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A kitten who got caught under the engine bay of a car survived a 20 mile journey escaping with only minor burns.

Four-month-old tabby Lola became wedged under the engine bay of the vehicle after she was chased onto the road by a dog.

Owner Vicky Rodgers, 58, heard a car screech to halt and ran outside, but neither she or the driver could see the cat and assumed Lola had run away to safety.

But Lola had become stuck under the engine bay of the silver saloon and remained there until the holidaymaker arrived at a campsite in St Austell – 20 miles away.

Lola, suffering burns to her paws and covered in oil, crawled out and was found three days later at Carlyon Bay Camp Site.

She was handed in to the local vet where Miss Rodgers had called the previous day attempting to find her

Miss Rodgers, from St Columb Major, Cornwall, said: “I heard the screeching of brakes outside and I feared the worst. The driver said to me ‘she’s under the car’, but we couldn’t find Lola anywhere.

“I searched the area, thinking she had sloped off into the fields, but there was no trace.

“I can’t believe Lola managed to hang on for 20 miles to a hot engine. Her feet are still scabbed over from the burns a week and a half later.”

Veterinarian Amy Hoddinott, 28, who treated the cat, said: “I thought she must have stepped on a hotplate because the bottoms of her feet were burned.

“She kept lifting the front left paw, which was really badly burned. The other three were only burned slightly.

“I gave her antibiotics and painkiller injections and treated the injuries with cream.

“She was so affectionate after the incident that I wanted to take her home. But she was very pleased to see her owner, as her owner was to see her.”

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By Stephen White 4/07/2009

Blind Martin’s amazing op

Martin Jones’s friends reckon he looks like something out of a science fiction film.

The 42-year-old has had a tooth implanted into his eye socket, allowing him to see again after 12 years in darkness.

The bizarre, groundbreaking operation took eight hours to remove one of his front teeth and transform it into a lens holder.

Martin, who was blinded when a tub of white hot aluminium exploded in his face, said: “My eye looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. My friends are amazed at it.”

The procedure means Martin has finally seen his wife Gill, 50, who he married four years ago, for the first time.

He said: “I met my wife when I was blind and the first person I wanted to see was her. The doctors took the bandages off and then I saw this figure and it was her. She’s wonderful. It was unbelievable to see her for the first time.”

Martin, of Rotherham, South Yorks, had the horrific accident when he was working in a scrapyard.

He suffered 37% burns and had his left eye removed after it was destroyed in the accident. But his right eye was saved even though he was unable to see through it.

Specialists first tried to save his sight using stem cells from a donor but the attempt failed.

It was then decided that he would be suitable for the revolutionary tooth transplant carried out by Christopher Liu, the country’s only consultant able to carry out the surgery.

Mr Liu is a corneal specialist and consultant ophthalmic surgeon based at the Sussex Eye Hospital in Brighton.

The procedure, called osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis or OOKP, began when one of Martin’s canine teeth was removed.

The tooth was converted into a holder for a special optical lens by drilling a hole in it. The tooth was then inserted into Martin’s cheek for three months to enable it to grow new tissue and blood vessels.

Then finally came the delicate operation to insert the tooth, complete with the fitted lens, into Martin’s right eyeball.

Within two weeks he could see as the special lens, held in place by the tooth, allows light into his eye.


1 Martin’s canine tooth is removed. It’s converted into a holder for a special optical lens by drilling a hole through the middle

2 Tooth is then inserted into Martin’s cheek for three months to enable it to grow new tissue and blood vessels

3 Tooth and lens fitted in centre of Martin’s right eyeball

By Greig Box Turnbull 23/07/2009

We’ve heard of being totally immersed in your work… But artist Liu Bolin’s amazing talent sees him blend so completely into his scenes he is almost invisible.

Liu, 36, of Shandong, China, spends up to 10 hours a time being painted so he perfectly matches the background.

Spots he has chosen in China and the UK include a phone box, a cannon and even earthquake rubble.

Some people walking past have no idea he is there unless he moves.

Liu calls his Hiding In The City series a “protest against the state” for cracking down on artists. He’s one artist they might struggle to find.