Miracle: The Touch That Saved Her Life

first_img“A angel was born one week ago, one that came into this world still and unresponsive. After a mere touch from the palm of my fingers, she yawned and took her first breath of air.”September 1, 2015- the incredible story of a newborn, her mother and how the two are learning to come together has inspired the Daily Observer to highlight the narrative behind this family.The family has asked that their neither names nor location be published.Miracle, as she’s known, was born on September 1, 2015 under strenuous conditions; she is one to two months premature.Her 16-year-old mother Stevenia appeared to be six or seven months pregnant prior to giving birth to Miracle. According to witnesses, Stevenia was unaware that she was in labor that morning. Therefore, Miracle was delivered on a cold ground, alone.“This girl is brave oh,” her aunty Beatrice stated. “When we asked her who the man is that got her pregnant, she can’t talk. Even to tell us that she was in pain, she didn’t tell us. I walked in and saw her straining and helped her remove her pants. I was shocked to see a baby inside them,” A neighbor says that they overheard Beatrice crying for help the morning of Miracle’s birth and decided to assist the bleeding mother and child. According to the neighbor who has also asked to stay anonymous, the moment they entered into the bedroom of Miracle and her mother, they saw what appeared to be a still-born baby lying near her placenta and umbilical cord, lifeless.Two to three feet away from Miracle sat Stevenia, who seemed unacquainted with what had just happened to her body and to the lifeless form in front of her.“I heard that the mother was pregnant but she denied it until her stomach started getting big last month. We were all in doubt until now. When I walked into the room and saw Stevenia sitting up, I asked her what had happened because blood was all around her and her bottom half was naked. In front of her was a baby that came too soon and the mother was terrified of looking at it,” our reporter stated.According to the neighbor, a man no one has yet to identify is said to have sexually molested Stevenia prior to her giving birth. In as much, Stevenia is partially disabled and an orphan, challenges that have caused her to behave reclusively.Since the age of three, Stevenia has been living with her late father’s relatives who have all tried to assist the limping teen. They have been showing support.Meanwhile, at birth, Miracle showed no vital signs, until the neighbor made contact.“After a mere touch from the palm of my fingers, she yawned and took her first breath of air. I tapped her buttocks a couple of times and decided to straighten her umbilical cord that had tangled in her mother’s pants during labor. I noticed that it had a pulse and immediately as I straightened it, Miracle started responding,” she added.At the moment, Stevenia has been trying – learning – to do the motherly things such as breastfeeding, a routine that her aunt Beatrice has to assist in. Most often, Stevenia stays clear of her baby, when asked why, she smiles and shrugs her shoulders.“Presently we keep Miracle in the room wrapped up and heated. We don’t allow anyone to touch her, nor do we bring her outside. The baby doesn’t have anything, she’s everybody’s child since she doesn’t have a father. Thanks to the neighbor who also named the child, Miracle is still living so far,” Beatrice mentioned.In the meantime, it has been a tough week for mother and child. Due to the lack of funds and resources, Miracle has yet to be registered or taken to a hospital for a check up. Stevenia is also in need of medical attention.‘Car pay to carry both mother and child is not available. Secondly, the child is too fragile to move now, so if we had someone to come here and help us look at Miracle, that would be the best thing for us,” stated Beatrice.The family is appealing for immediate help to help keep Miracle alive. They are also in search for food, which they claim the mother’s breast milk may not be suitable for the premature one.Anyone wanting to help or reach out to this family is asked to call the following numbers: 0775886852 or 0777472772. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Boy beheads Pakistani man on video

