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3-Feet-Tall Woman Has Healthy Son [Feb. 10th, 2006|10:11 pm]
PALO ALTO, Calif. - A woman who is 3 feet tall and weighed 37 pounds before she got pregnant has given birth to her first child — a healthy boy.

Eloysa Vasquez, who uses a wheelchair and had two miscarriages, suffers from Type 3 osteogenesis imperfecta, a disorder that makes bones soft and brittle.

Vasquez gained 20 pounds during pregnancy and delivered the 3 pound, 7 ounce baby on Jan. 24 at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

"We just took one day at a time. We had a lot of people praying for us. We just believed ... and here we have our son," Vasquez, 38, of Tulare, told The Fresno Bee for a story Thursday.

Doctors said they delivered Baby Timothy by Caesarean section eight weeks before due date in order to protect the mother's fragile health — her tiny, distorted body left little room for a fetus to grow.

They said Timothy did not inherit his mother's genetic condition.

Judging from her son's long fingers and toes, Vasquez said, "I think he's going to be a tall boy."

Her husband, Roy, said his wife's small stature can be deceiving: "She's a strong lady."

According to the university, one in only 25,000 to 50,000 births are to a mother with osteogenesis imperfecta, and even fewer involve moms with the severe Type 3 form.

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U of M Gets 44 Million from Entrepreneur [Nov. 22nd, 2004|08:25 am]
11/22/04- The founder of an information technology company and his wife are giving 44 million dollars to the University of Michigan. The money will go for creation of a Type 1 diabetes research center. The donation comes from Bill and Dee Brehm of McLean, Virginia. Bill Brehm is a university alumnus and ex-Pentagon official who founded SRA International.

Dee Brehm has Type 1, or insulin-dependent, diabetes. She was a long time patient of the late Dr. Jerome Conn, former chief of endocrinology at Michigan. In September, New York real estate magnate Stephen Ross gave the university 100 million for its business school, which was renamed for him.

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Hero Student Recovering - The Daily Commercial [Mar. 22nd, 2004|07:52 am]
Leesburg teen injured pushing friend out of drunk driver’s path
Daily Commercial Staff Writer

Demetrice Fed
LEESBURG A Leesburg High School junior plans to begin physical therapy today after he was hit by a drunken driver earlier this month. Demetrice Fed was walking home in the early morning hours of March 6 after attending a dance at the Boys & Girls Club. While the 17-year-old and his friends attempted to cross Progress Street, a drunken driver “came out of nowhere,” according to his mother Patricia Fed. When Demetrice Fed realized the car was going to hit the girl standing next to him, he pushed her out of the way and the car hit him instead, according to witnesses. “He doesn’t remember what happened,” said Cassie Novek, Fed’s best friend of more than six years. “It’s sad that he can’t remember doing such a good thing. “He’s more than a hero, he’s a great guy,” she added. “It didn’t surprise me one bit. I knew he would do something like this. This is just the way he is. He always puts everyone before himself.” He was taken to Leesburg Regional Medical Center, but after suffering a relapse seizure was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he underwent brain surgery on March 7. According to Patricia Fed, her son had three areas in his brain that were bleeding. “We were going to lose him, so we had to make a quick decision of whether or not to do the surgery,” she said. Doctors said her son would be severely disabled as a result of the incident, but he is now expected to make a full recovery. “It’s like a miracle just came out of nowhere,” she said. “The doctors say he was very lucky.” After 12 days in the hospital, Demetrice Fed was allowed to come home. He will begin physical therapy today to overcome a stagger when he walks. He is expected to miss more than six weeks of school and arrangements will need to be made to make up the work. “The accident has been difficult for my son,” she said. “He was always very active, singing and dancing. Now, he just sits down and listens to music. “The way our family, friends and co-workers have rallied around him helps keep his spirits up,” she added. “We have had a lot of support.”

Gerard N. Champt of Leesburg was charged with driving under the influence in connection with this incident, according to Florida Highway Patrol. This is his second drunken driving misdemeanor offense.
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Young hero receives award today - Danvers Herald [Mar. 18th, 2004|07:17 pm]
By Christopher Moore / Cmoore@Cnc.Com
Thursday, March 18, 2004

Girl's quick thinking saves mother's life

When her mother needed life-saving medical attention in December, Molly Cushman reacted calmly and decisively, recalling lessons learned years ago. Today, March 18, she is receiving an award for her independence and quick thinking, which promises to make for a very special 10th birthday.

Just over three months ago, when Molly was 9, her mother, Traci Cushman, had a hypoglycemic or low blood sugar reaction brought on by her diabetes. With Traci unresponsive and in dire need of care, Molly quickly went through a series of steps she knew might help her mother's condition, ultimately calling 911 when all else failed. Had Molly panicked and lost control of the situation at any point prior to that call, Traci might not be alive today.

Molly awoke around 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 12 to the sound of her then 9-month-old sister Alexandra crying in the other room. Knowing that her mother is usually up and active by 7 a.m., Molly immediately became concerned.

"I kind of knew there must be something wrong, because (Alexandra) doesn't usually cry for that long," said Molly. "I got up, I went over to her crib, and said 'It will be OK, I'll be right back.'"

Molly then went to check on her mother, who was awake in her bed but not answering any of Molly's questions. In turns she brought her mother orange juice, her blood glucose tester, and some glucose tablets, but Traci did not seem to know what to do with any of them.

