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Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007

Brain injured 12 y.o. boy makes miracle recovery

HIS brain injury was so massive that experts at Southampton General Hospital feared he may not survive.

Little James Bascran lay close to death after being involved in a car accident on his way home from school just three months ago and his parents were told he was unlikely ever to completely recover.

But the 12-year-old has defied experts, despite spending two weeks in a coma, by making an incredible recovery.

Today he is once again walking, talking and writing – and even asking to play football with his mates.

Proud dad Jim, 47, a senior officer in the fire brigade, said: “The consultants told us he was this year’s miracle boy – they told us they had switched off the machines for boys with less severe injuries than James. We are so lucky to have him back.”

James fractured his skull in two places following the crash. His injuries so severe there was little hope he would even survive the journey to the paediatric intensive care unit at Southampton.

“You wouldn’t think it to look at him now. We were told it would take two years and then he would get to a point where that would be as good as he would get. Now he can walk quite a long way, his speech is fine and he’s remembering things – it’s amazing,” said mum Lesley.

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007

20 years later, miracle still remembers neardrowning…

Twenty years ago, Alvaro Garza Jr., was pulled from the icy Red River after being underwater 45 minutes.

He became known as the Christmas miracle.

Today, the ‘miracle’ is a 31-year-old father of four who works as an oil driller in Texas. But he says he still remembers his brush with death.

He said one of his children, 10-year-old Alvaro Garza III, nearly drowned about six years ago on a family trip to a state park in Texas. The boy was pulled from a river, much as his father was two decades ago.

Garza said he tells his children to respect the water and not take chances.

Monday, Dec. 3, 2007

Miracle car crash escape

A DRIVER had a miraculous escape when she lost control of her car on a bridge and plummeted nine metres (30ft) onto a railway line.

The woman, from Cockermouth, Cumbria, was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle with minor injuries and shock.

The accident happened in Dalston, four miles from Carlisle, on Friday.

The southbound line was closed and trains were diverted .

The incident was similar to the Selby crash in 2001 when 10 were killed after a Land Rover plunged onto the East Coast main line and collided with a train.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007

Home sweet home for miracle twins

A YOUNG Chard family are celebrating the homecoming of their miracle babies this week after being told they were unlikely to survive.

Rachael Glynn (22) and Jason Dunn (23) bought home identical twins Sophie and Jessica Dunn who were born weighing just 1lb12oz and 3lb2oz after developing Twin To Twin Transfusion Syndrome in the womb.

TTTS is a dangerous condition where twins share the same placenta with one effectively feeding off the other.

Rachael, said: “We were told they had TTTS 16 weeks into the pregnancy. Jessica was quite a lot bigger than Sophie and we were told they probably wouldn’t make it – and to prepare ourselves for them to die inside me.

“I was on edge the whole pregnancy – it was really stressful.”

The twins were delivered by caesarean section at Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital on September 11 – around ten weeks early – and were kept in incubators and on breathing equipment in the neonatal unit.

The tiny babies endured numerous infections and complications with Jessica having a brain haemorrhage and a thickened heart and Sophie developing three hernias.

The twins are now safe at home and getting stronger.

Monday, Nov. 12, 2007

Drivers miracle escape

TWO semi-trailer drivers had a miraculous escape after they were involved in an accident in heavy rain near Gatton, during which their trucks were destroyed.

QFRS said the two B-double semi-trailers were travelling west along the Warrego Highway about 7.15pm when one of the trucks carrying wine burst a tyre and rolled in the wet conditions.

QFRS said the second truck which was following behind the first hit either the debris or the first semi-trailer and also rolled.

The wine-carrying truck burst into flames which completely enveloped the truck.

The second semi-trailer, which was carrying two empty shipping containers, was torn apart in the accident.

The trucks finished up about 100 metres apart.

The Queensland Ambulance Service said one truck driver was taken to the Gatton Hospital with minor facial injuries, while the other was transported to Toowoomba Base Hospital with minor chest injures.

A QFRS spokeswoman said more than 2000 litres of diesel spilt on to the road from the fuel tanks on the trucks.

Firefighters had described the devastation at the scene, she said.

“They said there was just debris as far as you can see.

“There are bits of truck everywhere and on top of that it is pouring with rain.”

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson described the accident as ‘a horrific scene’.

“(The ambulance officers) couldn’t believe the devastation.”

“They are amazed that anyone managed to get out alive, let alone with minor injuries,” he said.

Miracle Baby Beats Survival Odds

Doctors say premature babies have a low rate of survival, but here in Bakersfield, ABC23 found one baby born three months early who’s beating the odds.

Breanne Smith, 19, was overjoyed when she found out she was pregnant with a baby boy. That joy soon turned to fear when she was rushed to the hospital three months early for an emergency C-section.

“It’s really unbelievable how small he is … Like a kitten … tiny,” said Smith.

Branson Smith was born weighing 1 pound 4 ounces in August. Smith said he wasn’t due until December.

She said she developed eclampsia, a condition that creates seizures during pregnancy.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, eclampsia follows preeclampsia, a serious complication of pregnancy marked by high blood pressure, weight gain, and protein in the urine. The site suggests it is difficult to predict which women with preeclampsia will go on to have seizures. Women with very high blood pressure, headaches, vision changes, or abnormal blood tests have severe preeclampsia and are at high risk for seizures.

Doctors said the survival rate of a baby being born three and a half months premature is only 10 percent.

Smith said all she can do is have hope and take it day by day.

Baby Branson is almost three months old now and weighs three-and-a-half pounds.

Smith said if everything continues to go as well as it has, Branson could be headed home on what would have been his birthday.

