Pregnancy is highly rewarding for many couples who long to be parents.But even with the help of modern medicine, it is still a journey fraught with many possible mishaps.
Having miscarriages and stillborn fetuses, while not talked about, is still an issue many would-be future parents have to contend with.
On top of that, the survival rate of newborn babies is still an issue.Yes, while modern medicine has progressed to the point this is no longer a problem that is first and foremost in your mind, cases still happen.
This is especially so with premature babies, who have a much harder time surviving outside the womb.
Bearing all that in mind, it is no wonder that a successful childbirth – especially a difficult one – is still considered a miraculous event.
In the case of this Spanish woman, she can be considered especially lucky on multiple different standpoints.
Firstly, she had given birth to triplets!Their rarity and their survival is a feat in and of itself, given just how difficult a triplet birth can be.
Secondly, and most importantly, her children are one of the few very rare examples of an incredibly unusual birthing case – an ‘en-caul’ birth.
For those of you who are more familiar with folklore and superstition, you may already know what a caul birth is.
Essentially, a caul birth is when the child is born with part of the amniotic sac still attached to the baby in the form of a membrane covering the entirety of the head.
Sometimes, it can reach down all the way to the torso. Babies born in such a condition are usually believed to have supernatural powers.
A caul birth, however, should not be confused with an en-caul birth.This is because the amniotic sac is completely intact, with the child fully enveloped by it.
As you can imagine, this is an incredibly rare phenomenon – in fact, it only happens in 1 out of 80,000 births.
To what must be the extreme pleasure of this mother, two out of three of her triplets were delivered en caul!
Thanks to Dr. Rodrigo da Rosa Filho, who had decided to film this birth, this special event has been captured on camera for future records and our viewing pleasure!
The feature of this film is Adeline, who was still in her amniotic sac when delivered.
This is considered a good thing in the case of premature babies, as the sac is believed by experts to be a great source of protection for the newborn baby during its mother’s contractions.
Plus, this baby is still essentially in the womb – it is very safe in there!
Đoạn video được đăng trên trang cá nhân của bác sĩ Rodrigo da Rosa Filho ghi lại khoảnh khắc bé đã chào đời nhưng không vỡ ối như bình thường mà vẫn nằm trọn vẹn trong túi ối có thể nói là sự kì diệu và hiếm thấy trong y khoa.Video cho thấy bé vẫn ngủ ngon lành chẳng khác gì khi còn trong bụng mẹ mặc cho các bác sĩ xoa lưng, gãi chân gãi tai bé ngay bên ngoài màng ối để đánh thức.Thật đáng yêu các mẹ nhỉ!
He was a little uneasy about asking for help this way, but if he didn’t get the sick days required, he would have to go back to work on the 6th of August and would not be able to apply for the leave he needed.
Alongside a selfie that he took in his hospital room, Robert posted the call for other teachers, asking if there were any who would be willing to transfer some of their own sick days to him.
He explained that he’d already used all of the 38 days he had left this year – the remainder from when he’d been sick a few years back and used up two weeks – and needed 20 more so he could recover after a 12-week battle through chemotherapy.
He ended his post by telling them who they could email to donate their sick days to, and thanked everyone for providing him with support should they choose to help him out.
He wasn’t sure if anyone would be willing, but then he was overwhelmed by support and compassion from colleagues all around Palm Beach County!
Within four days, Robert had more than enough sick days to take his time off to recover!
It wasn’t just teachers who helped, either – lunchroom staff, classroom assistants, administrative staff, and all types of faculty members in the county came together in an outpouring of love and kindness.
Robert ended up with a spare 75 sick days collected in total, and he was so grateful – but surprisingly, not particularly shocked by the compassion of his colleagues.
Robert said that he was shocked at how quickly it happened, but he’d seen how teachers were always happy to give and help others.
He himself had been a part of and witnessed the assistance provided to other teachers in the past, and he was happy that, for him, they stepped up, too.
Robert posted another picture with a new post shortly after to thank everyone for their sick days and even just for their kind, encouraging words.
In fact, he revealed that Channel 5 contacted him to run a story all about the incredible love and compassion that he’d been given.
