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Mom Proudly Shares Photos Of Son After Stranger Asks Her ‘What’s Wrong With His Face?’

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Mom Proudly Shares Photos Of Son After Stranger Asks Her ‘What’s Wrong With His Face?’

When Sara Heller was 24 weeks pregnant with her son, an ultrasound showed that he would be born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. Heller and partner Chris Eidam were very shocked to say the least, but with time they realized their son looked beautiful and planned to share as many beautiful pictures of him as possible.

In a piece she wrote for The Mighty, she said, “Google told me I would not be able to breastfeed my baby, that he may never walk and that his developmental delay would be severe. While Google told me all of the things my son wouldn’t be able to do, Google didn’t tell me what my son would be able to do.”

“They asked us if we wanted to keep the pregnancy,” said Chris told WOWT. Thankfully, Brody’s parents were determined to keep their son and give him the best life they possibly could.

Baby Brody was born on Oct. 7, 2016, with a cleft lip and palate as well as a chromosome deletion. His condition is so rare that only 9 cases are known of in the world.

 

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Sara and Chris were very determined to change people’s perceptions, so Sara started to document their journey. Talking to Today, she said, “It is OK to be proud of your baby no matter the circumstances. We wanted to change what ultrasound/newborn/first year pictures on our Facebook/Instagram accounts looked like. We wanted to spread awareness of cleft lips and palates.”

Sadly, as is usual with social media, not everyone was kind and sensitive with their comments. One commenter on Instagram even asked, “What’s wrong with his face?”

Brody’s parents hope that by sharing pictures of their son, they will help normalize babies with cleft lips and palates.

Brody’s parents hope that by sharing pictures of their son, they will help normalize babies with cleft lips and palates.

But the family also got lots of support from most people including a generous donation from a stranger who saw them at a restaurant. Sara was out with baby Brody and a few friends when a waiter brought a $1,000 check with a note in the memo line, “For the beautiful baby.”

“Tears fell from my eyes immediately and the happiness my heart felt is indescribable,” Sara said. The check helped later helped in the payment of some of Brody’s medical bills. “The generosity of a complete stranger restored our faith in humanity,” Sara told Today.

 

“Being Brody’s parent has taught me that people care. Strangers all over the country want to hear his story, and they want to pray for him.” She added.

On the 3rd of January 2017, Brody had his first surgery and is expected to have more over the years as he develops.

You can follow this beautiful family’s journey on their Instagram and Facebook accounts.

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Female Chief Rises To Power, Annuls 850 Child Marriages And Sends Girls Back To School

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Theresa Kachindamoto, senior chief in the Dedza District in Central Malawi, is certainly a force to reckon with. She has not only been able to establish a new law to prevent child marriage, she is also very dedicated to enforcing it!

From the moment Kachindamoto became senior chief, she immediately set about ending the practise of child marriage among her people.

Though illegal, the practice has been culturally accepted in the area. Many families, usually out of financial need, had consented to having their children married off very young.

Theresa Kachindamoto, senior chief in the Dedza District in Central Malawi

Theresa Kachindamoto, senior chief in the Dedza District in Central Malawi

According to Al Jazeera, Kachindamoto decided to take a stand and made 50 of her sub-chiefs sign an agreement to end child marriage in her area of authority. “I told them, ‘Whether you like it or not, I want these marriages to be terminated.’” She said.

But that was not all, Kachindamoto made the leaders annul any existing underage unions, and send all of the children involved back to school and swore to dismiss any chiefs that continue to allow these controversial practices. “First it was difficult, but now people are understanding,” she told Al Jazeera.

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To ensure all children have a chance to go to school, Kachindamoto operates a secret network of parents to keep an eye on others. And when parents can’t afford to pay school fees, she’ll pay them herself or find someone else who can.

“I don’t want child marriages. They must go to school. No child should be found at home or doing household chores during school time.” Chief Kachindamoto told U.N. Women.

In June alone, she annulled more than 300 child marriages, according to the organization. And over the past three years, the figure reaches close to 850.

She also abolished “kusasa fumbi”, a cleansing ritual that requires girls as young as seven to go to sexual initiation camps in order to train them to perform sex acts to please their future husbands.

Kachindamoto made the leaders annul any existing underage unions, and send all of the children involved back to school

Kachindamoto made the leaders annul any existing underage unions, and send all of the children involved back to school

Kachindamoto received death threats for her work, but simply said: “I don’t care, I don’t mind. I’ve said whatever, we can talk, but these girls will go back to school.”

Malawi has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with an alarming one in two girls married under age 18. Marrying underage negatively affects girls’ development, interrupting their education and putting them at higher risk of domestic violence and early pregnancy.

“I talk to the parents, I tell them: if you educate your girls you will have everything in the future.” she said to U.N. Women last year.

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Ohio Teen Unrecognizable After Losing 115 Pounds While Walking To School Every Day

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Ohio Teen Unrecognizable After Losing 115 Pounds While Walking To School Every Day

Two years ago, weighing in at 335 pounds, Michael Watson was overweight and in a rut with no self confidence. He was always bullied at school because of his weight and always had his mates make fun of him.

