A 2-year-old Alabama girl has a new lease on life thanks to a kidney donation from her 62-year-old grandmother, who was a perfect match. Wryn Graydon of Moody, Alabama, was diagnosed at 2 months old with congenital nephrotic syndrome, a rare kidney disorder that the National Institutes of Health says is caused by genetic defects. Wryn had both of her kidneys removed two months after the diagnosis and then was put on dialysis at home, her father, Michael Graydon, said.
A professional poker player shed seventy pounds after his buddies bet him $1 million that he could not drop down to just 10 percent body fat in six months.Walter Fisher, 36, said that he blamed his recent weight gain on the fact that he mostly worked in a casino, telling ABC News, "They have all these amazing, wonderful, rich restaurants and I just started ordering by the truckload: veal Parmesan, pastas."2 Women Share How They Collectively Lost 100s of PoundsFormer bodybuilder posts transformation photo to inspire others to love their bodies"The weight piled on," he said. ...
A 6-year-old boy who uses a wheelchair was surprised with a custom-made log cabin in his backyard that is inspired by a cabin he fell in love with at a camp for kids with serious illnesses. Evan Vaudry, of Cumberland, Rhode Island, was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) at 18 months old. The genetic disease affects the control of muscle movement, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Denniya had spent more than 100 days at Cleveland Clinic Children's in Ohio, where she underwent a bone marrow transplant, when she was finally sent home on Thursday. "We wanted to be able to bring her home and get back to raising our daughter and enjoying those moments when you have a healthy baby," Denniya’s mom, Robin Rawls, told ABC News. Denniya, whose stomach was so distended she had difficulty breathing, was first diagnosed with liver and respiratory failure and then a severe blood disorder, according to Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Rabi Hanna.
A Missouri woman is asking strangers to lift her son's spirits with postcards as he battles a cancer diagnosis. Mande Menne of Wentzville, Missouri, posted her request for postcards from all 50 states on Facebook, where it received over 1,100 shares. "It's made me so me so happy because I wasn't expecting this," Menne told ABC News today.
Summer is the season for having fun in the sun, but too much sun can lead to discomfort, burning and, in the worst case scenario, possibly skin cancer. The best sunburn solution is to reapply a sunscreen with an SPF of 40 or higher regularly when enjoying time outdoors in the summer, according to Dr. Whitney Bowe, a New York City-based dermatologist. If you or your child ends up with a sunburn, quick, do-it-yourself fixes using items found in your own kitchen can help ease the pain of the burn and reinvigorate your skin.
A Maryland mother is hosting CPR parties to help teach CPR to members of her community so they can feel confident and prepared in the case of an emergency. Laura Metro, 42, told ABC News that the parties — which feature finger food and music — are her way of making learning the lifesaving resuscitation technique fun. Metro said she made it her mission to spread CPR awareness after her son almost drowned at a local pool in 2011 and was saved by a family friend who performed what CPR he knew on her son, who was 3 years old at the time.
Kellye Pummill will never get to see her deceased daughter, Marissa Pummill, walk down the aisle but she did get to watch the man whose life was saved by one of Marissa Pummill’s organs walk his own daughter down the aisle. “It was bittersweet,” Kellye Pummill, of Mesa, Arizona, said of attending Kiasa VanCleave’s wedding last month in Idaho. Kellye Pummill’s daughter took her own life in October 2014 at the age of 21.
Amy Silverstein credits a group of nine friends with saving her life when she had her second lifesaving heart transplant at age 50. The friends, who came from different parts of Silverstein’s life and from around the country, cared for Silverstein, in her California hospital as she waited with a failing heart for her transplant to come through. The friends -- whose heroic efforts Silverstein, 53, documents in her new memoir, “My Glory Was I Had Such Friends” -- made sure she never spent a moment alone, even creating a spreadsheet calendar to organize their time in the hospital.
A pregnant mother who was struck by lightning and delivered her baby by emergency cesarean section has been moved out of ICU and is improving, according to her husband. “She is doing a lot better,” Matt Davidson, of Fort Myers, Florida, told ABC News today. Davidson’s wife, Meghan Davidson, was walking alone near the family’s home last Thursday when she was struck by lightning.
A North Carolina hospital is celebrating babies who are ending their stay in the neonatal intensive care unit. The staff at CaroMont Health in Gastonia, North Carolina, honor their tiny patients with a special photo shoot and a graduation cap. About six months ago, Nurse Melissa Jordan began the "graduation ceremonies" after she helped care for an infant who spent 62 days in the NICU.
