Woman gives birth to quads after brain surgery

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – “You don’t figure you can find something that can outshine being pregnant with quadruplets, but we managed to do it,” says Chris Sturm of Haslet.

For Chris and Katie Sturm, welcoming four new babies was supposed to be enough of a challenge, but this is 2020.

“And then two weeks later, I found out that I had a brain tumor,” says Katie, then 26.

The couple turned to experts at UT Southwestern for care, and doctors immediately began making a series of incredulous phone calls.

“A pregnant patient admitted to the neurosurgical unit because she had a seizure, and she was coincidentally pregnant with quadruplets, which is never two things you want to hear in the same sentence, right?” says Dr. Patricia Santiago-Munoz, a high-risk pregnancy specialist.

“I almost thought I was getting pranked,” adds neurosurgeon Dr. Toral Patel with a laugh. “It was sort of hard to believe.”

According to Dr. Santiago-Munoz, the odds of quadruplets without fertility assistance is roughly 1 in 700,000.

Sturm children (credit: UT Southwestern)

Dr. Patel says the plan, initially, had been to monitor the tumor and perhaps delay treatment until after Katie delivered, “but the tumor had other plans.”

A second seizure forced them to reconsider their approach.

“When I saw the second one myself and it became a real thing,” says Chris. “It became one of those moments `holy cow’, the possibility that something could happen to my wife and my kids was very real.”

Katie underwent brain surgery before her boys were delivered and doctors have called her ability to handle both the high risk pregnancy and tumor, “amazing.”

“If you didn’t know she had brain surgery, you wouldn’t know she had brain surgery,” says Dr. Patel. “She has coped with this better than anyone could have imagined, she’s remarkable.”

Katie says her faith was critical.

“At that point, I had to turn it over to God and I guess he wouldn’t give me quadruplets if he didn’t want me to be around for them.”

When the boys– Jacob, Daniel, Austin and Hudson– arrived at 32 weeks in July, the months of planning paid off.

“They all came out crying,” says Dr. Becky Ennis. “Very smooth and really went off without a hitch.”

Chris and Katie Sturm and family (credit: UT Southwestern)

After a few weeks in the NICU, the Sturm boys have joined big brother Ryan at home in Haslet.

Not a bad haul for a woman who was told as a teen that a medical condition would prevent her from having biological children.

“These babies are a lot to handle, but they are a blessing,” says Katie.

The Sturms say they aren’t picking any winning lotto numbers, but it’s clear that they’ve hit the jackpot, many times over.

Chimpanzee expected to give birth at St. Louis zoo this fall


ST. LOUIS, Mo. – An 18-year-old chimp chimpanzee at the Saint Louis Zoo is expecting a baby this fall.

“We are very excited to announce one of our chimpanzees, Utama, is pregnant. Expecting a baby in the fall,” said Helen Boostrom, zoological manager of primates at the Saint Louis Zoo. “Chimpanzees have an eight-and-a-half-month pregnancy and there’s a lot of maternal care that is involved. They have a birth interval of six to seven years between infants and it’s been quite a while since we’ve had a baby here at the zoo, so we’re very excited.”   

This will be Utamu’s second child. The zoo says that she gave birth to her first baby in September 2019, which, unfortunately, was stillborn or died shortly after birth.

Zookeepers are keeping an eye on this 18-year-old chimp. 

“Utamu came with her mom when she was younger chimpanzee,” Boostrom said. “She came in 2007 and she, her mother Rosebud and another, Beauty, were introduced to the group in 2007 and 18 is about an adult. The average lifespan is in their 40s. We do have Rosebud and Beauty in their late 40s, so they can live longer.” 

Kijana, a 28-year-old male, is the presumed father. A blood test will be done after the baby chimp is born to determine the father because there are other males in the troop.

Zookeepers are performing ultrasound examinations to monitor the health and development of the baby. Utamu is also being closely monitored by a team of caretakers.

“We’ve worked with the chimp group and Utamu,” Boostroom said. “We’ve worked with her with training, so we can do regular ultrasounds on her with the vets and keep track of the pregnancy. With our nutrition team making sure she’s getting the proper nutrition she needs and doing urine tests like you would with a human pregnancy, making sure everything is going well. 

