A near tragedy in an Illinois town was almost compounded by a police overreaction, but the quick thinking of a group of nurses saved the day and made everything turn out alright.
The story began in Centreville, a small town in the St. Louis metropolitan area. On the evening of April 7, 2019, a one-year-old girl named Demani began to choke on a penny. She had put a penny inside her mouth, as children are wont to do, but accidentally swallowed it. The penny became lodged in her throat. Her father, Darius Hinkle, and her mother, Donecia Pittman, who were with her at the time of the incident, were terrified for their daughter’s safety. They put her in the car, and began to drive to the hospital. Naturally the mother comforted the choking child while the father drove. Time was of the essence, so they drove very quickly.
Unfortunately, a police officer saw them driving towards the hospital. Unaware of their destination or the situation, the police officer went into pursuit of the speeding vehicle. Obviously the father did not stop to waste time explaining the situation, but instead proceeded with all possible haste towards the medical center. Before they had gone many miles the speeding car was being followed buy a long line of police cars with sirens flashing. The father disregarded them and continued to the hospital, sometimes at speeds exceeding a hundred miles an hour. The police kept pursuit.
Very little time passed until they reached their destination, Touchette Regional Hospital. The distressed parents tried to make contact with medical personnel and to inform them of their child’s dire predicament, but witnesses to the incident say that the police were almost entirely unconcerned with the well-being of the baby. Instead, the police forced the distressed parents to the ground, treating them with harshness and severity as they disregarded the choking infant. The father was arrested and taken away. The mother went in to see to her child.
The obstruction was removed from the child’s trachea without the necessity of surgical intervention. Once Demani was out of danger, Ms. Pittman went to bond out her partner. When she arrived she encountered the biggest surprise in an evening filled with surprises. When Ms. Pittman stepped forward to speak to the desk clerk about paying the bail for Mr. Rucker, she was informed that the person immediately before her had already paid for it. That person was a nurse from the Touchette Regional. The nurses had seen the entire incident, including the man’s overwhelming concern for his daughter and the police officers’ complete indifference to the circumstances. They were moved to action by what they had witnessed. The nurses took up a collection among themselves and volunteered to pay the man’s bond.
Although Mr. Rucker still faces criminal charges for this incident, and he will still have to appear in court and plead his case, the touching faith that the nurses showed in him has gathered national attention. The story has become an example of how human beings can support each other in the face of injustice. Contributions have been made to the man’s legal defense and to reimburse the nurses for their time and trouble. One can only hope that the police have read this story as well and found in it an example for better behavior.
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A few years back, an amateur pole vaulting star named Allison Stokke would take the internet by storm. Thrust into the public spotlight, Stokke seemingly became an online superstar overnight. While it has been years since she has been in the public spotlight, you’ll still find her face among the most famous pole vaulting athletes on the planet. Today, we are going to turn back the clock in order to learn about Stokke during her fame as well as where she has been ever since!
Friendship Is Worth More Than Anything Else
Most people consider themselves lucky when they are able to find one good friend. In the case of one homeless Brazilian man, his cup of fortune overflows as he has four loyal companions all willing to stand by his side through thick and thin. When Caesar a homeless gentleman found himself in need of emergency services to help manage a pre-existing condition at 3 a.m. on a Sunday, he was accompanied by four of his most faithful companions.
We Will Stand By You
For whatever reason Caesar did not go to the hospital that normally sees him for his pre-existing condition. Caesar chose to seek help at Regional Alte Valo Hospital in Rio do Sul, Brasil. While Caesar was receiving the medical attention he needed something magical what’s happening outside of the doors at the hospital. Caesar’s four companions were capturing the hearts of the people in the waiting room as well as members of the hospital staff. Caesar’s buddies were teaching everyone who witnessed their display of love and affection a very valuable lesson. The lesson they taught was, friends can come in all shapes, sizes, colors and even species. Loyalty knows no bounds and the four dogs who sat outside the doors of the hospital patiently awaiting the return of their beloved companion Caesar, was truly a heartwarming experience for all those who witnessed their display of love.
I Will Do Anything For You
In a world where it seems like it’s everyone for him or herself, it was hard for visitors and staff at the hospital to believe this homeless man and these four dogs could have such a strong bond with each other. Even more amazing was the fact that all four dogs appeared healthy and in good condition. The dogs had shiny coats, no evidence of injuries and appeared happy, friendly, well adjusted and well trained. It was more than obvious that Caesar spent a lot of time with his furry companions teaching them how to behave and how not to be aggressive. It was all clear that Caesar made sure his dogs were well-fed even if that meant skipping meals himself so that they could eat. The love, selflessness, and kindness Caesar shows his dogs it’s not only admirable but an overwhelming display of human kindness.
Motivated Into Action
As Hospital staff continued to observe the close bond and dedication Caesar’s four companions had to making sure he was being taken care of and was going to be okay, they were motivated into action. The hospital workers allowed all four of Caesar’s companions to come in and visit him so that they could check on him themselves. All who witnessed the reunion between Caesar and his dogs were treated to yet another act of selflessness and kindness.Hospital workers brought Ceasar a sandwich during the dog’s visit. Instead of eating the sandwich himself, Caesar without a second thought make sure he gave each of the dogs a portion of his sandwich so they could have something to eat. Hospital staff could hardly believe what they were seeing, as clearly Caesar needed that sandwich to help get his strength back, yet he chose to share it with his dogs. Caesar and his dogs are living proof that love and friendship is worth more than all of the riches the World has to offer.
