Man’s Genitals Amputated by MISTAKE After He’s Wrongly Diagnosed

A surgeon in Italy is under investigation by the country’s top health officials for mistakenly amputating a patient’s penis after incorrectly diagnosing him with a tumour.

The 30-year-old urologist performed the operation to remove the ‘tumour’ a month after diagnosing the man, believed to be in his 60s, with cancer.

Reports suggest that the penis removal operation went down without a hitch- until later analysis revealed there was no reason for it to have occurred in the first place.

The devastated patient is now seeking compensation from the bungling medic over the mutilation, which took place at San Donato Hospital in Arezzo, Tuscany, on 13th November 2018.

The case has a preliminary court hearing scheduled for 9th March in Arezzo.

A similar case was reported in France in December last year, after a series of errors resulted in the ‘total removal’ of a man’s penis at the Nantes University Hospital.

The man, reported to be in his 30s, said the surgery left him with just his testicles and ‘no feeling’ where his member once was.

‘I have hatred towards this doctor who did not listen to me,’ the unidentified victim told local news publication France Bleu. ‘He played Russian roulette with me!’

He told the news site: I’m really devastated and it’s really shameful.’

The patient said after the surgery ‘inside I knew it. It was either death or that. And indeed he had removed everything. He had just left the testicles and had cut at the base.’

‘But you can’t replace the feeling of a penis with several sensors.’

The Frenchman’s lawyer was initially hoping to win his client 1 million euros, but local reports suggest he was eventually awarded 62,000 euros (£55k) in damages.

36 dead, Dozens Injured After Trains Collide in Greece

At least 36 people were killed and more than 80 others injured in a head-on collision between a freight train and a passenger train in Greece late Tuesday, officials said.

The crash occurred shortly before midnight in the town of Tempi along the Athens-Thessaloniki route at the entrance to the Vale of Tempe, a tree-lined gorge that separates the northern Greek regions of Thessaly and Macedonia. The two trains were running toward each other on the same track and the force of the high-speed collision derailed multiple cars, with some bursting into flames, according to Greece’s Hellenic Fire Service.

About 350 people were on board the northbound passenger train, which was traveling from Athens to Thessaloniki, according to the Greek rail operator Hellenic Train.

At least 150 firefighters, including some from specialized units, and 40 ambulances responded to the scene with the assistance of 32 police officers and 15 patrol vehicles, according to the Hellenic Fire Service.

The next morning, rescuers were still searching for survivors in the smoking wreckage, using cranes to lift the derailed carriages. Their efforts were focused on the first two cars, “which have overturned and are the most difficult to extricate,” a Hellenic Fire Service spokesperson said in a statement early Wednesday.

Meanwhile, authorities have begun the process of identifying the dead, whose bodies were taken to the general hospital in the nearby city of Larissa, according to Greece’s Hellenic Police.

As for the injured, 66 remain hospitalized, including six in critical condition, while the rest have been treated and released, according to the Hellenic Fire Service.

On Wednesday, the Greek government declared three days of national mourning in the wake of the tragedy.

Camilla to Drop ‘Consort’ and Officially be ‘Queen’

Camilla Parker Bowles will be known as “Queen” rather than “Queen Consort,” according to sources speaking to the Mail on Sunday. The paper says the change in title will happen after King Charles’ Coronation in May.

Last week Camilla updated the name of her charity, the Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room, to the Queen’s Reading Room. The Court Circular could also soon reflect the change, the paper says. A well-placed source told the Mail: “There’s a view in the Palace that Queen Consort is cumbersome and it might be simpler for Camilla to be known just as the Queen when the time is right. The Reading Room was a sign of that. Her Majesty is the Queen after all. Prince Philip was Prince Consort officially, but he wasn’t known as Prince Consort. The Queen would of course still be Queen Consort so the Palace of course wouldn’t stop anyone calling Her Majesty that if they so chose.”

