Definitely has the feel good factor. Jules
Here is a wonderful story that I found very moving, Brian.
2-Year-Old Makes Miraculous Recovery After Parents Turn Off Life Support
April 3, 2018
A two-year-old boy with lung cancer woke up from a coma moments after his parents agreed to turn off his life support.
On Christmas Day 2015, Dylan Askin was rushed to Derby Royal Hospital in England with breathing problems and was found to have a collapsed lung. Further tests revealed his lungs were covered in cysts.
Dylan was diagnosed with the extremely rare pulmonary Langerhans cell histiocytosis (PLCH).
Two years later, Dylan's outlook was looking bleak. His lungs were barely functioning. The doctors, in agreement with Dylan's parents, started to withdraw his life support.
"On Good Friday they told us things were looking bleak and that we weren't going to get him back," Dylan's mom Kerry Askin said. "All the settings on all the machines were at their highest and he was still struggling. We had him christened, all his family came from all over to say goodbye, including his big brother."
But as medics withdrew his medication and began to sedate him, the boy's heart rate dropped to normal levels.
"We just said stop, there is still fight in him," Kerry said.
Dylan's oxygen levels started to improve. He was awake and began to regain his strength. On Easter Sunday, Dylan was deemed stable enough to return home.
"Dylan was our Easter miracle," Kerry said. "When we told our eldest son, he said 'he's like *****'."
Hi Jules, Haz, Brian how are you guys. Just wanted to check in and say hello. Trust the weather is warming up and that you guys are in good health. All good this end and latest check ups all good. I so look forward to the posts and the good feeling stories on this board.
Take care everyone and see you guys on the board soon.
Thanks Jules and Ian
Young Mom 'Overwhelmed By People's Kindness' After Donations Pour In For Life-Saving Surgery
April 12, 2018
A young mother hoping to undergo life-saving surgery says she is completely overwhelmed by the public's response to an appeal for help.
Zondra Meaney, 33, from Ireland is trying to raise $120,000 to undergo urgent brain and neurosurgery in Barcelona for the side-effects of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS).
EDS, a group of inherited disorders that mostly affect the skin, joints, and blood vessels, has caused Meaney a host of secondary disorders including Chiari Malformation, Pots, and Gastropaerisis.
She has been told that this surgery is urgent as her "condition is so advanced."
Meaney's story was published in the Irish news website Independent.ie on Wednesday, and within 24 hours, more than half of the $120,000 has been raised by donations on ********.
"The donations have been just amazing," Meaney said. "We are totally overwhelmed by people's kindness and generosity."
Meaney and her mother, Dorothy, wept when they realized she now had a fighting chance.
"I want to help raise Carrick - to be around to see him grow up," she said. I think it is what every mother wants for their child - just to be around for them. He is such a wonderful, brave boy and I want to be there for him."
Hi Ian, sorry for delayed reply; have been away for a few days and ticked another of my boxes by taking a coach trip abroad as a solo traveller.
Delighted to read that your latest check up was a good one. Long may that continue. The good news stories are indeed a pleasure to read. Take care. Jules
Dear Jules, Great to get you message and like you hope they reach there dreams. With the generousity in the world today Im sure they will.
Glad you gave another tick to the list. Keep doing it wont you.
Brian just keeps finding these great news stories and Im so glad he does. Trust the weather is warming up in your part of the world and lets enjoy everyday we can.
Thankfully the temperature is slowly rising this week and we are even promised a few days in the mid twenties (above average for Middlesex, England at this time of year). Hope on my non work days to finally spend a bit of time in the garden. Definitely need to make the best of those good days and sunshine always helps lift the spirits, along with the appearance of spring bulbs and nesting birds. Have a great week. Jules
Good afternoon folks,
Thanks Jules and Ian
Here is another great story, Brian.
More Than 60 Volunteers Help A Homeless Veteran Move Into His Childhood Home
April 18, 2018
A homeless veteran in Indianapolis is moving into his childhood home, thanks to hard work of local volunteers.
U.S. Air Force veteran Michael Malone inherited his childhood home from his mother after she died, but the house was in desperate need of repairs. He didn't have a way to pay for them and wound up living in a facility for homeless veterans.
More than 60 volunteers with the Home Depot Foundation and the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation have been fixing up the home so that Malone "can move back in and get going again."
Volunteers plan to wrap up renovations this week and then purchase Malone new furniture.
Malone said he feels blessed and is grateful for the overwhelming support from the community.
"This just blows me away that there are people that are really truly that kind," Malone told FOX 59. "It absolutely restores my view of humanity."
This rung bells with me as a friend of mine's wife was in hospital recently and the staff didnt have time to feed her, Brian.
Brazilian Fast Food Employee Hand Feeds Man With Disabilities
April 11, 2018
A woman filmed a fast food employee in in Salvador, Brazil, feeding a customer with a "disability of the arms and leg."
"Today I was taken by emotion with tears in my eyes, seeing this scene at the north mall food square," Laurinha Victoria wrote in her post.
"I came to him and said, what a beautiful gesture you are having... God bless you."
This is lovely and is somethng we see a lot of locally. We have a local mental health centre and the helpers/carers/volunteers take the those attending into our local eateries and often both they and members of the public can be seen offering that helping hand. A gentle and caring hand that costs only your time and lots of patience. So often seen but not heard. Thanks for sharing Brian. Jules
Local Business Donates $300,000 To City Of Vancouver To Build New Homeless Center
April 18, 2018
A commercial real estate developer in Vancouver, WA., has donated $300,000 to the city for a new homeless facility.
The City of Vancouver announced the donation from The CE John Company, Inc. on Tuesday as they begin space planning work for the new day center.
"This project grabbed our chairman Jim John's attention and we, as a Board of Directors, prompted by Jim's urging, felt it was time for a local business to step up to the plate and begin to combat the ever-increasing homelessness epidemic affecting our community," said Mark Osborne, managing partner of CE John Company.
The new center will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will serve an average of 74 people per day, KATU News reports.
The facility will provide the homeless with restrooms, showers and laundry, storage for personal belongings, mail, phone charging stations and clothing, plus mental health counseling, case management, job search assistance, transportation assistance, limited food service, and more.
The city expects construction will be completed this summer.