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'A True Dream Come True': Once-conjoined Twins Thrive, Going Home Soon

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      After being conjoined at the head they are now each their own person , how will that go , they have been together for so long will they miss being one person now or do they enjoy being a seperate . Playing together side by side in the yard looking at each other what a fun they will have I bet they will like it very much and as for me I am glad the operation went well for these two children.

      'A true dream come true': Once-conjoined twins thrive, going home soon

      Jun. 21, 2017 at 9:35 AM

      Meghan Holohan




      On an 80-degree day, Nicole and Christian McDonald took their twin boys, Jadon and Anias, outside to play. Though this might seem like a mundane moment for other parents, it was a big deal for Nicole and Christian: Their sons were born conjoined at the heads, and that beautiful spring day marked six months since their 27-hour surgery.

      “All the bad days put together don’t hold a candle to how good this day was! See ya later sneezes and runny noses, fevers and extra oxygen. We are all feeling good,” Nicole McDonald wrote on Facebook.

      The once-conjoined twins were born via a scheduled cesarean section on September 9, 2015. When the family first learned of the boys’ diagnosis, they felt hopeless. But they soon learned about Dr. James Goodrich, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, who had experience separating craniopagus twins (conjoined twins who are fused at the cranium).

      Montefiore Hospital
      Anias and Jadon McDonald before surgery. Craniopagus twins are rare, accounting for one out of every 2.5 million births, but almost half are stillbirths.

      In October 2016, 40 people participated in a 27-hour surgery to separate the two. And nine weeks after the surgery Jadon and Anias moved into Blythedale Children’s Hospital, a rehab facility in Westchester County, New York. While doctors were impressed by the boys’ quick recovery, Jadon and Anias still faced challenges.

      “When I was changing [Jadon’s] wound dressing, I noticed a hard, white object coming out of the hole in his scalp,” McDonald shared on Facebook. “It turns out that the dissolvable plates holding Jadon’s transplanted bone are being rejected by his body, and they are coming out through his scalp.”

      While this caused Jadon’s wounds to open, Dr. Oren Tepper, who led the reconstruction of the twins' skulls, said this type of reaction is normal.

      “It is somewhat common and I understand the worrisome implications,” he told TODAY. “Everything else beneath was well protected and we were just dealing with local wound problems.”

      At the same time, Anias struggled with a cold that caused severe respiratory problems.

      “Colds sound like no big deal, but for Anias, it can be devastating. With that bout of cold, Anias stopped breathing on multiple occasions,” McDonald said. “I made it my sole responsibility to try and predict these instances by watching his heart rate and fever curve and keeping his nose suctioned, and yet, I still held my blue, breathless baby on more occasions than I’d like to remember.”

      But two weeks later, Anias was cold-free and the boys continued improving.

      They can crawl and stand a little with Jadon tottering on unsteady feet. Because they were joined together for the first 13 months of their lives their development differs from their peers.

      “You can’t take the general milestone chart and apply it to Jadon and Anias,” said Tepper, director of the Craniofacial Surgery Program at Montefiore. “If you call surgery day one, their re-birth, they are doing pretty well.”

      So well that the boys will likely be leaving the rehab facility soon to live with their family. The McDonalds — who once resided outside of Chicago — moved to New York to be closer to the twins’ doctors.

      “Coming home will be in our near future! My whole body is shaking with excitement as I type this,” McDonald wrote on Facebook. “I honestly can't even fathom this ... A true dream come true. I've been praying to God a lot about this lately, putting the process in his hands ... He still hears, he still answers.”

      CNN followed Anias and Jadon’s story from before the surgery throughout recovery and will air a documentary called “Separated: Saving the Twins” on June 23, 2017 at 10 p.m.

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      The Governor Of Wyoming Takes Aim At The Endangered Species Act…

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          (Governor Mead) he added that Wyoming “can’t be a zoo for endangered species” and said the Endangered Species Act is not just bad for Wyoming, but the country. “It’s not good industry, it’s not good for business and, quite frankly, it’s not good for the species,” Mead said. Read full story here http://bit.ly/2rOwMWB 

          It’s become a battle between economics (material) & science (natural world). Governor Mead is pushing for fossil fuel industries, coal to be specific, and wants the wilderness that is protected by the ESA for economic gain.

          Politicians are not concerned about the survival of our planet. The future of our grandchildren is in the hands of greedy politicians & cold hearted industry.

          We must not allow these false values to rule our lives, our planet, or our grandchildren’s future.