The speed of the title change is notable. The late Queen Elizabeth had said it was her ‘sincere wish” that Camilla be known as Queen Consort. This was seen as seismic in itself given Camilla’s onetime lack of popularity among the public due to her role in the breakdown in then-Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage. Now she will simply be known as queen. A royal source told the Mail: “There’s a feeling that the time will come when it’s simpler all round to refer to Camilla simply as our Queen. Until then she will be referred to as Queen Consort.”

It is the most inevitable, and widely anticipated, change to come out of King Charles’ reign. But, lest we forget; it is the complete, diametric opposite of what the royals promised would happen when she married Charles.

Back then, Clarence House stated that Camilla would adopt the style of Princess Consort when Charles ascended the throne, a statement that mysteriously disappeared from Charles’ website in 2018.

In his memoir Spare, Prince Harry said his stepmother had left “bodies in the street” in her ascent within the royal family.

Camilla’s grandchildren to take center stage

Queen Camilla’s grandchildren are set to play a “prominent, official” role at King Charles’ Coronation to “signal their closeness” to Charles and Camilla, according to the Sunday Times.

Her son, Tom Parker Bowles, has Lola, 15, and Freddy, 13, and her daughter, Laura Lopes, has Eliza, 15, and twins, Louis and Gus, 13. They call Camilla “Gaga” as a nickname. The times reports Charles read Harry Potter books to them when they were younger, including doing character impersonations.

Camilla’s grandkids will reportedly hold the canopy over her as she is anointed with holy oil “during the most sacred part of the ceremony,” the Times said, instead of the usual duchesses who would do it. Duchesses have previously performed the role.

“It is another example of the King and Queen Consort being unafraid to shake things up a bit to reflect the realities of modern life, of which a blended family is a central element.”

— Royal source

A royal source told the Times: “The Queen Consort has said she does not want duchesses. She would like it to be her grandchildren.”

“It sends a nice signal and is quite a bold move,” a source said. “It is another example of the King and Queen Consort being unafraid to shake things up a bit to reflect the realities of modern life, of which a blended family is a central element.”

A key role is also being dreamt up for Prince George, Kate and William’s 9-year-old kid and future king, provided the couple deem whatever that role is does not “subject him to overwhelming scrutiny.”

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Take it or leave it

Speculation that King Charles‘s coronation concert is struggling to attract top flight British pop talent is rife.

After it was reported last week that Adele and Ed Sheeran would not be in a position to perform, the Sun on Sunday reports today that both Harry Styles and Elton John will not be able to make it, and that a much ballyhooed reunion of the Spice Girls, which was rumored to be going to be the headline-topping closing act of the concert, is not going ahead after all, with the legendary girl band giving the event a hard pass.

According to the Sun, the three acts all claim that their schedules do not allow them to perform, but there will be increasing speculation that it is a sign that affection for King Charles is just not what it was for Queen Elizabeth.

The source said: “Elton John was top of Charles’ list but due to his European tour, which sees him performing in Germany the Friday before then again soon after the Windsor concert, he isn’t able to make the dash to the U.K. work.”

One act who actually can make it, however is Take That. Well, sort of. The Sun says that Robbie Williams will not be part of the line-up. Take That without Robbie Williams? That sounds more like a wet afternoon at Glastonbury than the biggest royal party of the new era.

Bring the kings

The Mail reports that, in a significant break with convention, foreign monarchs are to be invited to King Charles‘s coronation. Traditionally, monarchs of other lands have not been invited to the coronation, ostensibly to preserve its status as a communion between the monarch and its people (although of course it could just be out of concern that the out of towners might steal the show with fancier outfits and more beautiful spouses).

But Charles is reportedly going to break this tradition by inviting European Royals and, perhaps controversially, rulers from some Arab states.

A source told the Mail, “You can expect guest list for the coronation to more closely resemble that of a royal wedding than the coronation 70 years ago.” Prince Albert of Monaco has previously hinted that he expected to be invited.

Sorry, not sorry

Sources have told the Mail on Sunday that Prince William and King Charles do not intend to offer an apology to Prince Harry, with one saying, “What are the family meant to apologize for? As the late queen said, recollections may vary.”

The remarks echo reports in The Daily Beast this week, saying that the royals have not offered a meeting and will not do so, The Daily Beast understands.