It’s truly amazing and touching to see people banding together for a good cause, to provide for someone in need!
A romance that began with a simple blind date, many decades ago, blossomed into a true love story for the ages.
Preble Staver and Isabell Whitney, both born in October 1921, met while studying in Philadelphia.
They were paired up on a blind date and hit it off.Their romance began to blossom from there.
Then World War II began, and the United States became a participant.
Both of them longed to serve their country, so they temporarily parted ways.
Preble signed up to be a Marine and eventually received a Bronze Star for his service.Isabell, on the other hand, went to Maryland to serve as a Navy nurse.
The war ended on the 2nd of September in 1945, and the pair were finally reunited.They tied the knot mere months later on the 15th of February, in 1946.
Their marriage would go on to last more than 70 years, and they would share many moments, both good and bad, together.
According to Laurie Staver Clinton, who is 63 years old and one of five kids that the couple had, her parents were bright lights in their lives and their union left a strong, meaningful mark on every single one of their children.
Laurie speaks well of Preble, calling him a man with an outgoing personality that was larger than life, and she speaks similarly of Isabell, saying that she was a woman of heart who taught her to be compassionate and good.
The entire family enjoyed many years of happiness and love, but not without enduring their share of hardships.
Preble’s new job after the end of the war was as a banker and lobbyist, which resulted in him and his family regularly moving all over America.
They moved to Virginia, Florida, and South Carolina, as well as many other locations.
Then, in 1975, tragedy struck.
Peter, one of the couple’s children, passed away during the final football game during his senior year of high school.
According to Laurie, Peter’s passing truly took a toll on both Preble and Isabell, yet it also managed to bring them closer together.
From then on, Laurie said that a softer side of her father began to emerge, and he and his wife worked hard to support each other and lift each other up, despite the pain they endured.
The years went on, and then Isabell began to exhibit dementia symptoms.
After much discussion, both Preble and Isabell decided to move them both into a Norfolk long-term care facility in Virginia.
This life change occurred in 2013, and it was an incredibly difficult one for Preble to bear.
Preble could do nothing but look on as his wife’s health dipped further and her dementia worsened, and he had to deal with the stress of the new living environment.
On top of that, the spouses had no choice but to sleep in different rooms, even though they lived in the same home.
But Preble would do everything he could to find ways to be by his wife’s side.
Even when he began having to use a wheelchair, he would bring himself over to the facility’s Memory Care Unit to visit Isabell.
Every time they saw each other, they would reach out their arms and hold each other’s hands, saying how much they loved each other.
Then came Preble’s 96th birthday.Just before that, he made a wish: to be able to nap next to his wife one last time.
The staff agreed, and they were able to share one room and take a nap in the comfort of each other’s company.
For almost 3 hours, they lay in silence, held hands, and drifted off to sleep.
A few days later, on the 25th of October in 2017, Isabell passed away.
Laurie managed to get to the home in time to bring Preble over to say his goodbyes.
14 hours later, Preble passed away, following his wife.
After 71 years together, the two left the world on the same day, leaving behind the beautiful tale of their true, undying love.
[sociallocker id=”16351″]From 1981 to 1997 SSGT Lyndon Burl Badgett served our country in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve. Now, a funeral home in Clarksville, Tennessee is calling upon the country to honor the man who served 16 years in the armed forces.
According to the Patriot Guard, Badgett died while in a nursing home in Clarksville, but beyond that very little is known about the man, though he received many awards including the NCO Professional Military Education Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and Kuwait Liberation Medal.
After he died, Gateway Funeral Home and Cremation Center searched for any known relatives or friends, but they were unsuccessful. They decided to take charge of funeral arrangements for the Air Force veteran.
“Funeral Directors witness many sad occasions as they serve families in their time of grief,” the funeral home wrote on Facebook. “Among those sad situations are those people who have no family or friends.”
The funeral home announced Badgett will receive full military honors, and the Air Force and Patriot Guard will be in attendance. They also stated they will cover the cost of the funeral for the veteran.
Services for Mr. Lyndon Badgett:Middle TN State Veterans Cemetery 7931 McCrory Ln, Nashville, TN 3722111:00…
Photographer Crystal Barbee’s photographs of Asher wearing a blue denim shirt and bow tie were an instant success.
