Skeem Saam star Pebetsi Matlaila took her followers on a rollercoaster of emotions as she spilled the beans on her childbirth ordeal. She didn’t hold back, sharing graphic pics and videos from nine months ago when she and her daughter Qhawekazi fought for their lives in the ICU. With preeclampsia throwing punches, their second pregnancy was no walk in the park. Pebetsi calls it her “rebirth,” and no, she didn’t exaggerate; she was gone for three minutes, folks!
Buckle up, because Pebetsi’s journey wasn’t a smooth one. Labor pains forced her to drive herself to the hospital with sky-high blood pressure threatening her and baby Q’s safety. Thanks to what she now calls her “Angels,” the doctors, they sprang into action. But as Pebetsi headed to the operating theater, she told a nurse she couldn’t breathe, and then it went dark. When she woke up, she learned the shocking truth: she’d been dead for three minutes, and her daughter arrived in this world a bit blue.
The ICU became their home for a month, but their miraculous tale still has doctors scratching their heads. Pebetsi can’t thank her “Angels” enough for saving their lives. She even survived a car accident during pregnancy, adding another twist to her wild ride. Now, with a newfound appreciation for life, she’s ready to tackle anything that comes her way.
Uncertain Future for NASA’s New Horizons Mission
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, renowned for its exploration of Pluto and the Kuiper Belt Object Arrokoth, may soon face an uncertain fate as the agency contemplates ending the mission.
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This immediately sparked controversy among the planetary science organizations as the majority of them disagreed with the decision.
Community Efforts to Save New Horizons
To save the fate of New Horizons missions, the National Space Society started a petition drive last August, hoping that NASA will reconsider its decision.
Members of the public can also advocate for the mission by reaching out to their Congressional representatives. These representatives can communicate directly with NASA Administrator Bill Nelson to express support for the mission and its dedicated science team.
Pioneering Mission Continues
The New Horizons spacecraft remains actively engaged in scientific exploration as it traverses uncharted territories within the Solar System. It holds a distinct role as the sole spacecraft poised to explore this region for the next 20-30 years, according to a NASA Senior Review panel.
Budget Concerns and Alan Stern’s Perspective
The decision to halt New Horizons raises questions about budget allocation. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of the mission, argues that the cost of supporting the Kuiper Belt science team is minimal at $3 million a year, considering the spacecraft’s capabilities and its original purpose.
It remains up to NASA to decide whether to resume or shut down exploration in the Kuiper Belt. As of now, the missions are scheduled to halt on September 30, 2024.
In other NASA news, the agency is planning to introduce laser communications to the International Space Station (ISS), according to recent reports.