Friday, Nov. 9, 2007

Miracle toddler doing well

Two-year-old Indian girl Lakshmi Tatma who underwent a complicated surgery to remove the extra limbs from her body has regained consciousness in what comes as a big relief for her parents, news reports and officials said on Friday.

“She is awake and is moving her arms and legs. She also smiled on seeing her mother,” Dr Y John, director of medical services at the Sparsh Hospital in the southern city of Bangalore told the PTI news agency.

The team of 30 doctors which on Wednesday concluded a 27-hour long breakthrough surgery on the girl born with two pairs of arms and legs, allowed her parents to meet her on Thursday night.

The doctors plan to slowly take Lakshmi off the ventilator in the coming days. They said that the toddler had shown signs of steady recovery on Thursday; she moved her toes and hands and opened her eyes for a brief while.

“She is doing well and all her essential parameters are stable, but she is still in the intensive care unit and her condition is being constantly monitored,” Mamatha Patil, coodinator for Sparsh Foundation, a charitable trust attached to the hospital, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa over telephone.

Lakshmi, has a very rare condition called ischiopagus, which occurs in less than 2% of conjoined twins, and develops when the twin embryo stops developing in the mother’s womb, and one foetus develops at the expense of the other.

She was born with a parasitic twin – she had one head but an extra pair of arms and legs joined to her torso that made it impossible for her to stand or walk.

The child was named after the four-armed Hindu goddess of wealth by her poor parents, Shambhu and Poonam, who both go by one name and come from the northern state of Bihar bordering Nepal.

Lakshmi started being revered in her village, her extra limbs being considered miraculous, as an incarnation of the goddess.

Her parents had initially taken Lakshmi to a hospital in New Delhi, but were forced to abandon their plans when they were approached by circus owners who wanted to buy Lakshmi.

Shambhu and his wife were praying for the quick recovery of their daughter who got a new lease of life on Friday, which also happens to be Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, when Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped.

“We all are praying that she gets well soon. We are happy to have got the operation done since the surgery was necessary for her future,” Shambhu told reporters.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007

Baby Miracle defies odds to survive

The only child of a young Samoan couple crawls around happily, cries when she’s hungry and – like any other baby – is the apple of her parents’ eye.

But this baby was born with such serious facial deformities doctors didn’t expect her to survive longer than a day.

She is now two months old and has been called Baby Miracle by her parents, who are delighted their firstborn has defied the doctors’ predictions.

They took her home after three days from the hospital in Falelatai because they didn’t believe the hospital was feeding her, convinced she would die.

Before that, they secretly fed her, dripping milk into her mouth.

Auckland-based producer of Samoa TV, Taufau Aukuso, has launched an appeal to raise money to bring Baby Miracle and her parents to New Zealand to first determine what Baby Miracle is suffering from and to get medical help for her.

“They don’t know what is wrong with her. They’ve said her brain may be smaller [than normal] but they just don’t know,” Ms Aukuso said.

“It won’t be until she’s here that we will know what we’re dealing with.”

Her mother has to squeeze food and milk through a special straw into Baby Miracle’s mouth to keep her alive.

“It’s hard on the parents. They’re young and don’t have much money. This is their first child and the first grandchild for the family.”

Ms Aukuso told the Weekend Herald about $5000 had been raised since a documentary aired on Triangle TV on Monday night, but she’d had problems with the hospital where Baby Miracle was born who hadn’t been able to locate a crucial report.

“We have been talking to Middlemore Hospital [about possible treatment] but they told us they need to see a report from the hospital where she was born.”

The report was due to be faxed to New Zealand last night.

Ms Aukuso said the hospital initially denied Baby Miracle existed.

“They hid it in Samoa … It wasn’t until after the documentary that people talked about it.”

Doctors reportedly kept the baby secret to protect the family.

The Survival Foundation in Apia is now helping the couple care for her.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007

Sleeping pill helped my girl wake up from a 6 year coma

After her teenage daughter slipped into a coma, Thelma Pickard never lost hope of recovery.

Six years on, the devoted mother is daring to believe her hopes may be answered.

Daughter Amy, now 23, has begun to show signs of life after being given an over-the-counter sleeping pill.

Last night Mrs Pickard said the ‘old sparkle’ returned to her daughter’s eyes when she was given a pill and described the change as ‘amazing’.

Until last month she remained seemingly lifeless in bed in a nursing home.

But now, barely four weeks after taking her first Zolpidem pill as part of a worldwide trial, she is breathing by herself, instead of through a hole in her throat, reacting to food and showing signs of awareness.

Mrs Pickard, 54, said: ‘She is changing and it is amazing. When she takes the pill, I see her face relax and the old sparkle return to her eyes. It’s incredible. When I look at her now I can see the old Amy coming through, fighting to get out.’

Two weeks ago Amy stood up – with support from two nurses – for the first time since she lost consciousness. She is also focusing on objects and making voluntary noises rather than staring into space with no sign of life.

Amy was 17 and preparing for the birth of her first child when she slipped into a coma six years ago.

She collapsed and suffered severe brain damage after experimenting with heroin. Shortly afterwards, former nurse Mrs Pickard, a mother of two from Hastings, East Sussex, allowed an image of the teenager in her hospital bed to be released as a poignant plea to persuade others not to use drugs.

Since then she has spent hours at her daughter’s bedside at the Raphael Medical Centre in Tonbridge, Kent, visiting every day.

Her decision to allow her daughter to be part of the drugs trial is the subject of a BBC1 documentary, to be shown tonight. Amy is one of 360 people taking part in the trial .

The remarkable side- effects of Zolpidem were first noticed in South Africa after 24-year-old Louis Viljoen suffered serious brain damage when he was hit by a truck in 1994.

Doctors expected him to die and told his mother he would never regain consciousness. He was prescribed Zolpidem – normally used as a quick fix for insomnia – five years later in an attempt to reduce involuntary spasms in his arm.

