is from New York. A spokeswoman for the U.S Navy said that there had been many requests to serve on the ship.

The USS New York departed from Mississippi on October 14. This is the sixth ship to be named after the State of New York.

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25 August

18-year-old charged for Thanksgiving lesbian assault

Monday, November 26, 2012

An 18-year-old man, Travis Hawkins Jr., was charged yesterday by police in Mobile County, Alabama, for allegedly beating a woman who is romantically involved with his sister. Hawkins was bailed following a charge for second-degree assault.

Mallory Owens, 23, the victim of the attack, is in the USA Medical Center in Mobile, recovering from the injuries. Owens has had to have facial reconstructive surgery and had a broken nose from the assault during Thanksgiving. Owens’ family have told reporters they believe it to be a hate crime and called for the prosecutors to upgrade the charges against Hawkins.

The father of the arrested man, Travis Hawkins Sr., has said they have hired a lawyer for his son, Hawkins Jr.

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23 August

Innovative Hand Made Pottery Create Your Own Pinch Pots

Innovative Hand Made Pottery Create Your Own Pinch Pots



Even before the arrival of potters wheel on the scenario, and that too, around 4000 years ago, there was two other methods in vogue for creating handmade pottery items. Whether such items are hand painted, decorative, or any other, it is also possible making some of the best potteries using these methods. One of the methods is coil construction, and the other; is the pinch construction.

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Pinch Construction at Home It is possible to go for the pinch construction of pottery items like plates, glasses, jars, pots, vases, and wall plates using pinch construction method. But with the potters wheel in place, the importance of the method has gone down. Yet when used with precision the method can still create great items that would be as decorative and entertaining as any of the best created with the wheel method. Pinch Pot Creation Before going for pinch pot creation, it is necessary to understand what the method really is and what it contains. In fact, it is one of the most direct methods that are used by potters to create innovative clay items. It is just a method of pushing the clay and creating different items which means that the potter is creating the pottery items by using pinching methods. Direct modification of the clay into something that creates items that are useful and decorative is an interesting work and people taking to the form of art may like it. Tactile Sensitivity Usually the pinching clay method is based on tactile sensitivity. Once a person or potter gets acquainted with the process of pinching clay to create innovative pottery items, his or her fingers will become so acquainted that they will speak telling on touch what the clay could create. Making innovative plates, jars, stands, or other items becomes far too easier with such tactile sensitivity. Types of Pinching Potteries Usually the pinched pottery items would have no more than six inches of diameter. They can range from the chunky and substantial items to very thin wall and extremely delicate pieces. It becomes especially useful while going for the handmade pottery items. Decorating Pinch Pottery Items Pinch pottery items, whether bowls, plates, jars, glasses, pots, vases, or any such things can be decorated in multiple ways. Best way of coloring and decorating the pinch pottery items are burnishing them that would turn some un-glossy items into glossy and glazed pieces. Hand made pottery

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22 August

Wikinews interviews World Wide Web co-inventor Robert Cailliau

Thursday, August 16, 2007

The name Robert Cailliau may not ring a bell to the general public, but his invention is the reason why you are reading this: Dr. Cailliau together with his colleague Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, making the internet accessible so it could grow from an academic tool to a mass communication medium. Last January Dr. Cailliau retired from CERN, the European particle physics lab where the WWW emerged.

Wikinews offered the engineer a virtual beer from his native country Belgium, and conducted an e-mail interview with him (which started about three weeks ago) about the history and the future of the web and his life and work.

Wikinews: At the start of this interview, we would like to offer you a fresh pint on a terrace, but since this is an e-mail interview, we will limit ourselves to a virtual beer, which you can enjoy here.

Robert Cailliau: Yes, I myself once (at the 2nd international WWW Conference, Chicago) said that there is no such thing as a virtual beer: people will still want to sit together. Anyway, here we go.

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22 August

Canada’s Don Valley West (Ward 26) city council candidates speak

This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Friday, November 3, 2006

On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Don Valley West (Ward 26). Four candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Muhammad Alam, Bahar Aminvaziri, Orhan Aybars, Michele Carroll-Smith, Mohamed Dhanani, Abdul Ingar, Geoff Kettel, Debbie Lechter, Natalie Maniates, John Masterson, John Parker, David Thomas, Csaba Vegh, and Fred Williams.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.

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20 August

Award show producers try Emmy Idol

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

The Primetime Emmy Awards will have a unique twist for 2005, as television celebrities will sing the themes of classic series. Similar to the format of reality shows like American Idol and Rock Star: INXS, the audience will be able to vote on their favorite performance during the initial broadcast of the show.

The ceremony’s executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, said to the press that “There are certain television theme songs that are nearly as memorable as the shows connected to them.”

