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TODAY's Takeaway: TV's first live IVF, Biden's hot-water handshake

Sep. 24, 2013 at 2:14 PM ET

British tourist has a positive outlook post-accident, Joe Biden catches heat for handshake with Al and doctors successfully complete IVF live for the first time in television history.
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British tourist has a positive outlook post-accident, Joe Biden catches heat for handshake with Al and doctors successfully complete IVF live for the first time in television history.

1. On day two of the #BornTODAY series, Dr. Nancy narrated as doctors performed an in-vitro fertilization procedure for the first time ever on live television.

Jessica Menkhausen and Derek Manion, both 33, made the decision to allow a TV audience to follow their story after struggling with fertility issues for nine years. This morning the doctors harvested Jessica’s eggs and then injected Derek’s sperm.

“I’m sure this is going to work,” Jessica’s doctor said.

Video: For the first time ever on live television, Dr. Nancy Snyderman narrates a live in-vitro fertilization procedure.

2. Sian Green lost her leg when a taxi driver lost control and ran up on a New York City sidewalk. But despite the injury and five weeks in the hospital, the British tourist hasn’t lost her spirit.

“They saved my life," she told Matt of the people who rushed to help her. “If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be sitting here right now telling this story.”

Video: Sian Green, a 23-year old aspiring British model is recovering after losing part of her leg when an out-of-control cab in midtown Manhattan hit her, and tells TODAY that without the help of complete strangers, she wouldn’t be here now.

3. Vice President Joe Biden promised Al that the federal government won’t abandon Colo. flood victims after the cameras go away.

“If there’s a shutdown — and God forbid, there’s no need for a shutdown, man — if it were to happen, it will not affect any of the recovery work going on right now,” he said.

Video: Vice President Joe Biden and FEMA Director William Craig Fugate sat down with TODAY’s Al Roker to talk about their tour of the flood-ravaged areas of Colorado and how they believe residents in the area should proceed.

After talking seriously about the recovery process, the vice president admitted to getting into a bit of trouble back in January.

“I got in so much trouble for coming over in the inauguration day parade with you,” he told Al. “I got so much heat!”

Video: Vice President Joe Biden told TODAY’s Al Roker that he got some heat for stepping out of the Inaugural parade to shake Al’s hand.

4. The anchors taste-tested Burger King’s new lower-calorie fries – named “Satisfries” – this morning, and the discerning food critics had a lot to say about them.

"They're a crinkle slice of heaven," Matt said, while Al described them as "crispy on the outside, nice and creamy on the inside."

Video: The fast food restaurant is unveiling the new “healthier” take on their menu staple which has 20 percent fewer calories and 25 percent less fat. The TODAY anchors taste-test the fries and give it their review, with Matt Lauer saying they’re “a crinkle slice of heaven.”

5. And the award for most creative dad in the entire world goes to... (drum roll)... BatDad! The TODAY's Take hosts applauded Blake Wilson, father of four, for his lesson-teaching techniques.

In his viral Vine videos, the superhero protects his family from bad table manners, unbuckled seat belts and more.

"You are a genius," Al said a few minutes into the chat. "I wish I had thought of that."

Video: Natalie, Al, Willie and guest-host Mel B. talk about what they’ve given up for their marriages and what how they’ve changed over the years.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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