A teenage heart transplant survivor is enjoying viral fame after he was captured on video dancing to celebrate both his heart transplant and his hospital discharge. Amari Hall, 15, of Capitol Heights, Maryland, received a heart transplant in March at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Just six days after the transplant, he surprised everyone when he began dancing in his hospital bed.
The ketogenic diet, described as “Atkins on steroids” for its focus on foods high in fat and protein and low in carbohydrates, is growing in popularity but some nutritionists warn it may not live up to the hype. The diet’s proponents say that it is the best way to lose weight without feeling hungry and that it increases energy levels. “Absolutely this diet works,” New York-based registered dietitian nutritionist Maya Feller told ABC News.
An Ohio boy who lives with a life-threatening seizure disorder fulfilled his dream of meeting April the giraffe and her calf, Tajiri. Alex Johnson, 11, and his family traveled from their home in Avon, Ohio, to Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, Tuesday to meet the giraffes. Alex received a behind-the-scenes tour of the park, in addition to meeting April, Tajiri and the calf’s dad, Oliver.
Here's a rundown of the top summer hazards and how to avoid them. To enjoy the sun safely, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Experts also advise seeking shade from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when the sun's rays are the strongest.
Diseases of the blood vessels supplying the heart and brain tissues are leading causes of death among Americans. And while researchers have known that things like metabolic syndrome -- high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and/or triglycerides, high body mass index and high blood sugar -- and poor sleep increase the risk of these diseases, the true impact of these other factors has remained poorly understood so far. Researchers at Stanford University examined these metabolic risk measures, along with sleep duration, in more than 1,300 individuals using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's death records and the National Death Index.
Darreld Petersen, 34, will receive a kidney from Nancy Bleuer, 54, who is donating her organ to him on June 1. "It's just amazing," Petersen of Mason City, Iowa, told ABC News. Petersen, dad to 4-year-old Camden, said he learned in January that he had renal kidney failure and went on dialysis.
Drinking as few as one alcoholic beverage a day can increase your breast cancer risk, according to a new report released today by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund. The good news is that the report also revealed a way to decrease the risk of breast cancer: vigorous exercise. The study examined data on 12 million women and 260,000 cases of breast cancer from 119 studies to understand how certain lifestyle factors affect breast cancer risk.
A California boy received an early birthday present on Sunday, when his neighborhood celebrated his favorite fall holiday five months early. Carter Sarkar suffers from Sanfilippo syndrome, a rare metabolism disorder in which the body cannot break down sugar molecules. There is no cure, and Carter’s life expectancy is mid-to-late teenage years.
The death of a teen who drank caffeinated beverages has spotlighted the possible dangers of caffeine. Davis Allen Cripe, 16, died last month due to a "caffeine-induced cardiac event" according to the Richland County coroner in Columbia, South Carolina. Cripe consumed just three caffeinated beverages, but the high levels of caffeine caused a cardiac event, according to Dr. Gary Watts, the Richland County coroner.
Ronnie Brower and Andrea Masella are getting married on Saturday in Syracuse, New York -- healthier and considerably thinner than when they met. Taking charge of his health, Brower started working out at his local gym, Mission Fitness, where he met Masella, who was also trying to trim down from 250 pounds. “I just loved that Ronnie took care of himself,” Masella added.
A new report in the British Medical Journal appears to link commonly used painkillers to an increased risk of heart attack. The painkillers that the team of researchers from Canada, Finland and Germany studied included naproxen, celebrex, ibuprofen, voltaren and rofecoxib, which are all classified as oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. NSAIDs are available both with a prescription and over the counter.
Alex Kiker, 11, thought she was going to the hospital Monday for a follow-up test in her treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma. Alex, of Rockwall, Texas, was instead surprised with a flash mob by the nurses and doctors who have cared for her at Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas since her January diagnosis. “Alex loves to swim in the ocean and play in the sand but she’s always said her least favorite part of the beach was the walk from the condo down to the water because she burned her feet,” her father, Cody Kiker, told ABC News.
Instagram announced the launch of its new campaign that addresses mental health issues head-on, using social media on "Good Morning America" today. "GMA" got an exclusive first look at the campaign, which employs the hashtag #HereForYou to encourage users to open up about their own struggles with mental health and join a global conversation. "People come to Instagram to tell their stories in a visual, and through an image they're able to communicate how they're feeling, what they're doing," Instagram's Chief Operating Officer Marne Levine told ABC News.
The author of a new health guide that calls for focusing on the well-being of your gut spoke out in an interview with "Good Morning America," claiming that the gut is the key to unlocking a myriad of other health benefits. "Then in the last few years there's been a tsunami of research into this gut bacteria," Hyde said. "We've got trillions of this bacteria living in the gut," Hyde added, saying that the average person has three or four pounds of bacteria in them.