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  • Courtesy of Jenn Miller(KINGSTON, Pa.) -- Jenn Miller, 19, and her grandma, Susan Grey, 70, are like best friends.“We are super close,” Miller of Kingston, Pennsylvania, told ABC News.So when the granddaughter bought a cute dress to wear to her cousin’s wedding this September in Ohio, her grandmother loved it so much, she bought an identical dress.“I ordered the dress, and I took a picture and sent it to her and asked if it was OK to wear my cousin’s wedding,” Miller recalled. “She said, ‘You mind if I try it on? I really like the sleeves on it.’ I went over, and she tried it on and she was like, ‘Oh I don’t know. Maybe it’s too short. Maybe you don’t want to match with me.’ But she looked so cute. As soon as she took it off, she ordered it too.”Grey said, “I don’t usually steal her style. She dresses like a 19-year-old, and I’m a 70 year old."
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  • Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Meghan McCain shared a photo on Saturday of her and her father, Sen. John McCain, on a hike, just days after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
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  • Stacey Gagnon(CAMP VERDE, Ariz.) -- An Arizona mother has taken to the web to encourage other parents to teach their kids about differences after her son was ridiculed at church.Stacey Gagnon said she and her husband, along with their six kids -- four of whom have special needs and were adopted -- attended a new church last Sunday in Camp Verde, Arizona.As she and her three youngest children walked into the separate children's church, where she was dropping the kids off, "the room became silent and every child stared or pointed at my son, Joel," Gagnon wrote in a Facebook post that has gone viral.Gagnon, 41, adopted Joel when he was 18 months old. He has been diagnosed with Goldenhar syndrome, a congenital birth defect that affects the development of the face and other parts of the body. Joel was born without a right ear and a right rib, his mother said.Other than that, "he's just like a normal boy," Gagnon added.After the incident, Gagnon went on Facebook, saying, "I know he looks different, but today hurt."Although Gagnon, a former school teacher, has usually educated children on the value of differences when similar scenarios occurred in the past, she said that last Sunday she simply tended to her upset son."I held him in my arms during church and he drew 'Joel loves Mom' on my palm," she began. "I have always stepped into the role of teacher to educate kids... but today I did not. Today, I did not teach someone else's kid, because I was too busy holding my broken-hearted son."Gagnon said she hopes her emotional post, which has been shared more than 20,000 times, will encourage other parents to teach their children about differences."These weren't bad kids," she said, referring to the children in church that day. "But we have to be intentional about teaching kids about this. Kids fear things that look different, but when you just explain it, it's not a big deal."Gagnon, who taught second and third grade and is now a nurse for special needs children, said one of the most important thing parents can teach their kids is compassion."And empathy," she added. "It doesn't just happen because they see you do it."As for Joel, Gagnon said he recovered quickly and had an enjoyable time when the family went out to lunch after church.
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  • (BOSTON) -- The Massachusetts boy who went viral earlier this year after his parents' blog shed light on the five-year-old's health ordeal -- he had more than 10 operations, including one heart transplant -- died Friday, the family announced on its Facebook page.WCVB-TV"Ari passed away peacefully this evening listening to the Red Sox," Ari "Danger" Schultz's family wrote on its Facebook page.The tragic news comes a day after Ari's parents, Mike and Erica Schultz, wrote on their Facebook page and blog, "Echo of Hope," that Ari had been admitted to the emergency department at the Boston Children's Hospital and placed on life support."We called 911 at 4:19 a.m. as Ari was having a seizure," they wrote Thursday morning. "Very scary. At the hospital now. Something is going on. We don’t know what."A few hours later, the situation took a turn for the worse. "Just after 10 a.m. Ari coded in the emergency department," read a subsequent post. "He had over a half an hour of CPR and has been placed on life support in the cardiac intensive care unit. Path forward unknown."In mid-June, Ari made news when his parents posted a video, titled "Ari's Going Home," of their son learning that after spending 189 days as an inpatient, 105 days since having the March 3 heart transplant, and 86 days since being in cardiac arrest, he was being discharged in two days.In the video, Ari -- wearing a Boston Red Sox jersey and swinging around a baseball bat -- is ecstatic to learn that instead of waiting weeks to be discharged, it's only a matter of days. When his father reminds him how long he's been hospitalized, Ari exclaims, "189 days? That's crazy!"When his father asks him what he wants to do after he's discharged, Ari says, "Maybe go to a baseball field ... And after, go in the backyard and practice my golf swing."As ABC News reported at the time, Ari's release was the perfect Father's Day gift for Mike Schultz, who took his son to the golf course.In a video released by Ari's family the same day he was rushed to the hospital, Red Sox catcher Christian Vasquez and shortstop Xander Bogaerts dropped off gifts and invited Ari to throw out the first pitch at a Red Sox game on Aug. 27.Late last month, Ari also met golf legend Hale Irwin at the U.S. Senior Open. