Walking into Jennifer Hubbers’ home I am greeted by a number of babies in antique prams. No, they are not all her children, neither has she kidnapped them: they are actually what are known as ‘reborn dolls’. Reborn dolls are dolls that have been transformed to resemble a human baby, with as much realism as possible, and Jennifer Hubbers is Malta’s only reborn doll artist, known as a reborner. A lot of people do not understand the process involved in reborning or why reborn dolls are made, but Jennifer enthusiastically explains in great detail what is involved. Her hobby of reborning began in 2013 as a result of her fascination with Silver Cross prams. Her original intention was to buy one of these prams for her youngest daughter and because the pram was so beautiful, she felt it could not just have any doll in it. So Jennifer searched the internet for baby dolls and she came across these reborn dolls. Photos James Caruana The dolls were very expensive so she … [Read more...] about Lifelike baby dolls to be used therapeutically for women who have lost a baby
Nurses who take care of babies
Vilma Wong, 54, is an NICU nurse at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California, where she has worked for 32 years. Dr Brandon Seminatore, 28, is currently completing his residency at the same hospital - where he was born at 29 weeks in April 1990. For a month after being born, Dr Seminatore was looked after by Wong in the NICU because he was born so prematurely. Now, however, the pair have reunited. Wong, from Fremont, California, recognised her former patient’s name as soon as she saw it - but she couldn’t remember why it rang a bell. It wasn’t until Seminatore, from San Jose, California, revealed he’d been a patient in the unit 28 years earlier that the nurse put two and two together. Seminatore, who is specialising in child neurology, even found a picture of himself as a baby being held by Wong. “A few weeks ago Brandon joined my team and was taking care of one of my patients,” explains Wong. “I asked who he was and … [Read more...] about Nurse discovers new colleague was baby she cared for 28 years earlier
Beautiful Chilton House has had an extremely chequered history that belies its current use as a tranquil care home. It has been threatened with demolition more than once, had all of its furniture sold off in the 1800s and was requisitioned in the Second World War. One of its residents even ended up dying a pauper in prison.Standing on the ridge separating the Thame and Ray valleys in the tiny western Vale village of Chilton, the newer parts of the property are believed by many to be modelled on Buckingham House (which later became Buckingham Palace). Today it looks and feels more like a grand hotel than an institutionalised medical facility.Its owner, Buckinghamshire’s Lord Lieutenant Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher recently engaged Victoria Andrews, a lady with a background in hotels rather than residental care, to oversee the premises.His wife Lady Sara said: “We brought Victoria in with the focus that once our guests are up and running we want them to have the best of a … [Read more...] about Taking care of manor’s colourful past
The sound my pump made that afternoon was not like the other sounds on the neurology ward. It was nothing like the jaunty ping of the obs machine, which measures vitals and plays the opening bars of the Magic Roundabout theme as it starts up. It was nothing like the distant lowing of phones on the front desk or the creak of porters wheeling beds over uneven linoleum. Around two, my pump suddenly produced an angry, insistent electronic bleating, the unmistakable voice of something going wrong. Lemtrada is a chemotherapy drug that has proved useful in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. It kills lymphocytes, which have been described to me as the attack dogs of the immune system, roving around and savaging anything that looks suspicious. In multiple sclerosis, these lymphocytes find their way into the central nervous system, where they are not meant to be. Once there, they begin to shred the coating of the cells that make up the brain and spinal cord. By killing these lymphocytes … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight The nurse who calmly saved my life (and won’t even remember doing so) How likely is a second Brexit referendum?
Europe By Roland Hughes BBC News 30 March 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43569049 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Some of the children Johan van Hulst helped rescue were so young that they no longer remember the daring acts that saved their lives.Van Hulst, who died on 22 March aged 107, was a key part of the … [Read more...] about The teacher who saved hundreds of Jewish children