Miracle ‘I love you’ brings ‘dead’ UK woman Lorna Baillie back to life

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Loving: John Baillie with his wife Lorna in hospital after her miraculous recovery

Loving: John Baillie with his wife Lorna in hospital after her miraculous recovery

The Baillie's with their daughter, Leanne Porteus, who kept telling her mother to 'come pack' while she was unconscious

The Baillie's with their daughter, Leanne Porteus, who kept telling her mother to 'come pack' while she was unconscious

A woman declared dead after she suffered a massive heart attack astonished doctors and her grieving family when she suddenly came back to life.

Relatives of Lorna Baillie were devastated when a team of medics withdrew treatment after spending three hours trying to revive her.

The family gathered around her hospital bed to say their goodbyes after doctors told them the 49-year-old grandmother was ‘technically dead’, being kept artificially alive only by a combination of adrenaline, electric shocks and CPR.

It was then, 45 minutes later, that Mrs Baillie’s disabled husband John, 58, whispered ‘I love you’ to his wife.

As John, his son and three daughters sat beside Mrs Baillie, they were surprised to see her colour gradually improve.

A nurse present in the room assured them this was a normal side effect of prolonged emergency treatment.

And when Mrs Baillie’s eyelids flickered and she appeared to squeeze her eldest daughter Leanne’s hand, the nurse again assured the family that ‘involuntary movements’ were to be expected.

Unconvinced, the family demanded the nurse call in a doctor, who found a pulse and rushed Mrs Baillie to intensive care.

Daughter Leanne Porteous, 31, said: ‘I asked the nurse if it was normal that she squeezed my hand and that she had opened her eyes and she said it was.

‘We are so close as a family and we are not the kind of people to just give up. We were telling my mum to be strong. I kept saying to her, “Come back, Mum, come back”.’

‘At one point my dad said, “Lorna come back, I love you,” and then –just like that – she was there again.’

Two weeks later, the former auxiliary nurse from Prestonpans, East Lothian, has even managed some ‘high-fives’ after sitting up in bed and communicating with her family.

Mrs Baillie, a keen gardener and dog walker, collapsed at her home at 4.30pm on February 10.

Paramedics battled to resuscitate her before taking her to Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary where, at 8.45pm, a doctor told the family she had died.

Leanne said: ‘His words were that she was technically dead, but they had to wait until she had stopped breathing before they could pronounce her medically dead.’

Mrs Baillie’s miraculous signs of recovery followed, but medics warned that her chances of survival remained slim because her kidneys had failed and she was in a coma.

The family were still so worried that her daughter Charlene, 23, asked the hospital chaplain to obtain a special licence to allow her to get married by her mother’s bedside.

But Mrs Baillie’s condition continued to improve and last week she was moved from intensive care to a medical ward.

An MRI scan yesterday revealed no obvious brain damage.

The family are now seeking an explanation from NHS Lothian and senior doctors have assured them staff will receive ‘extra training’ as a result of the incident.

Dr David Farquharson, medical director of NHS Lothian, said: ‘Mrs Baillie’s family were told to prepare for the worst but when she was checked again her vital signs had returned.

‘This type of recovery is extremely rare and she is continuing to make progress.’

[source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2106446/Dead-grandmother-comes-life-45-minutes-grieving-husband-tells-heart-attack-victim-I-love-you.html]
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澳洲很大,关丹很小

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SAVE MALAYSIA STOP LYNAS

SAVE MALAYSIA STOP LYNAS

前阵子见到导演陈翠梅,她告诉我,她把电影工作室从吉隆坡搬到北京去了。

在电影世界,吉隆坡太小,北京算是比较大;翠梅需要更大的空间,去实现她许多对电影的想法。

她曾经获得多项国际电影奖,而她还那么年轻,就像个小女生似的。走出大马,相信她会有更大的成就。

不过,走出大马,不是出走大马。她有时放下在北京的工作,回到老家关丹;不是为电影,而是为了她的家乡。

澳洲的莱纳稀土公司,准备在关丹设立一座大型稀土提炼厂,大马政府也已经“有条件”的发出临时营运执照。

稀土提炼过程,以及废料会释放辐射,这是科学常识。儘管政府和莱纳一再说,这座稀土厂会做好安全措施,保证不会让辐射外泄。

当地人不放心,也不愿意以自己的安全,作为別人的筹码。翠梅率先以行动反对,她拍了反稀土厂短片《辐射村的求生手册》,已经在荷兰鹿特丹影展放映,之后还会到其它影展放映。