          “There is a delight in the hardy life of the open. There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm. The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value. Conservation means development as much as it does protection.”
          – Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States

          https://wolvesofdouglascountywisconsin.com/2017/06...

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          Ex-nurse Accused Of Killing Dozens Of Kids Charged With Murder

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              Why , why did she do this that is the question for me this woman kills all these children for what for gratification? gratification for what there are so many questions but no answers and that is what I want . I would like the details of this monster that did this.

              I Cannot imagine a nurse being this evil or anybody for that matter what might be your reason for doing that do you hate children that much to have killed so many of them did you get pleasure from it ! I know that sounds horrible but I am grasping at air here.

              I guess she must have hated the children because she has no feelings showing whatsoever what punishment would you think does she deserve.. I like to know..

              Ex-nurse accused of killing dozens of kids charged with murder


              SAN ANTONIO — A former Texas nurse who prosecutors say may be responsible for the deaths of up to 60 young children was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge for the second time in recent weeks.

              The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement that Genene Jones was charged in the September 1981 death of 2-year-old Rosemary Vega.

              She was charged with a separate count of murder last month in the death of an 11-month-old boy.

              Jones, 66, is serving concurrent 99-year and 60-year sentences in state prison for the 1982 killing of another toddler and the sickening of a 4-week-old boy who survived. But she was scheduled to be released in March under a mandatory release law in place when she was convicted.

              During Jones’ time working at a San Antonio hospital and elsewhere in Texas, children died of unexplained seizures and other complications.

              District Attorney Nico LaHood previously said investigators believe Jones may have killed some or all of those children because they died under unusual circumstances during or shortly after her shifts.

              The 11-month-old boy died of a fatal overdose of an anti-seizure drug, Dilantin, and prosecutors at Jones’ 1984 murder trial said the nurse lethally injected children at a clinic in Kerrville, northwest of San Antonio, to demonstrate the need for a pediatric intensive care unit at a nearby hospital.

              Other prosecutors theorized that Jones’ tactic was to take swift medical action and save some of her victims, making herself appear to be a sort of miracle worker.

              It’s not clear why Jones’ actions, involving so many suspected victims, were not detected earlier. But Sam Millsap, a previous district attorney in Bexar County, told KSAT-TV in 2013 that medical records at the San Antonio hospital at one point were accidentally destroyed, hampering efforts by investigators to prove their suspicions.

              She received a letter of recommendation in 1982 from the hospital that described her as “loyal, dependable and trustworthy,” according to a report jointly published by Texas Monthly and ProPublica.

              Jones, whose case has been chronicled in two books, a TV movie and numerous articles, has maintained her innocence. It’s not clear if she has an attorney to address the most recent allegations against her.

              LaHood told the Associated Press after Jones was charged with murder in May that the charge was based on fresh evidence that came to light and a review of old evidence. He also said the deaths of some of the other children were being re-examined and that additional charges could be coming.

              At a news conference Wednesday, LaHood said he continues investigating Jones in the hope of obtaining more indictments.


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              Trump Admits He Has No Tapes Of Comey Meetings

              Trump admits he has no tapes of Comey meetings



              President Trump and former FBI Director James Comey. (Photos: Evan Vucci/AP, Susan Walsh/AP)

              More than a month after threatening former FBI director James Comey with the release of tapes of their conversations in the White House, President Trump said Thursday he does not have any such recordings.

              In a pair of tweets, Trump wrote, “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking, and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea…whether there are ‘tapes’ or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.”

              The statements came as the Senate was unveiling a controversial draft health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

              Days after Trump fired Comey in May, the president warned, also via Twitter, “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

              Although Trump did not record the pair’s conversations, Comey did–but in writing. The ousted FBI director testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this month that he kept detailed memos on his interactions with Trump and later directed a friend to leak those memos to the press, in hopes that it would trigger the appointment of a special prosecutor to take over the FBI’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the presidential election.

              Comey said Trump’s original tweet suggesting there could be tapes of their conversations inspired him to publicize his own memos.

              “The president tweeted on Friday after I got fired that I better hope there’s not tapes,” Comey said. “I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night, ‘cause it didn’t dawn on me originally, that there might be corroboration for our conversation, there might be a tape, and my judgment was I needed to get that out into the public square. And so I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter. I didn’t do it myself, for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to ‘cause I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”

              Robert Mueller, another former FBI director, was named special counsel to oversee the Russia probe in May.

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              167 Drivers Pay It Forward In McDonald's Drive-thru

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                  'McDonald’s cashier Hunter Hostetler is on the lookout for the customer who started a 167-driver pay-it-forward chain at the Scottsburg, Indiana, McDonald’s where Hostetler has worked since October.