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It is a common belief that cats do not get along with dogs and other creatures. Contrary to popular opinion, however, cats really can get along with anyone- even their so-called natural born enemies! These pictures are all about spreading the love. Maybe humans can learn a little something from this display of unconditional love? Maybe we can really can all learn to get along.
Both furry and cuddly, these two pals are going to burrow in the rug together and keep each other warm. Cold weather is always better with a pal.
North Carolina Teen Bitten by Shark, Unassailed
Paige Winter, 17, was swimming at Atlantic Beach in North Carolina with her sister when she was pulled under in waist-high water. It quickly became clear that it was a shark attack.
Paige initially gave in, perhaps initially not realizing that it was a shark. She’d thought it was a turtle. When she realized what was happening, she fought back hard. It is that tenacity and courage that has continued to aid her in her survival and recovery. She just would not give up.
Witnesses reported screaming and panic. Paige’s father, Charlie, is a paramedic, so he immediately jumped to her rescue. He dove underwater and punched at the shark until he was able to wrestle her free from the shark and carry her to the beach. A bystander offered a belt, which her father used as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding on the beach.
Paige was quickly transported via medical helicopter to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where her leg was amputated. She underwent additional surgeries for his leg, pelvis, and hand.
No parent ever would dream of seeing their child being dragged underwater by a shark, but her father’s quick actions saved Paige’s life. Then, bystanders and emergency medical personnel were a part of the rescue, as well as doctors and surgeons who worked to save Paige’s life.
What lies ahead for Paige is recovery and rehabilitation as she learns to walk again with a prosthetic limb. She must also re-learn how to function with more limited functionality in her hands.
Paige’s resilience is clear, though, despite the severe injuries she sustained, and the body altering surgeries. She remains positive and in good spirits. Her family says that she was groggy but already telling jokes when she first woke up after the shark attack in the hospital. Her continued road to recovery won’t be easy, but her will to live and overcome the odds has already gotten her this far.
Doctors and also her father mentioned the serendipitous collision of chance encounters and dumb luck that both brought her to the beach that day but also saved her life. When so much could have gone horribly, impossibly wrong, enough separate events went right that she will someday walk again.
Paige survived. It’s not all the “pieces of the puzzle.” Some are missing, as she told Washington Post, but “it’s okay.” She still advocates for marine life and doesn’t blame the shark for biting her and shaking her like that. Her message is about education, learning more about sharks and understanding.
Spunky as ever, Paige told the medic, “Don’t be mad. Sharks are good people.” That positive attitude and that willingness to forgive even in the face of a savage attack is part of what has made her story a viral sensation across media spheres.
Homeless Texas Man Returns to College 40 Years Later
David Carter, 68, was homeless until the efforts of a Univerity of Texas student turned his life upside down.
Carter frequented the UT campus as a panhandler until a Junior-level Journalism student, Ryan Chandler, decided to interview him as part of an assignment on homelessness for the Daily Texan. What Chandler learned was shocking and timely. Not only was Carter a student in the College of Fine Arts back in 1971, but he’d dropped out of school when an alcohol-related accident put a swift end to his dreams of becoming an artist and writer.
In the interview, Carter detailed how the subsequent years had been a roller coaster ride with mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness all playing a part. He’d hitchhiked cross-country, and then he’d returned to Austin to care for his parents.
David Carter’s Return to College
Perhaps the most poignant part of the story was the part where Carter admitted that he’d been hanging around campus as a panhandler for the last six years in the hopes that he might someday return to the campus as a student to finish his degree in the College of Fine Arts. His story is part of an American-Dream-gone-wrong. He stands as a very real representation of so many Americans who have fallen on bad luck, triggered perhaps by a series of circumstances beyond his control. He had just one semester left before graduating with his degree when he dropped out of school.
The story went viral, and it really took on a life of its own. Then Chandler helped Carter navigate the complexities of reapplying for entrance into UT, and an anonymous donor helped out too. So Carter is returning to college to complete his degree, and this may just be the beginning of what could literally be a whole new chapter for him. He plans to research and write, which would seem to offer his own perspective on what it is to be homeless. He puts a unique face to the issues of homelessness and mental illness, with the intervening influences and tie-ins with substance abuse, family struggles and beyond.
The Rest of the Story
Now, since more than 40 years have intervened since Carter dropped out of school, his one-semester requirement until completion has expanded to at least four semesters at UT. The first tentative forays into college classes, U.S. History and Black Political Thought, are already underway this month. Summer session is just the first step toward immersion in a course load, as he works to realize the dream he’s had for so many years.
The College of Fine Arts at UT announced that they would help Carter in any way that they could. Carter’s persistent pursuit of higher education has been admired, applauded and supported by former Longhorns and community members. The story does inspire and it stands as a real-life reminder that it’s never too late to go back to school and finish a degree, even when decades have intervened.
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