A friend of the king last week told The Royalist that Charles was simply “too busy” to have a one-on-one meeting with Harry.

The Mail’s source said, “I don’t think His Majesty is minded to apologize for anything at present. Quite the opposite. There is still a huge amount of ill will boiling over in the family. Conversations could still happen in the next few weeks, I am sure, but they’ll be waiting a very long time for an apology. There’s a great deal of hurt at Harry’s actions.”

When asked directly by ITV News anchor Tom Bradby if he would attend the Coronation, Harry replied: “There’s a lot that can happen between now and then, but you know, the door is always open, the ball is in their court. There is a lot to be discussed, and I really hope they are willing to sit down and talk about it.”

This week in royal history

Happy 68th birthday to Sir Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne’s second husband, on Wednesday. He was born on March 1, 1955.

Unanswered questions

Will the public ultimately care about Camilla finally being known as queen? Harry may want an apology in order to attend the Coronation, but will Charles will give him one? It ain’t looking likely.

58 Killed and 81 Rescued in Smuggling Boat Disaster

A least 58 migrants were killed and more than 81 were rescued Sunday when the human smuggling boat they were aboard slammed into the rocks off the coast of southern Italy and “disintegrated” just feet from the shoreline, officials said.

Up to 150 migrants reportedly from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria — countries ravaged recently by poverty, natural disasters, conflicts and civil unrest — were crammed aboard the 66-foot-long wooden boat when it crashed into a rocky shore of eastern Calabria, which forms the tip of Italy’s boot shape, according to the Italian Coast Guard.

At least 20 migrants were hospitalized, one in need of intensive care, said Manuela Curra, a provincial government official. One survivor was taken into custody for questioning after migrants identified him to authorities as one of the human traffickers, RAI state television reported.

Antonio Ceraso, the mayor of the seaside resort city of Cutro, told Italian news media outlets that children, including a baby, are among the dead.

Bodies, covered in cloth, were being brought to a local sports stadium in the nearby Crotone that has been turned into a temporary morgue.

A priest was on hand to administer last rites over some of the dead as bodies washed up on the beach.

Ceraso said the boat carrying the migrants hit rough seas and the rickety vessel “disintegrated” when it hit the rocks. He said wreckage is strewn across 1,000 feet of coastline. Describing what he saw at the scene of the crash, he said it was a “gruesome sight that stays with you for the rest of your life.”

The search for survivors is ongoing with coast guard crews combing the choppy waters in boats and with aircraft and local firefighters searching on jet skis.

At the Vatican, Pope Francis prayed for the survivors and the loved ones of those killed during his Sunday address in St. Peter’s Square.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, whose right-wing administration has taken a hard line on migration since her election in October, issued a statement expressing “deep sorrow for the many human lives torn away by human traffickers.”

PHOTO: This photo obtained from Italian news agency Ansa, taken on Feb. 26, 2023 shows debris of a shipwreck washed ashore in Steccato di Cutro, south of Crotone, after a migrants' boat sank off Italy's southern Calabria region.

Italy is one of the main landing points for migrants being smuggled across the central Mediterranean from North Africa. At least 20,333 migrants have been killed or have gone missing while attempting the crossing, which experts describe as one of the most dangerous in the world since 2014, according to the International Organization for Migration’s Missing Migrants Project.

“It is a huge tragedy which shows the absolute need to act firmly against irregular migration channels,” Italian Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi said in a statement, adding that Sunday’s tragedy highlights the urgency of cracking down on human smuggling sea crossings.

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Flight Attendant Dies Moments After Plane Lands at Airport

Greta Dyrmishi, 24, was working for Air Albania when the tragedy occurred in December as the airplane she was working on landed at Stansted airport.

As per the Daily Mail, Dyrmishi was working on a flight traveling from the Albanian capital, Tirana, to Essex on December 21. Medical staff attempted to revive her using CPR but it was to no avail, and she was sadly pronounced dead.

After initially collapsing, two ambulances, a hazardous area response team vehicle, an ambulance officer vehicle, and Essex and Herts Air Ambulance responded to the scene at the airport.

