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4-Year-Old Girl Beats Cancer But Kids Mock Her Scars, Fed-Up Mom Confronts Her Tormentors

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4-Year-Old Girl Beats Cancer But Kids Mock Her Scars, Fed-Up Mom Confronts Her Tormentors

Every parent’s worst nightmare is seeing their child hurting, its even the more to painful when there isn’t much you can do about it. This was just how Michelle Russell from Washington felt when she found out that her 4-year-old daughter, Claire, had a tumor in the middle of her back and that it touched her spine.

Claire was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a very rare cancer that grows in the surrounding bones or soft tissue. “She didn’t know how to ride a bike, had never stepped into a classroom, and spent most of her days in a tutu,” mom Michelle recalled, describing 4-year-old Claire when she was diagnosed with cancer.

Claire had to go through a lot of pain and procedures for a whole year as her tiny body fought tirelessly against the cancer.

Claire was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a very rare cancer that grows in the surrounding bones or soft tissue.

Claire was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a very rare cancer that grows in the surrounding bones or soft tissue.

Michelle reveals that at one point she had to hand her baby over to surgeons for a procedure that lasted about twelve hours! “They removed four of her ribs, part of her spinal sheath, and fused her spine.” Unfortunately, one of Claire’s lungs collapsed in on itself after the surgery. She had to be placed on a ventilator and stayed in the ICU for over a week.

But this little girl was not about to give up the fight. Michelle says Clare showed extreme strength when she saw her mom cry in the hospital. “What stands out most in my mind is her utter bravery…She squeezed my hand, and whispered a tiny I love you. She didn’t want me to be afraid, she didn’t want me to be sad.” Michelle said.

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After going through 27 rounds of chemotherapy and a number of surgeries Clare finally beat the cancer 3 years after her diagnosis. But the brutal treatments had taken a toll on her little body. She lost a quarter of her body weight, almost her entire muscle mass and her beautiful blonde hair and had a number of scars.

Claire had to go through a lot of pain and procedures for a whole year as her tiny body fought tirelessly against the cancer.

Claire had to go through a lot of pain and procedures for a whole year as her tiny body fought tirelessly against the cancer.

After such a tough battle, one morning Michelle found out that her baby girl had yet another battle she had been fighting silently. She recalled, “A few weeks ago, on a rushed morning, I threw her shorts and a tank top and asked her to get dressed. She quietly asked me for a different shirt. Oblivious and in a hurry, I said, ‘Why? You love that one, just put it on, we gotta go…”

Claire refused to wear the tank top that she “loved” because a boy had told her she shouldn’t wear shirts that show her cancer scars as they were scary.

Claire refused to wear the tank top that she “loved” because a boy had told her she shouldn’t wear shirts that show her cancer scars as they were scary.

Claire refused to wear the tank top that she “loved” because a boy had told her she shouldn’t wear shirts that show her cancer scars as they were scary.

For a brief moment Michelle wanted to give the said boy some scars of his own, but quickly realized that he didn’t understand what her child had been through.

”I think what he meant, was that, the thought of what you must have gone through, to get those scars…is scary. Your scars are beautiful.” Michelle told her daughter:

But Claire didn’t seem convinced as tears started rolling down her face. Michelle sat down, pulled her close, and said, “You have an incredible story. You should be so proud of what you overcame.”

Michelle told Claire to think about all the other little boys and girls she had met, who are fighting cancer and have scars too. “Do you want them to cover them up? Hide them?”

Of course, Claire didn’t want them to be sad. That did the trick. She smiled a little, reached over and grabbed the shirt as she walked out of the room.

A few days after this incident, Michelle decided to teach the whole world an important lesson about beauty. In a post to her Instagram followers, she wrote:

“Being beautiful isn’t about hair, makeup, or clothes. Beauty isn’t perfection.” Michelle said, adding that “real beauty is raw.”

“Real beauty is a little girl who experienced unthinkable physical and emotional trauma and came out the other side stronger … with a deep appreciation of the fragility that is this life. A little body that was once physically battered by surgeries and chemo, and now dances gracefully. That’s beauty. Her little body may be scarred, but it tells a story of perseverance and hope.” She said.

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Baby Who Had No Visitors In Hospital is Adopted By Nurse Who Cared For Her

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A baby girl who was born prematurely and had no visitors in hospital has been adopted by a nurse who cared for her. Baby Gisele did not have the greatest start in life. She was born prematurely, at just 29 weeks, to a drug-addicted mother and father, weighing less than two pounds.

