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A Veteran Is Left With No Options After A Botched Surgery Left Her Paralyzed And The VA Won’t Cover Care Costs

We have always assumed that once you join the U.S. military, they’re supposed to have your back for life, aren’t they? They pay for college. They’re supposed to help you become a citizen. They’re supposed to help you always whether that is physically or mentally. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is there to support servicemen and servicewomen during their time in the military and when they retire. We are learning, however, that is not always the case. The government is definitely not helping men and women become citizens despite their service for the United States.  And the VA doesn’t help like they’re supposed to, in fact, they sometimes make the situation worse. 

A 29-year-old woman who had corrective surgery at VA hospital, ended up paralyzed. She can’t sue them for malpractice because it wasn’t a civilian hospital.

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This story is insane because it’s almost as if anything Barbara Ospina did worked against her. In 2013, the 29-year-old was serving her country as a public affairs non-commissioned officer for Fifth Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell, Kentucky — so technically not the front lines of war. She began to experience “headaches, tingling, and numbness in her limbs, and blurred vision,” the Daily Mail reports. So she decided to have corrective surgery. Instead of making her feel better, they caused her to have a stroke and left her paralyzed. We must note that these are all allegations at this point. 

The VA hospital where she was treated, informed her that she had a rare disease and that’s why she had ended up paralyzed. But that is not the truth, or so Ospina claims.

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“The VA is claiming Barb’s condition is the result of ‘an Illness or Medical Condition,’ specifically Arnold Chiari 1 Malformation, and not from an ‘injury,’ “her husband said in a letter to appeal the VA denial. “Her current condition is due to INJURIES sustained from medical malpractice that occurred by a military Neurosurgeon, military nurses, and the overall horrible care she received at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.”

One of the biggest problems about this tragic story is that the retired military officer (a wife and mother) cannot sue the VA for malpractice. If she had done the corrective surgery in a regular hospital, then she could have sued but because it is the VA, she cannot. It’s so unfair. According to the Military Times, “the Feres Doctrine, a 1950 Supreme Court decision, prevents her from suing the Defense Department for service-connected illness or injury.”

To make matters even worse, she can’t receive financial help — about $30,000 — from the VA for a nurse to take care of her at home. She must pay for the service herself, which is taken from her disability check. 

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Why won’t the VA provide for a nurse? Here’s the kicker: because her injuries weren’t caused ‘in the line of duty in the active military.” Can you imagine that? The injuries she is suffering from, that were obtained from a government agency will not pay for her to get help because she didn’t get hurt in the line of duty. That is some kind of bull crap.  

“Her story represents the egregious conduct, consistent lack of care and malpractice at the hands of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,” her attorney, Natalie Khawam of the Tampa, Florida- and D.C.-based Whistleblower Law Firm told Military Times on Tuesday. “This case is an example of how flawed the system is, and why it’s time for a change,” she added. Um, ya think?

This story is so sad and appalling and it makes you wonder why anyone would want to join the military knowing that they could leave you to fend for yourself even when you can’t even move.

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While it’s so good that Ospina has her husband and lawyers to count on, it’s so tragic that she cannot be her own champion because she’s in constant pain. She’s paralyzed, unable to be with her young son or her husband and have a life of constant care. All of this could have been prevented. Her life didn’t have to end up this way, and her employer — the U.S. government — should have done more for her care and for her life. We hope the Ospina family continues to try to sue them. 

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A Man In Mexico Was Hospitalized After A Three-Day Erection After Taking Bull Stimulants

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A Man In Mexico Was Hospitalized After A Three-Day Erection After Taking Bull Stimulants

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He’s a man without a name or a face but is what every tía is cackling about in Mexican cocinas across the country after news circulated that a man was hospitalized after taking sexual stimulants meant for bulls. The man was planning to have sex with a 30-year-old woman, Peruvian newspaper La Republica reports. The eager man decided to seek out something stronger than Viagra. The man eventually traveled to Veracruz, a 12-hour drive south of where he was eventually hospitalized, in order to seek out a sexual stimulant typically reserved for bulls used by the agricultural industry as inseminating machines. 

Local news outlets have not confirmed whether or not the highly-anticipated sexual encounter ever took place.

The man is currently being hospitalized at Specialist Hospital 270 in Reynosa, on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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The Mayo Clinic confirms that an erection can become a medical emergency if it has persisted for more than four hours. There are two different types of persistent erections. The more common one results from the use of erectile-enhancing drugs and can cause permanent damage to the penile muscles, causing erectile dysfunction, if not treated immediately. Essentially, the blood is not able to flow and be oxygenated, which means the surrounding tissues lose oxygen, which they need to function. Symptoms also include a “rigide penile shaft, but the tip of penis (glans) is soft” and “progressive penile pain,” according to the Mayo Clinic

This man waited three days before seeking medical attention. 

His doctors have confirmed that the substance that caused his condition is typically used to stimulate bulls for insemination.

