Surgical procedures

Ermine holds her twins Ervina and Prefina, at the Vatican pediatric hospital, in Rome, June 30, 2020. Doctors at the Vatican’s pediatric hospital said Tuesday, July 7, 2020 they have successfully separated conjoined twins whose skulls were fused back-to-back, an exceedingly rare surgery for an equally rare congenital defect. Twins Ervina and Prefina Bangalo were born June 29, 2018 in Mbaiki, Central African Republic sharing the same skull and critical blood vessels around their brains. (Bambino Gesu Hospital via AP)
July 07, 2020 - 3:35 pm
ROME (AP) — Doctors at the Vatican’s pediatric hospital said Tuesday they have successfully separated conjoined twins whose skulls were fused back-to-back, an exceedingly rare surgery for an equally rare congenital defect. The twins, Ervina and Prefina Bangalo, were born June 29, 2018 in Mbaiki,...
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A sign for temporary closure due to COVID-19 is displayed on a business, in San Antonio, Thursday, June 25, 2020. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the state is facing a "massive outbreak" in the coronavirus pandemic and that some new local restrictions may be needed to protect hospital space for new patients. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
June 25, 2020 - 12:22 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday halted elective surgeries in Texas' biggest counties and said the state would “pause” its aggressive reopening as it deals with a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations that has made it a virus hot spot. The suspension of elective surgeries...
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FILE - In this May 2, 2017 file photo, Morocco's King Mohammed VI, left, smiles as he arrives at the Elysee Palace to meet France's President Francois Hollande in Paris. King Mohammed VI of Morocco underwent successful heart surgery on Sunday in Rabat for a heart rhythm disorder, according to the state news agency. The king, 56, was treated for a heart rhythm disorder known as "atrial flutter," in which the heart's upper chambers beat too quickly. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
June 15, 2020 - 5:05 am
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — King Mohammed VI of Morocco has undergone successful surgery in Rabat for a heart rhythm disorder, state news agency MAP reported Monday. The king, 56, was treated for a disorder known as atrial flutter, a non-life-threatening condition in which the heart beats less...
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May 29, 2020 - 1:26 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — An American on trial for alleged espionage in Russia has undergone emergency surgery. Paul Whelan, who was arrested in Moscow in December 2018, had the surgery on Thursday, according to the US Embassy and the Russian Foreign Ministry. Whelan's brother David said in a statement that...
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Dermatologist Dr. Seemal Desai poses for a photo in an examination room in his office in Plano, Texas, Thursday, May 7, 2020. Desai uses the privacy of an examination room and a tablet computer to virtually visit with some of his patients. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
May 18, 2020 - 8:45 am
The global coronavirus pandemic has created a huge need for health care in the U.S., but it also is delivering a devastating financial blow to that sector. COVID-19 worries have kept patients away from doctors' offices and forced the postponement and cancellation of non-urgent surgeries. The...
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This April 1, 2020 photo provided by Herb Hoeptner shows him and his wife, Diane, at the UCSF hospital in San Francisco the day after surgery to donate one of her kidneys to him. Organ transplants have plummeted as COVID-19 swept through communities. But the team led by Dr. Chris Freise, interim transplant director at the University of California, San Francisco, allowed living kidney transplants for people like Herb Hoeptner, who was on the brink of needing dialysis. "When you have kidneys that have nothing left, you either go on dialysis or you die. That was much more of a concern to me than coronavirus," said Hoeptner. (Courtesy Herb Hoeptner via AP)
May 11, 2020 - 5:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Organ transplants plummeted as COVID-19 swept through communities, with surgeons wary of endangering living donors and unable to retrieve possibly usable organs from the dead -- and hospitals sometimes too full even when they could. Deceased donor transplants -- the most common...
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ADDING CITY - In this Friday, May 1, 2020, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, visits a fertilizer factory in Sunchon, South Pyongan province, near Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim made his first public appearance in 20 days as he celebrated the completion of the fertilizer factory, state media said Saturday, May 2, 2020, ending an absence that had triggered global rumors that he may be seriously ill. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
May 03, 2020 - 5:47 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not undergo surgery or any other medical procedure, a South Korean official said Sunday, amid speculation about his health that continues to linger even after he reappeared publicly in recent days. North Korea had said Saturday that Kim...
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Gabrielle Schmees, 29, and Diego Grassano, 31, kiss wearing protective masks on the day of their wedding at the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park on Monday, April 27, 2020, in Houston. Because of COVID-19, the couple decided to postpone their official wedding and have a small one at the Waterwall Park until December when they can have the official one with all of their family and friends. (Marie De Jesus/Houston Chronicle via AP)
April 27, 2020 - 6:30 pm
Restaurants opened up to dine-in patrons in at least three states Monday and the governor of Texas allowed movie theaters, malls and eateries to start letting customers trickle into their establishments later this week. Across the country, an ever-changing patchwork of loosening stay-home orders...
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Police tape is used to keep people from using a playground that was closed in an effort to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Fairway, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
April 22, 2020 - 8:29 pm
More governors are reopening their economies by the day around the country, creating a patchwork of stay-home orders and other business restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic. Some states are moving faster to reopen, like Georgia, Oklahoma and Montana, where the governor on Wednesday gave the...
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In this March 30, 2020 photo provided by Chief Nurse Anesthetist Nicole Hubbard, nurses Mindy Brock and Ben Cayer, wearing protective equipment, hold each other and look into each other's eyes, in Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla. “Everybody’s talking about the photo,” says Cayer, 46. It strikes a chord “because we’re all going through the same thing right now and it’s a symbol of hope and love.” Brock, 38, adds: “What’s important is that we stick together, we work together, and we always support each other. And not just Ben and I, but the human race right now.” (Nicole Hubbard via AP)
April 15, 2020 - 1:23 pm
Between surgeries one stressful morning, Ben Cayer and Mindy Brock — husband and wife, and fellow nurse anesthetists — peered through layers of protective gear, and locked eyes. It was a lovers’ gaze in the most unlikely situation. A co-worker was there to snap a picture. Now the image, shared on...
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