When Jess Hamm, a nurse at a Florida hospital, arrived to her shift, she had no idea she would be meeting one of her future daughters.
She saw Delilah getting wheeled in the pediatric intensive care unit while she was on duty and immediately got involved in her case.
Delilah and her sister, Caroline were admitted to Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, after being severely physically abused. They were 14 months old at the time. Delilah had broken bones and a skull fracture she was also severely malnourished. The trauma she suffered was so severe that she couldn’t even sit up and hold her bottle.
Jess said she immediately fell in love with her when she looked as if she was lifeless, but she was still holding onto Jess’s finger. “I was like oh my gosh, I’m going to take her home,” Jess told Action News Jax.
Jess soon found out that Delilah had a sister who was also in the same hospital. She then decided to adopt them both.
Jess went ahead and filed for adoption. Soon enough, she brought her new daughters home.
On February 21, the world lost the incomparable Reverend Billy Graham. At 99 years old, the Christian minister had changed the lives of millions of people, teaching them the ways of the Lord. Graham had been ill and withdrawn from the public eye for many years now. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1992, and hospitalized for pneumonia in 2011.
Graham died of natural causes, according to Ted Shearer of DeMoss Associates, at his mountaintop cabin in North Carolina.
Preaching from the age 16, Graham devoted his life to bring others the news he knew to be true. It is believed that he preached to more than 210 million people in 185 countries, which doesn’t include magazines, radio shows, television broadcasts, and internet readings.
One of the people who was touched by Graham was TODAY host Kathie Lee Gifford.
“My whole family came to faith through the Billy Graham Organization,” Gifford told Megyn Kelly. “And I personally did, going to the first movie the Billy Graham Organization ever put out, it was called The Restless Ones. And it was like God met me, my heart, right where I lived! I wanted to be an actress. So where does God meet me? In a movie theater.”
“My father is Jewish, my mom Christian, and although we didn’t have a devout home, it was just sort of an understanding of that Judeo-Christian tradition in our home,” she continued. “It was Billy that connected the dots for me. Billy made the message simple enough for a little 12-year-old girl in the back of a movie theater to understand.”
So why was it that Gifford thanked God after the passing of her dear friend Billy Graham?
Staying up to watch Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir was probably a bad decision career-wise. With a total of six hours of sleep, I stumbled into the office this morning with circles the size of Jupiter under my eyes. But did I care? No. Because I witnessed Olympic history.
Because of the time difference, the Canadian ice dancing sweethearts did not perform until 11:15pm my time, and you can bet your bottom dollar I waited in extreme anticipation for their free skate.
Tessa and Scott have instantly become international Olympic icons, both due to their ability and their intense romantic tension (despite saying they’re only friends). The couple has been skating together for 20 years, and came out of retirement for these Olympics.
Tessa, 28, and Scott, 30, were left disappointed and confused at the Sochi 2014 Olympics when they lost out on the gold medal to the American skaters, and announced their career was done. But in 2016, the duo realized they wanted to come back and compete one last time.
The duo picked up where they left off, dominating every competition they entered. The Olympics were no different. After winning gold in the team skating competition, Tessa and Scott set their eyes on the pairs skating. Their short program was a Samba, Rhumba and Cha Cha set to music by The Rolling Stones, Eagles and Santana.
They worked their way to first place after an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction for the French team, which limited their performance. Tessa and Scott looked like they were on their way to a second gold medal at the Olympics, and the world was collectively screaming.
But they started screaming for a different reason when it was uncovered that things may not be what they seem.
Eddie Benitez, a Florida police officer, was sitting at a restaurant one morning, when he got a message he definitely wasn’t expecting.
From across the room, a nine-year-old boy, named Noah, saw officer Benitez, and got very nervous.
Noah told his mother that he wanted to talk to the officer but didn’t know what to say, and that he was too shy to approach him.