Doctors thought the drug would send him into a deep sleep and stop him moving around so much – but just 25 minutes after being given the first pill, he sat up and said: ‘Hello, mummy.’

Medics were baffled, and British firm ReGen Therapeutics is now leading research into the astonishing side-effects.

Mrs Pickard, who flew to South Africa to meet other patients, said: ‘I had read about this drug but I never dreamed Amy would get a chance to try it.

‘When I came back from South Africa, I was exhausted but the hope in my heart was intense. I realised Amy must try this new treatment.’

Doctors have warned it could take months for a major breakthrough-in her daughter’s condition- but Mrs Pickard says progress is already obvious.

‘Her eyes are now focusing on things, she’s more aware of her surroundings and she’s making so much noise – almost forming actual words. It’s remarkable.’

Amy is also reacting to food and drink – grimacing when given a lemon or something sour and smiling when given something sweet.

Mrs Pickard added: ‘It’s a day-today waiting game to see what will happen next, but I just know she’s going to speak any day.’

A miracle nobody could have pictured

Nobody could have pictured this miracle

Two months ago, no one could have ever imagined the photo on the front page of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Friday. There was Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Maury Hernandez, with the aid of a physical therapist, standing up and meeting the media and well-wishers.

Gravely wounded on Aug. 6 and not expected to survive, his recovery from the shooting has been nothing short of miraculous. At a time when South Florida has been numbed by police being shot in the line of duty, Hernandez’ will to live has been an inspiration. Around-the-clock support from family and friends and officers throughout South Florida undoubtedly played a big part in that smile on his face this week.

The five-year BSO veteran, who faces months of rehab, said he’d like to return to his old job as an undercover detective. Nobody should bet against him.

Miracle child found alive in plane crash

A three-year-old girl found alive in the wreck of a plane crash near Golden, B.C., was being called a miracle on Monday.

The girl, Kate Williams, was the lone survivor of a crash on Sunday that claimed the lives of her grandfather and another passenger.

Rescue crews found Kate strapped into a child’s car seat inside an upside-down airplane buried in snow on the edge of an icy riverbank.

“I think the care that was taken in placing the child in there, that extra protection, is what basically, I think, saved her life,” Golden RCMP Sgt. Marko Shehovac told CTV News.

“It’s a sad time for the family but at the same time, a minor miracle has happened here.”

Her grandfather, Allen D. Williams, was flying the plane.

“He loved to fly, it was his life,” said Peter Edgar. “Al had probably more hours than most airline captains have, so I’m very, very surprised that this would happen now.”

Williams, 65, the CEO and founder of an Edmonton engineering firm, was in B.C. for a business retreat with Steven T. Sutton, the company’s chief financial officer.

They were flying back to Edmonton when Williams’ Cessna 172 crashed an hour after taking off from Golden around 1 p.m. local time, killing both men.

“Allen has been a visionary and a leader in the consulting engineering industry throughout Alberta and across the country,” Naseem Bashir, vice-president of A.D. Williams Engineering Inc., said in a statement.

“Steven, a trusted advisor to our firm and in our community; was an honest man who lived what he believed. Both men are treasured husbands, fathers, grandfathers, and mentors who will be greatly missed.”

Hospital officials said Kate suffered non-life threatening head injuries and was reunited with her parents in the southeastern B.C. community of Golden.

She was admitted to the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary on Monday, for overnight observation.

Rescuers said that bad weather and nightfall hampered the search efforts.

Members of Golden’s search-and-rescue team said when Kate was recovered on Sunday she was scared and cried for her teddy bear.

Monday, Oct. 29, 2007

Pre-mature babies reunited at place of birth

Eugene – Hundreds of special little children and their parents gathered for a party at Sacred Heart Medical Center Saturday.

From twin babies to toddlers, these children came dressed in their Halloween finest. But it wasn’t just a spooky celebration, it was a reunion!

These kids and their families are celebrating the lives of babies that were born pre-maturely at Sacred Heart’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit. Officials say it’s a way of celebrating the babies growing up healthy and strong.

“It helps them see other babies and how well other babies are doing and it helps parents to meet other parents to connect with each other and get support,” says registered nurse Barbara Johnson.

This is the 30-th annual reunion. The Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit was established in 1977.

Friday, Oct. 26, 2007

Fire baby miracle

At just five hours old, baby Murillo takes her family on the journey of a lifetime.

Overdue with her third baby, Beatrice Murillo, her husband, two little girls, and the baby’s grandparents saw the smoke and flames racing toward their home late Sunday night.

The baby’s grandfather, Cerilo Murillo, recalls telling his family “I want to stay there, because in the past with other fires, we’re okay.”

Not this time.

The fire chased them out all the way to this evacuation center, where she was separated from her family.

Cerilo said “she was scared, a strange color in her face.”

She was in labor.

The baby’s grandmother, Beatrice, said “she was in labor they took her away to the hospital.”

Fire blocked her path again.

She ended up at Qualcomm Stadium’s evacuation center.

Her worried family couldn’t find her for days.

KNSD-TV stepped in, searching hospitals, evacuee centers. Finally, just two hours before the baby’s birth, KNSD-TV found her here at mary birch hospital.

The reunion was sweet but not complete.

Cerilo Murillo said “the other thing is to know how my house is, I’m still worried.”

Worried that their home may end like their neighbors, destroyed by the fires.

Would their newborn still have a home?

Was it the lucky space 45? Not sure, we took pictures.

Cerilo said “this is our trailer. It’s still there.”

Another miracle for the Murillos.

Monday, Oct. 22, 2007

A Walking Miracle

Jamie Milnamow’s story involves a pair of sandals, Mickey Mouse, and an emergency room.

