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US woman 'tried to sew her daughter's mouth shut'

The woman allegedly attempted to sew her daughter's mouth closed. Credit: Reuters

A woman in the US is facing charges after allegedly trying to sew her daughter's mouth shut, NBC News reports.

Rana Cooper, 46, is also accused of forcing the child to eat cat litter and of not allowing her to eat or go to the toilet until she had earned enough points for cleaning the house.

Cooper and her husband Richard, both from Avella in Pennsylvania, adopted the child in 2008.

She faces charges of assault, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.


Hospital apologises to Ebola victim's fiance for not saving his life

The Texas hospital that treated Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, who died last week of Ebola, has apologised to his fiance for being unable to save his life.

Thomas Eric Duncan contracted the disease in Liberia.

Duncan's fiance, Louise Troh, 54, said in a statement she received a call from a top official at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, who said the hospital was "deeply sorry" for the way Duncan's case was handled.

I am grateful to God that this leader reached out and took responsibility for the hospital's actions. Hearing this information will help me as I mourn Eric's death.

– Louise Troh

Troh, her 13-year-old son, and two relatives of Duncan have been in mandatory quarantine at an undisclosed location within the city limits for nearly three weeks. Their isolation is scheduled to end on Sunday if they are given the all clear.

US faces up to Ebola mistakes in Texas hospital

An official from the Texas hospital where two nurses contracted Ebola has admitted mistakes were made in their treatment.

ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports from Dallas:


  1. Robert Moore

Texas Ebola response has been a lesson to the world

It has now been confirmed that the remaining patient here, Nina Pharm, also known as 'Nurse 1' will be transferred from this hospital to a specialist unit in Maryland, just outside of Washington DC.

An ambulance transporting Amber Joy Vinson, a US nurse who has Ebola. Credit: Reuters

I think here everybody recognises this is has been a public health and a public relations disaster, but less talked about and probably more significant is how valuable a lesson this has been.

Really teaching everybody around the world that however sophisticated your medical infrastructure is, when it comes to the Ebola virus nothing really beats good preparation and excellent education.

Texas official: 'Mistakes were made' in Ebola response

A senior official of the Texas hospital system has said "we made mistakes" in diagnosing a Liberian man who had Ebola and later died.

Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer and senior vice president of Texas Health Resources, added that mistakes were made in giving inaccurate information to the public, adding that he was "deeply sorry."

He also admitted there was no actual Ebola training for staff before the first patient arrived.

Obama 'to send National Guard to fight Ebola' in Liberia

President Obama is expected to issue an executive order to send US National Guard forces to Liberia to assist in the fight against Ebola, sources have told NBC News.

An American soldier walks past an Ebola treatment centre under construction in Liberia. Credit: Reuters

According to sources, no decision has been made, but the initial deployment would include eight guard and reserve engineers and logistics specialists to assist in the construction of seventeen 100-bed treatment centers for Ebola patients.

An executive would help cut through the usual official red tape and delays so that guard and reserve forces could be ordered to deploy to west Africa on a moment's notice.

While the initial force may be small in number the order would give the President the option to send further forces.

Connecticut hospital evaluating patient with 'Ebola-like symptoms'

The Yale-New Haven Hospital in the US state of Connecticut says it has admitted a patient displaying "Ebola-like symptoms".

A statement said: "We have not confirmed or ruled-out any diagnosis at this point."

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