Firefighter Andrew Klein pulls unconscious dog from burning apartment, gives him CPR to save his life

Firefighter Andrew Klein pulls unconscious dog from burning apartment, gives him CPR to save his life

LOS ANGELES — California firefighters who spent 20 minutes performing mouth-to-snout resuscitation on a dog they rescued from a burning apartment are being hailed as heroes.

The dog’s owner, 35-year-old Crystal Lamirande, had just returned to her Santa Monica apartment Tuesday when a neighbor yelled there was a fire.

Lamirande frantically tried to save her dog, a 10-year-old Bichon Frise/Shih Tzu named Nalu, but the smoke was too thick for her to go inside, she said Thursday.

Moments later firefighters arrived and Lamirande told them her dog was trapped inside.

That’s when firefighter Andrew Klein sprang into action, getting on all fours to search the apartment for Nalu as another firefighter sprayed water to keep the flames at bay. Klein found the unconscious dog a few feet from the fire in a bedroom.

“He was totally lifeless,” Klein said. “I picked him up and ran out of the apartment because time is key, especially with a small dog … Failure was not an option.”

As Lamirande knelt nearby crying, Klein and his crew spent the next 20 minutes working on reviving the dog using oxygen, CPR and what’s known as mouth-to-snout resuscitation.

Video taken by a passerby and posted on Facebook shows Klein and another firefighter patting Nalu’s belly as he starts breathing again with the help of oxygen.

“Alright, bud,” Klein tells the dog as he continues to rub him and encourage him to walk.

Lamirande, a radiology nurse, said she couldn’t believe how much time the firefighters took to save her dog, who she describes as family.

“His eyes were glazed over and he was not breathing and I assumed he was dead,” she said. “The firefighter said ‘I’m a positive person. Let’s just get him back.’”

Lamirande said Nalu spent the next 24 hours recovering in an oxygen chamber and was almost back to his normal self again Thursday.

“He’s been coughing but right now he’s fine and he’s so happy and smiling,” she said.

Klein, a self-described dog lover with two four-legged friends at home, said he felt proud of the outcome.

“He was essentially dead, so to see him kissing people and walking around wagging his tail was definitely a good feeling,” he said.

“He’s very happy, and we’re very happy, too.”

Sensitive Brian Williams waxes poetic about the beauty of Syrian air strike

Sensitive Brian Williams waxes poetic about the beauty of Syrian air strike

For many people with souls of iron or rot, last night’s U.S. military strike against Syrian forces—which Donald Trump authorized in retaliation for the recent, deadly chemical weapons attack that killed more than 70 civilians—was a stilling moment, shaking even the most fervent sabre-rattler with its portent of new war, arriving swift and seemingly without forethought. For these simple-minded creatures, it was just a terrifying reminder of the fraying thread that civilization balances on, now more than ever.But Brian Williams—a man who sees things no one else sees, particularly in the fog of war—stared deeply into that sudden hail of missiles launched at Syrian airfields by U.S battleships, whistling their way toward destruction and certain death for everyone they encountered. And in them, he saw the beauty. As those 60 Tomahawks rained down upon the Levant, Williams’ own soul welled up with poetry, and—with the awed and lyrical grace of W.B Yeats—he shared that poetry with MSNBC viewers, soothing them with his gentle pleas to look at “the beautiful pictures.”“We see these beautiful pictures at night from the decks of these two U.S. Navy vessels in the eastern Mediterranean,” Williams mused over footage of these magnificent missiles heading off to kill someone. Then, realizing that even his own tongue had failed to capture the true grandeur of a bombing that more prosaic minds had clumsily dubbed an “aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international law” and “dangerous,” and which resulted in the deaths of six servicemen and nine civilians—including, Syria claims, four children—Williams turned to the words of the late Leonard Cohen: “I am tempted to quote the great Leonard Cohen: ‘I am guided by the beauty of our weapons.’”Of course, some might quibble with using the quotation from “First We Take Manhattan” on the grounds that Cohen once described it, as The Washington Post reminds, as “a terrorist song,” sardonically looking at the heedless, nihilistic advance of violent extremism. But on the other hand, as Brian Williams reminds, it’s also really pretty-sounding. Sometimes you have to ignore the context and admire the beauty in a single turn of phrase, or the lingering curl of smoke behind an explosive.Unfortunately, there are still some philistines out there who are beyond the reach of poetry or even of the Tomahawk, which can be launched without a pilot from up to 1,500 miles away:The saddest thing here is Brian Williams is probably not lying this time. He likely thinks missile strikes are beautiful.— jeremy scahill (@jeremyscahill) April 7, 2017 “They are beautiful pictures of fearsome armaments making what is for them what is a brief flight over to this airfield,” Williams argued of these mad roman candles burning, burning, burning bright, their wicks extinguished far too quickly by the cruel and unceasing winds of this world, leaving behind only a puddle of wax and “huge material damage” and a bunch of dead children. Oh beauty, how fast you fade! How swift your awesome flicker across the firmament! You come in as rashly as a reversal of foreign policy, roaring like a long-range low-altitude subsonic missile, yet you leave as quietly as the soft stillness following a cluster of munitions incinerating vehicles and buildings! Alas, not even the Bard Williams can capture your grace, though he may try, for some reason. Williams then asked his guest, “What did they hit?” but the guy just started saying some drily conventional things about Syria’s military structures and potential casualties—apparently, not much of a poetry guy. Shame.