“Our veterinary team, our primate care team, and our nutrition team keeping a close eye to make sure we can do everything we can so that Utamu and the group is prepared and that everything goes well with the pregnancy.”

Learn more: stlzoo.org/Utamu

Princess Beatrice birthstone meaning: What does Bea's star sign and birth stone mean?

Her moon is in Cancer and in the fifth house, making her extremely sensitive to her environment.

Princess Beatrice is very observant, picking up on people’s emotions and moods and striving to reassure others.

Her birth chart shows that she is all about her family, which is probably why she is so close with her sister Princess Eugenie.

Cancer moons love being at home, and they are very imaginative and creative.

It wouldn’t be a shock if the Princess painted, wrote, or had a musical talent alongside her History degree.

Funnily enough, Meghan Markle also is a Leo with cancer in her chart.

However, do you know anything about Princess Beatrice’s personality? Not really.

Her Aquarius rising makes her an unpredictable and mysterious person. 

For example, she has no public social media accounts for us learn more about her! 

Those with Aquarius ascendants love their freedom and tend to make surprise moves and choices.

That explains Beatrice’s decision to get married secretly during a pandemic in a borrowed gown!



Zodiac sign birth chart: What is my birth chart? How to read your birth chart

The houses

Take a look at each house in your chart and see if there is an astrological symbol placed inside.

Note down where each planet is placed and see what sign its in because each house is ruled by a zodiac sign and a planet.

The houses determine which area of life a planet’s energy will manifest for you – from relationships to career to identity.

The first house is ruled by Mars and Aries, and it’s the location of your Rising sign or ascendant. Your Rising sign represents the mask you show to the world. It’s about your identity and personality.

The second house is ruled by Venus and Taurus, and it’s all about your values. This refers to both your finances and self-worth.

The third house is ruled by Mercury and Gemini, and it governs your thinking and communicating. It also can explain relationships with your family and friends.

The fourth house is ruled by the Moon and Cancer, so it controls your emotional foundation and your home life.

The fifth house is ruled by the Sun and Leo and refers to your inner child. It shows you how you want to play, flirt, have fun, and get creative. It’s all about self-expression.

The sixth house is governed by Virgo and Mercury and represents how you work and your health routine.



Birth chart: What is my birth chart? How to read your birth chart

The houses

Take a look at each house in your chart and see if there is an astrological symbol placed inside.

Note down where each planet is placed and see what sign its in because each house is ruled by a zodiac sign and a planet.

The houses determine which area of life a planet’s energy will manifest for you – from relationships to career to identity.

The first house is ruled by Mars and Aries, and it’s the location of your Rising sign or ascendant. Your Rising sign represents the mask you show to the world. It’s about your identity and personality.

The second house is ruled by Venus and Taurus, and it’s all about your values. This refers to both your finances and self-worth.

The third house is ruled by Mercury and Gemini, and it governs your thinking and communicating. It also can explain relationships with your family and friends.

The fourth house is ruled by the Moon and Cancer, so it controls your emotional foundation and your home life.

The fifth house is ruled by the Sun and Leo and refers to your inner child. It shows you how you want to play, flirt, have fun, and get creative. It’s all about self-expression.

The sixth house is governed by Virgo and Mercury and represents how you work and your health routine.



‘Push presents’ worth thousands William bought Kate after she gave birth to their children

Push presents are given as gifts generally by partners to their other halves after they have had a baby. It’s a nice gesture to mark the occasion of a new baby and also acknowledge childbearing and childbirth, the burdens that go along with it and the gratitude they feel to their partner for bringing their child into the world.

Prince Harry, too, gave his wife a push present.

Made with jeweller Lorraine Schwartz, the ring has a green emerald in it, to represent Archie’s birth month.

It’s not known exactly how much Harry spent on Meghan’s ring, as it was a bespoke creation.

However, Schwartz is known to have created Beyonce’s engagement ring, which cost a whopping £3.9m.

In fact, Kate has a collections from the jewellery designer worth almost £47k.

Last year Kate wowed at Buckingham Palace wearing a mysterious collection of jewellery.

Fans clamoured to know more about the gems and where they were from.

Kate Middleton wore a stunning set of earrings and a new ring for a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace in late 2019. 

However, the pieces were eventually identified as being part of the Diamond Chandelier Drop Demi-Parure.