Billionaire American business executive Donald Trump, of reality show The Apprentice, will accompany the high-pitched voice of actress Megan Mullally, singing the Green Acres theme. R&B singer Macy Gray will be joined by Gary Dourdan of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, as they sing “Movin’ On Up”, the theme to All in the Family spin-off sitcom The Jeffersons.

William Shatner of Star Trek: The Original Series and opera singer Frederica von Stade will perform the theme from Star Trek. Shatner is notorious for his musical recordings, which many criticize, as he typically speaks the lyrics instead of singing them, typically as an exaggerated interpretive reading. However, the Star Trek theme does not require any singing other than that of the female opera singer.

Kristen Bell of the series Veronica Mars will perform the theme to Fame, solo.

The show will be again hosted by talk show host and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres. In honor of the victims of Hurricane Katrina, all Emmy presenters and performers will be given magnolias, the state flower of both Louisiana and Mississippi. Information will be given out during the broadcast on how viewers can donate to relief efforts.

The Emmys will be broadcast September 18th, 2005.

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17 August

Fix Your Cavities With Dental Fillings In Wichita, Ks

byAlma Abell

Some of the worst pain you can feel comes from cavities. This is because a cavity will expose the tooth’s nerve to air, liquids and food particles. Plus, once the cavity has developed long enough, an infection can set in. The combined pain from the infection and the exposed nerve can be devastating, and all you can think about is getting the problem fixed. You have two basic choices at this point. The first is to have the tooth extracted, which is an option of last resort. The second is dental fillings in Wichita KS.

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It is generally best to visit the dentist as soon as you realize you have a cavity. These problems are normally discovered with regular visits, but sometimes people get busy with life and skip dental checkups. Usually, when you discover a cavity on your own, it’s because the brush hits a weak spot or you break the tooth with some hard piece of food. At this point, the problem is serious because there may be more work involved along with drilling out the decayed dentin. If the tooth has broken, your dentist may need to place a crown over the filling or even perform a root canal to eliminate the exposed nerve and root pulp.

If infection has occurred, your dentist will need to start a regimen of antibiotics. It is important to eliminate the original infection before beginning serious repairs because of the risk of infection as a result of dental work. Plus, it is difficult for the dentist to make repairs when your gum, jaw or cheek are swollen due to infected tissue. Antibiotic treatments may require seven to ten days to be effective, but they can reduce the amount of pain you are feeling since the infection makes your nerves more sensitive.

While it is true that the best way to avoid Dental Fillings Wichita KS, is to care for your teeth, a cavity can happen to anyone. All it takes is some missed brushing or improper flossing and decay begins to set in. This is the main reason that regular checkups and dental cleanings are so important. Your dentist can catch problems when they are small which can save you a lot of grief.

17 August

Austrian police find dozens dead inside lorry

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Austrian police today found an estimated 20–50 decomposing corpses in an apparently abandoned lorry.

Roadworkers who spotted the vehicle, which had been there since yesterday at least, alerted police. Responding officers found it full of corpses. The lorry is on the so-called “Eastern Motorway”, the A4, close to the Hungarian border. It was on the hard shoulder between Neusiedl and Parndorf, closer to Parndorf.

The victims are thought to have suffocated. Police are seeking the driver. The Krone published an image of a non-articulated food lorry on the hard shoulder, which they report is the vehicle in question. The photo shows a pool of dark liquid on the ground beside the vehicle.

Video from a passing motorist shows at least one helicopter on-scene. The truck, which has pictures of meat on the side, shows branding for Slovakian food firm Hyza. Earlier today the company’s website sported an apparent anti-immigration graphic, which has since been removed.

Wikinews got in touch with Hyza. “We are truly sorry about [the] tragedy” they told us in a statement. They said they have checked GPS trackers on their fleet and all their vehicles remain in Slovakia. The statement says the lorry in question was one of 21 Hyza vehicles sold on last year. It was then sold again and exported to Hungary, where it is now registered. Hyza told us the new owners have not changed the branding on the vehicle. According to the Bild newspaper, Agrofert — the parent company of Hyza — said in a statement the new owners were required to do so.

Hyza says they will “actively cooperate with Slovak police”, and “express [their] sincere condolences to the bereaved families.”

Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner called it “a dark day” and called for European Union-wide measures to protect immigrant refugees and tackle human traffickers. Neighbouring Hungary is constructing a border fence across its entire frontier with Serbia. Yesterday alone saw a record 3,241 attempts to enter Hungary illegally, according to authorities there.

Conflict in Syria and other parts of the world has led refugees to Europe. Once inside, they can move freely inside the Schengen Area, which covers most of the EU.

Austrian police earlier this week arrested three motorists suspected of people smuggling. One driver is accused of moving 34 people, ten of them children, into Austria from Serbia. The group were left by the roadside near Bruck an der Leitha and reported struggling to breathe in the van.

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16 August