Doctors Surgically Removed 28-Pounds of Feces From Constipated Man

A 22-year old Chinese man found himself in the hospital in really bad shape; he was weak and moaning in pain, his stomach so distended he looked 9 months pregnant. He had chronic constipation for most of his life and got to the point that laxatives couldn’t provide total relief from his pain and discomfort.

The patient looked like he was about to burst anytime!

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He was sent to surgery and after three hours, doctors were able to remove a massively swollen large intestine filled with feces; it weighed 28.6 pounds or 13 kilograms!

Source: Daily Mail UK
“It looked like it could explode at any time,” said Doctor Yin Lu of Shanghai Tenth People’s Hospital.

The patient was diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s disease. It is a congenital condition in which nerve cells were missing in the bowel, which results to chronic problems in movement. Compared to a healthy digestive tract, food and waste stops in affected parts of the colon. The waste or the feces gathers up in the area and causes the large intestine to swell. In this patient’s case, it has turned into a “megacolon,” and if not operated on quickly could result to tearing or perforation and will release fecal bacteria that can cause sepsis.

This could lead to death so the man was lucky to have this operation just in time to save his life.

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The disease is rare; it occurs in only 1 out of 5,000 newborns within 48 hours after birth. It can also manifest in older children through chronic constipation, distended belly, and malnutrition. The patient was already an adult when he was admitted to imagine the build-up of waste residing in his colon!

He was expected to recover fully after the operation. His story is a reminder for us all to monitor our bowel movements and keep our GI tract healthy. So if you notice constant abdominal pain and bloating that just wouldn’t go away, a trip to the doctor is a must.

I Was Thin, Fit—and Had a Heart Attack at 28

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Eve Walker had no idea just how vulnerable to heart disease she was—until she looked deeper in her family history.

Back in 2001, when I was just 28, I thought of myself as being in good health. I was a size six and active, a modern dancer. I was working in a consulting firm and had two young sons. But one day I was so exhausted, I had trouble walking up stairs. I figured I just must not be in the best shape—I certainly wasn’t concerned enough to contact my doctor.
A couple days later, I felt tingling that started at my leg and moved up one side of my body. This time I knew something wasn’t right, and a neighbor took me to the hospital. It turned out that I was having a heart attack.

At the hospital, I was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart muscle enlarges and thickens, making it hard for the heart to pump blood properly. It may also cause arrhythmias, or an abnormal heart rhythm, or even heart failure. It’s also usually inherited.

My diagnosis was a total shock. Before this happened, I had no idea that I needed to worry about heart disease. I remember as a kid hearing that my grandma had a heart attack, but she was in her 90s, so I never thought about it ever again. My family didn’t talk about it either.

After my heart attack, I found out that my mom had hypertension and an enlarged heart. In fact, we were prescribed the same heart medication, a beta-blocker that serves many purposes, including helping to treat or prevent heart attacks. She was always so quiet about her health that I had never known.

In denial

Right away, my cardiologist suggested I get an implantable defibrillator, because I was at risk of having another heart attack or dangerous heart rhythm.

I was like, I’m 28, are you kidding? This is not cute, absolutely not. I absolutely refused to get a defibrillator. I didn’t trust it, want it, or think it was cool. I was completely against it 100%. I didn’t like what I thought it represented. To me it meant I had a handicap.

I experienced many years of denial where I didn’t want to be associated with heart disease at all. It took me a long time to even tell my friends about my condition—I didn’t want them to look at me differently.

I did, however, stop doing modern dance. I stopped doing weights and cardio. I stopped running. I stopped doing anything that would give me a rush of adrenaline—even sex for a while! I was really terrified at first. As months went on I took baby steps to find out what kinds of physical activity I could still do in moderation.

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All in the family

Flash forward to 2012 when I was 40 years old. I was going to school full-time, working full-time, and was a divorced single parent. I had been having heart palpitations while doing normal things like hiking or exercising. I noticed that the medication I had been taking for years seemed less effective because I was having those palpitations more frequently.

My cardiologist suggested I get genetic testing based on my family history. I had mentioned that my sister died suddenly when she was 16 years old (I was 12 at the time), and he thought there could be some genetic link there. That prompted me to want to look at my sister’s death record. It was then I found out she died of heart disease.

