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2012. 2011. 2010. Michael J. Fox. Man saves lives at Japanese suicide cliff. Earlier this year CNN(embedded above), the BBC, and the Associated Press reported about Yukio Shige, a retired police officer who founded a non-profit organization that helps prevent suicides.

Man saves lives at Japanese suicide cliff

Shige spends most of his days at the Tojimbo Cliffs, a scenic spot where many people come to commit suicide. When he spots suspicious-looking loners, Shige goes and talks to them to see if they are okay. Using this method, he has saved many people: “Many people don’t have anybody to turn to when they are in dire trouble,” said Yukio Shige, a retired policeman who founded a nonprofit group combatting suicide. “Even those who are determined to commit suicide still hope that someone will come from behind and stop them from jumping off the cliff.” NTV’s Real Time News aired an extended segment about Shige earlier this week, chronicling a few cases in which he convinces people not to commit suicide: Yukio Shige's crusade to prevent suicides along the Tojinbo cliffs in Japan's Fukui Prefecture. This is 65 year old Yukio Shige (pronounced shee-gay), a retired policeman from Fukui Prefecture who founded the NPO suicide prevention group Kokoro ni Hibiku Bunshu Henshukyoku, in order to prevent suicides along the rocky cliffs at Tojinbo.

Yukio Shige's crusade to prevent suicides along the Tojinbo cliffs in Japan's Fukui Prefecture

This scenic tourist spot located on the Japan Sea coast in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture has become a popular suicide spot, with twenty suicides occurring here in 2008 according to city officials. Shige took up his cause in 2004, just before retirement as a police deputy at a nearby police station where he was posted. When he discovered how many suicides were occurring here, he began patrolling the cliffs of Tojinbo in order to spot those contemplating suicide. Shige soon began easily spotting distressed individuals and would talk to them out of their attempts to end their lives.

Atop Towering Cliffs, a Lonely Campaign to Combat Japanese Suicide. 'DIY' kidney machine saves girl. A baby dying from kidney failure was saved when her doctor designed and built her a dialysis machine from scratch in his garage.

'DIY' kidney machine saves girl

Millie Kelly was too small for conventional NHS machines, so Dr Malcolm Coulthard and a colleague constructed a scaled-down version. Two years later, her mother Rebecca says she is "fit as a fiddle". She, and Dr Coulthard, from Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, now want the machine to be available to others. The job of the kidneys is to 'clean' the blood, and if they fail, a dialysis machine can do this job instead. Millie was born with a condition called gastroschisis, in which her bowels developed outside her body. During an operation to correct the problem, her kidneys started to fail, and her birthweight, at just over 6lb, meant existing NHS dialysis machines, even those designed for children, were too large to be used. Rebecca was warned that Millie was unlikely to survive. Metal box. Newcastle paediatrician wins prestigious award. A PAEDIATRICIAN who saved the life of a baby girl by making a kidney dialysis machine in his garage has won a prestigious award.

Newcastle paediatrician wins prestigious award

Dr Malcolm Coulthard, from Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, saved little Millie Sophie Kelly’s life when she was born with gastroschisis, a condition in which the bowels develop outside of the body. Doctors from the RVI fought to save her and in a delicate operation returned the organs to her abdomen. But complications following the procedure meant Millie, now two-and-a-half, suffered kidney failure and her mother, Rebecca Kelly, 21, was told there was little hope for her survival. A dialysis machine – which takes blood from the body, filters it and then returns it – was unavailable on the NHS for children under a certain weight, and any hope for Millie, born weighing 6lb 2oz, was ruled out.

But Dr Coulthard was able to save the youngster. Giving.