Meagan wrote a message to the company that turned down her son:
“Let’s make a difference – share so they see Asher!
“This handsome boy is ready to show the world what Changing the Face of Beauty is really about.”
At time of writing, Asher’s photos have been liked over 100,000 times on Facebook.
“We are working with Changing the Face of Beauty organization and trying to get Oshkosh to use him in their advertisements,” Meagan wrote in the post, stressing that it was an agency, not the clothing company, that had turned down her son.
Please share this article on Facebook if you also think that Asher’s a very handsome boy who would make a great model for any kid’s clothing company![/sociallocker]
We can only imagine how interesting it would be to teach young children. Many teachers complain about their jobs and sometimes, it is for good reason. But, at the end of the day, they may also have some rather delightful stories to tell. If you have ever had to deal with fifth-grade students, you realize that they can throw a curveball at you every once in a while.
One of these students threw a curveball at the teacher and the Internet is laughing out loud. The teacher gave her fifth grade class an assignment. Get their parents to tell them a story with a moral at the end of it. The next day, the kids came back and, one by one, began to tell their stories.
Susie said “We live on a farm and I was collecting eggs from the hen house one day. I gathered the eggs and put them in my basket and set off running toward the house. While running I tripped over a rock and smashed all of the eggs.”
“So what’s the moral of the story Susie?” Asked the teacher.
“Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket,” said Susie.
Next it was Billy’s turn to go.
“We also live on a farm,” said Billy. “We have incubators to help our eggs hatch. One night there was a thunderstorm and lightning knocked out the power to the incubators.”
“So what’s the moral of that story Billy?” Asked the teacher.
“Don’t count your chickens before they hatch,” said Billy.
The teacher turned to Janie. “Janie, do you have a story to share?’
“Yes ma’am. My daddy told me a story about my Mommy. She was a Marine pilot in Desert Storm, and her plane got hit. She had to bail out over enemy territory, and all she had was a flask of whiskey, a pistol, and a survival knife.
She drank the whiskey on the way down so the bottle wouldn’t break, and then her parachute landed her right in the middle of 20 Iraqi troops. She shot 15 of them with the pistol, until she ran out of bullets, killed four more with the knife, till the blade broke, and then she killed the last Iraqi with her bare hands.
“Good Heavens,’ said the horrified teacher. ‘What did your Daddy tell you was the moral to this horrible story?”
“He said don’t mess with Mommy when she’s been drinking.”
Many healthy or unhealthy eating habits start when we’re children. What we enjoyed eating and what we were fed in our younger years forms our food habits as we grow older.
Although it has been a big focus in the past recent years, some schools where lunches and breakfasts are provided, they aren’t always the healthiest options and many parents still choose to pack their own kids’ lunches.
Growing up, I always took a packed lunch to school but looked on with envy at the kids eating fries and chocolate treats from the cafeteria. Looking back on that today, I’m glad my mother insisted on making all our food. I am the same way with my son today.
Recently in schools in both Canada and America, parents complained after staff took the push for healthy eating a little too far.
In Durham, Ontario a healthy eating initiative was introduced in schools where children were not only served healthy lunches but were also encouraged to bring healthy food from home.
But on one instance, a child was left very upset after his homemade slice of banana bread was taken away from him at school and thrown away by his teacher.
School staff gave an explanation following the upsetting incident: the homemade banana bread contained chocolate chips.
The 4-year-old boy was, of course, left upset and confused.
When he went home later that day, he told his mom what happened and she complained to the school principal.
Mom of two Elaina Daoust said she was infuriated that her young son’s food had been thrown out and the boy was left instead to eat only the grapes out of his lunch box.
“He came home with a chart (listing healthy snack ideas) and told me he and the teacher talked about it and healthy choices. She also sent a note to me. I was really, really, really mad for several reasons,” Elaina told The Star.
More than 30 parents have also revealed that their child has had food taken from them.
A few of the discarded items have been juice boxes, Goldfish crackers, fruit snacks, granola bars, chocolate milk, and string cheese.
Durham Catholic District School Board responded saying lessons on healthy eating are part of the school’s curriculum.