She also had health issues as a result of her mother’s drug addiction and she had no visitors for several months. Gisele was being cared for by staff at the NICU in the Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts, USA, and that is where her life started taking a turn for the better.

Baby Gisele did not have the greatest start in life. She was born prematurely, at just 29 weeks, to a drug-addicted mother and father, weighing less than 2 pounds.

Baby Gisele did not have the greatest start in life. She was born prematurely, at just 29 weeks, to a drug-addicted mother and father, weighing less than 2 pounds.

Liz Smith, a nurse at the hospital, had always wanted to have children, but she suffered from infertility, and was told she was not a good candidate for IVF, so she was unable to get pregnant.

The 45 year old woman had never considered adoption or foster care before, but from the moment she met Gisele, Ms Smith instantly bonded with her and began to visit her regularly.

The state of Massachusetts gained custody of the girl when she was 3 months old in October 2016, and a few months later Ms Smith volunteered to foster her.

Liz Smith, a nurse at the hospital, had always wanted to have children, but she suffered from infertility,

Liz Smith, a nurse at the hospital, had always wanted to have children, but she suffered from infertility,

Gisele who was diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome as a result of being exposed to drugs during the pregnancy, went to live with Ms Smith in April 2017 and the nurse said she knew the first time that she saw the baby girl that she wanted to be her mum.

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Speaking to CNN, Ms Smith said, “It was an emotional roller coaster. When I initially started fostering her, the goal was reunification with her birth parents. I always had that as a reality in the back of my mind while I was taking care of her, but in the moment I knew she needed and deserved every ounce of love I had to give her.”

Ms Smith officially adopted Gisele, now aged two, at a court hearing last October.

Ms Smith officially adopted Gisele, now aged two, at a court hearing last October.

Last June, the parental rights of Gisele’s birth parents were revoked as they were deemed unfit to care for Gisele. “It was very bittersweet. I was experiencing this tremendous gain and happiness in my life where others were experiencing the opposite.” Ms Smith added.

Ms Smith officially adopted Gisele, now aged two, at a court hearing last October. During the hearing the judge said, “When a judge walks in the room, everyone stands out of respect. But today I stand in respect for you, Liz because you deserve the respect from this room. A birthing day is a miracle. But adopting a child from miles away is destiny. That’s what brought you two together.

Despite having a difficult start in life, Gisele is now healthy and thriving.

Despite having a difficult start in life, Gisele is now healthy and thriving.

Despite having a difficult start in life, Gisele is now healthy and thriving. Ms Smith said, “She is thriving. She has a feeding tube where she still gets the majority of her nutrition through, but other than that, the specialist thinks she is just remarkable. They can’t believe the strides she has made and how healthy and strong she is. Her resilience is inspiring to me and every day I’m amazed by her.”

“We talk about the power of love, but to witness how it can transform a life and to witness how it transformed her life and mine is unbelievable. I have never been happier or stronger and just I couldn’t imagine life without her.” She added.

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Man Employed As Cleaner In Airplane Rises To Become Captain After 24 Years

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Man Employed As Cleaner In Airplane Rises To Become Captain After 24 Years

A man who got employed 24 years ago as an aircraft cleaner at Air Azman in Nigeria has toiled and risen gradually through the ranks to now become a captain in the aviation industry.

When Mohammed Abubakar joined Azman Air Services Limited, Nigeria’s Kano based domestic airline company 24 years ago, he never imagined he would rise so much from his position, let alone to be a captain.

However, his hard work and determination has paid off as he received his fourth bar to become a captain.
Mohammed Abubakar’s success story became viral on social media after a colleague of his posted photos on twitter with a little of his back story.

Mohammed Abubakar’s hard work and determination paid off as he received his fourth bar to become a captain.

Mohammed Abubakar’s hard work and determination paid off as he received his fourth bar to become a captain.

On the viral post, he captioned it, “He Joined the Aviation industry 24years ago as Aircraft Cleaner. Today He is getting the Fourth Bar to becoming a CAPTAIN. Congratulations Mohammed Abubakar from all of us @AirAzman.”

After finishing his secondary school, Abubakar got a casual job as an aircraft cleaner with Kabo Air in Kaduna. He recalled, “It was during Hajj operation, and I was earning N200 per day, even though many believed that I wouldn’t do it because of the meagre money involved. I was later employed as ground staff with the airline in Maiduguri. Through my service in the company, I worked in almost all the units, except security. That helped me a lot in the aviation sector.”

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With time, Abubakar got employed as a cabin crew member after a solid performance at an interview held in Kaduna, where he served Kabo Air for 8 years, earning N17,000 monthly.