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KILI FAQIRAN, Pakistan — The boy with the knife looks barely 12. In a high-pitched voice, he denounces the bound, blindfolded man before him as an American spy. Then he hacks off the captive’s head to cries of “God is great!” and hoists it in triumph by the hair. A video circulating in Pakistan records the grisly death of Ghulam Nabi, a Pakistani militant accused of betraying a top Taliban official who was killed in a December airstrike in Afghanistan. An Associated Press reporter confirmed Nabi’s identity by visiting his family in Kili Faqiran, their remote village in southwestern Pakistan. The video, which was obtained by AP Television News in the border city of Peshawar on Tuesday, appears authentic and is unprecedented in jihadist propaganda because of the youth of the executioner. Captions mention Mullah Dadullah, the Taliban’s current top commander in southern Afghanistan, although he does not appear in the video. The soundtrack features songs praising Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar and “Sheikh Osama” — an apparent reference to Osama bin Laden, who is suspected of hiding along the Afghan-Pakistan border. The footage shows Nabi making what is described as a confession, being blindfolded with a checkered scarf. “He is an American spy. Those who do this kind of thing will get this kind of fate,” says his baby-faced executioner, who is not identified. A continuous 2?-minute shot then shows the victim lying on his side on a patch of rubble-strewn ground. A man holds Nabi by his beard while the boy, wearing a camouflage military jacket and oversized white sneakers, cuts into the throat. Other men and boys call out “Allahu akbar!” — “God is great!” — as blood spurts from the wound. The film, overlain with jihadi songs, then shows the boy hacking and slashing at the man’s neck until the head is severed. A Pashto-language voice-over in the video identifies Nabi and his home village of Kili Faqiran in Baluchistan province, which lies about two hours’ drive from the Afghan border. A reporter went to the village, and Nabi’s distraught and angry father, Ghulam Sakhi, confirmed his son’s identity from a still picture that AP made from the footage.last_img read more

Live football – What time is the Chelsea v Manchester City kick off?

first_img 2 2 Chelsea v Man City kick-off at 5.30pm on Saturday 31 January center_img Chelsea v Man City is live on talkSPORT at 5.30pm on Saturday 31 January, 2015.Quite possibly the biggest match of the Premier League season takes place at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening when first place take on second.Chelsea are without striker Diego Costa, who has been banned for three games, but the Blues are still hugely dangerous when on the attack. City, though, are also without their own goal threats as Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony are on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.A POINT WILL BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR CITY, SAYS FORMER STRIKERWhat do you think the score will be? Leave us your predictions below.Keep it talkSPORT for Chelsea v Man City, which is live from 5pm (kick-off 5.30pm) on Saturday 31 January.Since Man City were bought by Abu Dhabi United Grouplast_img read more

KPL have killed us, laments Gor boss Kerr

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI,Kenya, Feb 28 – Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has asked the Kenyan Premier League to lessen their burden in the domestic campaign by spacing out their league fixtures to help them give their best in continent football.The record 16-time KPL champions will be playing Tunisian giants Esperance in the CAF Champions League first round tie at home on March 7, but before then they will have played three matches within a week. They played Kariobangi Sharks last Sunday, just two days after arriving from Equatorial Guinea, then play Tusker FC on Wednesday and Bandari on Sunday.Gor Mahia and Kariobangi Sharks players battle for space against Gor defence. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“KPL have killed us. We are the only team left in CAF and the expectation on me and the team is phenomenal. Playing three matches within seven days is crazy. If I get injuries because of these fixtures, I will lose top players,” Kerr said.“Then, I have to bring in bench players. I mean it’s the situation we have to deal with but KPL have to think about it. We want to do well for Kenyan football,” the British tactician told Capital Sport.He was forced to field most of his ‘second choice’ players against Sharks last weekend and his side was lucky enough to scrape off with a 2-1 win. He is however expected to field a strong squad for both Tusker and Bandari.“I have to try out different players now so that we can take care of this situation. We need to make sure that every player is ready in the event that one of the strong starters suffers injury,” the coach further explained.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHis focus will be on Esperance, a side that beat them 8-2 on aggregate during their last meeting in 2014, and he remains confident they can match up the Tunisians and edge them out to make a group stage appearance.“This is a match worth Sh56mn and to be honest that’s our big focus now. The players have to look at the big picture. With this kind of match you get enormous exposure on TV, on social media and as a player that opens up avenues. I really hope the players look at it this way,” the coach said.He added; “I have watched their clips and they are a big, strong team. We’ve got to match them and I believe we have the ability, energy and speed. We need to work on what we can do to counter them.”“I’ve got to be confident, believe and trust in my players.”Gor Mahia players walking out of the pitch during half time during their Kenyan Premier League match against Kariobangi Sharks on February 25, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAKerr whose side sits on nine points in the standings with nine points have an opportunity to move top of the log on Wednesday when they host Tusker in Machakos.K’Ogalo picked four points off the brewers last season, drawing the first leg 0-0 before winning the return fixture 2-0.Despite Tusker having started the season slow, Kerr expects a tough encounter especially when he comes up against former striker Timothy Otieno released from the team at the end of last season.“Timothy will definitely be running down trying to prove a point, that I was wrong to release him. It will be tough for us because Tusker is a very good team,” the tactician offered.Tusker FC head coach Sam Timbe gestures during his side’s Kenyan Premier League clash against Posta Rangers at the Ruaraka Complex on February 11, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaSam Timbe’s men haven’t started the season as strongly as they had hoped to, currently sitting 13th with four points from one win (2-1 against Nzoia Sugar) and a draw (0-0 against Posta). They started the season on a slow with a 2-0 loss away to Chemelil.A loss to Gor will further pile pressure on Timbe, but the Ugandan tactician must be fancying his chances especially after watching how Sharks shut down the reigning champions on Sunday.Matches between these two sides have always been tough, but Gor have still somehow found a way out. Over the last 19 meetings, Gor has won eight times and lost four, while the remaining ended in draws.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Tottenham 4-1 West Ham: Spurs extend unbeaten run to 12 games as red-hot Kane scores again

