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April 11th, 2012
08:26 PM ET

Pronounced dead, baby found alive in morgue

She was a tiny thing: 1 pound 12 ounces, cold as a frozen bottle and left for dead. But she would survive.

One-week-old Luz Milagros Veron is Argentina's miracle baby.

Pronounced dead after her premature birth, the baby withstood more than 10 hours in a morgue refrigerator before being found alive.

"Today is the eighth day of my daughter's resurrection," the girl's father, Fabian Veron, told CNN Wednesday.

Doctors at the Perrando Hospital in northeast Argentina can't explain it.

Every, doctor, nurse and morgue worker who dealt with the baby has been suspended as an investigation gets underway, officials said.

Luz Milagros remains in stable condition but she's in intensive care, a health official said.

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Filed under: Medical Mysteries

April 11th, 2012
06:35 PM ET

Human Factor: Promising future after near-fatal fall

Editor's note: In the Human Factor, we profile survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle – injury, illness or other hardship – they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn't know they possessed.  This week we meet Fairland Ferguson, who has fulfilled a dream of working with horses and making people smile.  She now stars in the travelling equestrian ballet "Cavalia," after surviving a near-fatal accident.

I am a Christian. I believe our purpose on Earth is to serve God and serve other people. I believe every ability, every circumstance and every situation in our life is a gift that we are given to show people God’s love.  I am also a firm believer that everything works out in accordance to God’s plan, and after August 3, 2003, nothing was more clear to me than all of these beliefs. FULL POST


FDA to livestock producers: Limit antibiotics
April 11th, 2012
03:38 PM ET

FDA to livestock producers: Limit antibiotics

For decades farmers have used antibiotics to improve food consumption rates and enhance the growth of otherwise healthy animals. The Food and Drug Administration wants farmers and animal producers to phase out such uses, concerned that they are undermining the fight against illness in humans.

On Wednesday the FDA asked the livestock industry to voluntarily limit the use of  medicines for treating, controlling and preventing specific diseases. It also asked drug manufacturers to make changes so that the antibiotics can only be prescribed by a veterinarian.

At issue is the ability to produce safe, inexpensive meat products versus protecting the human population from dangerous bacteria that are increasingly resistant to antibiotics.

Critics say the voluntary program doesn’t go far enough. And some animal producers in rural areas are concerned they might not have access to veterinarians to order the drugs.

Producers will have three years to phase in the guidance and the FDA says it will monitor compliance.


No money to bury man sterilized by force
California sterilized Charlie Follett by force in 1945. He died last month at age 82, too poor to afford his own funeral.
April 11th, 2012
10:16 AM ET

No money to bury man sterilized by force

Even in death Charlie Follett continues to be marginalized.

In 1945, the state of California forced Follett to have a vasectomy when he was just 15 years old, according to state records. California then refused to compensate him for the atrocious violation. Follett died March 28 at 82, just three weeks after CNN first reported his story.

His body hasn’t been buried because there’s no money to pay for a funeral.
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