That’s when Noah came up with an idea. He decided that he wanted to use his birthday money to pay for the officer’s breakfast. Noah’s mom helped him tell the waitress about his plan, she then got the receipt for Noah so he could write a message to the officer.
When he was done writing the message, he ran to the officer’s table and gave it to him.
When Officer Benitez picked it up, he was shocked as to what it said.
The note said, “I want to be you when I grow up. Thank you for your service.”
Benitez said he was instantly moved when he read the note. He then went over and sat with Noah and his mother. They talked for a few minutes before officer Benitez asked Noah to take a picture with him. Of course, Noah agreed.
This is what officer Benitez had to say about the situation.
Far too often, it’s easy for us to discredit the elderly and to treat them like they’re past their prime and incapable of doing things for themselves. This is before we get into topics like elder neglect and abuse, which are unfortunately all too common and often go unreported to the proper authorities.
The fact is, the elderly are just as capable of impressing you with what they can do as anybody else, if not even more so. While we’ve all had to deal with people in their lives who think that they’re “too old to learn new things” (I mean my mom was saying that even in her 40s), the fact is that you’re never too old to learn something new.
It may take a little more effort and concentration than it would have years ago, but at the end of the day, you can absolutely teach an old dog new tricks. The catch is, that old dog’s gotta want to learn.
Case and point: when his wife of 58 years found herself unable to drive after suffering from a stroke, one man stepped up to the plate in a big way…
A few years ago, our alarm system went off in the middle of the night. The siren blared and it woke us all from a dead sleep. We didn’t know what to do. Was someone in the house? Were they going to hurt us? Do we call the police before we do anything else?
My dad, perhaps ill-advisedly, grabbed the largest knife from the knife block and went to the basement where there was a presumed intruder. He was ready to attack if the situation warranted it. Instead, he found our cat who had chewed through the wires. Oops.
We may not have actually been in danger, but I can tell you that the last thing on anyone’s mind was befriending the person we thought was trying to rob our home. My dad was ready to attack whoever was breaking in, and the rest of us were ready to help if necessary.
Leah Ross initially had the same reaction, terror, but then she realized there was a better option to fear: compassion.
Everyone has had a time in their life where all hope feels lost. Whether it’s relationship problems, work issues, or health concerns, we know the feeling of being helpless. For snowboarder Mark McMorris, his helpless moment came after a near-death experience while on the hills in March of 2017.
McMorris was out in the backcountry with his older brother Craig and some friends when he hit a jump.
“He hit a jump and just went a little too far to the left and it was really unfortunate as he ran into some trees,” Craig McMorris told CBC Sports. “It was a super freak accident. Mark never makes mistakes, but [in this case] he made just a tiny mistake and went too far to the left … it was awful.
The Canadian Olympic bronze medalist from 2014 was left fighting for his life. Twenty-three-year-old McMorris suffered a broken jaw, broken left arm, ruptured spleen, stable pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed left lung. He was in intensive care and required multiple surgeries to repair the damage.
“While both the [jaw and arm] fractures were complicated injuries, the surgeries went very well and both fractures are now stabilized to heal in excellent position,” team doctor Rodney French said in a statement release by Snowboard Canada. “It is too early to speculate on a timeline for Mark’s recovery.”
The older McMorris was there at the time of Mark’s injury and helped build a “nest” as they waited for help to arrive. It took several hours before he could be airlifted to hospital.
Craig Mcmorris says brother is in intensive care, unable to talk or move.Held his hand;able to use pen to write simple words. #markmcmorris
We’ve all heard of The Nutcracker right? The classic Christmas ballet which has become a staple in many people’s holiday traditions? These four-year-old twins blew us away with their adorable performance of The Nutcracker for a figure skating show, and we can’t believe how cute it is!
I remember when my mom put me in figure skating, all I wanted to do was sit on the bench and watch everyone else! I was far from coordinated and could never really grasp the concept of skating backwards, but it looks like these cutie pies have a great future ahead of them!
