Rapunzel Syndrome Caused The Tragic Death Of A Teenager

On September 7th, 16-year-old Jasmine Beever of Skegness in the United Kingdom was rushed from her college dorm to a local hospital, Lincolnshire Live reported. What originally presented as a stomachache quickly proved fatal, and after fifteen minutes of resuscitation attempts, Beever was pronounced dead.

The cause, it turned out, was an infected hairball that was sitting in her stomach. The infected clump of hair caused an ulcer, and when the ulcer burst, it resulted in complete organ shut-down and, ultimately, her untimely death.

Postmortem scans revealed a bit more clarity about Beever’s condition. The scans showed that she suffered from peritonitis, which is inflammation of the tissue lining the abdomen, Lincolnshire Live explained. The peritonitis diagnosis confirmed that it was the hair found in the stomach that caused the inflammation and the ulcer.

But how did the hair end up in her stomach? According to Newsweek, Beever was suffering from a disease known as trichophagia, or compulsive hair-eating, commonly referred to as Rapunzel Syndrome. This can lead to the formation of a hairball, medically referred to as a trichobezoar. When it blocks the intestinal tract, the consequences can be deadly.

It was revealed that Beever was in fact suffering from trichophagia. Donna Marshall, the mother of Billie-Jo Ashwell, a friend of Beever’s posted on her Facebook page that Beever had often compulsively chewed and sucked her hair, Tech Times reported.

In her memory, Beever’s friend, Billie-Jo Marshall, has set up a Just Giving page to help raise money for the family. On the page banner, Billie-Jo Marshall wrote, “Jasmine’s motto in life was ‘sometimes one act of kindness is all it takes to give someone hope again.'”

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Dr. Jane Goodall Is Now Teaching an Online Course on Conservation, Animal Intelligence & Activism

Back in June, we mentioned that the great primatologist and anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodallwas gearing up to teach her first online course on environmental conservation, animal intelligence, and activism. Now, it seemed worth giving this quick update–Goodall’s course is ready to go. It features 29 lessons and costs$90. You can sign up and take the course through Masterclass here.

Above watch a trailer that introduces the course. Below see her discuss the course on the Tonight Showwith Jimmy Fallon.

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After big reopening, little Los Angeles railroad stops again

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Four days after its splashy reopening, the Angels Flight railroad in downtown Los Angeles has shut down again.

A notice on its website Monday said the funky little funicular would be closed for several days for maintenance.

Mayor Eric Garcetti was on hand last Thursday for …

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Louise Roe & Husband Mackenzie Hunkin Expecting Their First Child!

Louise Roe & Husband Mackenzie Hunkin Expecting Their First Child!

Louise Roe and her husband Mackenzie Hunkin are getting ready for a new addition!

The couple took to Instagram to share the news they are five months pregnant with their first child!

SURPRISE!! We’re having a baby! @mackenziehunkin and I are so very excited to share this special news with you. Thank you SO much to all of you who have followed along on our journey from day one your support means the world to us! Lousie wrote.

Lousie shared even more details about the pregnancy including how she found out and how she’s been feeling in a super cute vlog.

Congratulations Louise and Mackenzie!

Check out the video below