A post-mortem on the 24-year-old revealed that she died from sudden adult death syndrome, and a coroner has revealed that her death will be subject to a full inquest.

Michelle Brown, area coroner for Essex, said via the Daily Mail: “This 24-year-old female was cabin crew on a flight from Albania and was on the tarmac when she appeared to faint and was given basic first aid.

“Ten minutes later there was no pulse and CPR commenced. Paramedics treated her and confirmed she had passed away. A post-mortem found her cause of death to be sudden adult death syndrome.”

Sudden Adult Death syndrome, also known as Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), is when somebody dies from a sudden cardiac arrest, but the cause of it cannot be found, per the British Heart Foundation.

Around 200,000 Americans die from a sudden cardiac arrest each year, with around 4,000 deaths of children and young adults being linked to SADS, per the Cleveland Clinic.

Despite social media speculation that the Covid-19 vaccine leads to an increased risk of cardiac arrest, there is currently no evidence that supports this claim, as reported by Full Fact.

Following Dyrmishi’s tragic death, Air Albania issued the following statement: “On December 21, after disembarking the passengers from our flight to London, one of our cabin crew Greta Dyrmishi had a heart attack.

“Even after all medical assistance was provided immediately, we still lost her. She was taken to the hospital in London, and procedures were being followed. From the first moments, Air Albania contacted her family, and we continue to be close to them in these difficult moments.

“In respect to Greta and her family, we decided to share the news with the public at the appropriate time. We will always remember Greta as a passionate professional, an excellent co-worker, and a great friend to all of us.”

The statement concluded: “May God mercy her and give peace to the family. Air Albania will continue to be with her family.”

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Turkey and Syria Hit AGAIN by 6.3 Magnitude Earthquake

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck southern Turkey near the Syrian border late on Monday, setting off panic and further damaging buildings two weeks after the country’s worst earthquake in modern history left tens of thousands dead.

Two reporters said the tremors were strong and lasting, damaging buildings and leaving dust in the night air in central Antakya city, where it was centered. It was also felt in Egypt and Lebanon, reporters said.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said the tremor struck at a shallow depth of 2 km (1.2 miles).

Police patrolled Antakya while ambulances rushed to the quake-hit area near the city center. Two people fainted, while others filled the streets around the central park making emergency calls on cell phones.

Reuters saw Turkish rescue teams running around on foot after the latest quake to check on residents, most of whom were living in temporary tents after the tremors two weeks ago.

Muna Al Omar, a resident, said she was in a tent in a park in central Antakya when the earthquake hit.

“I thought the earth was going to split open under my feet,” she said, crying as she held her 7-year-old son in her arms.

“Is there going to be another aftershock?” she asked.

The two larger earthquakes that hit on Feb. 6, which also rocked neighbouring Syria, left more than a million homeless and killed far more than the latest official tally of 46,000 people in both countries.

Smaller tremors have jolted the region in the last two weeks but the Monday quake was the largest since Feb. 6.

“It was very strong. It jolted us out of our places,” said Burhan Abdelrahman, who was walking out of his tent in a camp in Antakya city centre when the earthquake struck.

“I called relatives in Syria, Adana, Mersin, Izmir, everywhere, to check on them.”

Turkey’s disaster agency AFAD urged residents to stay away from the Mediterranean coast over a possible 50-centimetre rise in waters due to the quake.

Videos posted on social media, showed passengers at Antakya airport taking cover in panic as the quake jolted the glass building.

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Kim Jong-un Makes Public Appearance to Say ‘Prepare for War’

Kim Jong-un has warned North Korea to ‘perfect the preparedness for war’ after going missing for 36 days.

The dictator told a big military meeting that his armed forces were moving into a new phase of development.

He said they should display ‘matchless military strength’ in order to perform ‘ever-victorious feats’, Korean media reported.

Kim’s top military brass also discussed ‘great’ changes to the military, including the expansion and intensification of ‘operation and combat drills’.

State media photos showed a flag possibly representing a new department called the ‘missile general bureau’.