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Cannibalism Study Finds People Are Not That Nutritious

Cannibalism Study Finds People Are Not That Nutritious

Note to the prehistoric party planner: One dead mammoth can feed 25 hungry Neanderthals for a month, but cannibalizing a human would provide the crowd with only a third of a day’s calories.

A new look at the nutritional value of human flesh shows that, compared with other Paleolithic prey animals, humans weren’t especially packed with calories for their size.

“When you compare us to other animals, we’re not very nutritional at all,” says study author James Cole of the University of Brighton, who published his work Thursday in Scientific Reports.

According to his estimates, boars and beavers pack about 1,800 calories into each pound of muscle compared with a measly 650 calories from a modern human. That’s about what would be expected based on our overall size and muscularity compared to other animals, he says.

So, Cole asks, if humans aren’t especially valuable in terms of prey, why eat them? After all, unless they are sick or dying, they wouldn’t be easy to hunt.

“You have to get together a hunting party and track these people, and then they aren’t just standing there waiting for you to stab them with a spear,” says Cole.

Instead, Cole argues that perhaps not all ancient cannibalism was for filling bellies; it may have also served various social functions for early humans and their ancestors.

Archaeologists have found evidence of cannibalism in the human family tree at least as far back as 800,000 years. And though cutting and gnawing marks on bones can’t reveal motivations, ancient remains do offer a few clues to how widespread cannibalistic practices were throughout human evolution.

At the Gran Dolina cave site in Spain, for instance, the butchered remains of bison, sheep, and deer were mixed with those of at least 11 humans, all children or adolescents, whose bones showed signs of cannibalism. In addition to marks showing flesh was stripped from the bone, evidence suggests the Gran Dolina residents—an ancient human relative called Homo antecessor—ate their victims’ brains.

The remains were also mixed with those of other animals and had been prepared the same way, leading some anthropologists to suggest that cannibalism at the site might not have been done in a food-stress emergency or as ritual behavior. (Learn more about Gran Dolina in “Human Meat Just Another Meal for Early Europeans?”)

Perhaps human flesh was a common supplement to their diet, or perhaps the youngsters were outsiders, and cannibalism served as an effective “keep out” sign—the bones can’t say for sure.

“I agree with [Cole] that Paleolithic cannibalism was probably more often practiced as a ‘choice’ rather than mere ‘necessity,’” she says. “I think, however, that to find the motivation of the choice is a very difficult matter.”

“The issue is not one of nutrition as an alternative to large game,” says anthropologist Erik Trinkaus of Washington University in St. Louis. “It is an issue of survival when there are no other food sources, members of one’s social group have died, and the surviving members consume the bodies of already-dead people.”

Cole acknowledges there’s only so much we can take from his limited analysis of human nutritional value, which was based on only a few modern humans. And certainly our ancient ancestors weren’t counting calories to make dinner choices.

Perhaps, he says, the real message is that ancient people had more of a mix of motivations for cannibalism than we’ve given them credit for. After all, human cannibalism in recent centuries has many roots, including warfare, survival, spiritual beliefs, and psychosis.

Missing schoolboy who sparked major search operation found ‘under his bed’

Missing schoolboy who sparked major search operation found ‘under his bed’

A nine-year-old schoolboy who “vanished” overnight has turned up safe and well – under his bed. Josh Dinning’s family panicked and feared the worst when they went into his room at their Gateshead home to get him up for school to discover he wasn’t there. His mother Michelle, 49, called the police at 9am on Tuesday morning and the force helicopter and dog section were called out to search from him.

I could hear people looking for me and I thought I had better stay quiet because when they found me I would get shouted and bawled at so I just stayed where I was.

Neighbours also joined in the hunt, checking bushes, outbuildings and gardens and handing out pictures of Josh at local shops. But all the while the youngster was curled up underneath a cabin bed in a room in his room, despite the fact it had already been searched by police officers. Josh had crawled through a tiny gap 1ft by 2ft gap in the bottom of the wooden bed frame and curled up where he hoped he wouldn’t be seen. After a search lasting almost four hours, he was eventually found when police officers went back for a second look. Michelle, a sales assistant and mum of eight, said: “I just couldn’t bring myself to be angry with him, the relief that he was alive and well was just too much. Even the police officer who was leading the search was in tears.”

