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They start ’em young in India
Posted by: McQ on Friday, June 22, 2007

Two unrelated stories in the realm of the unusual caught my eye:

The 15-year-old son of two doctors successfully performed a filmed Caesarean section birth under his parents' watch in southern India in an apparent attempt to set a record as the youngest surgeon, officials said Thursday.
Instead, the boy's father could be stripped of his licenses and may face criminal charges.

Dr. K. Murugesan showed a recording of his son performing a Caesarean section to an Indian Medical Association chapter in the southern state of Tamil Nadu last month, said Dr. Venkatesh Prasad, secretary of the association. The video showed Murugesan anesthetizing the patient.

Murugesan told the medical association that he wanted to see his son's name in the Guinness Book of World Records.

However, Amarilis Espinoza, a spokeswoman for the record book, said in an e-mail response to a question from The Associated Press that the organization doesn't monitor or endorse such feats because it would encourage the practice of "bad medicine."

The mother and baby were reported to have come through the surgery successfully.
Of course now the father is in trouble with the medical authorities and may lose his license. His reaction? They're "jealous":
Murugesan, who could possibly be prevented from practicing and face criminal charges for allowing his son to perform the operation, expressed no regret and accused the Manaparai medical association of being "jealous" of his son's achievements, Prasad added.
Yes, nutty parents aren't exclusively found in the US.

In another story out of India, a 3 year-old with a record?
Police in India have charged a three-year-old boy for allegedly leading a group of rioters and firing at security personnel, the toddler's uncle said on Thursday.

The incident dates back to a clash in the eastern state of Bihar between villagers and police in January, when officers were pelted with stones and shot at, Dhruv Kumar Jha told AFP.

Shortly afterwards, the young Raj Kumar was "charged with throwing stones at the police and firing at them", he said.
The parents say the tyke was with granny on the day of the riot but police claim that he was identified from a video of the event.

A three year-old throwing rocks isn't such a big deal, but 'firing' at "security forces"? Most likely he'll find a letter in the mail soon offering a full scholarship to UC Berkley. It also makes you wonder what granny was really up to that day.
 
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Will this kid be eligible for Advanced Placement courses in Med. school? Or course credit for life experience? At the rate he is going, he will also be the first board certified(surgery, I assume) intern in the world. If he just doesn’t skip intern altogether.
 
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