                  '“I keep looking for her, hoping I see her and can tell her what happened,” Hostetler told ABC News. “I don’t know if she knows, but I hope to see her again so I can tell her.”

                  'Hostetler, 19, was working the drive-thru on Sunday night when, at around 8:30 p.m., the mystery woman drove to the window to pick up her approximately $6 food order.

                  'When the woman, whom Hostetler described as being in her early 60s, saw there was a man with four kids in the car behind her, she told Hostetler she’d pay for his $36 food order too.

                  '“She paid it in full and told me to tell the dad Happy Father’s Day,” Hostetler recalled.

                  'When Hostetler told the man that his four Happy Meals and other food were paid for, he offered to pay for the next two cars behind him.

                  '“I just snowballed from there up until we closed,” Hostetler said.

                  'When Hostetler closed the drive-thru at midnight, the total number of cars who had joined the pay it forward chain was up to 167.

                  '“It was very heartwarming,” Hostetler said. “The last customer who came through even asked if there was another car and I said, ‘Ma’am I’m sorry you’re our last customer for the night. We’re closing.’”'

                  https://www.yahoo.com/gma/167-drivers-pay-forward-...

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                  Illinois Man Convicted Of Killing His 6 Children Dies At 85

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                      Finally this monster is dead, he should have died years ago in my opinion because what he did to his family is just plain horror can you imagine your father coming to you and going to kill you? can you imagine that you see your brothers and sister laying there dead before he gets to you these poor kids didn't have one lick of a chance to get away this man , this monster just cold blooded killed them. The answer is no this why did he do this , what was the reason behind this I would have loved to know that I bet everybody would.

                      Illinois man convicted of killing his 6 children dies at 85

                      Simon Nelson, 85, was convicted of killing his six children. He was denied release from prison 18 times since he first became eligible for parole in 1986. (Chicago Tribune)


                      One of Rockford's most notorious killers has died while awaiting his 19th bid at parole.

                      Simon Peter Nelson, 85, was convicted of killing his six children — Jenny, 12; Simon Peter III, 10; Andrew, 8; Matthew, 7; Roseann, 6; and David, 3 — and the family dachshund, Pretzel, in their home in January 1978. He then traveled to Milwaukee and attacked his wife before police arrived.

                      Nelson died at 10:10 a.m. Sunday at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, according to Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards. He had been held in Graham Correctional Center but was admitted to the hospital five days before his death. The preliminary cause of his death was consistent with natural causes.

                      Nelson remained in the news because of his periodic attempts at parole. He was sentenced under Illinois' old indeterminate sentencing laws and was denied release from prison 18 times since he first became eligible for parole in 1986. Hundreds of Rockford-area residents signed petitions at each of Nelson's parole attempts to urge the Illinois Prisoner Review Board to deny his release. Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato also traveled to hearings to object to Nelson's release.






                      "Nelson was one of Winnebago County's most brutal killers, and the impact of his terrible crimes continue to haunt the community," Bruscato said in a news release. "As always, our thoughts remain with the victims' family and loved ones who continue to mourn the deaths of the Nelson children almost 40 years ago. We as a community will continue to grieve the loss, and hope for continued healing for all who knew and loved those children."

                      Retired Rockford police officer Steve Pirages was a young patrol officer in 1978. He was the first officer on the scene and discovered the gruesome murders that had taken place inside the Nelson's Camp Avenue home.

                      Nelson family

                      The Nelson family before the children were murdered by their father, Simon Nelson, on Jan. 7, 1978. Seated with Nelson and his wife, Ann, are, from left, David, 3, Matthew, 8, and Roseann, 5. Standing are Andrew, 9, Jennifer, 12, and Simon Jr., 10. The numbers were placed on the photo by the coroner in Rockford to help with his identification of the victims.


                      "He's going to have to answer to a higher power for what he did to his children and family (dog)," he said. "The effect it had on the community was devastating. It affected everybody, and it certainly affected me."

                      Pirages added, "I'm an advocate of the death penalty, but unfortunately it was not available at that time. I'm happy that he wasn't paroled. I can't say that I feel bad."

                      Nelson was among a handful of convicted killers from Rockford that drew public attention during attempts at parole. Another, Robert Henry Lower, also died in prison this year. Lower, 78, died Feb. 19. He was serving an indeterminate sentence for abducting and killing Joey Didier, 15, who was doing his morning newspaper delivery route.

                      Register Star reporter Chris Green contributed this report.
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