Thursday, 12 April 2018

Appeal: Four-year-old girl falls from 4th-storey flat, crowdfunding for her medical bill

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Close to $4,000 out of the target of $20,000 has been raised so far from a crowdfunding campaign for a four-year-old girl who fell four storeys from a flat in Tampines last Friday evening (6 April).

The campaign, which was set up by an Aaron Isidro on to cover the girl’s medical expenses, has been shared 7,000 times on Facebook as of 6.30pm on Wednesday.

According to a description of the campaign, the girl was visiting her mother in Singapore, where she is currently working, when the incident occurred.

“She fell from their unit’s window after opening it herself and fell on the ground with her upper back receiving the most impact,” it said. “As per her doctors, she has fractured her arm and lumbar spine, and has internal haemorrhage in her liver and lungs. She is still scheduled for several medical procedures and tests, one of which is MRI.”


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The researchers at the University of California, Davis, who carried out the study, can't explain why the practice has this effect, but previous studies have found that it can cause brain changes that help people keep their mental abilities.

The current study, spanning seven years, examines the long-term benefits people gained from meditating.

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