An initial search of the house had been conducted throughout the morning but the compartment had not been checked by either police or Josh’s family. He has now been reunited with his family and we will be reviewing why he was missed in our initial searches.

Good Samaritan rescues man who fell onto NYC subway tracks seconds before a train arrives. “I did what I had to do.”

Good Samaritan rescues man who fell onto NYC subway tracks seconds before a train arrives. “I did what I had to do.”

A man on his way to work Saturday night took on a job he wasn’t expecting: lifesaver.

According to ABC station WABC-TV, Jonathan Kulig, an engineer for utility company ConEdison, was in the middle of his commute at a New York City subway station when he heard a commotion and soon realized that a man fell onto the subway tracks.

Jumping from the platform at the L train’s Third Avenue Station in Manhattan, Kulig was able to carry the man from the middle of the tracks and usher him to safety.

“The one thing I can completely say that I’m pretty confident about is that if I didn’t pick him up that train would have gotten him,” Kulig said.

He may have been right. An approaching train raced into the station a little more than minute after the rescue.

Texas girl back home after facing rare bacterial infection

Texas girl back home after facing rare bacterial infection

ORANGE COUNTY, Texas — Gean Hammet and his family has experienced a community coming together, most recently while his daughter Raylee spent more than seven weeks at Texas Children’s Hospital with a rare bacteria.

“We’re trying to raise some money to help with the financial burden that we still do you have after going back-and-forth to Houston for her medical appointments plastic surgery and all that good stuff,” said Hammett.

Now the toddler is home and life is back to normal, except for the stack of medical bills the family now faces as a result of 30 nights stay in intensive care, 50 nights total.

Patricia, Raylee’s mom, spoke about the overwhelming support her family has received lately. “Yeah we’re so grateful and blessed so I tell people we’re just so blessed to be able to bring her daughter home with all the prayers she really is a miracle,” she said.

This weekend the family is hosting a ragball tournament this in Bridge City. Games start at 9a.m. Sunday morning at the Bridge City Little League fields. It will cost $125 to enter a team into the tournament.

If you recall, back in February the community rallied for Raylee by donating more than 400 pounds of aluminum tabs in her name to help out the Ronald McDonald House, a facility that supported the Hammet’s for nearly two months while their daughter was in the hospital.

“It made it easier on us less of a financial burden,” said Gean.

Now they’re asking teams to step up to the plate to help put a dent into thousands of dollars in medical bills.

“The outreach of prayers and support was amazing we never expected to have so much love and help in prayer from the community,” he said.

If you want to sign up, call 409-221-7319 and register your team. So far there are nearly a dozen teams in the field.

Doctors Perform Heart Surgery On Baby Still Inside Womb To Remove Tumor

Doctors Perform Heart Surgery On Baby Still Inside Womb To Remove Tumor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is world-renowned for its fetal surgery in which an operation is performed on a baby still inside the womb.

Recently, in yet another historic procedure, CHOP doctors undertook a risky and delicate operation on a tiny fetal heart.

Health reporter Stephanie Stahl has the exclusive story of what it took to save an unborn baby named Juan.

After some setbacks, an excited family who learned they were finally going home to South America said goodbye to the team that saved their baby.

Baby Juan and his parents, Cecilia Cella and Pablo Paladino, are headed back to Uruguay where the infant has become a celebrity.

“We receive calls, messages from people we don’t know,” said Pablo Paladino.

Since October, the family has been camped out at CHOP where doctors saved little Juan’s life with an intervention that is largely unheard of in many places.

“It was a hard time, crazy time, but we are extremely happy how everything was solved,” said Paladino.

When Cella was five months pregnant, a routine ultrasound showed a mass on the baby’s heart.

Their doctor in Uruguay sent the images to his friend, Dr. Jack Rychik, who is the director of the Fetal Heart Program at CHOP.

“The minute I saw this I recognized there was a giant tumor sitting on the heart,” said Rychik.

It was a rare pericardial teratoma and the only hope was fetal surgery where doctors would operate on the baby Juan’s heart inside the womb.

“We never heard this before,” said Paladino.

“I started laughing, like what, they do that,” said Cella.

The family raced to Philadelphia because CHOP is the only place where the risky fetal heart operation has been done successfully on just one other occasion.

“We’re operating on two patients here with the single intent,” said Rychik. “Our goal is to get to the tumor and resect the tumor but we also have mother and baby.”

Juan is now the second baby to survive the fetal surgery.