That was an incredibly sad day. It took me back to when she passed away and I thought about how she missed growing up and seeing her daughter and grandchildren grow up. I was very hurt that my parents chose not to discuss or go into detail with what happened to my sister, but I began to realize that they may not have had the strength to have the conversation.

Heart insurance

Two years later I went to a plastic surgeon to see about getting a “mommy makeover.” He told me I’d need to be cleared by my cardiologist first before getting any surgery. Unfortunately, I found out that wouldn’t be a possibility during a stress test, a test done on the treadmill to monitor how well your heart is working. I nearly fainted after a minute.

That experience helped me come to terms with how loaded my family history and my own history were. After years of encouragement from doctors and my cardiologist, I finally got that implantable defibrillator. I never wanted to do it, but after I did I was so happy. I felt the weight lift off of my shoulders, and I found a new sense of peace.

For years I had thought to myself, “what if I just die in my sleep because my heart stops?” The defibrillator will “shock” my heart if that happens. It’s the insurance I always needed, but never had. Along with my faith in God, it gives me hope that I have a little more time left here to help others.

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I know I’ve been very lucky. Surviving a heart attack was my warning, and it keeps me more mindful of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I’m no gym rat, but I try to get in 30 minutes a day and eat well. I think about the body I used to have, and know that now, it’s just about doing my best.

It’s been a journey to figure out what I can do in moderation, and I’m still learning about that. Sometimes I can do “too much” exercise and late at night I will have palpitations. To do all I can to keep my heart healthy, I get regular checkups, and have educated myself on what my BMI, cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar mean in terms of lowering my risk.

I may have a heart condition, but everyone is susceptible to a heart attack. One of the major things people need to understand is the need to know their own family history by talking with their family members. Now, as a national spokeswoman for Go Red for Women, I want to be a champion for my sister, for myself, and for other women. I’m going to keep sharing my story to whoever wants to hear it!

Haunting Story Behind Polaroid That Had Police Baffled For 28 Years

On September 20, 1988, 19-year-old Tara Calico was in a great, even expansive mood as she pedaled away from home on a pink Huffy mountain bike, while listening to a cassette tape of Boston on her Sony Walkman. It was 9:30 A.M., and the fall weather made it a perfect morning to get some fresh air and exercise. She was out on a 17-mile cycling trek, planning to circle railroad tracks and the Rio Communities golf course before returning to her parent’s home in Belen, New Mexico. She had a tennis date at noon with her boyfriend, yet it would be the last time her family would see Tara.

Tara talked to her mother, Patty Doel, before leaving, and playfully said, “If you don’t hear from me by noon, come look for me.” When noon passed and Tara failed to return home, Patty felt a bit anxious, but hoped her daughter was simply running a bit behind schedule.

To ease her worries, Patty drove around the area. She headed south on N.M. 47, and circled around Rio Communities, but saw no sign of Tara. Feeling a twinge of panic, Patty slowed down her car down to a creep, and edged toward the ditches. A lump rose in her throat when she saw a Boston cassette tape lying on the shoulder of the rugged street.

Patty immediately called the police, and so began an exhaustive search for Tara, a successful college student at University of New Mexico at Valencia (UM). According to family and friends, there was no reason that Tara would simply vanish without telling anyone. Patty suspected foul play, and thought her daughter dropped the Boston tape purposely, to leave a clue.

The problem, however, was that Tara was an adult, and despite her family and friends telling authorities she wouldn’t run away, police said there’s nothing they could do. That all changed when they spotted fragments of a broken Sony Walkman on the side of the road, and a pink Huffy bike thrown into a ditch, close to a secluded campground around 20 miles from Tara’s home.

New Mexico detectives tirelessly worked on the case, and tried to piece together clues and leads that could lead them to Tara. Witnesses said they saw her riding the bike around two miles from her home, while a 1953 F-150 Ford truck with an attached camper on its bed followed her closely. They weren’t sure if it was someone she knew or someone with bad intentions. It’s likely Tara may not have even noticed the truck if her headphones were blaring.