There are fears this division will handle the development of nuclear warheads and ballistic systems.

Spokesperson for South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, Lee Sung-jun, said his team were closely monitoring any new missile department.

epa10451776 A photo released by the official North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C) speaking during an enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea at the office of the party's Central Committee in Pyongyang, North Korea, 06 February 2023 (issued 07 February 2023). According to KCNA, the meeting 'discussed in depth major military and political tasks for 2023' and the 'long-term issues concerning the orientation for army building'. EPA/KCNA EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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There has been speculation about Kim’s health as he has not been seen for more than a month, and missed his third Politburo meeting on Sunday.

But the leader, who often takes breaks from the public eye, reappeared in time for an upcoming military parade.

It is believed the capital of Pyongyang may see a celebration this week, marking the 75th anniversary of the Korean People’s Army.

South Korean officials have detected a ‘significant increase in personnel and vehicles’ in areas linked to parade rehearsals.

Last year, North Korea conducted a record-breaking number of missile tests.

The US has recently expanded its military drills with South Korea in an effort to address the evolving threat.

But the isolated state has taken this to be antagonistic, and last week threatened to counter the drills with the ‘most overwhelming nuclear force’.

Diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang has stalled since 2019, with both sides at odds over US-led sanctions against North Korea’s nuclear program.

God No Longer Referred to as ‘He’ at Church of England

The Church of England is considering whether to stop referring to God as “he”, after priests asked to be allowed to use gender-neutral terms instead.

The church said it would launch a new commission on the matter in the spring. Any potential alterations, which would mark a departure from traditional teachings dating back millennia, would have to be approved by synod, the Church’s decision-making body.

The Rt Rev Dr Michael Ipgrave, Bishop of Lichfield and vice-chair of the liturgical commission responsible for the matter, said the church had been “exploring the use of gendered language in relation to God for several years”.

“After some dialogue between the two commissions in this area, a new joint project on gendered language will begin this spring,” he said. “In common with other potential changes to authorised liturgical provision, changing the wording and number of authorised forms of absolution would require a full synodical process for approval.”

The specifics of the project are as yet unclear.

The bishop’s comments came in response to a question asked at synod by the Revd Joanna Stobart, vicar of Ilminster and Whitelackington in Somerset, about the progress on developing “more inclusive language” in services.

It is unclear what would replace the term Our Father in the Lord’s Prayer, the central Christian prayer that Jesus is said to have instructed his followers to say together down the generations.

Conservative critics have hit back at the possibility of changes, with the Rev Dr Ian Paul telling the Telegraph that they would represent an abandonment of the Church’s own doctrine.

He said: “The fact that God is called ‘Father’ can’t be substituted by ‘Mother’ without changing meaning, nor can it be gender-neutralised to ‘Parent’ without loss of meaning.

“Fathers and mothers are not interchangeable but relate to their offspring in different ways.”

A spokesperson for the Church of England said: “This is nothing new. Christians have recognised since ancient times that God is neither male nor female, yet the variety of ways of addressing and describing God found in scripture has not always been reflected in our worship.

“There has been greater interest in exploring new language since the introduction of our current forms of service in contemporary language more than 20 years ago.

“There are absolutely no plans to abolish or substantially revise currently authorised liturgies, and no such changes could be made without extensive legislation.”

Mother and 7 Children Die After Clothes Dryer Burst into Flames

A tragic fire has killed a mother and her seven children, aged between two and 14, after their clothes dryer reportedly burst into flames while the family were sleeping in northern France today.

The mother, her five girls and the two boys died from asphyxiation from the blaze which started just after midnight in their family home in the town of Charly-sur-Marne, 50 miles east of Paris.

Nearly 80 firefighters attended the scene, as well as 48 vehicles.

The woman’s husband, 40, who was the father of three of the children, was the only occupant of the house who survived.

He suffered severe burns and has been taken to hospital.

The mother and her children died from asphyxiation, according to local prosecutor Julien Morino-Ros, who confirmed the origin of the fire appeared to be a malfunctioning clothes dryer located on the ground floor of the house. The family were sleeping on the second floor.