The procedure was performed when his mother was 21 weeks pregnant with the baby.

“His heart at the time of surgery was the size of a peanut. The size of the tumor was three-times the size of the heart,” explained Rychik. “Had we waited an additional day, we probably would have been too late.”

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After the fetal surgery, the pregnancy continued as the family waited in Philadelphia.

At 31 weeks, Juan was born on Dec. 11, but the tumor had grown back so there was a second heart surgery.

“There were a lot of chances the baby was going to die,” said Paladino.

And now, with a big scar on his chest, Juan is 3 months old and healthy.

However, his prognosis is unknown.

“There are no other human beings alive today who have had fetal surgery for this removal of this type of tumor that are 30, 40, 50, 60 years old. We could then say what the prognosis is going to be,” says Dr. Rychik.

But for Cella and Paladino, at least their son has a chance after the fetal surgery that still has their heads spinning.

“Crazy, unbelievable, I look at him, I can’t believe what they did here,” said Cella. “It’s awesome.”

“We are grateful that we came here,” added Paladino. “The doctors are amazing.”

The family is now back home in Uruguay where little Juan continues to thrive.

The tumor that was on his heart was benign.

It’s unknown as to what causes this type of tumor, but it is usually a fatal condition.

SoCal high school baseball player Ruben Marin was shot in the leg while walking home from a party. He thought he would never play ball again, but thanks to perseverance, hard work and a prosthetic leg, he is back on the field. ⚾️

SoCal high school baseball player Ruben Marin was shot in the leg while walking home from a party. He thought he would never play ball again, but thanks to perseverance, hard work and a prosthetic leg, he is back on the field. ⚾️

A Narbonne High School baseball player thought he would never play again after losing his leg from a gunshot wound, but thanks to perseverance, hard work and a prosthetic leg, he is back on the field.Senior Ruben Marin was shot in the leg while walking home from a graduation party.”I tried to get up, that’s when I felt the pain,” Ruben recalled. “When I tried to get up, my whole leg just collapsed.”As he recovered in the hospital, Ruben was convinced his baseball days were over until Paralympian Rudy Garcia Tolson dropped by.”He was walking with both legs amputated, with five gold medals on his neck, and I was like, ‘Dang, that’s pretty dope,'” Ruben said. “Right then and there I told myself I’m going to play baseball again.”Just a year and half later he proved himself right.”This is a message to people that are down there, ‘Pick yourself up whenever you have the motivation,'” Ruben said. “Nothing’s going to stop us. Nothing.”Narbonne high school varsity coach Bill Dillon said since the shooting Ruben’s grades were up as was his dedication.”He’s turned this into a life changer for himself in a great way,” Dillon shared.The coach said Ruben was no charity case as he is a starting pitcher.”That’s all about just his character, his heart,” Dillon said. “He’s making contributions to this team, he has his first varsity win for the season. It says a lot about him.”Baseball is a dream Ruben hopes to continue on a college level.”This feels amazing, just to be able to be alive and just playing baseball,” Ruben said. “This is something I love and I never take for granted.”

A Mom Woke up from coma after seven-year to meet her daughter for the first time

A Mom Woke up from coma after seven-year to meet her daughter for the first time

Love is the biggest force that can work wonders and when we talk about a mother and its child relation, then it becomes even more true.So is the story of Meriza and her mother Denijela. Denijela who went in coma in 2009 after giving birth to her lovely daughter

Meriza without knowing about this happiest moment for any women. She remained in coma for 7 years and doctors gave up any hope of her recovery and even advised Denijela’s father George to donate her organs but George refused saying that Meriza has full confidence of her mother’s recovery.

Meriza who lived with George used to go with him to the hospital to meet her mother. For last two years she had been going to the hospital every single day to look after her mother. Before going to school, she goes to the hospital where she combs her mother’s hairs and make up her to beautify her.

And then says “you are looking very beautiful, just like me”. After coming from school, she takes her lunch and does her homework in hospital. She used to get scolded of being late to the school, she used to cry but never stopped going there.

Once George asked ” why are you doing this?” she replied now I am doing this, after getting well she will do this for me. And her firm believe resulted a miracle when Denijela after her 7 years long illness recovered.

This surprised all including doctors who believed in no chances of her recovery. Meriza went to meet her mother, held her hand and said “My name is Meriza. I am your daughter. You were ill and sleeping all the time, that is why you did’nt know this but I used to come here daily to meet you and would wait for your recovery so that we can take you back at home.

Now that she has recovered but this illness has made her very weak even unable to walk without any support. But Meriza tells her mother that i also used not to walk by myself but George taught me, so you will learn it too, I will make you walk.

This story proves the force of love that worked wonders and brought a miracle out of nowhere.