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Mystery of sleeping refugee children who shut down in coma-like state

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Mystery of sleeping refugee children who shut down in coma-like state

Children from refugee families in Sweden are mysteriously falling into coma-like states and not waking up for years.

The condition, called “resignation syndrome,” has baffled doctors as tests on the kids’ brain show they are responsive to waking and sleeping despite being seemingly unconscious.

According to reports, the mystery illness was first seen in Sweden in the 1990s – but grew rapidly by the mid-2000s.

Between 2003 and 2005, 424 cases were reported and hundreds more children have since been struck down with the syndrome.

What is bizarre about the condition is that it only affects kids from refugee families in one country in the world.

Neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan travelled to Stockholm to study two sisters suffering from the condition.

Describing the onset of symptoms in the Times, she wrote: “Children initially became anxious and depressed.

“Their behaviour changed: they stopped playing with other children and, over time, stopped playing altogether.

“They slowly withdrew into themselves, and soon they couldn’t go to school. They spoke less and less, until they didn’t speak at all.

“Eventually they took to bed. If they entered the deepest stage, they could no longer eat or open their eyes. They became completely immobile…

“They ceased having any active participation in the world.”

The patients – whose ages range from seven to 19 – are fed through tubes and their families keep their joints mobile through physiotherapy.

According to Dr O’Sullivan, the kids “were traumatised long before they fell ill.”

Most of them began to withdraw during the process of applying for asylum application – faced with the prospect of a return to the war-torn countries they had fled.

The Times report, citing Swedish psychologist, says the children “usually woke up” after their families were granted residency, although not overnight.

According to the report, families seeking asylum in Sweden are interrogated rather than listened to and children are often obliged to sit through the hearings.

And despite accusations that the patients are faking the illness, doctors familiar with the condition insist children as young as seven cannot sustain such a prolonged state of unresponsiveness.

One girl who woke after years in the coma-like state described it as “like being in a dream that she didn’t want to wake up from.”

However, another child, a boy, gave a much more disturbing description.

O’Sullivan wrote: “He had felt as if he were in a glass box with fragile walls, deep in the ocean.

“If he spoke or moved, he thought, it would create a vibration, which would cause the glass to shatter.

“‘The water would pour in and kill me,’ he said.”

Theories explaining the illness remain “incomplete”, the report says.

Medics have noted a fast heart rate and high body temperature in some patients which could be a stress response.

Another smaller study noted a lack of the stress hormone cortisol – which again adds to the stress hypothesis.

The condition has also been compared to PRS, also called pervasive arousal withdrawal syndrome, a disorder in which youngsters shut down and refuse to eat, talk, or walk.

This has also been linked to stress and trauma.

O’Sullivan believes the condition could be linked to the children’s past experiences in their homelands.

She writes: “It seems likely, then, that this past trauma would play a significant role in the illness.

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Multiple people shot at Indianapolis FedEx facility

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Multiple people were shot at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis on Thursday night, a report said.

Police first responded to reports of an active shooter at the building near the Indianapolis International Airport at about 11:10 p.m., WISH reported.

Dispatchers declared the shooting a “mass casualty” incident, which allows for more emergency responders, the report said.

Police did not immediately reveal how many people were shot, or the conditions of the victims.

One of the shooting victims was shot in her left arm as she sat in her car in the parking lot of the building, her uncle, Parminder Singh told CBS 4 reporter Courtney Crown.

“She called. She said there was a shooting in the Fedex [building],” Singh said.

He said his niece was hospitalized and is doing “fine.”

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Chicago Police release new video it says shows Adam Toledo was armed

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Chicago Police release new video it says shows Adam Toledo was armed

Chicago police say the 13-year-old who was shot dead by cops last month was holding a gun just before he was gunned down.

Video footage released by the CPD shows Adam Toledo running in an alley before being asked to stop and put his hands up, according to CBS 2 Chicago.

A grainy close up of the seventh-grader shows him holding what police claim is a gun in his right hand. Less than a second later, he was shot dead.

Disturbing body cam video shows the whole March 29 incident.

“Police, stop, stop right f—-g now,” Officer Eric Stillman is heard saying as he chased the teen down an alley. “Hands. Show me your f—-g hands.”

“Drop it, drop it,” the 34-year-old cop yells, before Toledo is seen turning around and the cop fires a single shot. 

Cops were responding to reports of gunshots in the area when they encountered Toledo and another suspect.

Police have maintained the Little Village incident was an armed confrontation, and a weapon was recovered.

Prosecutors had said Toledo was carrying a gun, but walked back the statement Thursday, saying the attorney “failed to fully inform himself,” and “the video speaks for itself,” the CBS affiliate reported.

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Chicago prosecutor not ‘fully informed’ when he told judge Adam Toledo was armed

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A Chicago prosecutor was not fully informed when he told a judge that 13-year-old Adam Toledo was armed with a gun when the teen was fatally shot by a police officer last month, a report said.

Cook County Assistant State Attorney James Murphy made the statement during a bond hearing for 21-year-old Ruben Roman, who was with Toledo leading up to the March 29 police shooting, WGN 9 reported.

“The officer tells [Toledo] to drop it as [Toledo] turns towards the officer. [Toledo] has a gun in his right hand,” the attorney said during the hearing, according to the report.

But on Thursday, a spokesperson for Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told the outlet that a prosecutor in their office did not have all the information before presenting his argument.

“An attorney who works in this office failed to fully inform himself before speaking in court,” the spokesperson said.

Also on Thursday, video footage was released of Toledo’s killing, part of which shows the teen appearing to raise his hands a split second before he was fatally shot.

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