Hell of 'distressed' mum who tested positive for coronavirus moments before giving birth

Sarah Hartle successfully gained her dental hygienist qualification at university on the day the country went into lockdown.

But the 34-year-old, from Manchester, wasn’t going to let that stop her from helping people.

She was frustrated that she couldn’t start her new role but when she heard about NHS Test and Trace, she was excited about the opportunity to put those years of hard work into practice.

And in no time at all she was dealing with all sorts of cases – including a new frantic mum who had tested positive for coronavirus.

Sarah – a mum of two herself – explains: “I helped her identify any close contacts that she may have missed in this hugely emotional and distressing time and reassured her about the support that was available to her and her husband during their period of isolation.

“She said the NHS staff were incredible at helping her through the birth and afterwards she received over the phone midwife support. “

Sarah (above) has experienced first-hand the devastating effects of the pandemic, losing someone she knew who was fit and well with no underlying conditions when they contracted coronavirus. She understands the importance of NHS Test and Trace in helping to eradicate this disease.

She adds: “I know how damaging the coronavirus pandemic is to both lives and the economy. As a healthcare professional I know that the only way to stop this pandemic is through a test and trace service. I urge  people to isolate it they have symptoms, get tested and share their contacts with people like me so that we can prevent the virus spreading and save lives.”



China horror: Beijing's sick birth control plot exposed – 'It's genocide, full stop'

In an investigation based on government statistics, state documents and interviews with 30 ex-detainees, the practice of forced birth control is more widespread. The campaign in Xinjiang has been described as demographic genocide.

The Uighur community are a Turkic-speaking minority ethnic group originating from and culturally affiliated with the general region of Central and East Asia.

Since 2015, it has been estimated that more than a million Uighurs have been detained in Xinjiang re-education camps.

According to the data in the research analysed by AP, the state subjects minority women to pregnancy checks and forces sterilisation and abortion on hundreds and thousands of people.

While the use if IUD’s and sterilisation has fallen nationwide, there has been a sharp increase in the region of Xinjiang.

China's terrifying birth control plan revealed

China’s terrifying birth control plan revealed (Image: Getty)

Protests over the treatment of the Uighurs erupted

Protests over the treatment of the Uighurs erupted (Image: PA)

Detention camps have been set up for those who are found to have had too many children as the region cracks down on population control.

Parents of three or more children are taken away from their families unless they are able to pay huge penalty fines.

Police are known to raid homes as they search for hidden children, the investigation found.

One woman, Gulnar Omirzah, a Chinese-born Kazakh, was ordered to pay a fine of $2,685 for having more than two children.

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Amnesty International protest

Amnesty International protest (Image: Getty)

She was told she would join her husband who had been locked up in an internment camp if she did not pay the fine.

Birth rates across the Uighur regions of Hotan and Kashgar have plummeted by more than 60 percent from 2015.

In the Xinjiang region, birth rates fell to nearly 24 percent last year alone.

Adrian Zenz, a Chinese scholar, said the birth rate drop is unprecedented and claimed it is part of a control campaign.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping (Image: PA)

He said: “This kind of drop is unprecedented… there’s a ruthlessness to it.

“This is part of a wider control campaign to subjugate the Uighurs.”

Despite the in-depth investigation, China’s foreign ministry have attacked the research and argued it is fake news.

Zhao Lijian, the ministry spokesman, said: “Everyone, regardless of whether they’re en ethnic minority or Han Chinese, must follow and act in accordance with the law.”

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian (Image: Getty)

For decades minority groups were allowed two children, three if they were from the countryside, despite the government’s now-abandoned ’one child policy’.

But under the rule of President Xi Jinping, these benefits are believed to be being rolled back.

It is reported after Mr Jinping’s visit to Xinjiang in 2014, the region’s top official said they would start implementing equal family planning policies.

This measure was for all ethnicities and was planned to reduce and stabilise birth rates.

A tradition Uighur family in Xinjiang

A tradition Uighur family in Xinjiang (Image: Getty)

Since then, the government has declared Han Chinese families could have two children and three in Xinjiang’s rural areas.

But AP News claimed Han Chinese are spared abortions and sterilisation as well as being spared detentions for having too many children.

Some rural Muslims are punished for having three children despite being allowed by law.