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • The Smith/Ralph family (INDIANAPOLIS) -- A newborn baby is home in Indiana after being born prematurely in a Mexican hospital where his relatives said his parents were being extorted for thousands of dollars.While vacationing in Cancun, Mexico, expectant parents Michaela Smith and Larry Ralph Jr. of Martinsville, Indiana, rushed to Hospiten Cancun when Michaela Smith started to feel contractions.On the afternoon of July 18, baby Beckham was born just at under 3 pounds via emergency C-section. Michaela Smith was not due until Oct. 7, making her 12 weeks early, her mother Elaine Smith, also from Martinsville, told ABC News Friday.The couple planned to "babymoon" in Mexico from July 14 to July 19. Michaela Smith had been 28 weeks pregnant and received clearance from her doctor to travel out of the country, her mother said.The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the International Air Travel Association recommend that expecting mothers avoid travel after the 37th week of pregnancy, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Women who have complicated pregnancies should not travel from 32 weeks to birth.From the Mexican hospital, Larry Ralph Jr., the baby's father, phoned family back in Indiana to share the news of baby Beckham's birth.But soon after, he dialed his father, Larry Ralph Sr., alleging that the hospital was demanding more and more money in exchange for the hospital stay.“They were threatening to put him literally on the streets, a baby in an incubator," Larry Smith Sr. told ABC affiliate WRTV in Indianapolis. "Complete strong-arm tactics."Michaela Smith and Larry Ralph Jr. were allegedly charged $3,000 upfront before Michaela was cared for, $4,000 for them to see baby Beckham and tens of thousands more for their continued care, according to Michaela Smith's mother, Elaine Smith. The hospital told the couple that it couldn’t go through their health insurance and that if they refused to pay out-of-pocket, they’d no longer treat mother and child and release them, Elaine Smith said."She was devastated," Elaine Smith, 55, said of her 26-year-old daughter. "She was crying, she wanted to come home and there were these demands of money. At one point in time, they [the hospital] demanded 30,000 in an hour, or they were going to kick them out to another hospital. It continued. It just escalated. It kept going, and going."An administrative representative at Hospiten Cancun told ABC News Friday during a telephone interview that Larry Ralph Jr. offered to pay the hospital a total of $2,000. The hospital would not say how much the family was charged and are denying that they would not treat mom or baby and have them released if they did not pay upfront.Elaine Smith said her son-in-law, Larry Ralph Jr., paid the hospital $3,000 upfront, plus thousands more, before his credit card companies began freezing transactions due to potential fraudulent activity.Elaine Smith said the Smith and Ralph families were then sent billing forms from the hospital. They got together and claim they paid more than $30,000 to the hospital.The administrative representative at Hospiten Cancun refused to comment on whether or not the bill totaled $30,000 or more. The hospital also said the couple did not have to pay their bill before taking their baby."The doctors were doing everything to [make] sure the baby would be alive because [he] was born in this condition," the representative said, adding that the hospital did not hold the couple against their will."In this moment, the baby was in the NICU and they were waiting," the representative said. "[We] provided the medical records so they could take the baby back to the United States. We didn't care about the money. We gave him all the medical records [for] the certificate of birth. We provided them with everything."The family also contacted its congressional representative, Trey Hollingsworth. Both Hollingsworth and the State Department worked to obtain both a birth c
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  • Jessica Lampert and Kristin Cronin(BABYLON, N.Y.) -- It’s double the diapers for these two sisters from Long Island.Jessica Lampert, 30, of Commack, and Kristin Cronin, 34, of Babylon, both gave birth to healthy babies at Good Samaritan Hospital on July 19, delivered by the same doctor.“It was very exciting. I found out I was pregnant and two weeks later she found out she was pregnant on Thanksgiving,” Lampert told ABC News.They were C-section births, the second for both sisters whose first children were born only six months apart too.“My sister and I really close so it made sense to do it all on the same day,” said Cronin. “We both had previous C-sections so we had to another one moving forward. We had the chance to do it together on the same day or one a day apart, so it was a no brainer.”Lampert had a baby girl, Blake Kay, and Cronin had a baby boy, Justin Paul, who they say will be “best friends.”Blake weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Justin weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 21 inches long.“We’ll definitely celebrate the first birthday together which will be nice,” said Lampert. “I had my 30th birthday yesterday, the day after the babies were born. I figured she’d rather share a birthday with her cousin than her mom.”The sisters’ OB-GYN, Dr. Athanasios Antoniadis, has a long history with their family.“He delivered our first two as well. He’s part of the family pretty much,” said Cronin. “He delivered a lot our cousin’s babies as well. He’s a great doctor."Jessica and Kristin’s brother, James Darcy, is the godfather of both children.“It’s kind of par [for] the course for us because we’re a very tight family,” said Cronin. “We’re all very close. My sister, mom and I are all best friends so it fits perfectly into our family dynamic. We also have a younger brother and we asked him to be the godfather to both of the kids so keeping it all in the family.”
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