A couple welcomed their firstborn son earlier today, then said goodbye hours later, but not before ensuring he had completed a bucket list put together while still in his mother's womb.
Jenna and Dan Haley welcomed son Shane early Thursday, Oct. 9, and he passed away hours later. At only 13-weeks into her pregnancy, Jenna learned that her baby boy had a condition known as anencephaly, in which babies are born without parts of their brain and skull. Determined not to miss any opportunity to relish the pregnancy and the 40 weeks they would have with their son, Jenna and Dan made a bucket list to complete by the time he arrived.
"When we found out that Jenna was expecting, we would often talk about all of the places that we wanted to go as a family after Shane was born," Dan told "Good Morning America." "After his diagnosis and understanding that almost 100 percent of babies with anencephaly die shortly after birth, we decided to start visiting the places we had wanted to go with him while he was living in his mother's womb." more >>
Advocates for prison inmates and their families are speaking out against a growing network of state prisons across the U.S. that they say are passing on prison revenue costs to the inmates' innocent families and friends. The families are forced to use high-cost, third-party prison banking companies and high-cost phone vendors that share a cut of their profits with state corrections agencies.
An investigation by The Center for Public Integrity reveals that in order to transfer money to their incarcerated loved-ones, family members of 70 percent of the inmates in American prisons are required use certain online prison banking companies, like JPay, Inc., which charge unreasonable percentage fees to use their service on top of access charges. These companies, in turn, give a cut of the profit back to the prisons and corrections agencies.
A prime anecdotal example, the report highlights, is the case of one mother of a Virginia inmate, who is serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery. Before, Pat Taylor would send money orders to her son with no problem with a cost of about $2 per money order. But when Virginia stopped accepting money orders and forced her to place money into an online account through JPay, she noticed that it cost her much more to send her son some extra spending cash. more >>
Let's ask the question: What costs more, healthy or unhealthy living?
Every single time I speak at a conference or church, people approach me afterwards seeking help. In probably nine out of ten conversations, as I share some steps they can take to begin their health journey, I am presented with what they believe is the ultimate reason for why they cannot become healthy.
There is a whole variety of other reasons: past failures, family genes, and medical challenges. However, the number one reason offered to me is "It cost too much!" more >>
The court hearing to possibly reverse a declaration of death has been postponed due to testimony by a court-appointed independent neurologist.
Jahi McMath, 13, was declared dead earlier this year after tests showed that she had no brain activity. McMath suffered complications after a routine tonsillectomy; while Oakland Children's Hospital in California wanted to remove life support, her family fought and won an injunction, then had her transferred to a facility in New Jersey where she is kept on breathing and feeding tubes and given 24-hour care.
Her parents posted video of Jahi moving her feet and hands on command, and a neurologist testified that Jahi was "extremely disabled but very much alive." Dr. Alan Shewmon, professor emeritus in neurology at UCLA testified that the teen was "not only alive, but now also awake." more >>
"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson has spoken out about "Biblically correct sex" and stated that one cannot catch STDs or AIDS if that type of sex is practiced.
"Biblically correct sex is safe," Robertson said during a sermon at the White's Ferry Road Church in Louisiana last month. "It's safe. You're not going to get chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, AIDS—if you, if a man marries a woman, and neither of you have it, and you keep your sex between the two of you, you're not going to ever get sexually transmitted diseases."
Robertson, the patriarch of his family and the hit reality series "Duck Dynasty," is known for being outspoken about homosexuality, sexual relations, and family issues. His statements have caused controversy at times and, in one famous instance, led to him being suspended from the show by A&E. Fans, however, were outraged and soon Robertson was back on the series, more popular than ever. more >>
A teenage girl declared brain-dead after a routine tonsillectomy is allegedly showing signs of life and is able to move on her own; her family has filed an appeal to have her legally declared "alive."
Jahi McMath went in for a routine tonsillectomy in Dec. 2013, but had complications following the surgery and was placed on life support. Her family battled Oakland Children's Hospital in California on whether to take the 13-year-old off the life-saving devices. They argued that she was still alive and wanted to give God the opportunity to work in her life, while the Hospital argued that she was dead and the life support should be removed.
After much debate, the family was able to send Jahi to a New Jersey facility, albeit on breathing and feeding tubes, but she was declared legally dead. more >>