Confused yet?

Actually, Milnamow’s story is one of luck, courage, and a whole lot of love.

Jamie went to Disney World last spring with her family. The day before, she wore sandals, like many of us do that time of year. They gave her a blister, which is not uncommon.

But while on vacation, Jamie caught two bacterial infections through the blister. She felt ill almost immediately and her fun trip turned into a trip to the emergency room.

Jamie says she was close to dying and her doctors said that it is a miracle that she is here to share her story.

“I had a choice to make and it was a very simple one,” Jamie says, as tears drip from her eyes. “My family.”

Doctors gave Jamie an injection that saved her life, but as a result she lost nine of her fingers and both of her feet.

“I had to learn to walk again, write again, eat again.”

And here is where the smile comes out.

“I still can shoot hoops. Right now we’re working on volleyball and I can still serve. Fork and spoon are working great. Glass is tough…I drop those! I can’t vacuum too well…sorry hunny.”

Officials from the Indiana Health Department say by simply washing your hands and covering open wounds it helps protect you from the infections.

Man in fair condition after being pinned under train

SOUTH SALT LAKE – A man is in the hospital in fair condition this morning after being struck by a commuter train and pinned underneath one of its cars.

South Salt Lake police spokesman Gary Keller says the incident occurred about 8:05 a.m. when the man, who has not been identified, tried to beat the northbound TRAX train leaving northbound from the Meadowbrook station at 3900 South and 188 West.

The man was hit as he crossed in front of the train, tossed about 20 feet down the track and then trapped underneath the first car. A South Salt Lake Fire Department crew had to use jacks to lift the train off of the man. He was then flown to a local hospital.

Keller says the man was conscious and talking as he was taken from the scene.

“This is quite amazing that he’s in such good condition,” he said.

Keller said the driver of the train was not at fault and would not be cited.

Utah Transit Authority spokeswoman Carrie Vohnsack-Ware says this is the second pedestrian-TRAX incident at the Meadowbrook station since 2000.

The station has clearly posted warnings to pedestrians to watch for the trains, and a warning bell sounds whenever the trains leave the loading platforms.

“This is a good safety reminder,” Vohnsack-Ware said. “Don’t try to beat the train.”

Friday, Aug. 24, 2007

‘Miracle’ black and white twins

Millie and Marcia Biggs are twins but one is black and the other white.

They are the daughters of father Michael, who is black, and mother Amanda, who is white, and celebrated their first birthday on Tuesday.

The couple, from Erdington, Birmingham, said they were identical when born, which was within minutes of each other, but Millie gradually turned darker.

“They say it’s just one of those miracle things. People are quite amazed,” Amanda told BBC News.

The babies were conceived after IVF treatment, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Jane Denton, from the Multiple Birth Foundation, told the newspaper: “Two separate eggs were fertilised by two separate sperm.

“The genes that go into defining skin colour will be different which results in a combination of genes.”

Mother Amanda added: “They were identical when they were first born and we first noticed a change when they were about seven weeks old.

“Millie started getting darker and Marcia was very light with her blue eyes.

“They are very close now and have really bonded well, they hug each other a lot.

“Millie’s the mischievous one and Marcia is more chilled.”

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

Family Calls Survival a Miracle

Covered with cuts and bruises Sophia Sausser, 2, is still at the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville.

She’s been there since Sunday when a car crashed into her family’s horse and buggy while trying to pass it. It happened just south of Sunbury. The collision sent Sophia, her parents and two siblings to the hospital.

“Our carriage was totally destroyed,” Sophia’s father, Harry, said. “Pretty much nothing of it was left. Most times when that happens there’s fatalities.”

Harry Sausser said he found his baby boy about 20 feet from the carriage after the crash. The infant was stuck in the spokes of a wheel, and wasn’t crying. Harry feared the worst.

“I thought that day he was going to be taken from us,” Harry said with tears in his eyes. “But it just wasn’t the Lord’s will at that time.”

Now the family calls Harry IV, who is three weeks old, the miracle baby. There’s barley a scratch on him.

While the Saussers feel lucky everyone lived through the ordeal, they think the crash could have been avoided. They hope drivers start to use more caution around horse and buggies because they know the victims might not be so lucky next time.

“We have headlights, we have turn signals, we have orange reflectors, we’re visible,” the elder Harry said. “But people need to know they need to slow down when they come up upon us and they need to take a little bit of care.”

A call to state police to check on charges against the driver was not returned.

A fund has been set up to help the Sausser family pay medical bills and other expenses. They have no insurance and injuries will likely keep them from working for a while.

Friday, Aug. 17, 2007

Runaway bus miracle

FORTY-FIVE people were taken to hospital last night after a private bus careered out of control in Cork city centre.

One of the victims was seriously injured. The coach – a private-hire vehicle – was bringing members of the St Finbarr’s Social Club, for older people, to a social function when it inexplicably spun out of control on Wellington Road shortly before 8pm.

The bus collided with a tree before ploughing into a telegraph pole.

It finally stopped after smashing into four parked cars.

Onlookers said it was a miracle no one was killed. They described scenes of near hysteria as pedestrians rushed to help both the bus passengers and a number of people who were injured by flying debris.

One of those injured was former Progressive Democrats TD, Mairin Quill, who was in a parked car at the time. She was taken to hospital in a wheelchair.

Forty of those taken to hospital were from the coach. They were aged from their mid-50s to their 80s. The other five people injured were all either pedestrians struck by flying debris or occupants of cars struck by the coach.

The bulk of the injuries involved cuts, bruises and shock. However, emergency services said none of the injuries were believed to be life threatening.

A fleet of ambulances transferred the injured to Cork hospitals and gardai immediately sealed off the accident scene pending a full investigation.