过年期间,她更在直落尖不辣海边举办“为关丹守岁”,率眾进行数日聚会抗爭活动。

小女生的诚意和意志,让人感动;从她的身体力行也领悟到,外头的世界很大,家园相对很小;但是,就因为它小,而且只有这么一个,更加需要爱护和保护。

纵使稀土厂很安全,依然摆脱不了潜伏的危险;万一发生事故,对一个小小的家园,可能造成很大的危害。

用简单的逻辑来想,澳洲面积是770万平方公里,全球排名第6,比马来西亚大出20倍;而澳洲人口只有2千2百万人,比大马还少。

澳洲那么大,很多地方人跡罕至;莱纳应该轻易的找个地方设厂,万一出事,伤害可以控制在最小的范围。

关丹这么小,方圆30公里,人口却有70万人;一旦出事,居民往哪儿去?

莱纳弃澳洲而就关丹,还必须把澳洲开採的稀土,通过5千多公里的航线,运输到关丹;成本增加之外,也耗时费日。

澳洲人难道那么缺乏生意头脑?

当然不是,而是因为澳洲把安全放在经济利益之上。

要在澳洲设立稀土提炼厂,怎能通过严格的环境评估,澳洲人又如何能够接受?

大马政府4部门建议莱纳把稀土废料运回澳洲,或是一厢情愿;国际公约禁止废料跨国运输,澳洲政府也已声明不回收稀土废料。

大马既非稀土生產国,更不是主要的消费国;要以大马作为中介,关丹首当其衝,代价太大,没有必要。

澳洲那么大,莱纳还是应该回头,自己想想办法吧!

[文:郑丁贤,刊登于星洲日报评论]
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Itadakimasu, the Japanese menu

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Japanese appetiser

Japanese appetiser

Towards the end of last year, I did a product shooting of Japanese food at a Japanese restaurant in Melaka Raya together with Jeff for the new menu he was designing. Jeff, a full time graphic designer gave me many tips in shooting products and it was a great pleasure working with him.

There were more than a hundred dishes we shot during the session and I couldn’t even remember the names. However, the dishes were looking fantastic just like a work of art, thanks to the chef, Shaun, and I tasted some of the dishes after captured the shots, and they were just great!

Below are some of the outcome of the shooting:

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World Press Photo 11 Exhibition in Melaka

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heritage state Melaka hosts world's largest press photo exhibition, World Press Photo 11

heritage state Melaka hosts world's largest press photo exhibition, World Press Photo 11

visitor at the exhibition

visitor at the exhibition

Good news for all photo lovers in Melaka! From yesterday on, heritage state Melaka hosts world’s largest press photo exhibition, World Press Photo 11 for ten days. This most popular photo event in the world only happens in four locations in Malaysia and Melaka is one in the list.

The official opening day of World Press Photo 11 exhibition in Melaka was yesterday on the ValEEntine’s Day. I was glad to be there on its launching and witnessed the spectacular photos which have stunned thousands of readers in last year’s most shocking news events.

A good photo can tell a thousand words of a story. The photos in the exhibition share important stories including those of survival, global issues and cultural differences, acting as a platform for visitors to gain more knowledge about what is going on in the world. Each of the photos is unique and different yet all stunning.

I would recommend this exhibition to friends especially those who like photography to pay a visit. This is a good opportunity to learn and explore photojournalism which can also help with almost all types of photography. The exhibition really opened my eyes to so many new and different possibilities in photography.