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“He was admitted to the Specialties 270 hospital of the IMSS of this city (Reynosa), a man who would have ingested a sexual stimulant that he brought from Veracruz, used by farmers in that region, to stimulate bulls for insemination,” the man’s doctors told La República. In case you missed it, in order to have the mass production of meat and dairy that the existing human population demands, the animal agriculture industry has to get creative. It’s standard protocol to hire professional ejaculators whose sole job is to inject “viagra for bulls” into a selected bull and “collect semen.” It is a common practice in the meat and dairy industry to inseminate cows to increase the numbers in the herds.

The man told the outlet that he took the “viagra for bulls” because he was planning to have sex with a 30-year-old woman and didn’t want to underperform. Unfortunately, the very drug he sought out likely has permanently caused enough damage to his penis that he almost certainly suffers from erectile dysfunction as a consequence.

Some are choosing to make light of his condition.

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“Get well soon, @BorisJohnson,” one Twitter user joked of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “He should have tried the new Viagra LIGHT,” another user tweeted. Meanwhile, the unnamed man continues to recover at the Specialized Hospital 20.

The medical term for his condition is priapism and can cause permanent damage.

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The name itself, priapism, comes from the Greek god of fertility and lust, Priapus. Most of us are, thankfully, only familiar with priapism because of Shonda Rhimes’ “Grey’s Anatomy,” but it is considered a medical emergency if an erection lasts longer than four hours. According to Weill Cornell Medicine, even just 6-8 hours of priapism can cause irreversible damage and cause erectile dysfunction disorder, and “it has been estimated that priapism of 24 hours duration is associated with an approximately 50% incidence of permanent erectile dysfunction.”

The first step in treating priapism caused by erectile-enhancing drugs is to drain “the old stagnant blood from the penis” and inject “a vasoconstrictive medication directly into the erectile tissue of the penis,” says Weill Cornell Medicine’s Male Infertility non-profit. When caught early, it can be effectively resolved in this manner. In the case of this unnamed man, he required a surgical procedure to attempt to reverse the erection. Typically, surgeons will have to place a shunt to drain the stagnant blood in the penis somewhere else. Still, surgical outcomes predict a 25-50 percent rate of long-term erectile dysfunction.

The surgery fails to relieve symptoms 25-50 percent of the time, in which case a penile prosthesis may be surgically implanted. There have been no updates on the status of this man’s recovery or projected sex life.

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The US Killed A Leading Iranian Military Figure And Social Media Declared An Impending World War 3

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The US Killed A Leading Iranian Military Figure And Social Media Declared An Impending World War 3

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Global powers expressed worry and concern about the state of world affairs following the United States’ airstrike near Baghdad’s airport Friday, which killed Iran Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The White House defended the strike in a tweet, saying Soleimani “was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”

The United States killed Iran’s top general Friday, which inspired a wealth of reaction on social media about the future of the world.

The killing of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. strike at Baghdad’s international airport and Tehran’s vow of “harsh retaliation” in response on Friday morning made Twitter and Instagram users nervous about the possible outbreak of conflict between Washington and Tehran culminating in what social media dubbed, World War III.

Meme creators did what they do best: post funny pictures and videos on social media and got #WWIII trending.

France’s deputy minister for foreign affairs, Amelie de Montchalin, said on a radio program: “We are waking up in a more dangerous world. Military escalation is always dangerous. When such actions, such operations, take place, we see that escalation is underway.” The term “World War 3” began trending online Friday after the airstrike. Instagram and Twitter users immediately jumped in on the discussion, posting memes, GIFs and jokes about a potential third World War. Here’s a collection of them.

Some lamented the poor start to the new year.

A lot of people woke up to news that the U.S. had launched a deadly attack on Iran’s top military official. The attack was panned by world leaders and political pundits are concerned that the attack could lead to a war between the U.S. and Iran.

Social media users turned to humor to try to make sense of the terrifying possibility of a war started by the U.S.

The airstrike led to protests throughout Iran and Iraq. Iranians were protesting because of the clear attack on their military capabilities. Iraqi citizens protested against the attack on their soil that some consider threatens their sovereignty.

Some joked about avoiding or refusing the draft.

There hasn’t been a draft since the Vietnam War. At the time, Americans protested the nation’s involvement in a war in southeast Asia. Many young men fled to Canada to avoid being drafted by the U.S. military to join the combat.

Many others simply detailed their strategies for avoiding a draft.

There has been no announcement regarding reinstating the draft, and the U.S. currently has an all-volunteer military. However, that doesn’t change the fact the Americans are concerned about a pending war and a draft.

Others made jokes about fake birth certificates and fleeing the country.

Tbh, this might not be a bad idea considering people do not support the attack.

Many mocked themselves and their response to the trending topic.

It is a terrifying moment to realize that something so disastrous and devastating might actually happen.

Some wondered if this was Trump’s way of getting revenge for his impeachment.

We are in uncharted territory and all eyes are on Iran after they threatened retaliation against the U.S.

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