Gardai also began interviewing eyewitnesses who saw the coach as it spun out of control.

Earlier, a driver was killed after he was crushed by his cement truck as he attempted to open a gate.

Patsy McGuinness (65) was delivering cement to a construction site where apartments are being built on Point Road in Dundalk, Co Louth, when the accident happened.

It was the third tragedy to affect the McGuinness family, from Cortial, Kilkerley, in Dundalk, in the past few months. A younger brother of Mr McGuinness had died suddenly recently, and his mother had also passed away.

Mr McGuinness had just jumped out of his vehicle to open the gate at around 6.30am.

It is believed he walked in front of the truck towards the gate but he was crushed after the massive cement truck rolled forwards.

Mr McGuinness was rushed to Louth County Hospital. He is survived by his wife Suzie, and several grown-up sons.

“He was from an extremely hard working family who have had tragedy visit them with the death of their brother, another brother and their mother who died in recent months,” Louth councillor Declan Breathnach said.

Mr McGuinness was described locally as a “big community man” who, in his younger years, was involved in the GAA and training the ladies football team. The body builder had also worked as a bouncer in several pubs in the Co Louth area in the past.

Meanwhile, a young man has died in hospital as a result of a road traffic accident near the border last Sunday.

Gardai from Hackballscross station in Co Louth are investigating the fatal road collision which happened at 10.30am at Rassan, Hackballscross, about five miles from Dundalk.

The victim was named yesterday by gardai as Steven Rice (27) from Crossmaglen, Co Armagh.

He suffered a head injury after he fell from the back of a jeep.

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007

An angel on the interstate appeared, saving biker’s life

I am going to guess that even if I could find her, she probably wouldn’t talk anyway.

The last thing people who do such things ever seek is attention called to themselves. And, yes, she did a very good thing.

A man lay in the road. There was blood everywhere. Dozens of people watched it, the same way she had. She was the only one who did anything.

It was early afternoon last Saturday when Richard Green and his buddy, Charlie Aubuchon, set out from Colorado Springs on their Harley-Davidson motorcycles for a quick road trip to Wyoming.

Richard Green had just turned 50, so it was a bit of a celebratory ride.

“We were just going to air out the bikes, cross the border and turn them right around,” Richard Green said.

They were headed northbound on Interstate 25 just outside of Loveland when they crested a hill and saw a massive traffic back-up.

“I tried to stop the bike first, but the back wheel locked up on me and I started to fishtail,” Richard Green recalled.

“The only thing at that point I figured I could do is lay it down, or run smack into those cars and take the express elevator right up.”

The problem was that for the first time since he began riding motorcycles, which dates back to when he was a teenager, Richard Green, an appliance service technician, wasn’t wearing either his helmet or his riding leathers.

He laid it down.

He remembers the initial shower of sparks from the floorboard and wheels flying past him as he slid on his backside down the highway.

They later told him he had slid some 50 yards when he and the bike slammed into something on the road.

“I remember hitting something, and me and the bike getting flipped into the air, me getting thrown through the air like a rag doll.

“The next thing I know, she was holding me.”

No one, it seems, knows who she was.

But Richard Green and his sister, Rhonda Brewer, believe she saved his life.

“He remembers nothing of the woman except her face, her red hair and that she wore glasses,” Rhonda Brewer, a Tucson, Ariz., artist, says of her younger brother.

“She was holding his head in her lap, telling him not to move, that the paramedics were coming. She was the last thing he remembers until he awoke again in the ambulance.”

The back-up, Richard Green later discovered, was the result of a six-car collision on the interstate. Everyone else sat in their cars. She rushed immediately to his aid.

And he needed it badly.

His head had been smashed. It would take doctors 11 staples to close the ragged bits of flesh. He smashed six ribs on his left side, one of which punctured his lung. He had pulverized his clavicle.

“If someone hadn’t helped him, he would have bled to death,” his sister said. “But there was this angel on the highway, this wonderful spirit, who in that mass confusion on the highway thought not of herself.”

She kept telling Richard Green over and over that he would be OK. He remembers her smiling all the time at him.

“I remember she kept telling me not to move my head,” Richard Green said. “She thought I had maybe broken my spine, and kept trying to calm me down because I was pretty shook up.”

What happened to Charlie Aubuchon?

He was riding just behind Richard Green. When he crested the hill on his bike, he was able to slam on his brakes.

“Mostly he was making phone calls, getting people there and basically making sure nobody ran me over lying there in the road.”

He was discharged from Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland on Thursday. Of his motorcycle, he says, “she came out of it a lot better than I did.”

The kicker of the story occurred a few days ago when Richard Green still lay unconscious in the intensive care unit.

On his bedside lay a brand new Harley-Davidson T-shirt, identical to the one the paramedics had cut from him as he lay on the interstate.

The nurses told him a woman had dropped it off for him. Yes, she had red hair and wore glasses.

“I would tell her thanks for all your help,” Richard Green said. “If she hadn’t been there . . . ”

His sister, Rhonda Brewer, put it this way:

“All we hear about these days are terrible awful things. What a wonderful thing she did. People just don’t do this anymore.

“We’re so thankful, the family, that she was there to help him. I would ask her when she got her wings, to tell her thank you, that she really was an angel on the highway.”

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007

Miracle saves tot in Bronx

A 3-year-old Bronx boy somehow survived a fall from a third-floor window yesterday when tall weeds in an unkempt backyard cushioned his fall, police and witnesses said.

Jaden Simpson was playing in a rear bedroom with his 5-year-old brother when he fell through a screened-in window about 3:25 p.m., police sources said.

The tot was conscious and alert as medical workers sped him from his Barker Ave. home in Bronxdale to Jacobi Medical Center, police said.

Jaden suffered head injuries and was listed in critical but stable condition last night, authorities said.