The Polaroid Picture Mystery

Months went by without any closure, and police were no closer to finding Tara than they were the day she went missing. In June 1989, on a hot summer day in Port St. Joe, Florida, around 1,600 miles away, a lady shopping at a local grocery store spotted a lone Polaroid picture lying in the parking lot.

Curious, she picked the picture up and studied it. Two people, a teen girl and a young boy, stared at the camera with their hands tied behind their backs and duct tape covering their mouths. They’re both lying on a bed, which appears to be in the back of a van or bus, but the darkened background made it difficult for police to identify exactly where it was taken.

Witnesses said that a white Toyota cargo van had been parked in the area where the picture was found, but the driver was never located. He’s described as a white male with a mustache, who appeared to be in his 30s.

The teen girl in the photo looked so much like Tara that Patty was convinced it was her daughter. The hair, eyes, and skin complexion matched, and the girl in the photo had a skin discoloration on her right leg in the exact spot that Tara had a scar. There was a copy of the V.C. Andrew’s book My Sweet Audrina lying on the bed next to the girl. According to Patty, Andrews was Tara’s favorite author.

According to Joel Nugent, the Gulf County sheriff who worked the Florida case, both kids appeared to be terrified. Although singer Marilyn Manson once said he used to drop similar photos in public areas in Florida as a prank, Nugent felt that this particular picture was indeed real.

“It obviously is two kids with terror written all over them. It’s kind of a bad time when you have to look at something like that…. No one knows for sure if it [the picture] was a set up. Some people think it was a staged photograph, but it was a real look of fear to me,” said Nugent.

On September 20, 1989, a year after her disappearance, Unsolved Mysteries aired an episode about Tara. It was preceded by a July 1989 episode about her disappearance on A Current Affair. The case was also featured on America’s Most Wanted and 48 Hours, and although the shows brought in an influx of tips and leads, the case was never solved.

Meanwhile, Valencia County, New Mexico, Sheriff Renee Rivera indicated in 2008 that he knew exactly what happened to Tara. The problem, however, is that her body has never been found, which makes bringing in the people involved, or who he perceived as responsible, difficult.

“The individuals who did the harm to Tara, knew who she was. They knew who she was, and they’re all local individuals. And I believe that the parents [of the attackers] were some of the people that helped the individuals with hiding the truth or hiding the body or trying to escape prosecution,” said Rivera.

Although he never gave the suspects’s names, Rivera said that two local men, teens at the time, were involved in Tara’s disappearance, and several of their family members and friends helped cover up the crime. “You know it’s very frustrating, being that there’s a lot of people that know what happened,” he said. “They know the whereabouts of the body or the remains… I believe the body is nearby.”

The people in the photograph still remain a mystery. Even though investigators with the Scotland Yard Police Department (London) analyzed it and determined the teen in the picture was indeed Tara, Valencia County detectives also analyzed it and disagreed. They stated they couldn’t absolutely confirm the identity of either person in the picture.

Coupled with that was the fact that numerous informants told Rivera that Tara never got far from home before the boys, now men, accidentally hit her with their truck. Instead of going to authorities, Rivera believes they buried her body, with the help of friends and family.

“She was a real pretty girl. She was very athletic, and a lot of guys wanted to talk to her, they wanted to meet her, they wanted to go out with her. And while she was riding the bike, they went up to try to talk to her, try to grab her, whatever, while she was on the bike,” said Rivera.

Sadly, Patty Doel passed away in 2006, without ever knowing what happened to her daughter. Tara’s father had passed away in 2002. Her living relatives, however, have not given up hope. Thanks to the internet, thousands of people across the nation are also involved in the fight to find Tara. Numerous sites and social-media groups are currently active, and its members are all invested in finding not only Tara, but the identity of the boy in the photo as well.

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(URGENT) N. Korea fired unidentified missile on July 28: South Korea


SEOUL, July 29 (Yonhap) — North Korea fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile into the East Sea late Friday, South Korea’s military said.

The missile was launched from Jagang Province, northern North Korea, at around 11:41 p.m., according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The launch was immediately reported to President Moon Jae-in, who has convened an emergency meeting of his national security team at 1 a.m. Saturday, it said.