Matt and Melissa Graves, the grieving parents of 2-year-old Lane Graves who was snatched and drowned by an alligator while on a family vacation at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando last week, said goodbye to their son Tuesday morning at a private funeral in Nebraska.
The family earlier announced through St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Elkhorn where the funeral was held that the event would start at 10 a.m. Tuesday followed immediately by Lane's burial at the Resurrection Cemetery.
"Melissa and I again want to express our gratitude to our family, friends and community for the love and support we continue to receive. We are appreciative of the news media professionals who have demonstrated integrity by allowing us much needed privacy," said the couple in a statement Tuesday, according to local news station WCVB. more >>
A mother who says her young son was playing in the same spot where 2-year-old Lane Graves was snatched and killed about an hour later by an alligator at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, Florida, last Tuesday is now urging prayers for the boy's family.
In a post that has since gone viral, Jennifer Venditti shared photos on Facebook of her son, Channing, wading into the water at the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Disney resort in response to members of the public who have raised concerns about Lane Graves' parents, Matt and Melissa Graves, allowing him to play in the water by himself.
Venditti explained that she did the same thing with her son because she assumed it was safe. more >>
The recent alligator attack in Walt Disney Resort involving Lane Grave continues. The Medical Examiner's office has released the cause of death of the little boy, with Disney likely to offer money as a settlement.
Graves' family from Nebraska went to Orlando's Walt Disney Resort for a vacation on Tuesday, June 14. Two-year-old Lane Grave was playing near the shallows of Seven Seas Lagoon when an alligator grabbed him and pulled him under the water.
His father, Matt Graves, quickly rushed to try and save him. He dove into the lagoon with some witnesses to fend off the alligator. He suffered from lacerations on his hands but was unable to rescue the boy. Lifeguards were then immediately summoned and dispatched in the area for a night-long search. After 16 hours of search-and-rescue operations, the boy's body was found no more than 15 yards away from the area. more >>
A Chinese orthopedic surgeon who helped perform the first hand transplant in 1999 is looking to perform another medical first: transplanting a human head from one body to another.
Dr. Ren Xiaoping of Harbin Medical University announced this week that he is planning to lead a team of surgeons to perform the first-ever head transplant.
The announcement has brought much concern from medical experts about the ethical nature of such a novel procedure, according to the publication Medical Daily. more >>
Heartbroken well-wishers gave more than $50,000 in donations to a fund for Matt and Melissa graves this week after news broke that it was their 2-year-old son, Lane Graves, who was attacked then drowned by an alligator at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday.
A GoFundMe campaign for the family set up by Kingdom Strollers, a Disney featured stroller provider that said the family had rented a stroller for Lane for their vacation, quickly exceeded an initial target of $10,000 just hours after it was launched.
On Friday morning when the campaign ended after just over a day of being active, it had raised some $50,240. more >>
Matt and Melissa Graves, the parents of 2-year-old Lane Graves who was found dead Wednesday after being attacked then drowned by an alligator at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando are expected to hold a special service for their departed son on Thursday.
According to news station WPSD Local, the service will be held at St. Patrick's Church in the family's hometown of Elkhorn, Nebraska.