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Mother Fighting Social Security Administration May Set Precedent

A child conceived after his father’s death. Should his mother have a legal right to Social Security benefits? One Utah woman says yes and is taking her case to the Utah Supreme Court. Gayle Burns gave birth to a baby boy through in-vitro fertilization after her husband Michael died. She says their child has the right to his survivor benefits.

Woman Fired For Maternity Leave To Be Paid $150K

A Milwaukee medical staffing company will have to pay a former employee nearly $150,000 after firing the new mom for taking maternity leave. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit alleging HCS Medical Staffing, Inc. committed pregnancy discrimination after Roxy Leger was fired over her plans to take maternity leave.

Premature Baby Gets Pacemaker 15 Minutes After Birth

The miracle of modern medicine: doctors expect this child to lead a normal life. Jaya Maharaj, a baby girl born 9 weeks early with a congenital heart defect was fitted with a pacemaker just 15 minutes after birth. Weighing only 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg), she was delivered by cesarean section at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto, California, in November last year.

8 Month Old Deaf Baby’s Reaction To Cochlear Implant Being Activated

A cochlear implant is a small, complex electronic device that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. The implant consists of an external portion that sits behind the ear and a second portion that is surgically placed under the skin (see figure). An implant has the following parts.

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