“He’s fine. He’s fine,” said one relative, who declined to give his name and was joined by others outside the hospital’s emergency room.

His 20-year-old brother was minding the children at the time of the fall, police said. No criminality was suspected.

The boy’s mother was at work, neighbors said.

“He was bleeding from his face,” said Brandy Horton, 22, who witnessed the aftermath from her first-floor apartment. “The [baby-sitter] was holding him, consoling him. [Jaden] was moaning, not really talking.”

There were no window guards affixed to the building, a private home carved into apartments, cops said. The guards might have prevented the child from falling.

Landlords are required to offer the guards to their tenants, officials said.

Walking Miracle

It’s a story that will make you think twice before you complain about the little things.

The Schumacher family is celebrating three milestones. The family’s first-year tanning business, ‘Life’s a Beach’, is a success, their daughter is home from basic training for the Air Force, and their son Dereck is still doing well…7 years after his double-lung transplant!

“I feel pretty good. I’m getting around a lot,” Dereck tells us.

But life hasn’t always been a beach for Dereck Potkovic. He was born with a hole in his diaphragm, and couldn’t play with other kids. His stepfather Jim Schumacher describes Dereck’s struggles.

“Before his transplant, he drug around an oxygen tank all day, and he wasn’t able to move,” Jim says.

But Dereck’s mom Lynette says the risky transplant wasn’t an easy decision for the family.

“You try to decide ‘Am I playing God? Am I putting him through this just because I want him to live for me, or is it for him?'”

The family decided to go for it, and Dereck received a new set of lungs at the Children’s Hospital in Saint Louis. Doctors gave him 3 to 5 years. Seven years later…he’s the second-longest living lung-recipient from the hospital.

“It feels amazing, considering what I’ve gone through, and what I’m not even supposed to be doing right now, it’s amazing,” Dereck exclaims.

One of those things is go to school…just like everybody else. Classmate Brittany Vos says Dereck’s positive attitude rubs off on everyone at school.

“You see him walking down the hall at school, he’s always smiling. You say ‘Hey D-Pot, how are you doing?'”

And with five other siblings in the house…don’t expect any special treatment for D-Pot.

“We try to treat them all the same. Don’t try to build our whole life around our one medically dependent child, because that’s not fair to them either,” Lynette explains.

Dereck’s 16 surgeries and 30 pills a day have taken a toll on his body. His kidneys are beginning to fail. But the family just takes things one day at a time.

“So many times we let things bog us down in life, so he’s a good example,” Jim says.

Dereck is also happy he could be here to see his mom fulfill her dream of opening her own business.

“Mom’s really done a lot for me. I don’t think I could ever have a better mom,” Dereck says matter-of-factly.

Lynette’s philosophy is simple.

“People ask me all the time, ‘How do you do it, how do you do it?’ I think the bottom line is you just find a way. You get thrown in the middle and have two choices, either you sink or you swim,” she says.

And it appears this family has plenty of swimming left to do.

So far, Dereck’s hospital bills add up to more than 4 million dollars! Despite that cost, Lynette and the family constantly give back to the community. Most recently they donated 70 DVD players to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, where Dereck now receives his treatments.

Monday, Aug. 13, 2007

Friend gives kidney to best friend

Miracles Do Happen! Our friend just received a kidney transplant last week and is doing quite well, which is a miracle in itself. However, the true miracle in this is that when she went on the list, she was told that in this point in her disease, she would need a perfect 6 out of 6 match to make it work – which is extremely rare!

In the meantime, her best friend from Florida decided he would be a living donor and give her one of his kidneys as long as it was possible. He went thru all the tests and last Tuesday while he was in NJ, he finished the last of his tests to determine if this would be possible, if at all. Well, the very next day and shortly after they told her she could wait a very long time for a kidney requirements she needed, she received the call of a PERFECT 6/6 match!!! The doctors after the surgery said, that a better kidney could never have been found unless it was from an identical twin, how amazing that is!!!!!

The only sad part of this whole story is that her son took off a total of 6 hours from his job to be with at his mother’s side with the rest of his family during this critical time and was FIRED because of choosing his family first!!!!! In addition to choosing family first, he also chose not to clean the boss’ hobby cars on Father’s Day, the same day his mother was finally coming home from the hospital, and instead chose to help prepare and sanitize the house for her arrival. That prompted this “boss/friend” to actually come to his parent’s house and fire him.

Why, you ask? Only because he chose to make his own life decisions finally, cut the puppet strings that he was on, and just say “no” to the “boss” and put himself and his family first – nothing else! Not, “he forgot who the boss was” or any other story like that – simply b/c he stood up for himself and chose family over work and hobby, against someone who just didn’t understand the value of family – and admitted that!

With all that being said, that family actually received many miracles out of this situation – The kidney recipient/Mom is going to live a long healthy life with her new kidney, the miracle of friendship in which one person would do such an extremely selfless act to help another human being, the miracle that people become organ donors and agree to give a part of themselves and although a life has ended tragically, another life is extended so they may watch their kids get married and have grandchildren, and the final miracle is the son will finally have his life back in his control – no more crazy hours pushing himself to the limits, his weekends are free to spend with family and friends once more, he can take sick and vacation time and not feel bad about taking care of himself, and he makes his own decisions according to what he wants and not what the “friend/boss” wants him to do.

So, in the end, we Thank God for these many wonderful life changing miracles our friends have received! Some miracles are there out in the open to see and others are miracles in disguise. Selfless acts, true love, friendship, and the gift of life are so precious; that is what makes them miracles. This family has been truly blessed for these reasons and many more!

Miracle Rabies Survivor Graduates High School

Jeanna Giese joined her St. Mary’s Springs classmates in her cap and gown for a day she will never forget Sunday.