“THERE IS NOWHERE IN OUR POLICY OR PROCEDURES THAT SAYS OUR STAFF IS ALLOWED TO TAKE FOOD AWAY FROM A STUDENT,” SAYS JAMES MACKINNON, A TEACHING AND LEARNING CONSULTANT WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD.
Welcoming one new child into the world is an exciting milestone enough – but what about welcoming multiple? Twins, perhaps? Or triplets?
Well, for Alexandra and Antonin Kinova from the Czech Republic, the number went beyond that!
When the Kinovas first found out they were expecting, they weren’t too surprised when their doctor revealed that they would be having twins.
After all, both Alexandra and Antonin have a long family history of twins, so the fact that they’d be continuing the tradition was not something that hadn’t already partially mentally prepared for.
But as they got ready to welcome two babies into their loving family home, their doctor called them again and asked them to return for a re-diagnosis.
Having just returned from being told they were going to have twins, the Kinovas were understandably quite surprised that they needed another check-up so soon.
The doctor ran the usual tests and came back with incredible news. The ultrasound showed that there weren’t actually twins in Alexandra’s womb.
At least, not twins, but quadruplets instead! The news was so surprising for the couple and they were overjoyed.
It was a true miracle, as it estimated that a mere 1 in 571,787 pregnancies results in the spontaneous conception of quadruplets.
But the surprises weren’t over yet. One month later, Alexandra went for a routine ultrasound which ended in a rush of shock. The ultrasound showed that there weren’t just four babies, but five!
Upon finding out about this, Alexandra began to cry. She was so overcome by emotion and although she knew it would be a challenge, she was determined to breastfeed them all and care for them as needed.
Of course, this is even more of a miracle because the odds of a spontaneous conception of quintuplets are approximately 1 in 60 million.
Then, the day came for Alexandra to deliver her babies. The hospital doubled their usual delivery staff, bringing the total number of attending doctors, midwives, and other staff members to almost 40 people.
Often, multiple births can be fraught with complications, but not for Alexandra. Her labor and delivery went smoothly and without a single hitch!
Alexandra and Antonin welcomed 1 baby girl and 4 baby boys into their family. Their names are Alex, Deniel, Martin, Michael, and of course Tereza, the only girl.
All babies were perfectly healthy upon delivery and Alexandra herself was doing very well post delivery – a sure sign that this is nothing short of a true miracle of life.
Multiple births aren’t particularly common in the Czech Republic. Quintuplets are born in the country only once every 480 years approximately.
As if we needed any more proof that this couple and their lovely little ones are just full of miraculous energy!
We expect that these new parents will have their hands very full for a while, and we wish them the best of luck as they embark on a new chapter of their lives together.
It’s an exciting and challenging time, but something tells us that the Kinovas are more than capable of taking it on.
A plumber is being hailed a hero after it emerged he fixes pipes and boilers for vulnerable customers without charging them any money
As per Metro, 52-year-old James Anderson has helped thousands of people in need since he closed his private business and created a not-for-profit company, named Depher, instead…
But it was one particular act of compassion that stole the hearts of people around the world. A bill was posted online for services rendered at the home of a 91-year-old woman with acute-leukaemia. It transpired James had charged her a sum total of … nothing.
The 110-year-old Brooks served initially as a servant to three white officers within the 91st Engineer Battalion, stationed in New Guinea and then the Philippines. His duties included cleaning their sheets and uniforms, as well as shining their shoes.
He was recently honored at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, and now holds the distinction of being America’s oldest living WWII veteran. The title had previously been held by Mr. Richard Overton, though he sadly passed away at the age of 112.
As it happens, the National World War II museum has been celebrating Brooks’ birthdays since he turned 105 back in 2014.
Speaking on their relationship with the former soldier, the museum’s vice president, Peter Crean, said: “We absolutely love Mr. Brooks. We’ve told him, ‘As long as you keep having birthdays, we are going to keep having birthday parties for you here.’ We consider him ‘our veteran.’”
ICYMI: Lawrence Brooks, considered to be the nation's oldest living World War II veteran, was serenaded and showered with kisses during a celebration at the National World War II Museum. https://t.co/YmOMqjd1DW