Darren Byler, an expert on Uighurs at the University of Colorado, believes the birth control plan is to sharply diminish the Uighur’s vitality.

China had a strict one child only law

China had a strict one child only law (Image: Getty)

He said: “The intention may not be to fully eliminate the Uighur population, but it will sharply diminish their vitality.

“It will make them easier to assimilate into the mainstream Chinese population.”

However, Joanne Smith Finley, from Newcastle University, argued it is genocide.

She said: “It’s genocide, full stop.

“It’s not immediate, shocking, mass-killing on the spot type genocide, but it’s slow, painful, creeping genocide.

“These are direct means of genetically reducing the Uighur population.”



China horror: Beijing's sick birth control plot revealed – 'It's genocide, full stop'

In an investigation based on government statistics, state documents and interviews with 30 ex-detainees, the practice of forced birth control is more widespread. The campaign in Xinjiang has been described as demographic genocide.

The Uighur community are a Turkic-speaking minority ethnic group originating from and culturally affiliated with the general region of Central and East Asia.

Since 2015, it has been estimated that more than a million Uighurs have been detained in Xinjiang re-education camps.

According to the data in the research analysed by AP, the state subjects minority women to pregnancy checks and forces sterilisation and abortion on hundreds and thousands of people.

While the use if IUD’s and sterilisation has fallen nationwide, there has been a sharp increase in the region of Xinjiang.

China's terrifying birth control plan revealed

China’s terrifying birth control plan revealed (Image: Getty)

Protests over the treatment of the Uighurs erupted

Protests over the treatment of the Uighurs erupted (Image: PA)

Detention camps have been set up for those who are found to have had too many children as the region cracks down on population control.

Parents of three or more children are taken away from their families unless they are able to pay huge penalty fines.

Police are known to raid homes as they search for hidden children, the investigation found.

One woman, Gulnar Omirzah, a Chinese-born Kazakh, was ordered to pay a fine of $2,685 for having more than two children.

READ MORE: China’s secret space weapon could kill 90% of Americans in one strike

Amnesty International protest

Amnesty International protest (Image: Getty)

She was told she would join her husband who had been locked up in an internment camp if she did not pay the fine.

Birth rates across the Uighur regions of Hotan and Kashgar have plummeted by more than 60 percent from 2015.

In the Xinjiang region, birth rates fell to nearly 24 percent last year alone.

Adrian Zenz, a Chinese scholar, said the birth rate drop is unprecedented and claimed it is part of a control campaign.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping (Image: PA)

He said: “This kind of drop is unprecedented… there’s a ruthlessness to it.

“This is part of a wider control campaign to subjugate the Uighurs.”

Despite the in-depth investigation, China’s foreign ministry have attacked the research and argued it is fake news.

Zhao Lijian, the ministry spokesman, said: “Everyone, regardless of whether they’re en ethnic minority or Han Chinese, must follow and act in accordance with the law.”

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian (Image: Getty)

For decades minority groups were allowed two children, three if they were from the countryside, despite the government’s now-abandoned ’one child policy’.

But under the rule of President Xi Jinping, these benefits are believed to be being rolled back.

It is reported after Mr Jinping’s visit to Xinjiang in 2014, the region’s top official said they would start implementing equal family planning policies.

This measure was for all ethnicities and was planned to reduce and stabilise birth rates.

A tradition Uighur family in Xinjiang

A tradition Uighur family in Xinjiang (Image: Getty)

Since then, the government has declared Han Chinese families could have two children and three in Xinjiang’s rural areas.

But AP News claimed Han Chinese are spared abortions and sterilisation as well as being spared detentions for having too many children.

Some rural Muslims are punished for having three children despite being allowed by law.

Darren Byler, an expert on Uighurs at the University of Colorado, believes the birth control plan is to sharply diminish the Uighur’s vitality.

China had a strict one child only law

China had a strict one child only law (Image: Getty)

He said: “The intention may not be to fully eliminate the Uighur population, but it will sharply diminish their vitality.

“It will make them easier to assimilate into the mainstream Chinese population.”

However, Joanne Smith Finley, from Newcastle University, argued it is genocide.

She said: “It’s genocide, full stop.

“It’s not immediate, shocking, mass-killing on the spot type genocide, but it’s slow, painful, creeping genocide.

“These are direct means of genetically reducing the Uighur population.”