“I never lost confidence,” she said.

Jeanna is the first person, without a prior vaccination, known to have survived rabies. In September of 2004, she was bitten by an infected bat.

She made international news when doctors put her into a coma and gave her a cocktail of drugs to fight rabies. In January 2005, she left the hospital to begin her long recovery.

She had to learn to walk and talk all over again. She said her main goal is to walk normally someday.

Six months after her near-death experience, she was back in school. A year later and a year older, Jeanna was learning to drive.

And just this year, we watched her participate in and win a robotics competition with several classmates.

But this is the day Jeanna has been waiting for, and she had a message for all those who helped get her to the graduation stage.

“Just thanks, I guess,” she said.

In the fall, it’s off to Marion College for Jeanna, where she plans to study biology.

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007

Teenager’s prom is a real miracle

HORRIFIC injuries suffered in a car crash did not stop teenager Amy Endean making her school prom.

Amy, of Leigh Sinton, was at risk of losing the sight in her left eye following the crash. She sustained fractures to the eye socket, pelvis, cheek and jaw bones.

The 16-year-old had a six- hour operation, during which her scalp was cut from ear to ear, her face peeled back and her eye socket rebuilt, before her wounds were stapled together with 50 staples.

Despite her injuries, which caused memory loss and blurred vision, Amy was determined to go to The Chase prom at the Bank House Hotel, Bransford, on Wed-nesday with her sister Laura, 18.

“I didn’t doubt I would go and I haven’t really been self conscious about it,” said Amy.

Dad David described the moment he and his wife Jane received a knock at their door in the early hours of Saturday, June 2.

“They said Amy had been involved in an – as of yet – non-fatal accident,” said the 44-year-old. “When we got to the hospital, she had a massive gash across the top of her head and left eye. She was convulsing and being sick.”

He said his daughter had 40 stitches in her eye before doctors at Worcestershire Royal Hospital reconstructed her socket in the second operation, when a titanium dish was screwed into her face.

Mr Endean said the family thought Amy was at a friend’s house when the crash happened, on the Upton-upon-Severn to Strensham road, but discovered the pair had gone out without permission.

Two of her friends were also injured in the accident but were released from hospital the same day. The driver, whom Amy met that night, received a cut to the head.

Because of her injuries, she missed her GCSE exams, which she hopes to take when she starts an equestrian course at a college in Bath.

A man has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and without insurance. He has been released on police bail.

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007

Woman’s seven terminal cancers miraculously cured

At first glance, Elaine Hulliberger doesn’t look like a fighter. She can’t weigh more than 100 pounds and she has an easy-going manner.

When first diagnosed with cancer in 2005, she quietly followed doctor’s orders.

She went home to die.

She had her best suit cleaned to wear in the casket.

Still grieving the death of her husband, who died at her feet of a sudden heart attack three months earlier, she made plans for her own funeral.

Three oncologists and a surgeon confirmed her fate and offered no treatment.

“I had cancer pretty much everywhere,” she said, naming them off like an alphabet of doom — colon, liver, kidneys, bone, lymph nodes, blood, and a tumor by her aorta.

Seeing her despair, downstate family members urged Elaine to try the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit.

A doctor there confirmed her diagnosis.

“He told me I was going to die but said he could give me a little more time.”

That speck of hope transformed Elaine into a ferocious warrior ready to battle for her life. Angry with doctors who gave her no hope, she was determined to prove them wrong.

Two years later she is cancer free. She underwent chemotherapy and radiation at Karmanos and then journeyed to New York City to try a new form of radiation. And thrown into the mix, she started taking a dietary supplement called Protocel that a cousin told her about.

“I didn’t have anybody to talk to about it,” she said of the alternative treatment. “I was alone and I was dying. Finally, I thought, what could happen? I’m going to die anyway.”

She started taking Protocel and before her next round of chemo, lab work showed her blood count was up — it was normal.

Soon she was driving herself back and forth to Detroit for her chemotherapy. She was gaining strength.

She refused a second round of chemo and opted to try a new form of radiation offered at the Cabrini Medical Center in New York City.

“They chose the three areas that were most likely to kill me,” she explained. “The tumor by my aorta and the tumors in my colon and liver. The doctor felt if he could give me some help with those three it would lengthen my life. But he agreed with everyone else and told me I would never get rid of this cancer.”

After 11 treatments in New York, she came home last September with a CAT scan that showed she still had her tumors.

She decided that was enough treatment.

“I put myself in God’s hands and kept taking Protocel.”

In January an MRI showed the liver cancer was gone.

After a PET scan, her physician in Reed City, Dr. John Dennis made a startling claim: “You are not dying anymore.”

All of her cancers had disappeared except for the tumor in her colon. They decided to have it surgically removed by Dr. Khatchadour Hamamdjian in Detroit.

While doing the surgery Dr. Hamamdjian took a look at her liver.

“He came to see me in the hospital,” she recalled. “He said that in 25 years he had never seen anything like this — not only was my liver clear of cancer but it was healthy.”

After closing down her business for two years while she battled cancer, Elaine has reopened her shop, Woodland Embroidery and Design in Marion.

She believes her miraculous cure was the result of the combination of all her treatments and her faith in God.

Now that she has her life back, her purpose and passion is to give hope to those diagnosed with terminal cancer.

“I’m not saying everybody can be saved,” she acknowledged. “But you don’t know until you fight and you have got to fight with every ounce of strength you have.”

Elaine said she doesn’t know why God spared her life. But now she intends to use that life to “help those with cancer.”

Friday, Jul. 13, 2007

Family Called Miracle After Surviving Freak Accident

A mother and child escape serious injury after what officials are calling a freak accident in Massachusetts.