So, to go to the exhibition, it is held at the Balai Seni Lukis Melaka building (next to the post office of Dutch Square Melaka) from the 14th February until the 23rd. Be quick and be there since the exhibition is in the town now, and after that it will move on to its final two locations which are Sabah and Penang.

Below are the selection of the winning photos and information obtained from the exhibition (WARNING: Some may find certain images disturbing). Click to continue viewing.

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Lion motherly love: cliff-hanging rescue

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mother deliberates from the top of the river bank whilst the cub calls for help and hangs on tight (photo by Jean-Francois Largot)

mother deliberates from the top of the river bank whilst the cub calls for help and hangs on tight (photo by Jean-Francois Largot)

Clinging on for dear life to the side of a vertical cliff, the tiny lion cub cries out pitifully for help.

His mother arrives at the edge of the precipice with three other lionesses and a male. The females start to clamber down together but turn back daunted by the sheer drop.

Eventually one single factor determines which of them will risk her life to save the youngster – motherly love.

as the cub loses his grip he's snatched by the scruff of the neck! (photo by Jean-Francois Largot)

as the cub loses his grip he's snatched by the scruff of the neck! (photo by Jean-Francois Largot)

Slowly, agonisingly, the big cat edges her way down towards her terrified son, using her powerful claws to grip the crumbling cliff side.

One slip from her and both animals could end up dead at the bottom of the ravine.

Just as the exhausted cub seems about to fall, his mother circles beneath him and he is snatched up in her jaws.

and she beats a powerful and hasty retreat up to safety (photo by Jean-Francois Largot)

and she beats a powerful and hasty retreat up to safety (photo by Jean-Francois Largot)

She then begins the equally perilous journey back to the top. Minutes later, they arrive and she gives the frightened creature a consoling lick on the head.

motherly love: The mother gives her son a lick to say that all is well in the pride following the drama (photo by Jean-Francois Largot)

motherly love: The mother gives her son a lick to say that all is well in the pride following the drama (photo by Jean-Francois Largot)

The dramatic rescue, captured by wildlife photographer Jean-Francois Largot, was played out in Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve.

Despite the presence of wardens to deter poachers, day-to-day life for the lions is not without its dangers … as the cub learned the hard way.

[source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2041813/Lion-cub-saved-mum-cries-pitifully-help-caught-camera.html]
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诚实为上

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Leaving quietly (photo by Jennifer)

Leaving quietly (photo by Jennifer)

有个年轻人去一家公司应征,并且幸运的进入第二阶段的面试,而面试将由董事长亲自主持。

年轻人怀着忐忑不安的心情走进董事长办公室。

董事长一看见年轻人,眼睛为之一亮,又惊又喜的站起来,握住他的手说:“原来是你,我找你找了很长很长的时间。”董事长激动得转过身,对在场的几位主管说道:“各位,向你们介绍一下,这就是救我女儿的那位年轻人。”

年轻人的心狂跳不已。董事长将他一把拉到自己旁边坐下,说:“我划船技术太差了,居然让女儿掉进湖里,多亏有你相助。当时我只顾女儿的安危,没来得及向你道谢。”

年轻人竭力抑制自己的情绪,说:“很抱歉,先生,我从未救过您女儿。”“肯定是你!我记得你脸上有块痣。年轻人,你骗不了我的。”董事长仍是一脸感激。

“先生,我想您肯定弄错了。”年轻人惶惑地站起来,“我没有救过您女儿。”

对方凝视着年轻人,忽然,他笑了起来:“好!年轻人,我欣赏你的诚实,明天来上班吧!”

后来年轻人问公司的一位主管:“救董事长女儿的那位年轻人找到了吗?”那位主管大笑起来:“董事长根本没有女儿。”

诚实永远是人生畅行无阻的通行证,习惯是养成的,先从平常的生活中培养诚实的美德,以至于在紧要关头才不会有挣扎。

[文:摘自蒲公英月刊]
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