first_img Tottenham striker Harry Kane 1 Harry Kane continued his red-hot scoring streak with a brace as Tottenham claimed an impressive London derby victory over West Ham to move within two points of fourth-placed Arsenal.The England striker now has 11 goals for club and country this season, with his double at White Hart Lane – a goal in each half – meaning he has netted in four consecutive Premier League games, while Spurs extend their unbeaten run to 12 league games.Belgian centre-back Toby Alderweireld’s first-half header was sandwiched between the two Kane strikes, with a late Kyle Walker beauty capping off the rout before Manuel Lanzini netted an even later consolation.But Spurs really could have scored about six or seven as Slaven Bilic’s side seemingly felt the full force of Dimitri Payet’s absence.The French attacker has been the driving force behind the majority of West Ham’s best performances this season – including wins over Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal – and without the injured star they were outclassed and lacked any real cutting edge, even with the return of Andy Carrol and Diafra Sakho up front.Tottenham dominated from the start, with Hammers stopper Adrian called into action early on to deny a fiercely stuck effort from Christian Eriksen.The Spaniard’s gloves were all that stood between Spurs and a total whitewash at White Hart Lane, but unfortunately his errors equalled the number of his crucial saves, as a blunder saw Kane open the scoring on 24 minutes.Hesitant defending and a fortuitous bounce saw the ball dribble through on the edge of the box to Kane, who stood off his man, turned and fired left-footed into the roof of the net. Adrian should have done better, with the shot sailing through his open arms.To their credit West Ham refused to let their heads drop in those early stages, and they appeared inches away from an instant equaliser when Cheikhou Kouyate broke free and his ambitious close-range overhead kick rattled the crossbar, though he was flagged for offside anyway.From then on in it was one-way traffic, and Spurs soon doubled their lead when Alderweireld scored with a bullet header from a corner. Again it was grim viewing for Hammers fans, with Andy Carroll inexplicably beaten at the near post as he failed to spot the Belgian’s run.Spurs had a host of chances to effectively seal all three points before half-time, but were either denied by the quick hands of Adrian or the cruelty of the crossbar.First it was Son Heung-min who went close, seeing his delayed shot well saved after a wonderful team move involving Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, with recent England debutant Alli heading the rebound onto the woodwork.And Kane was then left red faced as he squandered the opportunity to land the killer blow on the stroke of the break. A lucky ricochet off a West Ham defender allowed the England star to run through one-on-one, but he uncharacteristically shanked his shot horribly wide.The hosts’ dominance continued after the break and it wasn’t long until Kane bagged his second on 50 minutes, although Adrian again should have done better as he seemed to dive over the striker’s low effort from 22 yards.The pace slowed noticeably as Spurs stepped off the gas, but Adrian proved he was still alert with a fine double save to twice deny substitute Ryan Mason.But the glovesman was soon beaten again as Walker romped forward from right-back and played a one-two with Son on the edge of the box, before nonchalantly stroking the ball home with the outside of his boot.Lanzini gave West Ham fans at least one reason to smile with a 90th minute consolation, beating Hugo Lloris at his near post with a strong hit, or least he would have done if the away stand was not mostly empty as Hammers fans streamed for the exits.It was not all happy news for Tottenham, either, as a fifth yellow card of the season means Deli Alli will miss next weekend’s clash with Chelsea.last_img read more