April 20, 2017

Feel-good roundup

3-Year-Old Who Lost An Eye To Cancer Loves Her New One-Eyed Doll

Brynn, 3 years old, lost one eye due to cancer.  Her mother Danielle contacted Jessica Sebastian, a doll-maker, to make a bunny doll with one eye.  At her birthday party, Byrnn opened the special gift to find Sparkle and exclaimed, "She matches me!"

 Brynn 3 One-Eye-Doll

Mystic Lake, a Sony 2017 World Photography Winner

 2017 Sony Mystic Island
© Aleš Krivec, Slovenia, 2nd Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Woman Rehabilitates Husband Even After Doctors Told Her To Let Him Die

In July 2011, Matt was involved in a terrible motorcycle accident on his way to work. He’d struck a vehicle that was parked illegally in a merging lane. A car accident of this nature would have been rough enough, but on a motorcycle, it was far worse...After nine days in the hospital, Matt’s doctors felt that he had been fighting long enough. They recommended he be taken off of life support, and estimated that his chances of survival were a slim 10 percent...Despite the doctors’ advice, Danielle decided she could never give up on her husband. She dedicated herself to his recovery and stayed by his side, day and night. The couple had only just begun their life together, and Danielle was unwilling to give up on the man she loved...Matt was allowed to go back home while he remained on life support. The outlook was bleak, though, as his condition showed no improvement for months. He was not walking or doing much of anything on his own. ..Danielle kept remembering the times they shared and she refused to give up..Amazingly, after a month at home, something changed in Matt—and he began to open his eyes. ..After only three months after regaining consciousness, Matt was walking again! He still needed the assistance of a walker, but could hold a conversation, crack jokes, sing, and enjoy the company of his loved ones. It was a truly phenomenal recovery in every conceivable way.

Stranger Helps Amputee Up The Stairs, Then Returns The Next Day And Builds Him A Ramp

Support team for Maelyn, a 4 year-old soccer player

 Support Team 4Yo

Two Eye Surgeons Have Restored Sight In 4 Million Blind People In The Developing World

Dr. Sanduk Ruit, a Nepalese eye surgeon, met Dr. Geoff Tabin, an American eye surgeon and world-renowned mountain climber, and together they created the Himalayan Cataract Project. Their mission is to completely eradicate preventable and curable blindness in the developing world. Together they have restored eyesight to more than 150,000 patients in 24 countries. Doctors they've trained have restored sight to 4 million more.

The surgeons perfected a small-incision cataract surgery, which takes just minutes and costs about $20. Their focus was originally in the Himalayas, but they have been so successful they renamed their group CureBlindness.org. They've operated in two dozen countries, including North Korea and Ethiopia.

Dr. Tabin points out, they are doing more than restoring sight. "You know, once someone goes blind in a developing world, their life expectancy is about one-third that of age and health matched peers. And also in the developing world, it takes, often, a person out of the work force, or a child out of school, to care for the blind person. So when we restore sight to a blind person, we're freeing up their family and restoring their life."

Marine dad drill instructor surprised by tea party his 4-year-old daughter planned just for him

 Marine-Dad-Tea-Party-Surprise

Hero UPS driver rescues family from burning house with a garden hose

UPS driver Paul Pereira had a special delivery for a family whose lives he likely saved when he saw their porch was on fire and rushed to douse the flames and get them to safety.

On Monday, Pereira was making his last delivery of the day in his UPS truck when he noted tall orange flames leaping around the white wraparound porch of Brian and Tracy Lavender and their children in Haverhill, Massachusetts reported WCVB. While bystanders on the street lingered videotaping the scene, the deliveryman leapt into action, asking someone to get a hose.....After putting out the flames, he banged on the door to see if anyone was inside the burning house. Lavender said his wife and children were inside the home but they didn't realize it was on fire and thought the smell of smoke was from a neighbor barbecuing.

Nebraska town arranges wedding and graduation ceremony for the children of beloved cancer-stricken doctor,

Dr Dan Harrahill, 52, a father-of-four from St Paul, Nebraska, was told he would not survive long enough to attend his teenage son's high school graduation or his daughter's summer wedding on March 23.  Within hours of hearing about his bleak prognosis, the town's residents arranged for both events to take place the next day.  The family doctor died eight days later after watching both from his wheelchair in the chapel of the CHI Health St. Francis, the hospital where he was being treated.

 Dr.Dan Harrahill Daughter's Wedding

Wounded vet with prosthetic leg carries woman over the finish line at the Boston Marathon
Retired Army Staff Sgt. Earl Granville, a veteran, made hearts stop at the Boston Marathon after he was seen carrying a woman over the finish line as she held an American flag. In the summer of 2008, Granville and his unit were on patrol in Zormat, Afghanistan, when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. Granville sustained injuries that required doctors to amputate over half of his left leg.

 Earl Granville Boston Marathon

The woman he was carrying was his running guide, Andi Piscopo. They’re part of the Achilles Freedom Team, a group of wounded warriors who have become marathoners.  In an interview with CBS Boston

“Maybe around mile 10 I just started cramping and cramping and cramping,” said Granville. But he wouldn’t stop. “I said, looks like we’re walking, Andi.”

9 bruising hours later

“It was literally just a spur of the moment. Just about 50 feet from the finish line I just said to Andi, let me buddy carry you, and I picked her up and we crossed the finish line together, and that was that,” Earl Granville explained...

Despite the pain he was in, he broke into a run for the last few minutes of his marathon. “The energy of Boston, they say Boston Strong, man it’s that energy. It keeps you going. I had tears coming down my face. It was unbelievable,” Granville said, adding that “You just got to keep going, and that’s it.”
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