He later moved to Aero Contractors, in the oil and gas section of the company as a flight attendant, where he worked with their chartered services, as the company was then not into scheduled flight services.

Mohammed Abubakar’s success story became viral on social media after a colleague of his posted photos on twitter

Mohammed Abubakar’s success story became viral on social media after a colleague of his posted photos on twitter

While there, he gave some input, which made the then Deputy Managing Director of the company to take notice of him and soon the two developed a good working relationship, and the Deputy Managing Director would seek Abubakar’s opinion on many things.

Abubakar recalled the shock he felt when he received his first salary at Aero that he tried to return it thinking there was a mix-up. “This is because my initial salary at Kabo Air was N17,000, and what I got paid in Aero was N170,000, so I couldn’t believe it,” he said.

The two developed a good working relationship, and the Deputy Managing Director would seek Abubakar’s opinion on many things.

The two developed a good working relationship, and the Deputy Managing Director would seek Abubakar’s opinion on many things.

He decided to save and invest his money heavily on bettering himself. He explained, “I joined a contribution system with my colleagues, and when it was my turn to receive the accumulated funds, there was a sizeable amount of money. So, I went to the managing director and sought his advice on my dream of training as a pilot. He was so happy, and supported me. That’s how I managed to sponsor myself for my private pilot license in Canada, which marked my take-off as an aircraft pilot.”

Abubakar said the journey to actualizing his dream has often been tough and he even considered giving up. “But I was able to weather the storm, and here we are today.” he said.

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Woman Gives Birth To Grandchild Because Daughter Was Born Without Womb

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Woman Gives Birth To Grandchild Because Daughter Was Born Without Womb

A 55 year old woman has given birth to her own grandchild after her daughter was born without a womb. At just 15 years old, Tracey Smith from Lampeter found out that she was missing her reproductive organs following a scan after having not started her period. The scans showed she had been born without a womb but she did have working ovaries and fallopian tubes.

This brought her to a heartbreaking realization that she may never give birth to a child of her own. Tracey’s mom, Emma Miles, had always said she would do whatever she could to help her have a baby and 2 months ago she proved she really meant it when she gave birth to her granddaughter, Evie.

At just 15 years old, Tracey Smith from Lampeter found out that she was missing her reproductive organs

At just 15 years old, Tracey Smith from Lampeter found out that she was missing her reproductive organs

Before being declared fit and ready to safely carry the pregnancy, Emma had to shed six stone and take hormone tablets in order to prepare her body for the pregnancy.

When the time came, one of Tracey’s eggs was fertilised using IVF and placed in Emma’s womb. Against the odds, the treatment was successful at the first time of asking.

Tracey revealed that she started considering taking up her mom’s offer of being her surrogate after getting engaged to her husband Adam.

Tracey’s mom, Emma Miles, had always said she would do whatever she could to help her have a baby and 2 months ago she proved she really meant it when she gave birth to her granddaughter, Evie.

Tracey’s mom, Emma Miles, had always said she would do whatever she could to help her have a baby and 2 months ago she proved she really meant it when she gave birth to her granddaughter, Evie.

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She said, “When I was diagnosed it tipped my world upside down. I was heartbroken at the idea that I wouldn’t carry my own child. I’d always known that I wanted to be a mum, even at 15.

Straight after my diagnosis, Mum made an offer to do what she could to help. I knew that she meant one day she’d carry my child for me. Over the years she mentioned it in passing but we never really made a firm plan.”

“It was only after I met Adam and we got engaged in 2016 that he broached the subject of children. I remembered Mum’s promise to me. So the next time we met up I asked her if she’d been serious about carrying our baby. I was delighted when she replied, ‘Of course I was.’ She had just been waiting for me to ask.” She added.

Baby Evie

Baby Evie

Initially, Tracey and Adam had considered using a surrogacy agency, but were apprehensive about the risk involved as laws in the UK dictate that surrogate mothers and their spouses, if there are any, are given parental rights from birth, so they deemed it safer to keep the baby in the family.

Tracey and Adam are currently going through the legal process of adopting their child, Evie, and Emma said she was absolutely willing to do it all again if they’d like little Evie to have a sibling.

“Despite my age I wasn’t worried about giving birth at all. All of my focus has been about doing this special thing for my daughter. Tracey is my baby and I did it all for her to be a mother. Now I’m glad to be back to work and getting back to normal. But I have offered to do it all again if they ever want a little brother or sister for Evie.” Emma said.

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