At 2 1/2 years old, Hannah Warren has never played outside with her big sister or run through the grass on a sunny day.
The Korean girl has been unable to breathe, talk, eat or drink on her own since she was born without a windpipe. The rare congenital condition kept her hospitalized for her entire life in a Seoul neonatal intensive care unit, where a tube from her mouth to her lung kept her alive.
Without a trachea transplant, she would have died. But that all changed earlier this month, when Hannah became the first child in the world to receive a bio-artificial trachea made from stem cells from her own bone marrow in a pioneering operation at Children’s Hospital of Illinois.
Because there was no donor organ, doctors say the chances that her immune system will reject the new trachea have been virtually eliminated.
“This is the page-turning in science,” Dr. Richard Pearl, surgeon-in-chief at Children’s Hospital of Illinois, said on TODAY Tuesday. “This like the first organ transplant. This is like penicillin.”
Since the transplant on April 9, Hannah’s prognosis is bright, and the hospital says it expects that she will be able to go home in the coming months.
Some good news for a whole lot of people and the pets who love them. A kind-hearted trucker by the name of Sue Weiss began to pray for all the pets who’ve lost homes during Hurricane Katrina...so she started Operation Roger. She finds volunteer truckers who will transport abused animals to homes around the country. So far, they’re delivered more than 700 pets. Their most recent placement was a 5-year-old Pekingese who was rescued from an abusive home in Oklahoma. When an Alaskan family offered to adopt him, Operation Roger called David Benz, who loves dogs and helping people, to transport the dog on his truck route. He says it’s a great way that truck drivers in America can give back to society because they’re not home a lot to volunteer consistently at just one place.
Source: NBC News
A historic church in Georgia was going down in flames but their homeless ministry carried on in spite of the blaze...with the help of Chick-fil-A.
A Monday night fire destroyed much of a United Methodist Church in Athens, Georgia...but church members still wanted to serve food to the many people who show up Tuesday mornings in need of a free breakfast . So the church called Chick-fil-A to have chicken biscuits donated that morning. Chick-fil-A came through and two hours later, other food banks and churches were contacted, and food was taken care of the entire week.
It’s that community spirit that insures nobody will go hungry.
Last week, an Oxnard, California police officer named Michael Kohr responded to a report filed by Nina Sanchez whose daughter Bella’s bike was stolen. But instead of just visiting the family to fill out a police report, he brought the little girl a brand new bike. This officer went well above his call of duty and took the time to make a little girl's day.
His story has been told over and over...worked at a grocery store in Cedar Falls, Iowa...played a few years in the arena football league. Then the St. Louis Rams took a chance on them and he led them to Superbowl victory.
Well now he’s the host of a show called “The Moment” for USA Network, which airs tonight at 9pm Central Time. The show will give ordinary Americans the chance to realize their dreams like photography and racing cars and rewriting their life stories. Warner says he’s excited to help give people a second chance, just like he was given a second chance. And he hopes viewers are inspired to give themselves a second chance of pursuing their dreams.