In a heartwarming climax to an adopted son’s emotional search for his birth mother (who gave him up for adoption 33 years ago), Richard Lorenc of Kansas managed to track down mom, Vivian Wheeler, 62, living in Bakersfield, Calif., where she is retired — as a circus-sideshow “bearded lady” (the result of hypertrichosis, also known as “werewolf syndrome”).
Lorenc said he can see their similarities right through Wheeler’s beard, which she keeps now at a length of 11 inches.
The relationship was to be confirmed by a DNA test paid for by the Maury Povich TV show, but at press time, the result had not been announced.
access the brain
that way too
Doctors from the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Washington announced that they could just as well handle certain brain surgeries by access not in the traditional way through the top of the skull but by drilling holes in the nose and, more recently, the eye socket.
Since classic brain surgery requires that the top of the skull be temporarily removed, the breakthroughs mean fewer complications. These innovations follow on the inroads in recent years in performing kidney-removal and gall-bladder surgery not by traditional abdominal incisions but through, respectively, the vagina and the anus.
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