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Desperate is as desperate does | No Longer Weird

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published August 30, 2016

Desperate is as desperate does |  No Longer Weird

The super-painful "Ilizarov procedure" enables petite women to make themselves taller. (A surgeon breaks bones in the shins or thighs, then adjusts special leg braces four times daily that pull the bones slightly apart, awaiting them to -- slowly -- grow back and fuse together, usually taking at least six months.

As News of the Weird reported in 2002, a 5-foot-tall woman, aiming for 5-4, gushed about "a better job, a better boyfriend ... a better husband. It's a long-term investment."

Now, India's "medical tourism" industry offers Ilizarovs cut-rate -- but (according to a May dispatch in The Guardian) unregulated and, so far, not yet even taught in India's medical schools.

Leading practitioner Dr. Amar Sarin of Delhi (who claims "hundreds" of successes) admits there's a "madness" to patients' dissatisfactions with the way they look. [The Guardian (London), 5-8-2016]

Once again, this time around midnight in Redford Township, Michigan, in June, police surrounded a suspect's home and shut down the neighborhood for the next 11 hours, fired tear gas canisters through windows, and used a robot to scope out the inside -- and ultimately found that the house had been empty the whole time. (The domestic violence suspect is still at large.) [WDIV-TV (Detroit), 6-11-2016]