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Hernia victim wins €75,000

A 62-YEAR-old man left with a non-functioning left testicle after a hernia operation has been awarded €75,000 damages by the High Court.

Mr Justice Daniel Herbert held that damage to Stephen Heffernan's left testicular artery, which resulted directly in the loss of his left testicle, was caused by unduly vigorous handling of the spermatic cord during a hernia procedure in January 2010.

Mr Heffernan, of, Gurranabraher Avenue, Cork, sued Mercy University Hospital, Cork for damages for alleged negligence.


Woody Allen's adopted son is defending the filmmaker against accusations that he molested his then seven-year-old daughter in 1992.

Moses Farrow told People magazine that Allen did not molest Moses' younger sister, Dylan Farrow.

Moses and Dylan were both adopted by Allen and actress Mia Farrow.

The couple broke up after Farrow discovered Allen was involved in a relationship with her oldest adopted daughter.


THE Discovery Channel is planning a live broadcast of the first wingsuit flight off the summit of Mount Everest.

Climber Joby Ogwyn will make the attempt in May.

The network will air a live two-hour broadcast as Ogwyn battles to the summit of the world's tallest mountain, then takes the plunge. His custom-made wingsuit will be equipped with cameras to capture the descent of more than 3,050 metres at speeds exceeding 240kph.


The bodies of eight miners who were trapped when an earthquake triggered an underground fire have been found, a South African gold-mining company said.

Rescue teams are trying to locate a ninth miner who is still missing.

The Harmony company said today that the magnitude-2.4 tremor also triggered a rockfall about a mile underground at the Doornkop mine, west of Johannesburg.

Searchers responding were hampered by smoke and the earthfall.