Aussie teen stung by world's most venomous jellyfish says pain was 'enough to think I was dying'

A 14-year-old girl from Australia says she felt like she was dying after she was stung by one of the world's most venomous jellyfish. 

Hannah Mitchell was stung on Easter Sunday by an Irukandji jellyfish while swimming in Western Australia. 

"It was more than pain, it was enough to think I was dying," she told Nine News.

"I could feel my lungs and my heart, everything inside me was like crumbling, it felt like it was crumbling."

Two weeks later, Hannah has left hospital but is still on pain medication. 

Her mother thanked hospital staff for saving Hannah's life. 

Australian toxicologist Professor Jamie Seymour told news.com.au a sting from an Irukandji jellyfish caused "severe vomiting, nausea, stomach cramps and about 10-15 per cent of patients end up with cardiac problems".

"Linked with that is this feeling of impending doom where everything is going to go wrong and there's nothing you can do to fix it."

In 2016, ABC news reported the death of two French tourists, aged 74 and 76, was suspected to be caused by heart attacks linked with stings by Irukandji jellyfish on the Great Barrier Reef.



Second woman accuses Trump's Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault

The Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled a hearing Friday for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who says he sexually assaulted her as a teenager, as a claim of sexual misconduct emerged from another woman.

The New Yorker magazine reported today that Senate Democrats were investigating a second woman's accusation of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh dating to the 1983-84 academic year, Kavanaugh's first at Yale University.

The New Yorker said 53-year-old Deborah Ramirez described the incident in an interview after being contacted by the magazine.

Ramirez recalled that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away, the magazine reported.

In a statement provided by the White House, Kavanaugh said the event "did not happen" and that the allegation was "a smear, plain and simple."

A White House spokeswoman added in a second statement that the allegation was "designed to tear down a good man."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, called for the "immediate postponement" of any further action on Kavanaugh's nomination.

She also asked the committee's chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to have the FBI investigate the allegations of both Ford and Ramirez.

The New Yorker said it contacted Ramirez after learning of a possible involvement in an incident with Kavanaugh and that the allegation came to Democratic senators through a civil rights lawyer. She had been considering speaking to the magazine for at least a week.

Meanwhile, Republicans were pressing for a swift hearing and a vote.

Christine Blasey Ford says she’ll give evidence against Brett Kavanaugh, as long as Senators ensure her safety. Source: Breakfast

The magazine reported that Ramirez was reluctant at first to speak publicly "partly because her memories contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident."

She also acknowledged reluctance "to characterise Kavanaugh's role in the alleged incident with certainty."

The magazine reported that after "six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections" to recall the incident.

The new information came hours after the Senate committee agreed to a date and time for a hearing after nearly a week of uncertainty over whether Ford would appear to tell her story.

The agreement and the latest accusation set the stage for a dramatic showdown as Kavanaugh and Ford each tell their side of the story.

The developments could also determine the fate of Kavanaugh's confirmation, which hangs on the votes of a handful of senators.

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is sworn-in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, September 4, 2018, to begin his testimony in his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Source: Associated Press

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Chicago priest removed after burning rainbow flag, angering LGBT community

The archbishop of Chicago has removed a priest as head of a North Side church after he burned a rainbow banner, angering the LGBT community.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Cardinal Blase Cupich announced Rev Paul Kalchik's removal in a recent letter to parishioners and staff at the Resurrection Catholic Church.

Cupich said he acted "out of concern" for Kalchik and parishioners. He said the 56-year-old priest needed "time away from the parish to receive pastoral support."

Kalchik told the newspaper on Friday that he's not anti-gay and that he was "about as much of a gay basher as Mother Teresa."

An archdiocese spokeswoman told the paper Saturday that the priest's removal wasn't "directly due" to banner's destruction and had been "in the works."

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'Wasn't at 3.30 this morning' - Jacinda Ardern cracks a joke in response to suggestion baby Neve was peaceful

Jacinda Ardern has responded with a quip after baby Neve was praised for being peaceful during a panel appearance in New York.

The prime minister couldn’t let the host’s comment that the newborn was peaceful and “amazing” go unchecked.

“Wasn’t at 3.30 this morning,” Ms Ardern said dryly as the panel and audience laughed.

Earlier, the prime minister had discussed the portrayal of her an inspiration to women everywhere at the Social Good Summit.

Later this week she will address the United Nations' General Assembly. 

The prime minister responded to compliments about how peaceful Neve was with a quip about her baby’s restlessness the previous night. Source: 1 NEWS


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'It was very scary' - deadly snake found in daughter's cot by Gold Coast mum

A Gold Coast mum was shocked to find the world's second-deadliest snake lounging in her baby's cot.

Aleisha Mitchley told 9NEWS her four-month-old daughter Sophie had been sleeping in the cot just an hour earlier.

"It was up around the bassinet, in her cot, it was all over," Ms Mitchley said.

"It was petrifying, I was very scared, I didn't know what to do."

It was an eastern brown snake - a highly venomous snake found widely throughout the eastern half of Australia.

Ms Mitchley was also shocked and alarmed to see that the snake was quite able to climb vertical objects.

"I couldn't believe it can climb, so it was climbing on through the window," she said.

"I'm trying to reach for my phone and stop my son from trying to go see the snake.

"It was very scary."

Brown snake venom is one of the most potent known, causing paralysis or muscle weakness, excessive bleeding, and brown snakes are the leading cause of snakebite deaths in Australia.

Aleisha Mitchley’s four-month-old Sophie thankfully wasn’t in bed at the time, but the Gold Coast mum still got a major shock. Source: Nine