The video has been watched over 5 million times since it was uploaded in 2008. Katarina and Dakota DelCamp certainly know how to bring the entertainment, even if they’re still learning how to write their own name! The pair is now grown up and Katarina has been invited to join the USA Figure Skating Team. Talk about moving up!
Take a look at this adorable routine! I guarantee you won’t be able to not smile.
Oksana Masters spent her life constantly feeling like the world was putting her down. But every time the world pushed down on her, she pushed right back. Today she is a Paralympic athlete and will be competing in two sports in PyeongChang.
Oksana was born in the Ukraine in 1989. She was born with a long list of birth defects, and was immediately put up for adoption. She believes her birth defects may have something to do with the nuclear accident of Chernobyl in 1986, or just being surrounded by nuclear power plants her whole life.
She was born with deformed legs, webbed toes, webbed fingers, no thumbs, one kidney, and no tooth enamel.
She was in and out of three orphanages throughout her childhood. She was constantly let down by false hope of adoption, until she was seven. She first met her future mother, Gay Masters from the US, when she was five years old, but she was unable to adopt her because of the strict out of country adoption rule.
In 1997, the paperwork went through, and Oksana was finally allowed to be adopted by Gay, and they returned to the US.
“I felt just like Annie when she walked into Daddy Warbucks’ house. Everything was so exciting! I had never seen so many toys, and didn’t even know what to do with them,” Oksana told Cosmopolitan Magazine.
At first, Oksana didn’t speak English, so communicating was very hard for her and she had to communicate using hand signals. She eventually learned English.
Even in the midst of a tragedy, there are still people who open their hearts to those who have been traumatized and lost everything.
The children of David and Louise Turpin who were rescued from California’s ‘House of Horrors’ faced terrible abuse from their parents, as they were found starving and chained to their beds.
The 13 siblings, aged between two and 29-years-old, were only saved when one of them escaped to tell the police of their brutal conditions. Police raided the house and brought them to the hospital where they have been recovering since.
The parents are currently facing serious jail time for torturing their offspring, and it seems like they will never have another chance to harm their children.
However, the future of the rescued siblings doesn’t look too bright. Social services plans to place six of the underage children in separate foster care homes, and the remaining adults are being sent to an assisted-living facility.
To prevent the family from breaking up further, one member of the Duggar family has offered to adopt not a few, but all of the 13 brothers and sisters in order to keep them together.
They would find a better life, because she also has experience surviving an abusive household.
As much as we hate to admit it, suicide is a regular occurrence in our society, and oftentimes it’s hard to even know what to do about it.
Studies show that nearly 90% of people with suicidal thoughts suffer from some form of mental illness, be it as treatable as anxiety or clinical depression, or something more serious such as bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder or even post-traumatic stress disorder.
While not all of them end up acting on it, it’s an unfortunate phenomenon that will only continue as long as we don’t offer up aid to those who are suffering.
Science and medicine have fortunately come a long way in treating conditions like this, and there are plenty of both medical and psychological solutions to these conditions, such as taking medication or going to counseling.
Unfortunately, it can often be difficult for people suffering from these conditions to seek help, as they may either feel like they don’t deserve it, or it may be too expensive for them to afford, or they might not even truly realize that what they’re feeling isn’t normal.
It’s times like this that people suffering can often use a helping hand, and in the case of one man from Australia, things had really reached a critical point: he was literally advertising for someone to kill him.
If you live in or around a big city, chances are you walk by homeless people holding signs every day.
As generous as we can be, most of us just ignore the requests for help and charity that we see on the sidewalk. But when Wilma Price saw a homeless man holding a heartbreaking sign outside of her local Walmart, she took action.
The woman from Huntsville, Texas noticed a scruffy-looking man with a cardboard sign outside the store. Written on it in big, black letters were the words “DOG IN POUND NEED HELP.”
Price had just $8 in her pocket, so at first she just walked right by the man. But something made her stop and turn around. Price runs her own animal shelter, and she can never turn down an animal in need.