He said: “It is a priori a dryer that caught fire on the ground floor,” adding that the “bodies were not burnt.”

According to the prosecutor’s account to AFP, the father tried to intervene by going down to the ground floor, where the tumble dryer was located, asking his family to take shelter on the second floor, a converted attic.

The narrow street where the house was located made it difficult for firefighters to place their ladders at the windows, according to local media.

The rescue effort was further hampered by the house’s electric window shutters, which were blocked due to a power outage, added the prosecutor.

Emergency services were called by neighbours just before 1am. It took several hours for them to extinguish the fire, with it continuing to burn until early morning.

The homeowners next door were evacuated for their safety as the fire also damaged their property.

The children included five girls and two boys, four of which were from the mother’s previous relationship, according to emergency services.

The French Public Prosecution Service has launched an investigation into the causes of the fire.

A medical-psychological assistance unit was set up at the Charly-sur-Marne emergency centre.

The prefect sent “his most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victims”, as well as to “all the inhabitants of the bereaved town”.

The tragedy was the worst incident of its kind since 2013, when five children between two and nine died asphyxiated in an accidental fire, also in northern France.

Missing Woman Found on Mountain After 40 Years

A mummified woman found on mountain is thought to be a climber missing for over 40 years.

Marta Emilia Altamirano, better known as Patty, died during an expedition in the Andes in March 1981.

She was then aged 20 and slipped on ice at an altitude of around 5,000 meters.

Marta is believed to have fallen hundreds of meters to her death, according to the sister who accompanied her.

At least four expeditions have taken place over the years to find the young woman’s body, however without any success.

Over the years, the search was dropped and her disappearance became a legend in the mountain village of Barreal in Argentina’s San Juan province.

Part of the story includes Patty’s father, a retired police officer who searched for her body for many years until eventually passing away in the town where she stayed for the last time.

But on 28 January a body was found on the Cerro Mercedario, the highest peak of the Cordillera de la Ramada range and the eighth-highest mountain in the Andes.

It was discovered at an altitude of around 5,000 meters and was first presumed to be a German mountaineer called Andreas Colli who disappeared in the area in 2002.

But it was soon confirmed the mummified remains belonged to a woman aged between 18 and 30 years.

The climber’s body was found attached to a glacier and the authorities had to break the ice to extract it.

According to a news report of the time, Patty embarked on the fateful expedition with her sister Corina and experienced climber Sergio Bossini on 23 March 1981 from Barreal.

A guide accompanied the group part of the way before they continued alone.

On the evening of March 24 that year, the trio set up base at the foot of a glacier at an altitude of 4,300 meters.

They then embarked on their ascent to the summit three days later and stopped to set up camp on the ice at an altitude of over 5,000 meters at around 7pm.

According to the report, Patty went off to survey the surrounding area alone and lost her footing, sliding hundreds of metres down an icy slope.

Corina and Sergio searched for her throughout the night, but to no avail.

They managed to find her the following morning, but Patty had already passed away.

Because of the weather conditions and difficult terrain, the pair decided they would not be able to bring her body back with them so they left to ask for help.

Corina and Sergio arrived at the nearest gendarmerie post on 29 March 1981 to report the tragedy.

However, snow and ice had buried Patty’s body in the time it took the authorities to assemble a search team and they were unable to find her.

Another search operation was organized the following year, but again with no luck.

In the subsequent years, at least two other search operations were carried out to find Patty’s remains.

Doctor Jorge Prieto, who took part in the second search operation, said after the mummified body was found last week: “There is no doubt that it is her. I am absolutely sure.

“There is no other missing person, much less a woman. Everything matches.”

Orlando Bravo, a family friend and experienced climber who also took part in the search operations in the early 80s, said: “I’ve spoken with Patty’s brother and they are considering coming to San Juan.

“I’m concerned about the emotional state of all of them. We are all very surprised.”

He added: “This is all very strong for the family. We have to wait for them to identify the body. But it is also about closing a chapter. Over 41 years have passed.”

The results of forensic tests on the mummified body have yet to be announced.

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