March 3, 2017

Feel-good miscellany

My recovery from a 'flesh-eating bug' amazed nurses and defied medical explanation. Will the nun who saved my life be canonized? ....Seven weeks after my leaving hospital, the surgeon told me that he was surprised how well I looked and how much progress I had made. Now came the question. “Do you know what happened to me?” I asked. The answer was simple: “No.”  The surgeon reiterated that someone with the condition usually has a life expectancy of less than 48 hours.

What Your Favorite Foods Look Like Before Harvest And Processing.  I am continually astonished at the beauty of the world.


Face transplant recipient hails staggering results of his procedure just EIGHT MONTHS after surgery and 10 years after he nearly blew his head off in failed suicide bid

Andy Sandness is now healing after one of the rarest surgeries in the world - a face transplant. He received the nose, cheeks, mouth, lips, jaw, chin, even the teeth of his donor. ....The exchange came near the end of an extraordinary medical journey that revolved around two young men who tried to kill themselves 10-years apart and 500 miles away. Sandness tried to take his own life before Christmas in 2006 with a gun and instantly regretted his decision.  His new face once belonged to 21-year-old father-to-be, Calen Ross - who killed himself in June of 2016
The entire medical procedure to transplant the face took the 60-strong team at the Mayo Clinic 56-hours . Dr. Mardini and his team devoted more than 50 Saturdays over 3 ½ years to rehearsing the procedure, using sets of cadaver heads to transplant the face of one to another.
First allowed to see his new face three weeks after the operation and said it 'far exceeded my expectations'.

Little boy born without a brain can now speak, count, and attend school

Shelly and Rob picked out a baby coffin for Noah, but they also never stopped believing he was anything less than a great gift. They took him home and the entire family surrounded him constantly with love, affection, and 24-7 care. Noah’s brain began to grow. And grow. And grow some more.

Britain's Blitz girl at 100:

Mary Ellis was one of the 'Ata-girls', the select gang of female pilots who flew Britain's fighters during the war. Originally from Oxfordshire, the First Officer had her first flying lesson in 1938 and flew for pleasure until 1941. But when she heard a BBC radio appeal for women pilots to join the auxiliary service she signed up for duty..

 Maryellis+Male Pilots

Forgotten images of female pilot who flew spitfires during the Second World War
were revealed two weeks after she celebrated turning 100.

'She flew 400 Spitfires and 76 different types of aircraft, including heavy bombers during World War Two. 'Mary helped the war effort by delivering much needed aircraft including Wellington Bombers, Mustangs and many more to the aircrews of RAF fighter and bomber command squadrons.' ...'Mary became Europe's first female air commandant and remained as managing director of Sandown Airport on the Isle of Wight until 1970.'

Mary turned 100 on 2 February and a surprise party was held in her honor at Sandown Airport, where over sixty guests attended. Mary said at the event: 'The war was a challenge and one had to do something about it. I went on and on until I flew everything. I love the Spitfire – it's my favorite aircraft, it's everyone's favorite, it's the symbol of freedom.'

 Maryellis 100 Bday
As part of her celebrations Mary was handed the controls of
a 275mph twin-seater Spitfire as it swooped over West Sussex.

Trespassing in Christina's World

....My sister Cynthia ventures, “Isn’t it rude to show up on someone’s doorstep without asking?” Dad grins and winks at us in the rearview mirror. “He’ll be flattered.”

We pull up to the farmhouse to find a courtly white-haired man trimming the hedge with a set of clippers. “It’s him!” Dad whispers. He rolls down his window and leans out. “Hello, good sir!” The man seems a little nonplused. “I have a car full of young readers here who’d give anything to meet their favorite author. A word from you, and they’ll remember this moment for the rest of their lives.” What choice does the poor man have? Within a few minutes, the famously reclusive E.B. White is demonstrating to a cluster of little girls in bathing suits that when you crush pine needles between your fingers and hold it to your nose, the smell is as strong as patchouli. And Dad is right — we never will forget it.


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