One day, the 6-foot-4 inch teen decided to make a change in his life and never looked back again. As it turned out, it was the best decision of his life. “My self-confidence was zero,” Watson told CNN.

The teen decided to make a commitment to walk to and from school every day, about 20 minutes each way. Apart from that, Michael also made some changes in his diet.

Michael Watson was overweight and in a rut with no self confidence. He was always bullied at school because of his weight and always had his mates make fun of him.

Michael Watson was overweight and in a rut with no self confidence. He was always bullied at school because of his weight and always had his mates make fun of him.

One time, a classmate told Michael he had something on his chin. When Watson rubbed his chin, the boy told him, “‘No, third one down. That really hurt.” Michael said.

But it was instances like that that fueled his desire to stay committed to his weight loss journey even more.

Now Michael is a senior at McKinley High School and has lost 115 pounds. He says much of his success was as a result of walking the 20 minutes to and from school every day, rain or shine.

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Even if Watson wanted to take a day off, he couldn’t. “I didn’t even know when the bus came,” he said.

Michael also revealed that it took a lot of discipline to remain committed to his goal especially with his diet considering his part-time after-school job was at a fast-food restaurant.

Terrance Jones, who works as a family specialist and graduation coach at Michael’s school said that Watson’s story stuck with him. Speaking to CNN, he said, “It’s an example of courageous personal development that’s rare for a high school student. Mike’s decision to the initiative to live a healthier lifestyle and to stay consistent with it will always stay with me.”

Jones revealed that Michael’s story was motivation for him to create a “McKinley Senior Limelight” on Facebook to showcase students’ stories and Watson was a recent feature.

“After years of being overweight, Michael took matters into his own hands. He adopted a healthier lifestyle of eating and exercise by taking the road less traveled…” the post reads.

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Retired Cop Bursts Into Tears When Former Partner Hands Him Card Offering Him Her Kidney

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Retired Cop Bursts Into Tears When Former Partner Hands Him Card Offering Him Her Kidney

A retired Maryland police officer gave a piece of herself to save the life of her former partner. Stanley Barsch from Middletown, Maryland found out he had polycystic kidney disease in 2002. His mom, who also had the disease was in need of a transplant. “I went through all the testing, and in the final phase I found out I too had the same disease,” Barsch told Liftable.

“It was devastating, but from the aspect that I was trying to save my mother’s life and wasn’t able to provide her the gift of life that I desperately wanted. She ended up on dialysis until 2005 until she got a cadaver kidney, and she passed away in 2017 with a weak heart and sepsis.” He added.

A retired Maryland police officer gave a piece of herself to save the life of her former partner.

A retired Maryland police officer gave a piece of herself to save the life of her former partner.

Barsch revealed that the genetic disorder caused fluid-filled cysts to grow inside his kidneys. The organs had swelled to 15 to 20 pounds each, the average kidney weighs 0 .25 pounds. “The massive cysts caused my function to drop steadily over the past couple years. I started losing a lot of my energy noticeably in the past few years. This past December I entered stage 5 kidney failure, and with 17% function and dropping I desperately needed a kidney.” He said.

Barsch posted on his Facebook account looking for a donor. Without telling him, his former partner in the police force, Megan Ambrose, underwent testing to see if she was a match. The results showed she was 100% compatible.

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So she planned a little surprise to break the news to Barsch. She invited her former partner and his wife over to her home on February 14, which is both Valentine’s Day and National Donor Day. She then handed them a handmade card that read, “So I heard urine need of a kidney … want mine???… Turns out that we are a perfect match, not only on the job but in blood and organs, too. You always had my back on the road and off. Now you can have my kidney.”

Barsch burst into tears and both he and his wife embraced Ambrose in a tight hug. As it turns out, Ambrose knew she was a match for Barsch in the middle of January but wanted to first talk it over with her husband and family.

“Later in January she asked if me and my wife Jessica would meet with her and her husband Chris. We didn’t know if she wasn’t going to be able to do it, wasn’t a great match, was scared to do it or what. We didn’t know what to expect.” Barsch revealed.

The procedure was done on May 14. In a Facebook post Barsch said it was not only a success, the surgeon declared that Ambrose’s kidney was beautiful.

The procedure was done on May 14. In a Facebook post Barsch said it was not only a success, the surgeon declared that Ambrose’s kidney was beautiful.

“There are no words that do our partnership justice. You experience things with your partner that you can’t really explain. … He’s my ride or die.” Ambrose told PEOPLE.

The procedure was done on May 14. In a Facebook post Barsch said it was not only a success, the surgeon declared that Ambrose’s kidney was beautiful. “The kidney is functioning normally. We are happy.” said transplant surgeon Dr. Seyed Ghasemian.

“We were always close, now we are one. We are bonded for life, she is more than a sister that I never wanted.” Barsch said.

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