Monthly Archives: January 2017

Pope Francis after inoperable tumor diagnosis dies

The 7-year-old girl who wished to meet Pope Francis after she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor died on Monday, her family said in a Facebook post. Philomena Stendardo, of Pennsylvania, received her diagnosis in September after her father noticed her acting odd during soccer practice, Fox 29 reported.

Shortly after, her family started updating supporters with the hashtags #PrayforPhil and #StormTheHeavens, and she was contacted by the Make A Wish Foundation. Philomena asked if she could meet Pope Francis, which was made possible in November.

“Philomena’s purpose was, and always will be, to bring people back to our Lord, WHERE WE ALL BELONG!!” a July 24 post said, in part. “Don’t you DARE turn your back on him now. Doing so would break Philomena’s heart. Saint Philomena of Port Richmond is now with the only person who loves her more than Mark and I do. The smile on her face when she went home, and the glow around her, told us all how happy she is.”

A Marine veteran and his bomb-turned-service dog are in the midst of completing their final mission together, after a veterinarian told Cpl. Jeff DeYoung that his trusted pooch has just weeks left to live.

DeYoung and Cena were first introduced after a personality test paired them together in 2009. They deployed to Afghanistan together where they were charged with walking in front of infantry units to patrol the area for improvised explosive devices (IEDs), Fox 17 reported. While DeYoung retired in 2013, Cena completed two more tours with different handlers, but they reunited in 2014.

MAN GETS MASSIVE KELOIDS REMOVED FROM NECK IN LIFE-CHANGING SURGERY

DeYoung adopted Cena, who became his service dog after he started suffering from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, Fox 17 reported.

“I started noticing that going out in public was easier, less anxious, I could do more things when I had him once again by my side,” DeYoung told the news outlet.

But last week, DeYoung noticed Cena was having trouble putting weight on his back leg, which doctors eventually diagnosed as bone cancer.

“To be frank, I hid under the desk in the vet’s office, I threw my phone against the wall and the vet had to leave the room until I could compose myself,” DeYoung told Fox 17.

5-YEAR-OLD HEART TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT WHOSE BASEBALL FANDOM WENT VIRAL DIES

With just weeks left together, DeYoung is determined to make lasting memories with his loyal pooch. He’s currently in search of a Jeep Wrangler to borrow so the pair could enjoy a ride with the top down. He’s also hoping for a hand salute as Cena makes his way into the vet’s office on his final day. A GoFundMe page to help cover the cost of a headstone was started in his honor, and DeYoung is hoping to secure a burial plot at the war dog memorial in Lyons, Michigan.

“We walked in front of the group that we served with and everything that they faced, we faced first,” DeYoung said of his time overseas with Cena. “Overseas it was me and him against the world.”

Flesh eating bacteria through blisters while hiking

A Florida man said he has a “new appreciation of life” after he nearly died when he contracted a flesh-eating bacteria through blisters while hiking in New Hampshire.

Wayne Atkins, 32, told WSVN on Thursday he went hiking on June 4 in New Hampshire during a family wedding celebration.

“I get blisters all the time, so I didn’t think anything of it,” Atkins told the news station.

He kept hiking and felt fine afterward despite the blisters. But he started feeling sick when he returned to Miami, according to WSVN. He went to the hospital, where doctors discovered the flesh-eating bacteria devouring his internal organs.

“Pretty much every organ in his body was not functioning,” Dr. Jonathan Auerbach told WSVN. “So the bacteria tracks up the body, digesting the body as it goes.”

Auerbach added that the infection could be deadly if it isn’t treated properly. Doctors believe the bacteria entered Atkins’ body through the blisters.

WOMAN CONTRACTS FLESH-EATING BACTERIA WHILE FISHING OFF ALABAMA COAST

Atkins was in a coma as doctors worked to stop the flesh-eating bacteria from causing more damage. Antibiotics and surgery successfully removed it in Atkins.

“I definitely have a new appreciation of life after going through this experience, ’cause it’s scary to know that I was so close to death,” Atkins said.

“I don’t think I’ll ever want to play the Lotto again, if that’s what hitting the jackpot feels like,” he added.

Bucket list for service dogs final weeks

A Marine veteran and his bomb-turned-service dog are in the midst of completing their final mission together, after a veterinarian told Cpl. Jeff DeYoung that his trusted pooch has just weeks left to live.

DeYoung and Cena were first introduced after a personality test paired them together in 2009. They deployed to Afghanistan together where they were charged with walking in front of infantry units to patrol the area for improvised explosive devices (IEDs), Fox 17 reported. While DeYoung retired in 2013, Cena completed two more tours with different handlers, but they reunited in 2014.

DeYoung adopted Cena, who became his service dog after he started suffering from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, Fox 17 reported.

“I started noticing that going out in public was easier, less anxious, I could do more things when I had him once again by my side,” DeYoung told the news outlet.

But last week, DeYoung noticed Cena was having trouble putting weight on his back leg, which doctors eventually diagnosed as bone cancer.

“To be frank, I hid under the desk in the vet’s office, I threw my phone against the wall and the vet had to leave the room until I could compose myself,” DeYoung told Fox 17.

 

Dog’s final weeks

A Marine veteran and his bomb-turned-service dog are in the midst of completing their final mission together, after a veterinarian told Cpl. Jeff DeYoung that his trusted pooch has just weeks left to live.

DeYoung and Cena were first introduced after a personality test paired them together in 2009. They deployed to Afghanistan together where they were charged with walking in front of infantry units to patrol the area for improvised explosive devices (IEDs), Fox 17 reported. While DeYoung retired in 2013, Cena completed two more tours with different handlers, but they reunited in 2014.

MAN GETS MASSIVE KELOIDS REMOVED FROM NECK IN LIFE-CHANGING SURGERY

DeYoung adopted Cena, who became his service dog after he started suffering from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, Fox 17 reported.

“I started noticing that going out in public was easier, less anxious, I could do more things when I had him once again by my side,” DeYoung told the news outlet.

But last week, DeYoung noticed Cena was having trouble putting weight on his back leg, which doctors eventually diagnosed as bone cancer.

“To be frank, I hid under the desk in the vet’s office, I threw my phone against the wall and the vet had to leave the room until I could compose myself,” DeYoung told Fox 17.

5-YEAR-OLD HEART TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT WHOSE BASEBALL FANDOM WENT VIRAL DIES

With just weeks left together, DeYoung is determined to make lasting memories with his loyal pooch. He’s currently in search of a Jeep Wrangler to borrow so the pair could enjoy a ride with the top down. He’s also hoping for a hand salute as Cena makes his way into the vet’s office on his final day. A GoFundMe page to help cover the cost of a headstone was started in his honor, and DeYoung is hoping to secure a burial plot at the war dog memorial in Lyons, Michigan.

“We walked in front of the group that we served with and everything that they faced, we faced first,” DeYoung said of his time overseas with Cena. “Overseas it was me and him against the world.”