Saving Rasa

Жила - была девочка Раса в Литве   Россия, СССР, Литва, жесть

It is 1983 in Soviet occupied Lithuania…

The world is full of miracle makers. Some of these miracle makers are the amazing doctors who save and change lives almost every day. In 1983, a three-year old girl named Rasa was playing out in an open field in her hometown in Lithuania. Her father was mowing the grass and accidentally ran her over. The incident caused Rasa to have both her feet sliced right off like blades of grass. Not knowing what to do, the father panicked. The family rushed the young girl to a hospital. Rasa was transferred to Moscow where Georgian doctor Ramaz Datiashvilli operated on her and sewed her feet back on. She was taken care of by a team of doctors for a steady recovery. When Rasa became better, she was taken back to her mother. Unfortunately, things became worse for Rasa because her mother, a chronic alcoholic, had exploited the girl for her popularity throughout the country. She was not taken care of properly and her health was neglected causing Rasa’s legs to become infected. When examining the young girl, doctors discovered that one of her legs was growing shorter than the other. Through strenuous procedures, doctors managed to bring both her feet to near symmetrical proportions. Rasa was then taken away from her biological mother and was given to foster parents to be taken care of properly.

Today, Rasa is an adult woman who lives in Germany and has a family of her own. Thankfully her future has become very bright.

Sources: Двадцать лет назад трехлетняя литовская девочка лишилась обеих ног, и ее бросили родители – Первый канал. (n.d.). ?вадцать лет назад трехлетняя литовская девочка лишилась обеих ног, и ее бросили родители. Retrieved September 21, 2014, from http://www.1tv.ru/news/culture/140701

Жила – была девочка Раса в Литве. (n.d.). Жила – была девочка Раса в Литве. Retrieved September 21, 2014, from http://pikabu.ru/story/zhila__byila_devochk

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Food for Thought: The Size of the Universe

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In our hectic lives and busy schedules, it is easy to get caught up in the massive amounts of work to be done. We sometimes barely have enough time to even think. We then miss out on many things. For example, when was the last time you looked at the moon or the stars and thought about them. They look so big and yet so small at the same time. If you just reach your hand out, you may even be able to hold them in palm. Of course, the reality is that they are massive celestial bodies and much further than you could imagine.  The Universe is much bigger than just our human civilization and even the planet Earth.

The universe is so massive that it boggles human comprehension. Light which seems almost instantaneous, actually still has a finite speed of 300,000 km/s. The fastest human spacecraft was Helios 2 and it had a top speed of 4216.6 km/s and that wasn’t due to its propulsion but instead due to the acceleration of gravity caused by it falling into the Sun. The speed of light truly is   insanely fast but still minuscule compared to the vastness of space and space deserves its name.

You may have heard of the term “light-years ahead” in comparisons as a unit of time. That is incorrect. Light-years are actually units of distance. It is the distance that light travels in a year. That is approximately 10 trillion kilometer. That is 249,532,127 times the circumference of the Earth.

And yet the nearest stars to the Earth are multiples of light-years away. The closest star system to our own solar system is Alpha Centauri and that is 4.22 light years away from the Earth or 40.22 trillion kilometers away.

Even more shocking is the fact that the light, the image, of the stars we’ve seen are merely the light that star emitted in the distance past. For example the light of a star that is 15 light-years away from us is actually 15 years old. On greater scales like billions of light years away, it is possible that such stars have already ceased to exist but the image of their destruction won’t reach us for billions of years.

Furthermore, although space truly is full of empty space, the amount of things in the observable universe is absolutely staggering.

There are an estimated 100 billion stars in the Milky Way. 100 billion stars. In the observable universe, there is  an estimated 100 billion galaxies. 100 billion galaxies! mind = blown

Source

Bennett, J. O. (2008). The cosmic perspective. San Francisico, CA: Pearson Addison-Wesley.