"I said 'if she's not going to do anything, I have to get some help,'" said Molly. "I was pretty nervous, because it was the first time for myself being alone. I called 911 and they said to check her breathing. Then they arrived and they helped her right away. After that I was really calm and I knew she'd be OK."

Molly was still on the phone with the 911 dispatcher when help arrived.

"She opened the door for the firefighters when they arrived," said Lt. David DeLuca of the fire department. "She did a great job. The guys that responded, they were totally impressed by how she handled the situation."

DeLuca heads up the S.A.F.E. (Student Awareness of Fire Education) program that taught Molly's class about fire safety and dialing 911 when she was in first grade. At 1:30 p.m. today at the Thorpe School, DeLuca will present Molly with the Young Hero's Award for her cool decision-making under pressure. A representative from the fire marshal's office will be at the ceremony to present Molly with a congratulatory plaque.

DeLuca said two other such plaques have been given out in the program's seven-year history. The first was to Kristen and Ashley Moulton in June 2002, who called 911 after their mother fell and broke her leg. The second was in May 2003, after Ethan Smith dialed the number when his father had a diabetic reaction.

Traci Cushman said that, because of her condition, she and her husband have reiterated the procedures for handling emergencies with Molly. Traci also said Molly undoubtedly learned from witnessing her mother experience a hypoglycemic reaction a couple of times while pregnant with Alexandra.

"I usually watch my dad when this happened in the past, so I tried to remember what he tried to do," said Molly.

Though she was unresponsive at the time, Traci Cushman said she was able to hear Molly make the 911 call.

"She just said 'My mom's diabetic and I can't wake her up,'" said Traci Cushman. "Her sister's screaming in the background because she's hungry. (Molly) was very calm and kept her head. Most kids, in a situation like that you hope they remember their address. I don't know if I could do it. It's pretty amazing."

Traci said that after the incident she was concerned about outside reaction, afraid that people would hear the story and think she was a bad mother because it happened. But as for the young hero herself, she's just glad to still have her mother around.

"I remember mostly how, when she realized what had happened, how proud she was," said Molly of her mother. "I remember that most. It has taught me to be a lot more careful, make sure I watch my mom a lot to make sure she's OK, especially when we're alone. If she does something weird or not like her, I always ask her if she's OK. And she always is."
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Deputy honored as lifesaver - Daily Globe [Mar. 15th, 2004|08:20 pm]
Published Monday, March 15, 2004 11:34:11 AM Central Time

ONTONAGON -- "Were it not for the actions of Deputy Jeff Greiser, Mr. Nagy would not have survived," said Roscommon County Sheriff Fran Staley as he honored his young deputy, Jeff Greiser, a special ceremony last month before the Roscommon County Board of Commissioners.

Greiser is the son of Jim and Barbara Greiser of Ontonagon and a 1991 graduate of the Ontonagon Area High School. Following graduation, he joined the Marines for four years and upon discharge attended Gogebic Community College. He then attended the Kirkland College Police Academy and was hired by the Roscommon Sheriff's Department.

A story in the Roscommon Herald-News describes the events of Dec. 13 when Greiser and resident James Halligan pulled 50-year-old Daniel Nagy from the cold waters of Houghton Lake. The Herald-News said Halligan and his 8-year-old son heard Nagy's cries for help as he fell through the ice while ice fishing.

Nagy said he had checked the thickness of the ice and was just about to quit fishing when he caught a walleye. He stayed on the ice for another hour but when he returned to shore, he did not have a flashlight. Nagy apparently did not take the right route back and broke through the ice in water over his head.

The paper said Nagy estimated he was in the water for at least 30 to 45 minutes before Halligan arrived. Halligan tried to pull him out of the water but was unable to do so. Halligan then called 911 and Greiser responded.

The paper quoted Nagy pointing to Greiser, saying, "This man is my hero. He saved my life. I knew I didn't have much longer and I mentioned that when Greiser arrived at the lakeshore. In an instant, he was there. He risked his own life. I can't say enough. Thank you," he told Greiser.

Tony Root, who wrote the Herald-News story, added that, in addition to saving Nagy's life, Deputy Greiser was able to save the walleye Nagy caught that detained him, as well as Nagy's cell phone. "The cell phone," Nagy said, "was useless and the walleye is in the freezer."
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Offbeat - AFP 3/10/04 yahoo.com [Mar. 11th, 2004|03:41 pm]
Endangered monkey survives 70-kilometre Indian road trip beneath car

BANGALORE, India (AFP) - An endangered monkey clung to the underside of a car on a 70-kilometre (43-mile) journey and survived with little more than sooty limbs, an animal rights group revealed.

The three-year-old monkey, which belongs to the Slender Loris family found in southern India and Sri Lanka, latched onto the chassis after the driver had braked to avoid running it over over near Shetgere village west of Bangalore.

"The driver assumed that the animal had been run over and checked underneath the car but found nothing," said Alpana Bhartia, founder trustee of People for Animals.

"So he continued his journey to Bangalore on Saturday. The next day a huge crowd had gathered in front of his house as they had found a Loris amid the small plants in the car parking area," Bhartia told AFP on Wednesday.

The car owner informed Bhartia's group, which took the monkey to a wildlife centre and plans to release it into the jungle on Thursday.

"It is a miracle that she survived," Bhartia said. "She is absolutely fine except for the black soot on the fore and hind limbs and excessive stress."

The Slender Loris is considered endangered by the World Wildlife Fund. Its eyes are eaten by some Indians who believe they are aphrodisiacs.

The monkey survives on insects, shoots, leaves, fruits with hard skin and birds' eggs.
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