A woman and her 11-month-old son were driving on a bridge in Chelsea, Mass., when a pile of debris came crashing through their windshield.

The two were unharmed.

City officials said recent rains are to blame for the build up of sand, which caused damage to the bridge.

“It’s a miracle,” said the woman’s husband. “When I saw the vehicle, I said, ‘Thank God.'”

Monday, Jul. 9, 2007

Miracle escape from tractor plunge

A 20-YEAR-OLD man had a miracle escape after tumbling 100m down a steep embankment inside a tractor at Oakbank this morning.

The man and a 55-year-old colleague were pulling an olive harvester behind the tractor this morning when the tractor rolled.

The tractor and harvester slide and tumbled 100m down an embankment at the Oakbank olive farm.

The tractor operator, from Goolwa, was trapped inside the cabin for nearly half an hour. He was airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a stable condition.

The contractor was taken by ambulance to the RAH in a stable condition. He had tried to climb over the harvester as the tractor lost traction to free the 20-year-old from the cabin but was thrown through a barbed wire fence and injured his back.

The tractor and harvester are a twisted, mangled wreck at the bottom of the embankment.

The first firefighter on the scene, Mick Brockhoff from Balhannah CFS, said both men were lucky to escape.

“This accident could certainly have been far, far worse,” he said.

“The roll-over was probably due to heavy rains in the district. It was just fortunate both were conscious when we arrived and we were able to extricate the younger man.”

Miracle escape as van demolishes bus stop

THREE people had a “miracle” escape today when a works van swerved off a busy road and demolished a bus-stop in Birmingham.

They were waiting at the stop in Hagley Road, Edgbaston, when the commercial van veered off the road and ploughed into the shelter.

Paramedics said the three escaped with minor injuries to the feet and face.

The road was cordoned off as police investigated the cause of the smash which brought rush-hour chaos to thousands of city centre-bound drivers.

One eye-witness said: “When you drive along the Hagley Road at that time of the morning, the bus-stops are full of people waiting for a bus to come into Birmingham.

“So it was a miracle that no one was seriously hurt. It caused huge delays for people and the queues of traffic stretched back to Bearwood soon after the crash.”

Emergency services were alerted following the collision at about 6.40am today.

The van was heading into city when it crashed into the shelter outside the Thistle Hotel, near the junction with Portland Road.

Fire crews from Bournbrook and Ladywood fire stations were called to Hagley Road to make the van and shelter safe.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Three casualties suffered minor injuries in the accident and were taken to Dudley Road hospital for treatment.”

One lane was closed in both locations as police and paramedics dealt with the casualties and investigated the cause of the collision

Thursday, Jul. 5, 2007

Baby Born 17 Weeks Premature Continues To Grow

To many people she is known as ‘The Miracle Baby’ because when she was born 17 weeks premature she was smaller than a soda can.

Now, as Jessica Kartalija reports, little Ryleigh McCormick has beaten the odds and is now growing into a healthy little girl.

Five months after her birth, Ryleigh went back to the hospital where she was born for a routine eye exam.

Doctors at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center weighed Ryleigh in at eight pounds, something they called a miracle in and of itself.

“When she came out, we were thinking that usually babies under 500 grams don’t make it. So we were all kind of thinking she wasn’t going to survive,” said nurse Kelly Reed from GBMC’s Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit.

Reed described caring for Ryleigh saying she helped her with, “breathing, giving her blood products, [and] fluids.” Reed added, “You know, you get to the point where you have to teach them how to eat.”

At birth, Ryleigh’s entire arm was the length of her father’s finger. Her body easily fit inside some of the holiday stockings that were hanging in the McCormicks’ home.

Ryleigh’s parents said their daughter is an inspiration not only for them but also for anyone fighting tough odds.

“It’s been a long journey and she has been my inspiration,” said proud dad Anthony McCormick. “If she can go through what she went through for the past five months, I can accomplish anything.”

“She is a fighter,” said mom Angela McCormick. “It just lets me know that anything in the world is not possible unless you fight for it.”

After birth, Ryleigh McCormick was at GBMC for 115 days.

She is now living a happy and healthy life back at home with her parents and four sisters.

Miracle Of Sight Returns For Woman

After various health problems robbing her of her sight, she can now see again and her vision continues to the surprise of even her doctors.

Her doctors and family call it the miracle of sight. A woman blind for almost five years can see again now catching up on time she missed watching her daughter grow up.

CBS 3 Bucks County Reporter Lesley Van Arsdall was in Langhorne with the story you’ll see only CBS 3.

Five years ago after suffering a heart attack due to complications from diabetes, Shelia Roach was blind. Then eight months ago she woke up and could see. When we first spoke to Shelia it was just see shadowy figures, but now she is able to read to her 6-year-old daughter Cecilia.

“I would call it a miracle and miracles happen,” Cardiologist St. Mary Medical Center, Dr. Richard Kass said.

Sheila’s cardiologist can’t explain how she regained her sight or why it keeps getting stronger, but he thinks it might have something to do with a drug called Renexa, a heart medication that Shelia was put on right before she regained her sight.

“We talked to the manufacturer about this and they have yet to see anyone else who has regained this type of visual function,” Dr. Kass said.

“Right now the only thing I think is miracle,” Shelia Roach said.

Shelia is now able to do things with her daughter she never thought would be possible.

“Now I can go shopping with her and say you’re not getting those shorts they are too short,” Roach said.

Next week, Shelia and her daughter are going on vacation for the very first time.

“Now that she can see she can go shopping and even go to a park,” Sheila’s daughter, Cecilia Roach said.

Cecilia said there are so many things she’s thankful for these days:

“That she can see better, and that she can go on a plane from her doctors. And she shops with me and reads to me and we cook together. We’re chefs,” Cecilia said.

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