Archive for Saturday, March 31, 2001

World Briefs

March 31, 2001


Frozen toddlerleaves hospital

With a wave goodbye to hospital workers who saved her life, 14-month-old Erika Nordby went home Friday, more than a month after her heart stopped beating for two hours after she wandered into the frigid night.

The toddler's body temperature was 61 degrees when emergency workers arrived Feb. 24 at the house where she was found lying face down in the snow.

Despite her ordeal, Erika has made a full recovery, showing no signs of internal organ or brain damage that can occur in such cases. She required minor surgery to repair damaged skin on one foot.

Royal wedding plans announced

Queen Beatrix announced the engagement of her son Crown Prince Willem Alexander to an Argentine woman on Friday. But the bride's father once a top official in an Argentine dictatorship won't be at the wedding because of his political past.

"It gives me great pleasure to announce the engagement," of the 33-year-old prince to Maxima Zorreguieta, the queen said in a rare nationally televised address.

The bride's father, Jorge Zorreguieta, was agriculture minister for two years during the 1976-83 dictatorship of President Jorge Videla. At least 9,000 axpeople disappeared in the junta's military crackdown on left-wing opponents and dissidents, according to U.N. reports.

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