After speaking to the homeless man, Price learned his sad story. His name was Patrick, and after being arrested for trespassing and sent to jail, his dog, Franklin, had been taken to a nearby animal shelter.
They would release the animal to Patrick, but only after he paid $120, which of course he didn’t have.
Price agreed to help Patrick, but first she made him take a special test.
Financial problems are an issue that just about every person faces at some point in their life, but to those actively going through it, that fact can seem like little comfort.
It’s very, very difficult to focus on nearly anything else when money is proving to be a constant problem for you. The concern about it is all-consuming, and the worst part of it is that the solutions are often nowhere near as simple as some make it out to be. Saving for the future can be difficult when you’re living paycheck to paycheck, and things like loans and lines of credit can potentially bleed your finances even more dry than you might have without them.
Pretty much everybody faced with financial troubles dreams of finding an easy way out of them. Winning the lottery, a rich relative you didn’t know about leaving all of their possessions to you, a surprise gift, just about any of them are completely unlikely, but hey, a person can dream.
While this case might not be quite that fantastic, it’s enough to warm our hearts. A young woman was discussing her stress over her finances over the phone while on a train, and after taking a nap, she woke up to discover that someone had left her a surprise gift…
Few events have been as integral to the history of America as the Vietnam War. Beginning in 1955 and lasting a whopping 20 years, it was America’s attempt to stop Soviet and communist expansion into Asia as a whole. The main battlegrounds formed in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia between soldiers from countries like America, South Korea, Australia and Southern Vietnam against the Northern Viet Cong, who were backed by the Soviet Union and countries like China.
The grinding, brutal warfare of the conflict took its toll on everybody involved, with the horrors of things like guerrilla warfare, napalm spraying, the mass murder of civilians, and other atrocities contributing immensely to the ever-expanding condition that was once known as shell-shock, but soon came to be called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Worst of all, many of the soldiers drafted and sent over by the world’s powers were met with a hostile welcome upon returning home, due to the war’s immensely divided reception among the public. Many veterans were literally spat on for the role they played in the conflict, and drug abuse and suicide rates among Vietnam vets skyrocketed.
Fortunately, some veterans were able to join clubs and organizations where they could share their experiences, and one in particular has the unlikeliest of stories: it’s formed by both former Australian soldiers and former Viet Cong soldiers.
As he pushed one of his children along in a wheelchair, several people noticed the back of Leibowitz’s shirt, which featured a simple but powerful message:
“In Need Of Kidney O Positive,” and listed a phone number.
Leibowitz was suffering from kidney failure and was having no luck finding a donor, which led to his daughter coming up with the plan to try advertising this on the shirt. “It is very hard to get a kidney and there are not a lot of donors out there,” Leibowitz explained, “or with O positive (blood type). I am universal, but I have to get an O back.”
It was soon spotted by Rocio and Juan Sandoval, a couple who were vacationing at the park, and the two not only listened to Leibowitz’s story, but offered to share his message across social media for him.
While Leibowitz simply hoped that the message might reach a few hundred more people, it soon went massively viral on the internet and exploded, leading to him apparently receiving dozens of calls from potential donors who thought they might be able to help.
After a bonafide viral sensation and months of screenings, Leibowitz found his donor, and just last week, he finally received his kidney.
Too often, we leave our elders to fend for themselves. The people that cared for us for so many years are left to shop, clean, and get around on their own, even if they can’t do it efficiently anymore.
Youth can often see elders as “unimportant” and find them to be a burden, but this is far from the case. We can learn so much from the people who came before us, and we should be listening to their advice and lessons rather than dismissing them as too old to be useful.
As we grow older, of course, we learn to cherish those who are aging in our lives, because we know that we don’t have a lot of time left with them. It’s something we learn as we mature, and something we want our kids to learn from us.
That’s why when Jennifer Christopher Coker saw what was happening at her local Publix, she knew she had to share it.